UNIVERSE-BLAZING GODDESS, ‘HRIH-ARISEN’ VAJRAYOGINI BY JE GAMPOPA: NEW TRANSLATIONS ‘PRAISES TO VARAHI’  AND SHORT ‘FIVE-DEITY VAJRAYOGINI SADHANA’ IN JE GAMPOPA’S COLLECTED WORKS

The one whose nature is compassion-emptiness; the very essence of the three realms.Brilliant like a universal blazing fire, to Vajrayogini, prostrate!སྟོང་ཉིད་སྙིང་རྗེའི་བདག་ཉིད་ཅན། །  ཁམས་གསུམ་པ་ཡི་ངོ་བོ་ཉིད། ། བསྐལ་པ་མེ་ལྟར་འབར་བའི་འོད། །  རྡོ་རྗེ་རྣལ་འབྱོར་མ་ལ་འདུད། །--Excerpt from Praise to Vajrayogini by Je Gampopa  For Dakini Day today, am happy to offer these two new translations of Vajrayogini from Je Gampopa’s Collected Works. I… Continue reading UNIVERSE-BLAZING GODDESS, ‘HRIH-ARISEN’ VAJRAYOGINI BY JE GAMPOPA: NEW TRANSLATIONS ‘PRAISES TO VARAHI’  AND SHORT ‘FIVE-DEITY VAJRAYOGINI SADHANA’ IN JE GAMPOPA’S COLLECTED WORKS

THE COLLECTED WORKS OF JE GAMPOPA: ‘RAW’ INSTRUCTIONS (MAR TRI)’, DHARMA GATHERINGS (TSHOG CHO), MAHAMHUDRA, VAJRAYOGINI, JEWEL ORNAMENTS AND PEARL GARLANDS. Compilation of extant editions and translated English outline of Gampopa’s Collected Works

“Read well the two-volume ‘Collected Works of Gampopa‘, the crown jewel of all the Kagyu. These teachings on the union of Kadampa and Mahamudra are more wondrous and greater in blessings than other works and termas. The Kagyu masters of the past all received siddhi through these profound teachings.  Meeting the Buddha’s teachings through the… Continue reading THE COLLECTED WORKS OF JE GAMPOPA: ‘RAW’ INSTRUCTIONS (MAR TRI)’, DHARMA GATHERINGS (TSHOG CHO), MAHAMHUDRA, VAJRAYOGINI, JEWEL ORNAMENTS AND PEARL GARLANDS. Compilation of extant editions and translated English outline of Gampopa’s Collected Works

PENETRATING THE BLISS WHEEL OF CHAKRASAMVARA ON THE SUPER FLOWER BLOOD MOON: New translation of short, daily five-deity Chakrasamvara sadhana by 3rd Karmapa and brief instructions on the nature of bliss and union by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

“First, the bliss [of the union] that arises comes from desire, the desirous bliss arises, and that has to arise first. However, once it has arisen, then you should look into it, where is that bliss? That feeling of bliss, that feeling of bliss is actually within your own mind, it is the natural state… Continue reading PENETRATING THE BLISS WHEEL OF CHAKRASAMVARA ON THE SUPER FLOWER BLOOD MOON: New translation of short, daily five-deity Chakrasamvara sadhana by 3rd Karmapa and brief instructions on the nature of bliss and union by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

GRINDING SESAME SEEDS TO EXTRACT THE ESSENCE: THE SACRED SPACE OF CHAKRASAMVARA, MAHASIDDHA TILOPA. New translation of Tilopa and Dharima’s ‘Vajra Song on Sesame Oil’, his cave in India and wooden sesame-seed grinder.

“The abiding sesame oil is its essence,Although the dull-minded know it is in the sesame seed, If they do not know how its constituents are combined,It is not possible for the sesame oil essence to emerge.Likewise, the co-emergent innate primordial awareness, Although present in the hearts of all beings,Is impossible to realize unless it is… Continue reading GRINDING SESAME SEEDS TO EXTRACT THE ESSENCE: THE SACRED SPACE OF CHAKRASAMVARA, MAHASIDDHA TILOPA. New translation of Tilopa and Dharima’s ‘Vajra Song on Sesame Oil’, his cave in India and wooden sesame-seed grinder.

MOTHER OF ALL THE BUDDHAS: PRAJNAPARAMITA AND THE ULTIMATE HEART ESSENCE

"Empty does not mean completely empty but primordial awareness empty of dualistic appearances." "[The Heart Sutra] teaches that the ultimate perfectly established [nature] is empty of apparent samsara and nirvana. The primordial awareness of the perfectly established ultimate nature pervades all of samsara and nirvana but is not contaminated by either samsara or nirvana. Since… Continue reading MOTHER OF ALL THE BUDDHAS: PRAJNAPARAMITA AND THE ULTIMATE HEART ESSENCE

WHERE ARE THE GELONGMAS? DISCOVERING HIDDEN TREASURES: THE RARE GEMS OF LIVING TIBETAN BUDDHIST FULLY ORDAINED NUNS. A Pilgrimage and Field Study of Two Nunneries in Himachal Pradesh and fully ordained nuns within the Tibetan tradition.

"There are already nuns within the Tibetan tradition who have received the full Bhikṣuṇī vow according to the Dharmagupta lineage and whom we recognize as fully ordained. One thing we could do is to translate the three primary monastic activities (Poṣadha, Varṣa, Prāvaraṇā) from the Dharmagupta lineage into Tibetan and encourage the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇīs to… Continue reading WHERE ARE THE GELONGMAS? DISCOVERING HIDDEN TREASURES: THE RARE GEMS OF LIVING TIBETAN BUDDHIST FULLY ORDAINED NUNS. A Pilgrimage and Field Study of Two Nunneries in Himachal Pradesh and fully ordained nuns within the Tibetan tradition.