“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived; but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou “Those in power write the history, while those who suffer write the songs.” --Frank Harte “History is written by the victors.” –-Winston Churchill INTRODUCTION So as the final part of my Ladakh research trilogy… Continue reading LADAKH TRILOGY (PART III): THE DRUGPA (DRAGON) KAGYU IN LADAKH. Tiger’s Nose (Stakna) Monastery, a cathartic Lama Chopa puja, Tibetan History and masters: past and present, the Bhutanese connection, current activities/teachers and the Kung Fu cycling nuns
INTRODUCTION "Out of great compassion, the authentic, perfect Buddha taught three levels of the Dharma wheels depending on the thinking and capacities of those to be tamed. First, he taught in Varanasi where he turned the Dharma wheel of the four noble truths. Second, was at Vulture’s Peak, the Dharma wheel without characteristics. Third, in… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘THE THIGLE DROP THAT ILLUMINATES THE EQUAL TO SPACE CHAKRASAMVARA TANTRA’ BY JE PHAGMO DRUPA
“In 1697, the Ganden Phodrang government in Tibet launched a war against Ladakh. The operation was led by Mongol Prince, Ganden Tsewang, grandson of Gushri Khan , who had conquered central and Eastern Tibetan lands decades earlier through a series of military campaigns on behalf of the 5th Dalai Lama.” --Jigme Nawang (2015) in 'Why… Continue reading LADAKH TRILOGY (PART II): THE DALAI LAMAS IN LADAKH. Ladakhi King Senge Namgyal and the Gelug/Tibet-Mongolian takeover of Ladakh; Drugpa Kagyu and the subsequent banning of Gelug in Bhutan; and 14th Dalai Lama activities in Ladakh
For Dakini Day today, am offering a new research piece and photographs of the Karma Kagyu monastery in Ladakh, called Karma Drubgyu Choling, on the outskirts of Leh. Not to be mistaken for the Karma Drubgyu Tharling (Tilokpur) nunnery, located in Himachal Pradesh, India, as I have written about here. I am currently on… Continue reading LADAKH TRILOGY (PART I): THE KARMAPAS IN LADAKH. Previous visits and the Karma Drubgyu Monastery
Here is a full, edited transcript of HH 17th Karmapa’s moving and profound teaching on the root cause of peace and end to conflict on 'Developing Loving Kindness' that he gave on 10th July 2022, for Karma Triyana Dharmachakra centre. The video of the teaching in English and Tibetan is here. TRANSCRIPT “Good morning everybody,… Continue reading PEACE COMES FROM WITHIN AND LOVING-KINDNESS. Transcript of 17th Karmapa’s recent teaching on loving-kindness and compassion.
“At the ‘understanding’ of one’s hidden afflictions,There is nothing other than ‘primordial awareness’If you practice meaningfully, it is like thatSounds of empty words are of trivial value.”ཉོན་མོངས་རང་མཚང་རིག་པ་ན། །ཡེ་ཤེས་བྱ་བ་ལོགས་ན་མེད། །དོན་ཉམས་སུ་ལེན་ན་དེ་ལྟར་ཡིན། །ཚིག་སྟོང་པའི་སྒྲ་ལ་དགོས་པ་ཆུང་། །--Excerpt from Je Milarepa's Ten Paramitas Song (tr. Adele Tomlin) “It is just like you have a crystal ball and all the qualities are included within… Continue reading MELTING THE HEART AND LETTING IT BE: REALISING THE PERFECTION OF WISDOM. Teaching on the Heart Sutra by 8th Garchen Rinpoche (July 2022)
Today, for the full moon, am happy to announce the launch of a new Youtube channel connected to Dakini Translations, after requests from people for interviews and verbal teachings. I have first created an Introduction to the website, where I speak about my role model, philosophy, motivation and vision relating to Dharma translation. I don't… Continue reading ‘DAKINI ORATIONS’: LAUNCH OF NEW VIDEO CHANNEL WITH INTRODUCTION TO THE VISION, PHILOSOPHY AND MOTIVATION OF DAKINI TRANSLATIONS
"Begging in the bazaar one market day, he paused at a house of pleasure, and his karma effected this fateful encounter with a courtesan, who was an incarnate, worldly Dakini. Gazing through him at the nature of his mind, the Dakini said, “Your four psychic centers and their energies are quite pure, but there is… Continue reading ‘THE FISH-GUT EATER’ (LUIPA)’S CHAKRASAMVARA DIRECT FROM VAJRAVARAHI: Liberation-Story, Lineages and texts within the Gelugpa tradition
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” –HH 14th Dalai Lama"Illusory, self-manifesting appearances, naked ne ne,reference-less awareness, luminous la la;the inexpressible expanse lingers la la;the Great Bliss flickering li li .སྒྱུ་མའི་རང་སྣང་རྗེན་ནེ་ནེ། །གཏད་མེད་རིག་པ་གསལ་ལ་ལ། །བརྗོད་མེད་དབྱིངས་སུ་ཐལ་ལ་ལ། །བདེ་བ་ཆེན་པོའི་ཁྲིལ་ལི་ལི།--one of the 14th Dalai Lama's favourite quotes by Jetsun Taranatha (tr. Adele Tomlin) Today is… Continue reading HAPPY 87TH BIRTHDAY OFFERING TO HH 14TH DALAI LAMA
There is much misunderstanding about tantric sexual union practice in Vajrayana, as practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This is one of the main reasons it is kept 'secret' and only for the initiated. For many, including some well-known Tibetan Buddhist male teachers, it is seen, and used, as another outlet for hedonistic lust, predatory… Continue reading THE MALE-FEMALE TANTRIC UNION IN VAJRAYANA: HOMOPHOBIC HETERONORMATIVITY OR BASIC BIOLOGICAL AND INNER ESSENCES?