INVINCIBLE COURAGE AND LOVE: LIFE-THREATENING BRAVERY IN A CHINESE JAIL AND ROOT GURU, DZOGCHEN MASTER, KHENPO MUNSEL. Guru Stories (Part 3) by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

“The Guru’s mind, the Buddha's mind and my own mind are one.” ---Je Jigten Sumgon 'In that moment of anger, instead of looking at that person or what made you angry. Look at the anger itself. Meditate. You know the nature of the mind, you know how to meditate on that.  So when anger arises,… Continue reading INVINCIBLE COURAGE AND LOVE: LIFE-THREATENING BRAVERY IN A CHINESE JAIL AND ROOT GURU, DZOGCHEN MASTER, KHENPO MUNSEL. Guru Stories (Part 3) by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

16th Gyalwang Karmapa’s 40th Paranirvana (Part I): First English transcript/translation of 1976 Vermont TV Interview

"That called ‘Kagyu’ is no different from the previous teachings of the Perfect Bhagavan Buddha's oral transmission, regardless of what lineage of Buddhism it may be, they are the same teachings " ---16th Karmapa in Vermont (1976) A few Karma Kagyu centres have been posting online about HH 16th Karmapa’s 40th paranirvana this year. Although… Continue reading 16th Gyalwang Karmapa’s 40th Paranirvana (Part I): First English transcript/translation of 1976 Vermont TV Interview

‘HUNTER’S MOON’ TRANSLATION TREATS: MILAREPA’S SONGS TO ANIMALS AND THE HUNTER and SONG ON THE SUFFERING OF ANIMALS FOR THE EVIL MEAT-EATING ‘CUSTOM’

"Subjugating 'outer' appearances, will not conquer them. Conquer your own mind, at this very moment! Your killing this deer will not satiate you, Killing the five poisons within, all wishes are fulfilled! Subjugating ‘outer’ enemies, they increase even more. Conquering one’s ‘inner’ mindstream, there are no ‘enemies’." ཕྱི་སྣང་བ་བཏུལ་གྱིས་མི་ཐུལ་གྱིས། ། ཁྱོད་རང་སེམས་འདུལ་བའི་དུས་ལ་བབ། ། ཁྱོད་ཤ་བ་བསད་པས་མི་འགྲངས་ཏེ། ། ནང་དུག་ལྔ་བསད་ན་ཅི་བསམ་གྲུབ། །… Continue reading ‘HUNTER’S MOON’ TRANSLATION TREATS: MILAREPA’S SONGS TO ANIMALS AND THE HUNTER and SONG ON THE SUFFERING OF ANIMALS FOR THE EVIL MEAT-EATING ‘CUSTOM’

‘SIGHT FOR SORE EYES’: FROM YOGI FATHER’S INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURE OF MIND TO SIDDHA CHIMEY DORJE’S UNBEARABLE DEVOTION, MIRACULOUS ROCK FOOTPRINTS AND COURAGE IN A CHINESE PRISON: GURU STORIES (Part 2) by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

Happy to offer a raw transcript (as in not heavily edited) of Part 2 of the Guru Stories teachings by 8th Garchen Rinpoche (video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws8FNm3Onjc), based on the oral translation of Ina Bieler and the original Tibetan. This teaching continued from Part 1 in explaining the powerful and profound impact Garchen Rinpoche’s yogi… Continue reading ‘SIGHT FOR SORE EYES’: FROM YOGI FATHER’S INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURE OF MIND TO SIDDHA CHIMEY DORJE’S UNBEARABLE DEVOTION, MIRACULOUS ROCK FOOTPRINTS AND COURAGE IN A CHINESE PRISON: GURU STORIES (Part 2) by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

BOOK PUBLICATIONS: ‘TARANATHA’S COMMENTARY ON THE HEART SUTRA’ and ‘THE CHARIOT THAT TRANSPORTS TO THE KINGDOM OF THE FOUR KAYAS (KALACAKRA PRELIMINARIES)

