THE INSEPARABILITY OF THE DAKINI LINEAGE’S RED AVALOKITESHVARA (GYALWA GYAMTSO) AND 2ND KARMAPA, KARMA PAKSHI: Five-Deity Mandala of Red Avalokiteshvara and Karma Pakshi’s Guru Yoga mandala; female siddha lineage of Machig Drupe Gyalmo to Rechungpa; PLUS NEW TRANSLATION of Supplication and Short Daily Practice of five-deity Red Avalokiteshvara by Third Karmapa

“One could think there is a lineage between other masters and Jinasagara (Gyalwa Gyamtso) and myself, Karmapa. But it is equally valid to think there is no lineage in between me and the deity’, which is an indirect way of indicating that he, Karma Pakshi was the yidam deity, Jinasagara. Therefore, instead of the usual… Continue reading THE INSEPARABILITY OF THE DAKINI LINEAGE’S RED AVALOKITESHVARA (GYALWA GYAMTSO) AND 2ND KARMAPA, KARMA PAKSHI: Five-Deity Mandala of Red Avalokiteshvara and Karma Pakshi’s Guru Yoga mandala; female siddha lineage of Machig Drupe Gyalmo to Rechungpa; PLUS NEW TRANSLATION of Supplication and Short Daily Practice of five-deity Red Avalokiteshvara by Third Karmapa

‘MEETING THE ULTIMATE GURU’S FACE’: 30TH PARANIRVANA ANNIVERSARY 3RD JAMGON KONGTRUL RINPOCHE

The guru is the luminosity of one's mind.In knowing this to be so,The guru's mind and mineAre undivided and never separate, This is meeting the ultimate guru's face. --excerpt from the Billowing Clouds of Blessings: Guru Yoga (tr. Adele Tomlin) For the 30th Paranirvana Anniversary of the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul today, am re-posting an article I… Continue reading ‘MEETING THE ULTIMATE GURU’S FACE’: 30TH PARANIRVANA ANNIVERSARY 3RD JAMGON KONGTRUL RINPOCHE

‘LIKE STARS IN THE DAY’, THE DESCENT OF FEMALE ARHATIS: FULLY ORDAINED TIBETAN BUDDHIST NUNS IN TIBET, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE (17th Karmapa Spring Teachings (Day 13)

“We can conclude that during the Early spread of the teachings in Tibet, there were both male and female fully ordained sangha members and that the ordination was given by the male sangha.” "In the 'Chronicles of Ba', it says the Khenpo who first fully ordained Tibetan women is Bareyna. Yet, in the text from… Continue reading ‘LIKE STARS IN THE DAY’, THE DESCENT OF FEMALE ARHATIS: FULLY ORDAINED TIBETAN BUDDHIST NUNS IN TIBET, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE (17th Karmapa Spring Teachings (Day 13)

The Sūtra and Dhāraṇī of Protector Buddha Akṣobhya (Mi-trugpa) and Akṣobhya Ritual for the Deceased (April 20-22)

"Any son or daughter of noble family who without pretense or guile pays homage to the tathagata, the completely perfect buddha Akshobhya, and upholds and memorizes this dharani will perfectly pacify all the wrongs they have previously done, including the five heinous deeds, the four root downfalls, the ten non-virtues, disparaging the assembly of noble… Continue reading The Sūtra and Dhāraṇī of Protector Buddha Akṣobhya (Mi-trugpa) and Akṣobhya Ritual for the Deceased (April 20-22)

THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEING WITH THE “EYES OF KARMA”, ACCUMULATING MERIT, SPINNING PRAYER WHEELS AND WEARING MANTRAS.  (8th Garchen Rinpoche Teachings (April 2022)

‘All the wishes of a person who possesses merit will be accomplished and no demonic obstacles can cause them any harm.  They will quickly attain the state of liberation.’ “Until the two-fold accumulations have been completed, one will not realize the true meaning of emptiness.’ --scriptural quotations cited by 8th Garchen Rinpoche (April 2022) “So… Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEING WITH THE “EYES OF KARMA”, ACCUMULATING MERIT, SPINNING PRAYER WHEELS AND WEARING MANTRAS.  (8th Garchen Rinpoche Teachings (April 2022)

