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UNIVERSE-BLAZING GODDESS, ‘HRIH-ARISEN’ VAJRAYOGINI BY JE GAMPOPA: NEW TRANSLATIONS ‘PRAISES TO VARAHI’  AND SHORT ‘FIVE-DEITY VAJRAYOGINI SADHANA’ IN JE GAMPOPA’S COLLECTED WORKS

The one whose nature is compassion-emptiness; the very essence of the three realms.Brilliant like a universal blazing fire, to Vajrayogini, prostrate!སྟོང་ཉིད་སྙིང་རྗེའི་བདག་ཉིད་ཅན། །  ཁམས་གསུམ་པ་ཡི་ངོ་བོ་ཉིད། ། བསྐལ་པ་མེ་ལྟར་འབར་བའི་འོད། །  རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མ་ལ་འདུད། །–Excerpt from Praise to Vajrayogini by Je Gampopa  For Dakini Day today, am happy to offer these two new translations of Vajrayogini from Je Gampopa’s Collected Works. I… Continue reading UNIVERSE-BLAZING GODDESS, ‘HRIH-ARISEN’ VAJRAYOGINI BY JE GAMPOPA: NEW TRANSLATIONS ‘PRAISES TO VARAHI’  AND SHORT ‘FIVE-DEITY VAJRAYOGINI SADHANA’ IN JE GAMPOPA’S COLLECTED WORKS

THE COLLECTED WORKS OF JE GAMPOPA: ‘RAW’ INSTRUCTIONS (MAR TRI)’, DHARMA GATHERINGS (TSHOG CHO), MAHAMHUDRA, VAJRAYOGINI, JEWEL ORNAMENTS AND PEARL GARLANDS. Compilation of extant editions and translated English outline of Gampopa’s Collected Works

“Read well the two-volume ‘Collected Works of Gampopa‘, the crown jewel of all the Kagyu. These teachings on the union of Kadampa and Mahamudra are more wondrous and greater in blessings than other works and termas. The Kagyu masters of the past all received siddhi through these profound teachings.  Meeting the Buddha’s teachings through the… Continue reading THE COLLECTED WORKS OF JE GAMPOPA: ‘RAW’ INSTRUCTIONS (MAR TRI)’, DHARMA GATHERINGS (TSHOG CHO), MAHAMHUDRA, VAJRAYOGINI, JEWEL ORNAMENTS AND PEARL GARLANDS. Compilation of extant editions and translated English outline of Gampopa’s Collected Works

PENETRATING THE BLISS WHEEL OF CHAKRASAMVARA ON THE SUPER FLOWER BLOOD MOON: New translation of short, daily five-deity Chakrasamvara sadhana by 3rd Karmapa and brief instructions on the nature of bliss and union by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

“First, the bliss [of the union] that arises comes from desire, the desirous bliss arises, and that has to arise first. However, once it has arisen, then you should look into it, where is that bliss? That feeling of bliss, that feeling of bliss is actually within your own mind, it is the natural state… Continue reading PENETRATING THE BLISS WHEEL OF CHAKRASAMVARA ON THE SUPER FLOWER BLOOD MOON: New translation of short, daily five-deity Chakrasamvara sadhana by 3rd Karmapa and brief instructions on the nature of bliss and union by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

GRINDING SESAME SEEDS TO EXTRACT THE ESSENCE: THE SACRED SPACE OF CHAKRASAMVARA, MAHASIDDHA TILOPA. New translation of Tilopa and Dharima’s ‘Vajra Song on Sesame Oil’, his cave in India and wooden sesame-seed grinder.

“The abiding sesame oil is its essence,Although the dull-minded know it is in the sesame seed, If they do not know how its constituents are combined,It is not possible for the sesame oil essence to emerge.Likewise, the co-emergent innate primordial awareness, Although present in the hearts of all beings,Is impossible to realize unless it is… Continue reading GRINDING SESAME SEEDS TO EXTRACT THE ESSENCE: THE SACRED SPACE OF CHAKRASAMVARA, MAHASIDDHA TILOPA. New translation of Tilopa and Dharima’s ‘Vajra Song on Sesame Oil’, his cave in India and wooden sesame-seed grinder.

