8TH KARMAPA ON CHOD: TEXTS AND LINEAGE. New translation of 8th Karmapa’s short daily Chod practice and full transcription of 17th Karmapa Chod teaching

“What should one do when sick?---Chop up your body and offer it as feast. Hide concepts as treasure in the nature of phenomena. And moreover do it many times. Don’t give rise to joy if you get better. No matter what sickness occurs in the manifesting circumstances, know that each one is a training exercise.… Continue reading 8TH KARMAPA ON CHOD: TEXTS AND LINEAGE. New translation of 8th Karmapa’s short daily Chod practice and full transcription of 17th Karmapa Chod teaching

GYALWANG 17TH KARMAPA’S FULL BIRTHDAY SPEECH, KAGYU PROTECTORS RITUAL AND TRANSLATION OF LONG-LIFE PRAYER FOR 17TH KARMAPA BY HH 14TH DALAI LAMA

རྒྱལ་བསྟན་ལུང་རྟོགས་ཆོས་ཚུལ་འཛིན་པའི་དཔལ།Glorious one, holding the Dharma scripture and realisation of the Victor’s teachingsཀུན་ཁྱབ་ཐུགས་རྗེ་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་བདག་ཉིད་ཆེ།Great being, an ocean of compassion pervading all,ལྷུན་གྲུབ་དབང་གི་ཕྲིན་ལས་རབ་བརྙེས་པའི།Who completely attained the power of spontaneous activity,རྡོ་རྗེ་འཛིན་པ་ཀརྨ་པ་ལ་འདུད།To the Vajra-holder, Karmapa, I bow!བསྟན་ལ་མཛད་པ་དཀར་པོའི་འོད་རིས་ཅན།Lineage holder of the luminous white deeds of the teachings,རིམ་བྱོན་ཀརྨའི་སྐྱེས་རབས་མུ་ཏིག་ཕྲེང།The ‘pearl rosary’ succession of Karmapas,ཀུན་གྱི་རྣམ་ཐར་ཚུལ་བཞིན་སྐྱོང་མཁས་པའི།Expert in correctly maintaining all their life-stories,དཔལ་ལྡན་འགྲོ་བའི་མགོན་པོར་ཞབས་བརྟན་གསོལ།Glorious protector of wanderers, may… Continue reading GYALWANG 17TH KARMAPA’S FULL BIRTHDAY SPEECH, KAGYU PROTECTORS RITUAL AND TRANSLATION OF LONG-LIFE PRAYER FOR 17TH KARMAPA BY HH 14TH DALAI LAMA

NAROPA’S ‘VAJRAYOGINI FOR BEGINNERS’ (TRANSLATED BY MARPA) AND DRIGUNG KAGYU VAJRAYOGINI CATALOGUE OF TEXTS: New translation of Nāropā’s ‘Innate Vajrayogini for Beginners’, ‘Eight Praises to Vajravārāhī’, catalogue of Drigung Kagyu Vajrayogini texts and lineage, and new text and teaching by Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche (June 2022)

Om to Bhagavan Vajravārāhī, prostrate! Noble lady, mother of the three worlds whom others, cannot subdue, Terrifyingly descending on all spirits, great Vajra Goddess herself! Invincible Vajra-seat [Dorje Den] lady, whom others cannot beat; powerful, flashing eyes Evaporating even poison; the lady with petrifying, wrathful clenched fangs Shocking slaying and totally slaughtering; Queen who reigns… Continue reading NAROPA’S ‘VAJRAYOGINI FOR BEGINNERS’ (TRANSLATED BY MARPA) AND DRIGUNG KAGYU VAJRAYOGINI CATALOGUE OF TEXTS: New translation of Nāropā’s ‘Innate Vajrayogini for Beginners’, ‘Eight Praises to Vajravārāhī’, catalogue of Drigung Kagyu Vajrayogini texts and lineage, and new text and teaching by Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche (June 2022)

GREAT COMPASSIONATE, GYALWA GYAMTSO: THE MIRACLE-MAKING MITRAYOGIN’S ‘DIRECT’ LINEAGE AND THE ‘FEARLESS’ TIBETAN TRANSLATOR, TROPHU LOTSAWA: Life-stories, empowerment and sadhana texts and teachings by 14th Dalai Lama

