MEAT IS MURDER: ‘Tibetan Buddhist Vegetarianism: Ancient and Modern’ compiled teachings by 17th Karmapa

"How devastatingly hateful this murdering beings ‘custom’!How hugely regrettable this self-deception ‘custom’!How heavy a weight this killing parents ‘custom’!How much wrong action for this stacks of meat ‘custom’!What to be done for this masses of blood ‘custom’!However hungry, this eating meat ‘custom ’!What are these mental appearances of this delusional ‘ custom ’?!Such major evil… Continue reading MEAT IS MURDER: ‘Tibetan Buddhist Vegetarianism: Ancient and Modern’ compiled teachings by 17th Karmapa

BIRTHDAY PRAISE AND OFFERINGS TO THE GOSHRI GYELTSAB: Translation of ‘Praises to 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche’ by 17th Karmapa and new biography of 2nd Gyeltsab Rinpoche, Tashi Namgyel

Stony-faced one without a fake smiling mask, Straight-talker, not spouting phony praise Master of Tantric discipline, who rarely talks Victorious Gyeltsab, I praise you! ---excerpt from 'Praises to 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche' by 17th Karmapa New Translation: Praises to Goshri Gyeltsab by 17th Karmapa Today, for the full moon, and the 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche’s 68th birthday,… Continue reading BIRTHDAY PRAISE AND OFFERINGS TO THE GOSHRI GYELTSAB: Translation of ‘Praises to 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche’ by 17th Karmapa and new biography of 2nd Gyeltsab Rinpoche, Tashi Namgyel

STAIRWAY TO POTALA, SHORT GURU YOGA ON AVALOKITESHVARA by 14th Dalai Lama

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." --Dalai Lama. Introduction Today, as a continuation of the research and translations I have been doing on Avalokiteśvara (see here), I offer a short post on the 'Stairway to Potala: Guru Yoga of Avalokiteśvara', recently transmitted by HH 14th Dalai Lama during a… Continue reading STAIRWAY TO POTALA, SHORT GURU YOGA ON AVALOKITESHVARA by 14th Dalai Lama

7TH CENTURY CHINESE QUEEN’S SHOWER OF BLESSINGS ON A 21st CENTURY AMERICAN WILDFIRE: Garchen Rinpoche and the Gyanagma Wheel of Princess Wencheng: her life, influence and sacred objects in Tibet

"Thank you! Now people worldwide will hear about the Gyanagma Wheel. This is a great addition to its rich history. Thank you, now we can show Gyanagma to the world! Everyone has to know.” ---HE 8th Garchen Rinpoche “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always… Continue reading 7TH CENTURY CHINESE QUEEN’S SHOWER OF BLESSINGS ON A 21st CENTURY AMERICAN WILDFIRE: Garchen Rinpoche and the Gyanagma Wheel of Princess Wencheng: her life, influence and sacred objects in Tibet

CHOD LINEAGES AND MACHIG LABDRON: Indic-Tibetan Sources, Contemporary Works, The Karmapas and ‘The Long Lineage Supplication to Machig” by Bengar Jampel Zangpo

 Girl, expose your hidden faults, Trample down grudges, Lift up the powerless, Sever obscurations, Behold craving, Wander in scary places! Knowing that all beings are like space, In dangerous places, seek the Buddha within yourself. In the future, your teachings will be as bright as the sun rising in the sky! བུ་མོ་ཁྱོད་མཚང་ཡུལ་ནས་འདོན་། མི་ཕོད་པ་རྫིས་་མི་ནུབ་པ་བསྐུར་། འཁྲིབ་ཆོད་།་ཞེན་པ་མཐོང་། གཉནས་འགྲིམ་།སེམས་ཅན་ནམ་མཁའ་ལྟར་ཤེས་པར་གྱིས་ལ་།… Continue reading CHOD LINEAGES AND MACHIG LABDRON: Indic-Tibetan Sources, Contemporary Works, The Karmapas and ‘The Long Lineage Supplication to Machig” by Bengar Jampel Zangpo

SEEING SICKNESS AND SUFFERING AS POSITIVE: Female Mahasiddha and Lineage Founder, Gelongma Palmo and the 11-faced, 1000-armed Avalokitesvara (Nyung Ne) and teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

“Generally, speaking samsara is an ocean of suffering, but it is not necessarily a negative thing. Dzogchen Patrul Rinpoche said: ‘I prefer not to be happy, I prefer to suffer. When I suffer, I am purifying my negative karma. Yet, when I am happy the five poisons/afflictive emotions increase.””  ---excerpt from teachings on 1000-armed Avalokitesvara… Continue reading SEEING SICKNESS AND SUFFERING AS POSITIVE: Female Mahasiddha and Lineage Founder, Gelongma Palmo and the 11-faced, 1000-armed Avalokitesvara (Nyung Ne) and teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

MAGNETISING RED QUEEN, KURUKULLA: “Outshining the perceptions of others and bringing afflictive emotions under control” teaching of 8th Garchen Rinpoche

13th Century Thangka image of Kurukulle, from Sakya tradition. Source HAR. “Even a hundred thousand Kings appear ordinary next to the Wrathful Lady.” “If you recite sixty million mantras with a mala made of red sandalwood. You will become the wheel-turning King of the six realms and tame all sentient beings.”  - Kurukullā Tantra Recently,… Continue reading MAGNETISING RED QUEEN, KURUKULLA: “Outshining the perceptions of others and bringing afflictive emotions under control” teaching of 8th Garchen Rinpoche

UNSUNG HEROINES, MOTHERS OF MAHĀMUDRĀ AND SOURCE OF SARAHA’S SONGS : Re-telling the (her)stories of the symbolic ‘arrow-maker’ Dakhenma, and the ‘radish-curry’ cook gurus of siddha, Saraha

"The Buddha's meaning can be known through symbols and actions, not through words and books." [1]   ---Arrow-Maker Woman’s teaching to Saraha "A solitary body is not solitude. Being [mentally] solitary, away from the mental references and concepts: this is the supreme solitude. Even though you were settled in a meditative trance for twelve years ,… Continue reading UNSUNG HEROINES, MOTHERS OF MAHĀMUDRĀ AND SOURCE OF SARAHA’S SONGS : Re-telling the (her)stories of the symbolic ‘arrow-maker’ Dakhenma, and the ‘radish-curry’ cook gurus of siddha, Saraha