“To attain to some understanding of Dharma, some outpouring of energy, spiritual and physical, is required on the part of the aspirant, on our own part. You are willing to take infinite pains for example to put up a complicated piece of machinery. Or to acquire wealth, position, influence. Work for the Dharma like this.”… Continue reading ‘TOWARDS SUPREME ILLUMINATION’: Guru Yoga Texts by 16th Karmapa and first female translator of the Karmapas, Freda Bedi
16th Karmapa, Rigpe Dorje (1924-1981) Introduction Here is the first English translation of the outline of the Third Volume of 16th Karmapa’s Collected Works. The Collected Works were first published in Tibetan in 2016, by Tsurphu Labrang together with Tashi Tsering of Amnye Institute ( see: TBRC W8LS18007). For a biography of 16th Karmapa ,… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: THIRD VOLUME OF 16TH KARMAPA’S COLLECTED WORKS. Aspirations, Guru Yogas, Life-Stories, Songs, Supplications, Teachings and Letters.
17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje On the last two days of his recent teachings (see here) , the 17th Karmapa (a talented painter and artist in his own right) gave an extensive introduction to Tibetan art history, accompanied by stunning mural images from various Tibetan monasteries. This post combines the Karmapa's teaching and images, with… Continue reading TIBETAN ART, PRE-GREAT ENCAMPMENT (KARMA GAR-RI) : Indian, Newar and the ‘Three Great Tibetan Styles’ of Men-ri, Khyen-ri and Jeyu-ri (7th -15th Century) by 17th Karmapa
3rd Bardor Rinpoche (1949-2021) On 1st April 2021, the eminent Kagyu lama, 3rd Bardo Rinpoche passed away. Although I had no personal connection this life with Rinpoche, this short post is a simple offering compiling together a brief bio of Bardo Rinpoche, the powerful Swift Re-birth Prayer composed by the 17th Karmapa on 5th April,… Continue reading 3RD BARDOR RINPOCHE (1949-2021): Life-story, Swift Re-birth Prayer by 17th Karmapa, Letters of Condolence, Letter from 16th Karmapa and Self-Arisen Guru Rinpoche
"Love and compassion is the life-force of the deity. It is said that what we call the deity is actually bodhicitta. Thus, the samaya is to maintain love and compassion for all sentient beings and when others harm you, one should practice patience and hold onto that love. Samaya is love and compassion for others."HE… Continue reading THE IMMEASURABLE ‘ROOT LIFE-FORCE’ OF ALL DEITIES AND SAMAYA: White Tārā teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche (April 2021)