INTRODUCTION On the Saga Dawa day (14th June 2022), HH the 14th Dalai Lama bestowed the Nine Deity Gyalwa Gyamtso/Jinasagara empowerment.   The full four  empowerments, of Vase, Crown, Secret and Word were given and he emulated the Buddha in giving a prophecy of the enlightenment of those listening to him, and granted the uncommon Vajra… Continue reading GREAT COMPASSIONATE, GYALWA GYAMTSO: THE MIRACLE-MAKING MITRAYOGIN’S ‘DIRECT’ LINEAGE AND THE ‘FEARLESS’ TIBETAN TRANSLATOR, TROPHU LOTSAWA: Life-stories, empowerment and sadhana texts and teachings by 14th Dalai Lama

THE UNBREAKABLE DIAMOND ‘VAJRA MARRIAGE’ COMMITMENT RING: ‘UNTIL AWAKENING DO US PART’: Vajrayana samaya commitments and the fourteen root downfalls, in particular, related to ‘secret’ teachings and women

“Disclosing secret practice/teachings to the unempowered/unitiated/unripe is the seventh root downfall.” “Denigrating/abusing women, who are the nature of wisdom is the fourteenth root downfall.” ---- Indian mahsasiddha,Aśvaghoṣa from the Vajrayānamūlāpatti “Tantric practice [generation and completion stage] should be kept secret and should not be revealed or taught given to the uninitiated (without empowerment), unsuitable, unripe… Continue reading THE UNBREAKABLE DIAMOND ‘VAJRA MARRIAGE’ COMMITMENT RING: ‘UNTIL AWAKENING DO US PART’: Vajrayana samaya commitments and the fourteen root downfalls, in particular, related to ‘secret’ teachings and women

UPDATE FROM GBI ON TRANSLATOR, INA BIELER’S FUNDRAISER – OPTION TOREQUEST A REFUND AND DONATE DIRECTLY TO INA’S PAYPAL

Dear Dharma brothers and sisters As you can read from the GBI fundraiser update of 8th June (re-published below), there has been some positive movement in terms of an apology from them for the confusion as to who would own the money raised specifically for Ina, and in terms of removing any conditions for Ina… Continue reading UPDATE FROM GBI ON TRANSLATOR, INA BIELER’S FUNDRAISER – OPTION TOREQUEST A REFUND AND DONATE DIRECTLY TO INA’S PAYPAL

ANNOUNCEMENT RE 2ND KARMAPA, KARMA PAKSHI AND RED AVALOKITESHVARA/GYALWA GYAMTSO ARTICLE (2ND MAY 2022)

I just discovered today, that the 2nd Karmapa and Gyalwa Gyamtso article and new translation, which I posted on 29th April 2022, was changed with significant amounts of text and photos deleted from it on 4th May 2022. I have now fixed it, so it has the original content and images in it. I am… Continue reading ANNOUNCEMENT RE 2ND KARMAPA, KARMA PAKSHI AND RED AVALOKITESHVARA/GYALWA GYAMTSO ARTICLE (2ND MAY 2022)

GREEN TARA OF THE ‘BEYOND SUFFERING’ ACACIA FOREST (Sengdeng Nagki) AND THE FIVE DEITY TARA MANDALA OF FIRST KARMAPA: Overview of Green Tārā origin and lineage and new translation of Five Deity Green Tārā short daily practice from 1st Karmapa’s ‘Five sets of Five’

"Many desire enlightenment in a man’s body, while not even a single [person] strives for the benefit of sentient beings in a woman’s body. Therefore, I shall work for the benefit of sentient beings in a woman’s form as long as saṃsāra has not been emptied." --Noble Tārā's statement (as Princess Jñānacandrā) to sexist monks… Continue reading GREEN TARA OF THE ‘BEYOND SUFFERING’ ACACIA FOREST (Sengdeng Nagki) AND THE FIVE DEITY TARA MANDALA OF FIRST KARMAPA: Overview of Green Tārā origin and lineage and new translation of Five Deity Green Tārā short daily practice from 1st Karmapa’s ‘Five sets of Five’

BOOKS OF A LIFE: New ‘Collected Works’ website section

"Mikyo Dorje’s collected works were held together with wooden boards and leather straps. When the leather straps were undone, they fell apart into many pieces because they were so old. When we touched the cloth covering the text, dust clouds billowed up. Looking at it from the outside, you would have thought the text inside… Continue reading BOOKS OF A LIFE: New ‘Collected Works’ website section