‘DAKINI IS TRUTH!’ TILOPA’S ‘OVERLOOKED’ FEMALE TEACHERS AND ENTERING ‘UNCONVENTIONAL’ CONDUCT (TUL-ZHUG)

"Now you must meditate continuously on the very essence of suchness and the nature of phenomena and mind. To do this you must find some kind of activity to engage in. Previously you were a king, so you have some vestige of class arrogance and this must be destroyed."---Female Mātaṅgī’s instruction to Tilopa to act… Continue reading ‘DAKINI IS TRUTH!’ TILOPA’S ‘OVERLOOKED’ FEMALE TEACHERS AND ENTERING ‘UNCONVENTIONAL’ CONDUCT (TUL-ZHUG)

THE ‘FOUR FLOWING DESCENTS’ SOURCE OF KAGYU: MARPA’S SONG ON THE FOUR TRANSMISSIONS. 16th Karmapa’s 40th Paranirvana (Part II).

Even though the sacred oral instructions can  become extremely milky nectar flowing down,Without the blessings of lineage, they are the same as a ‘hot spring’.གསུངས་པ་གདམས་པ་བདུད་རྩི་ཤིན་ཏུ་འོ་མ་མར་མང་གྱུར་ཀྱང། ་བྱིན་རླབས་བརྒྱུད་པ་མེད་ན་བཀོད་མའི་ཆུ་དང་མཚུངས། ---Marpa in his introduction to the Oral Descents of the Blessings Lineage[1] That called ‘Kagyu’ is no different from the previous teachings of the Perfect Bhagavan Buddha’s oral transmission,… Continue reading THE ‘FOUR FLOWING DESCENTS’ SOURCE OF KAGYU: MARPA’S SONG ON THE FOUR TRANSMISSIONS. 16th Karmapa’s 40th Paranirvana (Part II).

RE-TELLING (AND RE-NAMING) ‘LHABAB DUCHEN’: WHEN MILK STREAMED FROM MOTHER’S BREASTS TO BUDDHA’S MOUTH AND BUDDHA’S GREAT ACT OF REPAYING MOTHER’S KINDNESS

“From women…buddhas come into this world…." "But when Queen Māyā saw the immense mightOf her son, like that of a seer divine,She could not bear the delight it caused her;So she departed to dwell in the divine realms." ---excerpt from Buddhacarita on Queen Māyā's death "I tell you, monks, there are two people who are… Continue reading RE-TELLING (AND RE-NAMING) ‘LHABAB DUCHEN’: WHEN MILK STREAMED FROM MOTHER’S BREASTS TO BUDDHA’S MOUTH AND BUDDHA’S GREAT ACT OF REPAYING MOTHER’S KINDNESS

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

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

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

‘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, PATRIARCHAL ACADEMIA AND FEMALE TOKENISM

“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, PATRIARCHAL ACADEMIA AND FEMALE TOKENISM

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