NEW: Guru Padmasambhava page and sacred places in Bhutan

Today for Guru Rinpoche Day, the tenth day of the sacred lunar month of Saga Dawa, here is a brief catalogue of the works and research so far published on Guru Padmasambhava and his two main students/consorts, Yeshe Tsogyel and Mandarava. These are now listed on a new website page dedicated to Padmasambhava. Work on… Continue reading NEW: Guru Padmasambhava page and sacred places in Bhutan

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to the Life of 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa’ by 8th Karmapa

A few days ago, Karma Kagyu monastic centres commemorated the paranirvana of the 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa (dus gsum mkhyen pa, 1110-1193), who is the founder of the Karma Kagyu lineage (passed down from Gampopa) and said to be the first Tibetan teacher to start the  official ‘tulku’ system, by predicting where and when he… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to the Life of 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa’ by 8th Karmapa

ANNOUNCEMENT: ‘Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga’ text download and requirements to practice

Yesterday, I posted the first translation of a Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga text by the 15th Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje. However, due to some technical issues, an earlier version of the text was uploaded. For those who have already downloaded the prior version please upload the correct version here. There have also been a few queries… Continue reading ANNOUNCEMENT: ‘Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga’ text download and requirements to practice

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Yeshe Tsogyel Guru Yoga’ by 15th Karmapa

Yeshe Tshogyel depicted in union with Guru Rinpoche "You are a fully qualified dakini and the mother who gives life to all triumphant buddhas. Yours is the great force of all buddhas, as the motherly loving protector of all beings of the six realms. My own qualities as Lotus-Born don’t come from me— they come… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Yeshe Tsogyel Guru Yoga’ by 15th Karmapa

‘Embodiment of all the Buddhas’: Twenty-three short Karmapa Guru Yoga texts by the 15th Karmapa

15th Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje For today’s full ‘blue moon’, it is a pleasure to offer the first translation of Embodiment of all the Buddhas Guru Yoga[i] by the 15th Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje, (mkha' khyab rdo rje, 1871/2-1921/2).  This Guru Yoga is in a Collection of Works by the Garland of Karmapas[ii], published in Lhasa, Tibet… Continue reading ‘Embodiment of all the Buddhas’: Twenty-three short Karmapa Guru Yoga texts by the 15th Karmapa

NEW TRANSLATIONS: ‘Seeing the Face of Karma Pakshi: 2nd Karmapa Guru Yoga texts’ by Yongey Mingyur Dorje and 15th Karmapa

2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi (1204-1283) Great bliss, dharmadhātu, great bindu Unstoppable, creative display of natural-appearance Vajrasattva, Karmapa With unbroken confidence from my heart, I approach you. Primordial awareness kāya of all the Buddhas Arising as a chakra of the illusory magical net Mandala of the great-bliss guru. I will reveal here the instructions for approaching.… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATIONS: ‘Seeing the Face of Karma Pakshi: 2nd Karmapa Guru Yoga texts’ by Yongey Mingyur Dorje and 15th Karmapa

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

Tibetan script of Guru Padmasambhava’s prophecy on 15th to 21st Karmapas, as revealed by Chogyur Lingpa

Recently, I wrote about the 15th Karmapa and how his incarnation was predicted by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) as revealed to terton Chogyur Lingpa (1829-1870). Although there are a few online accounts of this revelation and what Guru Rinpoche prophesised, I had not see the original 19th Century Tibetan script of it. So, here today, am… Continue reading Tibetan script of Guru Padmasambhava’s prophecy on 15th to 21st Karmapas, as revealed by Chogyur Lingpa

15th Karmapa on the ‘Immortal Life-Essence Bindu’ treasure: long-life practice of Padmasambhava and Mandāravā

Thangka of the Immortal Life-Essence Bindu (Chime Sogtig) For Ḍākinī day today am happy to offer this article (and new translation) of the 15th Karmapa’s lineage supplication, and information about his works on a treasure cycle, Immortal Life-Essence Bindu, the long-life practice of Guru Rinpoche and Mandāravā. (Scroll down for the translation, it can also… Continue reading 15th Karmapa on the ‘Immortal Life-Essence Bindu’ treasure: long-life practice of Padmasambhava and Mandāravā

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Aspiration for the Prospering of the Ultimate Meaning Teachings’ by 15th Karmapa

15th Karmapa, Khakhyab Dorje , also in this image are Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (see https://www.himalayanart.org/items/41029) By the source of the blessings, the jewel-garland of Kagyu Subjugator of Appearances, Pema Thothreng Tsal[i] Speech treasury of the garland of Guru Buddhas, and Blessings of the truth of compassion and bodhicitta, May the… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Aspiration for the Prospering of the Ultimate Meaning Teachings’ by 15th Karmapa