It is great that people wish to read, publish and share these Dharma books, however it has come to my attention that some online booksellers/distributors have been selling these two books without permission, for three to four times the actual retail price. I make zero profit from these books and agreed that any royalties from… Continue reading BOOK PUBLICATIONS: ‘TARANATHA’S COMMENTARY ON THE HEART SUTRA’ and ‘THE CHARIOT THAT TRANSPORTS TO THE KINGDOM OF THE FOUR KAYAS (KALACAKRA PRELIMINARIES)

‘DIFFICULT’ AND WILD WOMEN: THE INVISIBILITY AND OVERLOOKING OF FEMALES IN BUDDHISM, PAST AND PRESENT and WEBSITE SECTION DEDICATED TO FEMALE TEACHERS/LINEAGES

“Those who wish to attain supreme enlightenment in a man’s body are many, but those who wish to serve the aims of beings in a woman’s body are few indeed; therefore may I, until this world is emptied out, work for the benefit of sentient beings in a woman’s body.” --Noble Tara (Origin of the… Continue reading ‘DIFFICULT’ AND WILD WOMEN: THE INVISIBILITY AND OVERLOOKING OF FEMALES IN BUDDHISM, PAST AND PRESENT and WEBSITE SECTION DEDICATED TO FEMALE TEACHERS/LINEAGES

FROM SECRET CHILD TO STUDENT OF WRATHFUL FATHER, VAJRAKILAYA RETREAT AND PROFOUND PITH INSTRUCTIONS:  GURU STORIES (Part 1) by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

'There are many lamas with transmissions, instructions and lineages but isn't there one who possesses compassion? There are many students with love and compassion, but isn't there one with real devotion?' – Je Milarepa Here is the write-up of the first episode of 8th Garchen Rinpoche’s teachings on ‘Guru Stories’, for video see here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_lDuV47DB0… Continue reading FROM SECRET CHILD TO STUDENT OF WRATHFUL FATHER, VAJRAKILAYA RETREAT AND PROFOUND PITH INSTRUCTIONS:  GURU STORIES (Part 1) by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

THE POWER OF ‘TRUE WORDS’: ‘ORIGINAL BUDDHISM’, FORBIDDEN MANTRAS AND THE REIGN OF BUDDHIST EMPEROR ASHOKA (‘Origins of Secret Mantra’ by 17th Karmapa)

"Within Original Buddhism, one was not allowed to recite mantras to overcome enemies, but you could use special mantras to protect your body and life. We can say clearly there was a tradition of reciting them." "Thus, there may not have been so much recitation of mantras, yidam deities and rituals as in the complete… Continue reading THE POWER OF ‘TRUE WORDS’: ‘ORIGINAL BUDDHISM’, FORBIDDEN MANTRAS AND THE REIGN OF BUDDHIST EMPEROR ASHOKA (‘Origins of Secret Mantra’ by 17th Karmapa)

GATHERING ALL INTO ONE AND WISDOM OF THE WRATHFUL DAGGER: OM AH HUM vajra recitation, Vajrakīlaya and transforming afflictions (by 8th Garchen Rinpoche) and new translation of Milarepa’s Song on the Ten Pāramitās

For the new moon today, am happy to offer to Dharma brothers and sisters, a double treat of a transcript of part of the OM AH HUM teachings, HE 8th Garchen Rinpoche gave recently (2nd -3rd October) as well as a new translation of a song by Milarepa on the Ten Pāramitās. Below is a… Continue reading GATHERING ALL INTO ONE AND WISDOM OF THE WRATHFUL DAGGER: OM AH HUM vajra recitation, Vajrakīlaya and transforming afflictions (by 8th Garchen Rinpoche) and new translation of Milarepa’s Song on the Ten Pāramitās

NEW TRANSLATION: Milarepa’s Song on the Ten Pāramitās

"Great Kind, Lord Marpa Translator, Please be a refuge for sentient beings of degenerate times. May your dharma blessing pacify jealousy. Listen, Darlo, you teacher who seek fame: Thinking one is immortal, Obsessing over words that connect or contradict, Thirty-two years wasted without sensing it, If you practice now, that would be best." --Excerpt from… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: Milarepa’s Song on the Ten Pāramitās