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The Kangyur and the Karmapas’ role in their publication and preservation

Yesterday, the official FB page of the Gyalwang Karmapa in the Tibetan language, Layjang, released a photo of 16th Karmapa, with some Tibetan from a teaching the 17th Karmapa gave in February 2016 regarding the 16th Karmapa’s prior activities in the printing and distribution of the words of the Buddha (known in Tibetan as the… Continue reading The Kangyur and the Karmapas’ role in their publication and preservation

A Woman’s Voice : the Autobiography of Kunga Trinley Wangmo, (Zhentong lineage holder and secret consort of Tāranātha)

I first became aware of an extraordinary woman, Kunga Trinley Wangmo (Kun dga’ ‘Phrin las dbang mo (1585-1668)), a few years ago in 2016-17, during my postgraduate research on Tāranātha’s Commentary on the Heart Sutra (LTWA, 2017). While delving into Tāranātha’s lifestory, I was made aware (particularly by discussions with the main English language scholar… Continue reading A Woman’s Voice : the Autobiography of Kunga Trinley Wangmo, (Zhentong lineage holder and secret consort of Tāranātha)

NEW PUBLICATION: ‘Direct Instructions on the Great Compassionate One’ by 8th Karmapa and commentary by 17th Karmapa

Here is the first published English language edition of an instruction text by 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje,  the Direct Instructions on the Great Compassionate One [1] (Avalokiteśvara) from the Tsembu lineage.  As I wrote about here [2], the Tsembu lineage is one of the five main traditions of Avalokiteśvara in Tibet, and came from the deity… Continue reading NEW PUBLICATION: ‘Direct Instructions on the Great Compassionate One’ by 8th Karmapa and commentary by 17th Karmapa

Vajrayogini’s instructions on the ‘Great Compassionate One’: Tsembupa’s Lineage

Today, for Ḍākinī day (and the launch of a new website section) here is a short post on Avalokiteśvara (the Great Compassionate One) in the lineage of 13th Century yogi, Tsembupa Dharma Ozer (tshem bu pa dar ma ‘od zer), that came directly from the deity, Vajrayogini [i]. This post considers the origin of this… Continue reading Vajrayogini’s instructions on the ‘Great Compassionate One’: Tsembupa’s Lineage

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Shower of Siddhis of the Profound Path of Guru Yoga’ by 16th Karmapa

Here is the first English translation and publication of a short Guru Yoga composed by the 16th Karmapa, Rigpe Dorje (1924-1981), called Shower of Siddhis of the Profound Path Guru Yoga, available for free download here. It is a very short, yet profound, Guru Yoga practice, useful for those who are limited for time but… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Shower of Siddhis of the Profound Path of Guru Yoga’ by 16th Karmapa

Nyag’s Vajrakīlaya and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s Revelation

“Anyone who harms a translator is also injuring the teachings in general.” –Vimalamitra to Translator Nyag Today, on the anniversary of the paranirvana of HH Dilgo Khyentse Tashi Peljor (1910-1991) dil mgo mkhyen brtse bkra shis dpal ‘byor), as an offering of devotion and respect to the life and works of this outstanding Buddhist master, is… Continue reading Nyag’s Vajrakīlaya and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s Revelation

NEW TRANSLATIONS: ‘Seeing the Face of Karma Pakshi: 2nd Karmapa Guru Yoga texts’ by Yongey Mingyur Dorje and 15th Karmapa

Great bliss, dharmadhātu, great bindu Unstoppable, creative display of natural-appearance Vajrasattva, Karmapa With unbroken confidence from my heart, I approach you. Primordial awareness kāya of all the Buddhas Arising as a chakra of the illusory magical net Mandala of the great-bliss guru. I will reveal here the instructions for approaching. The final birth of divine… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATIONS: ‘Seeing the Face of Karma Pakshi: 2nd Karmapa Guru Yoga texts’ by Yongey Mingyur Dorje and 15th Karmapa

NEW TRANSLATION: Thangtong Gyalpo’s ‘Mind Bindu of the Great Siddhas (Drubthob Thugtig)’ Supplication by 15th Karmapa

Today for Guru Rinpoche day, I offer the first translation and publication of a supplication, Essence of the Sadhana of the Mind Bindu of Great Siddhas: Heart of Great Bliss[1] composed by the 15th Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje which is a mind treasure (gongs gter) revealed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo,  based on the pure visions of… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: Thangtong Gyalpo’s ‘Mind Bindu of the Great Siddhas (Drubthob Thugtig)’ Supplication by 15th Karmapa

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘The difference between Buddha-Nature and Dharmakāya’ by 8th Karmapa

For Tāra day, am happy to publish the first translation of a small teaching given in response to a question by the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje, on Buddha-Nature and Dharmakāya[1] from Volume 3 of his Collected Works (that contains several short teachings in answer to questions): ”In response to your question: Even though the  resultant… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘The difference between Buddha-Nature and Dharmakāya’ by 8th Karmapa

The Karmapas on ‘Buddha Nature’

The nature of all beings is always Buddha [Awakened]. འགྲོ་བའི་རང་བཞིན་རྟག་ཏུ་སངས་རྒྱས་ —3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje Two days ago, HH 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, gave the keynote address for the launch of an excellent new educational and scholarly resource on Buddha-Nature launched by the Tsadra Foundation (see website here). Other speakers included Geshe Thubten Jinpa, Karl… Continue reading The Karmapas on ‘Buddha Nature’

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