THE INSEPARABILITY OF THE DAKINI LINEAGE’S RED AVALOKITESHVARA (GYALWA GYAMTSO) AND 2ND KARMAPA, KARMA PAKSHI: Five-Deity Mandala of Red Avalokiteshvara and Karma Pakshi’s Guru Yoga mandala; female siddha lineage of Machig Drupe Gyalmo to Rechungpa; PLUS NEW TRANSLATION of Supplication and Short Daily Practice of five-deity Red Avalokiteshvara by Third Karmapa

"In the centre, on an unchanging vajra seat is Bhagavan, Great Compassionate One Gyalwa Gyamtso, surrounded by retinue I supplicate with devotion and longing, Bestow the blessings of appearances and peace!“ དབུས་མི་འགྱུར་རྡོ་རྗེའི་གདན་སྟེང་ན། ། བཅོམ་ལྡན་ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེན་པོ་ལ། ། རྒྱལ་བ་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་ཚོགས་ཀྱིས་བསྐོར། ། བདག་མོས་གུས་གདུང་བས་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས། ། སྣང་སྲིད་བྱིན་གྱིས་བརླབ་ཏུ་གསོལ། ། ---Excerpt of 'Supplication to Gyalwa Gyamtso' by Jamgon Kongtrul “One could think there is… Continue reading THE INSEPARABILITY OF THE DAKINI LINEAGE’S RED AVALOKITESHVARA (GYALWA GYAMTSO) AND 2ND KARMAPA, KARMA PAKSHI: Five-Deity Mandala of Red Avalokiteshvara and Karma Pakshi’s Guru Yoga mandala; female siddha lineage of Machig Drupe Gyalmo to Rechungpa; PLUS NEW TRANSLATION of Supplication and Short Daily Practice of five-deity Red Avalokiteshvara by Third Karmapa

‘WALKING IN MY SHOES’: STORIES TO INSPIRE FAITH AND DEVOTION. THE IMPORTANCE OF LIBERATION-STORIES (NAMTHAR) OF GREAT BEINGS (17th Karmapa, (Day One. Spring Teachings 2022)

‘Through the form of its topic and language it [the liberation-story] must be a cause, when students see or hear it, to lead them to full liberation and omniscience.’ ---Second Drugchen, Kunga Peljor (1428-1476) cited by 17th Karmapa ‘A criticism from someone who does not know how to criticize, is better than praise from someone… Continue reading ‘WALKING IN MY SHOES’: STORIES TO INSPIRE FAITH AND DEVOTION. THE IMPORTANCE OF LIBERATION-STORIES (NAMTHAR) OF GREAT BEINGS (17th Karmapa, (Day One. Spring Teachings 2022)

‘EXPANDING SMILE OF A FEROCIOUS TIGER’ LOSAR GREETINGS BY 17th KARMAPA and NEW ARTWORK

Original artwork and Losar 2149 Verse by 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, see here: https://kagyuoffice.org/losar-tashi-delek/ 'ཚེ་ནོར་ལོངས་སྤྱོད་རླབས་ཕྲེང་འཕྲོ་བའི། །May life, wealth and resources flow wave after wave!བསོད་ནམས་ཆུ་བོ་དྲག་ཏུ་བབས་པའི་ངོགས། །Merit descend like a slope’s rapid current!དབང་ཐང་ འཛུམ་དྲུག་རྒྱས་པའི་དམར་ཡག་སྟག །Power and dominion expand like the smile* of a ferocious tiger!དེང་འདིར་ཁྱོད་ཀྱི་གྲོགས་སུ་རྩེན་གྱུར་ཅིག ། །Right here and now, may you become a frolicking playmate! For… Continue reading ‘EXPANDING SMILE OF A FEROCIOUS TIGER’ LOSAR GREETINGS BY 17th KARMAPA and NEW ARTWORK

DISMANTLING ARTIFICAL BOUNDARIES: Concepts of nations, ‘self’ and ‘other’; developing great love and compassion and ‘without borders’ ultimate nature. ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day 8)

“Then the ‘path clarifies confusion’. First, meditating on impermanence, clarifies the confusion of fixating on this life. Meditating on karmic cause and effect, clarifies the confusion of wrong views. Meditating on the defects of samsara, clarifies the confusion of attachment to samsara. Meditating on loving-kindness and compassion, clarifies the confusion of the Hinayana vehicles. Meditating… Continue reading DISMANTLING ARTIFICAL BOUNDARIES: Concepts of nations, ‘self’ and ‘other’; developing great love and compassion and ‘without borders’ ultimate nature. ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day 8)

‘THE CROWN JEWEL OF KAGYU’: Origin of the ‘Four Dharmas’; Gampopa’s Collected Works, Last Testament and Textual Sources : ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part IV)

"Read well the two-volume 'Collected Works of Gampopa', the crown jewel of all the Kagyu. These teachings on the union of Kadampa and Mahamudra are more wondrous and greater in blessings than other works and termas. The Kagyu masters of the past all received siddhi through these profound teachings.  Meeting the Buddha’s teachings through the… Continue reading ‘THE CROWN JEWEL OF KAGYU’: Origin of the ‘Four Dharmas’; Gampopa’s Collected Works, Last Testament and Textual Sources : ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part IV)

BIOGRAPHIES OF MAHASIDDHA TILOPA: Catalogue of Biographies and ‘Ḍākinī’s Instruction to Tilopa on the Bardo’

Statue of Tilopa carved out of Rhinoceros horn by the 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje. Preserved in Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India. Like space gazing at space, both the 'gazer' and the ‘gazed at’, are naturally dissolved in purity. from 'Wisdom Ḍākinī's Oral Instructions on the Bardo to Tilopa ' For Ḍākinī day today, I offer a… Continue reading BIOGRAPHIES OF MAHASIDDHA TILOPA: Catalogue of Biographies and ‘Ḍākinī’s Instruction to Tilopa on the Bardo’

KNOWING ONE LIBERATES ALL: Compilation of deities by 9th Karmapa and Kālacakra in Karma Kagyu: Transmissions and empowerments by 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche

'Knowing One Liberates All' - October 2019 I recently had the great fortune to attend the Liberating All by Knowing One (gChig shes kun grol) (sometimes translated as Knowing One Liberates All) empowerments given by Kagyu heart-son, HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche at his Palchen Chosling Monastery seat in Ralang, Sikkim from 8th until 20th October… Continue reading KNOWING ONE LIBERATES ALL: Compilation of deities by 9th Karmapa and Kālacakra in Karma Kagyu: Transmissions and empowerments by 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche