NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Mental Comrade of the Eight Worldly Distractions’ by Tenth Karmapa

10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje, self-portrait statue Recently, I wrote here about the great visionary artistic work and talent of the 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje (1604-1674). Here, for the new moon today, is the first translation of a short teaching contained in his Collected Works called ''Mental Comrade of the Eight Worldly Distractions '[1]. It is… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Mental Comrade of the Eight Worldly Distractions’ by Tenth Karmapa

‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’: 17th Karmapa’s outstanding activities for females

HH 17th Karmapa with Tibetan Buddhist nuns 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and female empowerment Within the male privileged environs of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, apart from well-meaning words and soundbites about women from very few male Tibetan Buddhist lamas, even fewer have put their ‘money and time where their mouth is’, such as that of HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.… Continue reading ‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’: 17th Karmapa’s outstanding activities for females

NEW TRANSLATION: Karmapa’s Midnight-Blue ‘Dakini Hair’ Crown: Praise, Source and Benefits by 8th Karmapa and 1st Jamgon Kongtrul

Today, on ḍākinī day, I offer new research and translation about the Karmapas’ black crowns (zhwa nag), that includes first-time published translations of original Tibetan texts by 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje, (1507-1554), Praise to the Source of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Black Crown, and Summary of the Benefits of the Black Crown by 1st Jamgon Kongtrul… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: Karmapa’s Midnight-Blue ‘Dakini Hair’ Crown: Praise, Source and Benefits by 8th Karmapa and 1st Jamgon Kongtrul

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Homage to the Magnificent Source of Kālacakra Six Vajra-Yogas’: Chapter One of ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

For this full moon today, am happy to publish the first English language translation of Chapter One – A Hundred Blazing Lights by Jetsun Tāranātha. Below is a reproduction of my detailed Introduction/Summary. For more information about the text, its editions and origin etc., see here. The full translation of Chapter One can be downloaded… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Homage to the Magnificent Source of Kālacakra Six Vajra-Yogas’: Chapter One of ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

A ‘Kagyu Treasure’ Tradition? Marpa’s Fifteen ‘Hidden Scrolls’ from Sekhar

Marpa the Translator. Statue said to be made by 10th Karmapa. (Source: Asianart.com) Recently, I have been delving into the history and works of the Karmapas and their connection to the great treasure-revealers of the Treasure tradition, such as Chogyur Lingpa and Zilnon Namkhe Dorje. It is often incorrectly assumed that treasures and their revelation… Continue reading A ‘Kagyu Treasure’ Tradition? Marpa’s Fifteen ‘Hidden Scrolls’ from Sekhar

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Excellent Path to Awakening: Lineage Prayer to the ‘Seven Profound Cycle’ Kīla’ by Chogyur Lingpa

Chogyur Lingpa -Treasure Revealer For this Guru Rinpoche day, and the final day of the Vajrakīlaya Drubchen at Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India, I offer this first translation of the Excellent Path to Awakening : Lineage Prayer to the Seven Profound Cycle Kīla (Zabdun tradition), revealed by Chogyur Lingpa. As I wrote about here, the Seven… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Excellent Path to Awakening: Lineage Prayer to the ‘Seven Profound Cycle’ Kīla’ by Chogyur Lingpa

The Black Hat Eccentric: Tenth Karmapa, Choying Dorje, Supreme Artist and Visionary

10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje (17th Century Statue, said to be a self-portrait by the 10th Karmapa. See: https://www.asianart.com/articles/10karmapa/19.html) Today, I was delighted to watch Himalaya Art website’s new video giving an overview the 10th Karmapa (1604-1674) (chos dbyings rdo rje)’s artistic works. This short blog post pulls together and condenses some of the information and… Continue reading The Black Hat Eccentric: Tenth Karmapa, Choying Dorje, Supreme Artist and Visionary

The Karmapas, Chogyur Lingpa and Vajrakīlaya

Vajrakīlaya Rumtek monastery, the seat of the Gyalwang Karmapa in Sikkim, India[1], is currently performing the annual Vajrakīlaya ritual in the tradition of The Seven Profound Cycle Phurba (Zab bdun phur ba) tradition of treasure-revealer, Chogyur Lingpa. Monks at Rumtek monastery, Sikkim constructing the Vajrakīlaya sand mandala (August 2020) Vajrakilaya drubchen, Rumtek monastery, Sikkim (August… Continue reading The Karmapas, Chogyur Lingpa and Vajrakīlaya

16th Karmapa’s Transmission Record and Kālacakra lineages

16th Karmapa, Rigpe Dorje (image from Volume II of his Collected Works) Recently, I have been doing some research on the 15th Karmapa’s lineage of Immortal Life-essence Bindu, and whom he passed it onto (if anyone) more on that in the future. In 2016, the Tsurphu Labrang together with Tashi Tsering of Amnye Institute in… Continue reading 16th Karmapa’s Transmission Record and Kālacakra lineages