MOTHER OF ALL THE BUDDHAS: PRAJNAPARAMITA AND THE ULTIMATE HEART ESSENCE

“Empty does not mean completely empty but primordial awareness empty of dualistic appearances.” “[The Heart Sutra] teaches that the ultimate perfectly established [nature] is empty of apparent samsara and nirvana. The primordial awareness of the perfectly established ultimate nature pervades all of samsara and nirvana but is not contaminated by either samsara or nirvana. Since… Continue reading MOTHER OF ALL THE BUDDHAS: PRAJNAPARAMITA AND THE ULTIMATE HEART ESSENCE

WHERE ARE THE GELONGMAS? DISCOVERING HIDDEN TREASURES: THE RARE GEMS OF LIVING TIBETAN BUDDHIST FULLY ORDAINED NUNS. A Pilgrimage and Field Study of Two Nunneries in Himachal Pradesh and fully ordained nuns within the Tibetan tradition.

“There are already nuns within the Tibetan tradition who have received the full Bhikṣuṇī vow according to the Dharmagupta lineage and whom we recognize as fully ordained. One thing we could do is to translate the three primary monastic activities (Poṣadha, Varṣa, Prāvaraṇā) from the Dharmagupta lineage into Tibetan and encourage the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇīs to… Continue reading WHERE ARE THE GELONGMAS? DISCOVERING HIDDEN TREASURES: THE RARE GEMS OF LIVING TIBETAN BUDDHIST FULLY ORDAINED NUNS. A Pilgrimage and Field Study of Two Nunneries in Himachal Pradesh and fully ordained nuns within the Tibetan tradition.

THE INSEPARABILITY OF THE DAKINI LINEAGE’S RED AVALOKITESHVARA (GYALWA GYAMTSO) AND 2ND KARMAPA, KARMA PAKSHI: Five-Deity Mandala of Red Avalokiteshvara and Karma Pakshi’s Guru Yoga mandala; female siddha lineage of Machig Drupe Gyalmo to Rechungpa; PLUS NEW TRANSLATION of Supplication and Short Daily Practice of five-deity Red Avalokiteshvara by Third Karmapa

“One could think there is a lineage between other masters and Jinasagara (Gyalwa Gyamtso) and myself, Karmapa. But it is equally valid to think there is no lineage in between me and the deity’, which is an indirect way of indicating that he, Karma Pakshi was the yidam deity, Jinasagara. Therefore, instead of the usual… Continue reading THE INSEPARABILITY OF THE DAKINI LINEAGE’S RED AVALOKITESHVARA (GYALWA GYAMTSO) AND 2ND KARMAPA, KARMA PAKSHI: Five-Deity Mandala of Red Avalokiteshvara and Karma Pakshi’s Guru Yoga mandala; female siddha lineage of Machig Drupe Gyalmo to Rechungpa; PLUS NEW TRANSLATION of Supplication and Short Daily Practice of five-deity Red Avalokiteshvara by Third Karmapa

‘MEETING THE ULTIMATE GURU’S FACE’: 30TH PARANIRVANA ANNIVERSARY 3RD JAMGON KONGTRUL RINPOCHE

The guru is the luminosity of one’s mind.In knowing this to be so,The guru’s mind and mineAre undivided and never separate, This is meeting the ultimate guru’s face. –excerpt from the Billowing Clouds of Blessings: Guru Yoga (tr. Adele Tomlin) For the 30th Paranirvana Anniversary of the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul today, am re-posting an article I… Continue reading ‘MEETING THE ULTIMATE GURU’S FACE’: 30TH PARANIRVANA ANNIVERSARY 3RD JAMGON KONGTRUL RINPOCHE

‘LIKE STARS IN THE DAY’, THE DESCENT OF FEMALE ARHATIS: FULLY ORDAINED TIBETAN BUDDHIST NUNS IN TIBET, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE (17th Karmapa Spring Teachings (Day 13)

“We can conclude that during the Early spread of the teachings in Tibet, there were both male and female fully ordained sangha members and that the ordination was given by the male sangha.” “In the ‘Chronicles of Ba’, it says the Khenpo who first fully ordained Tibetan women is Bareyna. Yet, in the text from… Continue reading ‘LIKE STARS IN THE DAY’, THE DESCENT OF FEMALE ARHATIS: FULLY ORDAINED TIBETAN BUDDHIST NUNS IN TIBET, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE (17th Karmapa Spring Teachings (Day 13)

The Sūtra and Dhāraṇī of Protector Buddha Akṣobhya (Mi-trugpa) and Akṣobhya Ritual for the Deceased (April 20-22)

“Any son or daughter of noble family who without pretense or guile pays homage to the tathagata, the completely perfect buddha Akshobhya, and upholds and memorizes this dharani will perfectly pacify all the wrongs they have previously done, including the five heinous deeds, the four root downfalls, the ten non-virtues, disparaging the assembly of noble… Continue reading The Sūtra and Dhāraṇī of Protector Buddha Akṣobhya (Mi-trugpa) and Akṣobhya Ritual for the Deceased (April 20-22)

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