Sadhana ‘Dance’ of the Vajracharyas: ‘Charya Nritya’ and the Dance of Vajrayogini

Many people within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition will have heard of the Lama Vajra Dances or Cham. However, not so many people will be familiar with the sacred (and until recently, secret) spiritual dances of Charya Nritya, preserved and practiced by the Newars, the native people of Nepal, revered for thousands of years as masters… Continue reading Sadhana ‘Dance’ of the Vajracharyas: ‘Charya Nritya’ and the Dance of Vajrayogini

Karma Chagme (Rāga Asya) on the Essential Qualities of a Guru in ‘The Oral Instructions to the Gelong Karma Rinchen the Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen

Karma Chagme (Raga Asya) Instructions to Gelong Karma Rinchen on the Union of Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen I posted before about what Tāranātha considered to be essential qualities of a 'Guru' . Here is a newly translated excerpt from a short text by Karma Chagme (Rāga Asya (1613-78)) called 'Khedrub Rāga's Guiding Instructions to Gelong Karma… Continue reading Karma Chagme (Rāga Asya) on the Essential Qualities of a Guru in ‘The Oral Instructions to the Gelong Karma Rinchen the Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen

Translation Note: The difference between ‘prajñā’ (sherab) and ‘jñāna’ (yeshe) and their role in understanding the Buddhist ‘view’

As an homage and offering to the great mother prajñāpāramitā, on this new moon day, I offer this short translation and research note of what the term prajñā means, how it differs from the other important term jñāna and thus how it is best translated. It is 'knowing' but 'knowing' what? In many Buddhist texts,… Continue reading Translation Note: The difference between ‘prajñā’ (sherab) and ‘jñāna’ (yeshe) and their role in understanding the Buddhist ‘view’

Milarepa’s ‘Song to the Hunter’ and the living ‘ear-whispered’ lineage of Chira Kagyu in Nepal

It is a pleasure and honour to share the first published English-language quotes and photos from Dharma friend, and living lineage holder of the Chira Kagyu lineage, the 37th Chira Kagyu Choge Chiba (38 years old, born in Tibetan Dog-Water Year)  whose father is the 36th Chira Kagyu Choge Chiba (70 years ago in 1951… Continue reading Milarepa’s ‘Song to the Hunter’ and the living ‘ear-whispered’ lineage of Chira Kagyu in Nepal

NEW BOOK on Great Middle Way ‘Empty-of-Other’: ‘The Celestial Drum of Victory’ by living Jonang lineage holder, Khentrul Rinpoche

Today, is the birthday of living Jonang lineage teacher in exile, Khentrul Rinpoche, who is based in Australia.  Although I have never met this teacher, his activities for Jonang and Kālacakra are impressive indeed and worthy of mention. Today, he announced the publication of his new book on the Jonang view of the Great Middle… Continue reading NEW BOOK on Great Middle Way ‘Empty-of-Other’: ‘The Celestial Drum of Victory’ by living Jonang lineage holder, Khentrul Rinpoche

New Translation and Project: Kurukullā in ‘Luminous Heart Essence of Three Roots’ by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

For dakini day today, am happy to announce a new translation of a supplication and praise to the magnetising deity, Kurukullā, written by and contained in the Collected Works of  Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo: Praises to Bhagavan Kurukulle: Clouds of Offerings to Delight the Magnetising, Glorious Lady (བཅོམ་ལྡན་འདས་མ་ཀུ་རུ་ཀུལླེ་ལ་བསྟོད་པ་དབང་མཛད་དཔལ་མོ་དགྱེས་པའི་མཆོད་སྤྲིན་ཅེས་བྱ་བ་བཞུགས་སོ། །. It is available for free download for… Continue reading New Translation and Project: Kurukullā in ‘Luminous Heart Essence of Three Roots’ by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

‘The Universal Panacea for Curing Ills’ by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

As another offering to benefit beings during these times of pandemic and the stresses and challenges arising from that, is a new translation of a profound and powerful prayer written by Jamyang Chökyi Lodrö (see photo). In this translation, I have kept much closer to the Tibetan words and repetitions that Chökyi Lodrö uses. Recurring… Continue reading ‘The Universal Panacea for Curing Ills’ by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Yeshe Tsogyel’s Descent to the Hell Realms and How She Got Her Name

As part of the purpose of this page and website is to promote the work and lives of female practitioners, teachers, scholars and translators, here is a quote from a recent PhD on the life of Yeshe Tsogyel, Literature and the Moral Life: Reading the Early Biography of the Tibetan Queen Yeshe Tsogyal (p123-4) by… Continue reading Yeshe Tsogyel’s Descent to the Hell Realms and How She Got Her Name

Lion-Faced Ḍākinī: New Translations and Website Section

In these current times, of epidemics, sickness, obstacles, 'demonic' emotions and actions and so on, another practice considered to be crucial for averting and expelling such conditions is Lion-Faced Ḍākinī. In addition, having always felt a close affinity and connection to Lion-Faced Ḍākinī for many years, am happy to announce this new section of the… Continue reading Lion-Faced Ḍākinī: New Translations and Website Section