ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 3): VEDIC HYMNS TO DIVINE MOTHER NATURE: Oral myths, poems and praises to the Gods of Nature and the importance of the Vedas for understanding Buddhist Secret Mantra origins (by 17th Karmapa).

"United be your purpose, harmonious be your feelings, collected be your mind, in the same way as all the various aspects of the universe exist in togetherness, wholeness." एक हमारा उद्देश्य हो, सुसंगत हमारी भावना हो । एकत्रित हमारे विचार हो, जैसे सब कुछ इस विश्व में एकता में है ॥ Source: Rig Veda VIII.8.49.4… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 3): VEDIC HYMNS TO DIVINE MOTHER NATURE: Oral myths, poems and praises to the Gods of Nature and the importance of the Vedas for understanding Buddhist Secret Mantra origins (by 17th Karmapa).

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 2): ARRIVAL OF THE ARYANS, MOTHER OF INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES. Ancient Indus Valley civilisation, Aryan migration and language, the indigenous Dravidians and cultural mixing (by 17th Karmapa)

  "Secret Mantra is like a treasury of ancient Indian culture. Normally, when we say Secret Mantra, we think about it as a religious thing done out of faith and devotion, yet we don’t think about in terms of its value relating to Indian sub-continental culture, history and knowledge. This is also a quality of… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 2): ARRIVAL OF THE ARYANS, MOTHER OF INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES. Ancient Indus Valley civilisation, Aryan migration and language, the indigenous Dravidians and cultural mixing (by 17th Karmapa)

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 1): ANCIENT MOTHER OF BUDDHISM: India and the Tibetan river that flows through it (by 17th Karmapa)

"They live happily enough, being simple in their manners, and frugal. They never drink wine except at sacrifice ...The simplicity of their laws and their contracts is proved by the fact that they seldom go to law ... Truth and virtue they hold alike in esteem... They always eat alone and eat whenever inclined to… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 1): ANCIENT MOTHER OF BUDDHISM: India and the Tibetan river that flows through it (by 17th Karmapa)

Indestructible Mind Maṇḍala of the Karmapas, Tsurphu Monastery: Origin, history, rebuilding and ‘Praises to Tsurphu’ by 3rd and 16th Karmapas

Introduction "When you listen to the sound of our river, you hear the mantra of Chakrasmavara.  It's power is secret and the river holds it forever." --Drupon Dechen Rinpoche about Tsurphu Monastery's river Glorious Tolung Tsurphu is Akanishta [Ogmin], supreme mental abode.A place where oceans of mothers and dakinis Come together like clouds.The mountain behind… Continue reading Indestructible Mind Maṇḍala of the Karmapas, Tsurphu Monastery: Origin, history, rebuilding and ‘Praises to Tsurphu’ by 3rd and 16th Karmapas

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Praise to White Tārā: Precious One who Increases Life-Power and Primordial Wisdom’ by the First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub

Introduction For Tārā day today, am happy to offer this Praise to White Tārā: Precious One who Increases Life-Power and Primordial Wisdom (Rje btsun sgrol ma dkar mo la bstod pa tshe dang ye shes spel bar byed pa rin po che)  written by the 1st Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub (1391–1474), contained in his Collected… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Praise to White Tārā: Precious One who Increases Life-Power and Primordial Wisdom’ by the First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub

REVIVING MARPA THE TRANSLATOR’S LINEAGE AND LEGACY: Hevajra Tantra, Marpa-Ngog Lineage, Six Bone Ornaments of Nāropa, Editions and contents of Marpa’s Collected Works and Drikung Kagyu

“The lineage is not renownedYet it possesses the Dharma vision of ḍākinīs.The forefather is not renownedYet Tilopa is the innate face of Buddha.The guru is not renownedYet he possesses the Dharma vision of Nāropa.I, myself, am not renownedYet I am the heart son of Nāropa.The pith instructions are not renownedYet they are three wish-fulfilling gems.The… Continue reading REVIVING MARPA THE TRANSLATOR’S LINEAGE AND LEGACY: Hevajra Tantra, Marpa-Ngog Lineage, Six Bone Ornaments of Nāropa, Editions and contents of Marpa’s Collected Works and Drikung Kagyu

Hermit-Yogi Caves and Fortresses (Part I): Jetsun Milarepa’s Twenty-Eight Sacred Places

"Though in deepest faith and devotionWe have never been apart,Remembering the guru in my heart,Such unbearable, tormented longing,Chokes and suffocates me speechless.Please relieve this man's torment!" སྤྲང་མོས་གུས་ཀྱི་ངང་ནས་འབྲལ་མེད་ཀྱང་། །བླ་མ་སྙིང་ནས་དྲན་པ་ཡི། ། འདོད་པས་གདུངས་ནས་བཟོད་གླགས་མེད། ། དབུགས་སྟོདེ་དུ་འཚངས་ནས་སྐད་མ་ཐོན། །བུ་ཡི་གདུང་བ་སོལ་ཅིག་བཀའ་དྲིན་ཅན། ---- Jetsun Milarepa, excerpt from ‘Thoughts of My Guru’ sang at Chonglung Fort  "At Mount Yolmo Gangra in Nepal; in six well-known… Continue reading Hermit-Yogi Caves and Fortresses (Part I): Jetsun Milarepa’s Twenty-Eight Sacred Places

GARLAND OF PLAY: PRAISES TO VAJRAYOGINI BY LORD ATISHA AND FIRST KARMAPA

INTRODUCTION Today for Dākinī Day, I publish two new translations of  Praises to Vajrayoginī (with Tibetan and phonetics) [i] by the Kadamapa master, Atisha (Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna (982-1055)) and my translation of Garland of Playful Display: Praises to Vajravārāhı[ii] by 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa (1110 – 1193).  Both are downloadable as pdf files (see end… Continue reading GARLAND OF PLAY: PRAISES TO VAJRAYOGINI BY LORD ATISHA AND FIRST KARMAPA