When Gampopa met Milarepa: A tale of beggars, buttocks and bliss. ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part III)

Yesterday, on the third day of the teachings on the 'Four Dharmas' of Gampopa, the 17th Karmapa explained the importance of how Gampopa came to meet Milarepa via three beggars, what happened when he met Milarepa, what practices and teachings he was given by Milarepa and his most direct, pith instructions, which involved Milarepa baring… Continue reading When Gampopa met Milarepa: A tale of beggars, buttocks and bliss. ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part III)

The Doctor of Dagpo (Dagpo Lhaje) whose family tragedy led to monkhood: ”Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Part II)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTRcP-R5des HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa teaching on Four Dharmas of Gampopa (Day Two) On the second day of the 17th Karmapa’s teaching on the four Dharmas of Gampopa, he taught the first part of the life-story of Gampopa (Dagpo Lhaje). Covering topics such as how he was a renowned doctor whose loss of wife and… Continue reading The Doctor of Dagpo (Dagpo Lhaje) whose family tragedy led to monkhood: ”Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Part II)

‘All Buddhists can be called ‘Kagyupa”: the ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part I)

HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa teaching yesterday on the 'Four Dharmas of Gampopa' Yesterday was the first day of HH Gyalwang Karmapa’s teachings on the ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’, given for the annual Kagyu debate meeting (this year held at Zurmang monastery, Sikkim). The 17th Karmapa was in excellent form, giving a detailed and interesting teaching… Continue reading ‘All Buddhists can be called ‘Kagyupa”: the ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part I)

‘There is no time to waste’: an appeal’ by 3rd Karmapa, with commentary by 13th Karmapa

Today for the full moon, I am delighted to offer the first translation of a short root text by the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, 'There is No Time to Waste: an Appeal', together with a short commentary on it by 13th Karmapa, Dudul Dorje[i]. I was unable to find the root text in the 3rd… Continue reading ‘There is no time to waste’: an appeal’ by 3rd Karmapa, with commentary by 13th Karmapa

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to Guru Rinpoche’ by 13th Karmapa

For the tenth lunar Guru Rinpoche day today, here is the first translation of a Supplication to Guru Rinpoche by the 13th Karmapa[i], Dudul Dorje (1733-1797). He composed two prayers to Padmasambhava the second[ii] will be translated for the next Guru Rinpoche day! The 13th Karmapa had a special connection to Guru Rinpoche and was… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to Guru Rinpoche’ by 13th Karmapa

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to the Life of 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa’ by 8th Karmapa

A few days ago, Karma Kagyu monastic centres commemorated the paranirvana of the 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa (dus gsum mkhyen pa, 1110-1193), who is the founder of the Karma Kagyu lineage (passed down from Gampopa) and said to be the first Tibetan teacher to start the  official ‘tulku’ system, by predicting where and when he… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to the Life of 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa’ by 8th Karmapa

Three new translations in other languages: Vietnamese and Russian

Today, I am happy to announce three more new translations in other languages. The first is in Vietnamese and is the Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga. It can be downloaded here. Other language editions of this lovely Guru Yoga text will be coming shortly. Vietnamese translation of Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga The next two are Russian… Continue reading Three new translations in other languages: Vietnamese and Russian

The Power of Unseen Beings: ‘Method for Repelling Adverse Conditions’ and ‘Golden [Serkyem] Offering to Accomplish Aims’ by the 13th Karmapa

Today on the new moon, I offer this first translation of two very short recitations by the 13th Karmapa, Dudul Dorje. In these times of pandemic, sickness, anxiety  and dark forces and desires overwhelming our planet and lives, particularly those of animals, I hope these two practices will be of benefit to oneself and others.… Continue reading The Power of Unseen Beings: ‘Method for Repelling Adverse Conditions’ and ‘Golden [Serkyem] Offering to Accomplish Aims’ by the 13th Karmapa

Mahāsiddha Tilopa: Catalogue of Biographies and ‘Ḍākinī’s Instruction to Tilopa on the Bardo’

Statue of Tilopa carved out of Rhinoceros horn by the 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje. Preserved in Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India. Like space gazing at space, both the 'gazer' and the ‘gazed at’, are naturally dissolved in purity.from 'Wisdom Ḍākinī's Oral Instructions on the Bardo to Tilopa ' For Ḍākinī day today, I offer a new… Continue reading Mahāsiddha Tilopa: Catalogue of Biographies and ‘Ḍākinī’s Instruction to Tilopa on the Bardo’

‘The Lioness Begins To Roar’: ‘A 21st Century ‘Shantideva’s Prayer’

If she is speaking the truth,what is the use of bullying and lies?If she is not speaking the truth,what is the use of bullying and lies?---Shantideva's reasoning May all females everywherePlagued by sufferings created by patriarchy and sexism,Obtain an ocean of happiness and joyBy virtue of my merits. May no female suffer,From those who think… Continue reading ‘The Lioness Begins To Roar’: ‘A 21st Century ‘Shantideva’s Prayer’