INTRODUCTION On the Saga Dawa day (14th June 2022), HH the 14th Dalai Lama bestowed the Nine Deity Gyalwa Gyamtso/Jinasagara empowerment. The full four empowerments, of Vase, Crown, Secret and Word were given and he emulated the Buddha in giving a prophecy of the enlightenment of those listening to him, and granted the uncommon Vajra… Continue reading GREAT COMPASSIONATE, GYALWA GYAMTSO: THE MIRACLE-MAKING MITRAYOGIN’S ‘DIRECT’ LINEAGE AND THE ‘FEARLESS’ TIBETAN TRANSLATOR, TROPHU LOTSAWA: Life-stories, empowerment and sadhana texts and teachings by 14th Dalai Lama
"Empty does not mean completely empty but primordial awareness empty of dualistic appearances." "[The Heart Sutra] teaches that the ultimate perfectly established [nature] is empty of apparent samsara and nirvana. The primordial awareness of the perfectly established ultimate nature pervades all of samsara and nirvana but is not contaminated by either samsara or nirvana. Since… Continue reading MOTHER OF ALL THE BUDDHAS: PRAJNAPARAMITA AND THE ULTIMATE HEART ESSENCE
"There are already nuns within the Tibetan tradition who have received the full Bhikṣuṇī vow according to the Dharmagupta lineage and whom we recognize as fully ordained. One thing we could do is to translate the three primary monastic activities (Poṣadha, Varṣa, Prāvaraṇā) from the Dharmagupta lineage into Tibetan and encourage the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇīs to… Continue reading WHERE ARE THE GELONGMAS? DISCOVERING HIDDEN TREASURES: THE RARE GEMS OF LIVING TIBETAN BUDDHIST FULLY ORDAINED NUNS. A Pilgrimage and Field Study of Two Nunneries in Himachal Pradesh and fully ordained nuns within the Tibetan tradition.
བྱམས་དང་སྙིང་རྗེ་རྟ་ཕོ་ལ། ། གཞན་ཕན་གྱི་དཀྱུས་ཐོག་མ་བཅད་ན། །ཁྲོམ་ལྷ་མིའི་འོར་ཆེ་མི་འབྱུང་བས། ། སེམས་སྔོན་འགྲོ་འདི་ལ་ནན་གཏན་མཛོད། །On the stallion-horse of love and compassion,If stamina in the race of benefiting others is not present,The applaud of multitudes of gods and humans will not arise.Thus, earnestly strive for this preliminary mind! ---Verse from Song of Realization of Five-Fold Mahāmudrā by Jigten Sumgon Today, as an… Continue reading RIDING THE STALLION-HORSE MIND IN A CLOUD-FREE SKY: Five-fold Mahāmudrā in the Drigung Kagyu tradition: ‘Song of Realization’ by Jigten Sumgon and ‘Supplication’ by Rigdzin Chokyi Dragpa and 8th Garchen Rinpoche teachings 2022
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." --Dalai Lama. Introduction Today, as a continuation of the research and translations I have been doing on Avalokiteśvara (see here), I offer a short post on the 'Stairway to Potala: Guru Yoga of Avalokiteśvara', recently transmitted by HH 14th Dalai Lama during a… Continue reading STAIRWAY TO POTALA, SHORT GURU YOGA ON AVALOKITESHVARA by 14th Dalai Lama
Yesterday, the Tibetan exile online news publication, Phayul, reported that the Tibetan exile government cabinet had issued a strong rebuke of a Tibetan Buddhist lama, Tulku Orgyan Tobgyal as being ‘regrettable’ and ‘wrong’, for stating that empowerments cannot be given or taken online. Although I have not heard or read the exact comments by this… Continue reading MIND AS VAST AS SPACE: the question of giving and receiving of online empowerments
Today, I received this letter from the Office of HHDL regarding the recent translation I did of his compilation of teachings on Jonang and Shentong (Empty-of-Other). It is dated 20th June, before HH left for Ladakh, so it took a while to get it. I offered the translation to his personal assistant at the end… Continue reading Letter of thanks from the Office of HH Dalai Lama regarding translation of his Shentong and Jonang teachings
HH the 14th Dalai Lama has been a strong advocate and supporter of the Jonang teachings on Kālacakra and Shentong flourishing in exile. He was good friends with the late, 9th Jetsun Kalkha Dhampa. An example of HH's support can be read in his beautiful Aspiration for Jonang Teachings composed in 2001, full Tibetan and… Continue reading HH the 14th Dalai Lama on the Jonang Kālacakra Six Yogas and Shentong – English translation