A YOGI’S ‘INTENTIONS FULFILLED’: ‘CANDYMAN’ MILAREPA’S SECRET STASH OF ‘GOLD’ CANDY AND MIRACULOUS PARTING GIFTS AND FINAL ADVICE ‘TO EAT SH*T!’ Milarepa’s last testament and miraculous gifts and new translation of his song ‘Intentions Fulfilled’ from ‘The Black Treasury’

"If my corpse is not surrounded by people,And no one mourns the deathWhen dying in this mountain retreatA yogi’s intentions are fulfilled."ངའི་རོ་ལ་འཁོར་མི་མེད་པ་དང་།    ཤི་ན་ངུ་མི་མེད་པ་རུ། །རི་ཁྲོད་འདི་རུ་འཆི་ནུས་ན། །       རྣལ་འགྱོར་བསམ་པ་འགྲུབ་པ་ཡིན། །-excerpt from the Milarepa's Song 'Intentions Fulfilled' “To those people who thought that Milarepa had gold, go and eat sh*t!”.---Je Milarepa In this post, for the… Continue reading A YOGI’S ‘INTENTIONS FULFILLED’: ‘CANDYMAN’ MILAREPA’S SECRET STASH OF ‘GOLD’ CANDY AND MIRACULOUS PARTING GIFTS AND FINAL ADVICE ‘TO EAT SH*T!’ Milarepa’s last testament and miraculous gifts and new translation of his song ‘Intentions Fulfilled’ from ‘The Black Treasury’

MARVELLOUS MURALS AND MAHAKALA MELODIES: EARLY AND LATER KARMA ‘GAR-DRI’ STYLE TIBETAN ART (as presented by 17th Karmapa)

For World Art Day today, here is a write-up and summary of a teaching the 17th Karmapa gave in March 2021 about the Karma Gar-ri (Karma Encampment Painting) style (video here). This followed on from a prior teaching he gave on Pre-Karma Kagyu Encampment Art in Tibet. For a write-up of that teaching, see here.… Continue reading MARVELLOUS MURALS AND MAHAKALA MELODIES: EARLY AND LATER KARMA ‘GAR-DRI’ STYLE TIBETAN ART (as presented by 17th Karmapa)

‘WHY IS LIFE SO UNFAIR?!’ PRAISING AND GIVING TO OTHERS FOR PERSONAL FAME AND GAIN; WHY ‘BAD THINGS’ HAPPEN TO ‘GOOD’ PEOPLE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE’ (17th Karmapa Spring Teaching 2022, Day 7)

"Another example, is going to an orphanage and helping needy, poor people, such as giving food, donations and gifts. If at that time, when you meet materially poor people and you wear nice clothes and makeup to look beautiful and so on, that is kind of strange, right? Are you going there to take photos… Continue reading ‘WHY IS LIFE SO UNFAIR?!’ PRAISING AND GIVING TO OTHERS FOR PERSONAL FAME AND GAIN; WHY ‘BAD THINGS’ HAPPEN TO ‘GOOD’ PEOPLE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE’ (17th Karmapa Spring Teaching 2022, Day 7)

‘THE BLACK TREASURY’ (DZO NAG)” 3RD KARMAPA’S EXTENSIVE COMPENDIUM OF MILAREPA’S LIFE AND SONGS. Origin, editions and contents.

"These sayings of great Jetsun Zhepa Dorje [Milarepa]As many as could be found, which I’ve collected here;May whoever practices, reads, writes, or rejoices in them,Abide on the vajra holder's ground!By the roots of virtue from erecting this sacred Dharma,May sentient beings of the six migrations, headed by mother and father,When appearances of this life begin… Continue reading ‘THE BLACK TREASURY’ (DZO NAG)” 3RD KARMAPA’S EXTENSIVE COMPENDIUM OF MILAREPA’S LIFE AND SONGS. Origin, editions and contents.

‘IMMUTABLE, GREAT BLISS’: GURU PADMASAMBHAVA AND THE KARMAPAS

"Om Swasti!To Dharmakāya, limits of appearances; Sambhogakāya, Avalokiteśvara;Nirmanakāya, Great Padmasambhava,With continual devotion of body, speech and mindBy this heart-felt supplication, bestow the blessings of the siddhis! In particular, for those of the degenerate age lacking refuge,May the incomparable, supreme protector of the three secrets and all the qualities,Bless our three ‘doors’ with luminous clarity,Purifying all… Continue reading ‘IMMUTABLE, GREAT BLISS’: GURU PADMASAMBHAVA AND THE KARMAPAS