NEW ARTWORK REVIEW: SIX-ARMED MĀRĪCĪ (OZER CHENMA) BY 17TH KARMAPA

Today, the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje publicly released his new artwork of the brilliant light goddess Mārīcī (Ozer Chenma) as part of the forthcoming newly composed Thousand-fold Offering Ritual for Mārīcī, which will be performed online tomorrow, 17th February - the final day of the online Kagyu Monlam (2.30 pm IST). This new artwork above… Continue reading NEW ARTWORK REVIEW: SIX-ARMED MĀRĪCĪ (OZER CHENMA) BY 17TH KARMAPA

LADY WITH THE FLOWER: NOBLE TĀRĀ AND THE GYALWANG KARMAPAS. Overview of Karmapas’ works on Tārā and first translation of Tārā Supplication by 16th Karmapa

For Dākinī Day today, I offer the first overview of works on Tārā composed by the Karmapas. In addition, the first translation of brief Tārā supplication by the 16th Karmapa, Rigpe Dorje from the third volume of his Collected Works. For a translated outline of this third volume, see here.   First, a little background… Continue reading LADY WITH THE FLOWER: NOBLE TĀRĀ AND THE GYALWANG KARMAPAS. Overview of Karmapas’ works on Tārā and first translation of Tārā Supplication by 16th Karmapa

‘IF YOU EAT MEAT YOU ARE NOT KAGYUPA’: The 8th Karmapa and other Karmapas’ strict vegetarianism and the Great Encampment rules

On Days 13- 16, of the 'Good Deeds' teachings,  the Gyalwang 17th Karmapa gave detailed descriptions of the life of the 4th Karmapa and his founding of  the Karma Kagyu Great Encampment with its strict rules against meat eating and alcohol, as well as the reasons for the 8th Karmapa’s strong vegetarian stance. Today’s post… Continue reading ‘IF YOU EAT MEAT YOU ARE NOT KAGYUPA’: The 8th Karmapa and other Karmapas’ strict vegetarianism and the Great Encampment rules

Brilliant Light Goddess: Karmapa ‘s Tibetan Translation of the Dhāraṇī of Mārīcī (Ozer Chenma): Aspirations to End Adversity (Part I)

“There is a goddess named Mārīcī who goes ahead of the sun. Because she has the means of mastery over miracles, she always goes ahead of the sun. The sun cannot see her, but she can see the sun. No one can see her. No one can know her.  No one can catch her. No one… Continue reading Brilliant Light Goddess: Karmapa ‘s Tibetan Translation of the Dhāraṇī of Mārīcī (Ozer Chenma): Aspirations to End Adversity (Part I)

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