‘KNOWER OF THE THREE TIMES’ MASTER WITH THE MIDNIGHT-BLUE DAKINI HAT: New artwork and poetic verse released for the anniversary of the 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa

Yesterday, was the anniversary of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa (karma pa 01 dus gsum mkhyen pa chos kyi grags pa, 1110-1193). The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje released an exquisitely beautiful painting of the renowned master together with an accompanying poetic praise.

The First Karmapa’s name Dusum Khyenpa means ‘knower of the three times’. As the praise has not yet been translated (or published) in English, I provide a provisional one below.

Also here is a list of links on previous articles and translations I have done on 1st Karmapa.

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’

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to the Life of 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa’ by 8th Karmapa

Vajrayogini and the 1st Karmapa

LION-FACED DAKINI (Siṃhamukhā): Bari Lotsawa, Vanaratna, and Terma revealed by 1st Karmapa: ‘Aspirations to End Adversity’ with 17th Karmapa (Day VIII: part 2)



“Temporary stains in the pure space expanse are

The entertaining play of the union of primordial wisdom and luminosity

Who totally expels the murky muckiness of what is knowable in the three times

Glorious Jetsun, today I remember.”

Written and translated on a long train ride! May we all remember the great realisations and life-story of Jetsun Dusum Khyenpa!

Adele Tomlin, 27th December 2022.


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