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

‘WAKING UP FROM THE SLUMBER OF IGNORANCE’: THE ‘KA-NYING’ CONNECTION. Reasons why the 8th Karmapa did not write Nyingma refutations and why people assumed he did, and the profound connection of the Karmapas and Nyingma Dharma, 3rd Karmapa as main disseminator of Dzogchen in Tibet, (17th Karmapa Spring teachings, Day 6)

"There are also many famous tertons who were disciples of the Karmapas. In fact, it is traditionally said that the person who had to determine whether a terton was authentic or not was the Karmapa. During the time of the Tai Situ Chokyi Junge, the terma practice spread widely in the Kamtsang, and many of… Continue reading ‘WAKING UP FROM THE SLUMBER OF IGNORANCE’: THE ‘KA-NYING’ CONNECTION. Reasons why the 8th Karmapa did not write Nyingma refutations and why people assumed he did, and the profound connection of the Karmapas and Nyingma Dharma, 3rd Karmapa as main disseminator of Dzogchen in Tibet, (17th Karmapa Spring teachings, Day 6)

‘CALLING A SPADE A SPADE’ AND THE ‘SEEDS OF HONESTY’: THE 8TH KARMAPA’S DIRECT AND UNBIASED WAY OF TEACHING AND HIS DENIAL OF AUTHORSHIP OF A DOCUMENT REFUTING THE NYINGMA SECRET MANTRA (17th Karmapa, Spring Teaching, Day 5 )

“ A mara/demon does not mean someone with a dark face with horns and is frightening.  That is a very limited way of thinking. Actually, a mara is something that prevents us from our Dharma activities, and achieving liberation and omniscience. Most of the time that is people around us, our parents, friends, loved ones,… Continue reading ‘CALLING A SPADE A SPADE’ AND THE ‘SEEDS OF HONESTY’: THE 8TH KARMAPA’S DIRECT AND UNBIASED WAY OF TEACHING AND HIS DENIAL OF AUTHORSHIP OF A DOCUMENT REFUTING THE NYINGMA SECRET MANTRA (17th Karmapa, Spring Teaching, Day 5 )

GOLDEN OFFERING FROM A WEALTHY NUN: THE 8TH KARMAPA’S COLLECTED WORKS: EDITIONS AND CONTENTS. Handwritten edition by 8th Karmapa, Outline edition by 5th Zhamarpa, 16th Century golden manuscript edition sponsored by wealthy nun, and contemporary editions

The 17th Karmapa is currently teaching on the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje’s life and deeds. In Day 5 of the teachings the Karmapa referred to the fact that after the 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi, the largest collected works of the Karmapas is that of the 8th Karmapa (said to be over thirty, hefty volumes in… Continue reading GOLDEN OFFERING FROM A WEALTHY NUN: THE 8TH KARMAPA’S COLLECTED WORKS: EDITIONS AND CONTENTS. Handwritten edition by 8th Karmapa, Outline edition by 5th Zhamarpa, 16th Century golden manuscript edition sponsored by wealthy nun, and contemporary editions

‘PRACTISING WHAT YOU PREACH AND TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK’: TRANSFORMING OTHERS’ NEGATIVITY INTO VIRTUE. The 8th Karmapa’s extraordinary way of responding to ‘harm-doers’, the amazing qualities of the Karmapas and the importance of non-bias and unity (17th Karmapa, Spring Teachings Day 4)

“When others unreasonably repaid kindness with harm,I’d think, “May the results all ripen on me,To never be experienced by this person,”And dedicated all the virtue to them.I think of this as one of my good deeds.” --8th Karmapa, 12th Verse from ‘Good Deeds’ "'The downtrodden worry about their own suffering, but noble beings worry about… Continue reading ‘PRACTISING WHAT YOU PREACH AND TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK’: TRANSFORMING OTHERS’ NEGATIVITY INTO VIRTUE. The 8th Karmapa’s extraordinary way of responding to ‘harm-doers’, the amazing qualities of the Karmapas and the importance of non-bias and unity (17th Karmapa, Spring Teachings Day 4)