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

Mahasiddha, Thangtong Gyalpo 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… 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’

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Mental Comrade of the Eight Worldly Distractions’ by Tenth Karmapa

10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje, self-portrait statue Recently, I wrote here about the great visionary artistic work and talent of the 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje (1604-1674). Here, for the new moon today, is the first translation of a short teaching contained in his Collected Works called ''Mental Comrade of the Eight Worldly Distractions '[1]. It is… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Mental Comrade of the Eight Worldly Distractions’ by Tenth Karmapa

‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’: 17th Karmapa’s outstanding activities for females

HH 17th Karmapa with Tibetan Buddhist nuns 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and female empowerment Within the male privileged environs of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, apart from well-meaning words and soundbites about women from very few male Tibetan Buddhist lamas, even fewer have put their ‘money and time where their mouth is’, such as that of HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.… Continue reading ‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’: 17th Karmapa’s outstanding activities for females

NEW TRANSLATION: Karmapa’s Midnight-Blue ‘Dakini Hair’ Crown: Praise, Source and Benefits by 8th Karmapa and 1st Jamgon Kongtrul

Today, on ḍākinī day, I offer new research and translation about the Karmapas’ black crowns (zhwa nag), that includes first-time published translations of original Tibetan texts by 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje, (1507-1554), Praise to the Source of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Black Crown, and Summary of the Benefits of the Black Crown by 1st Jamgon Kongtrul… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: Karmapa’s Midnight-Blue ‘Dakini Hair’ Crown: Praise, Source and Benefits by 8th Karmapa and 1st Jamgon Kongtrul

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Homage to the Magnificent Source of Kālacakra Six Vajra-Yogas’: Chapter One of ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

For this full moon today, am happy to publish the first English language translation of Chapter One – A Hundred Blazing Lights by Jetsun Tāranātha. Below is a reproduction of my detailed Introduction/Summary. For more information about the text, its editions and origin etc., see here. The full translation of Chapter One can be downloaded… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Homage to the Magnificent Source of Kālacakra Six Vajra-Yogas’: Chapter One of ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’ by Jetsun Tāranātha