POETRY THE ‘FIRE-SPARK’ OF A BURNING HEART. Tibetan poetry and translation in Tibet and exile, remembering Tibetan poet, Chen Metak and new tribute poem “Stoked with Love”

“Some have arranged two masks,When sporting the black one, they walk in great humilityWhile wearing the white one, they walk dragging their whips behind." --Excerpt from “Strange World” poem by Chen Metak “An artist, if s/he’s unselfish and passionate, is always a living protest. Just to open his mouth is to protest: against conformism, against… Continue reading POETRY THE ‘FIRE-SPARK’ OF A BURNING HEART. Tibetan poetry and translation in Tibet and exile, remembering Tibetan poet, Chen Metak and new tribute poem “Stoked with Love”

PRICELESS MAGIC IN THE BONES: DIAMONDS IN THE DIRT TO THE CROWN JEWELS OF INDIA, BUDDHA’S RELICS. Background and review of the Buddha’s relics exhibited in the National Museum, New Delhi

“Mahākāśyapa let out a long sigh, said a few verses, and circumambulated the pyre seven times. After Mahākāśyapa had seen the Buddha’s remains the pyre self-ignited. They had tried to ignite the remains several times but had been unable to do so. Now, the remains naturally ignited themselves.” “This third nirvana is called the “final… Continue reading PRICELESS MAGIC IN THE BONES: DIAMONDS IN THE DIRT TO THE CROWN JEWELS OF INDIA, BUDDHA’S RELICS. Background and review of the Buddha’s relics exhibited in the National Museum, New Delhi

“THE ESSENCE OF GLORY: A SHAKYAMUNI PUJA IN THE KADAMPA TRADITION”: NEW SADHANA BY 17TH GYALWANG KARMAPA. Inspirations behind its composition, an overview of the new sadhana, and transcript of the teaching by 17th Karmapa

"Should I pay homage first to you? Or before that to the great compassionThat remained in samsara, despite knowing all its faults?" --Excerpt from Essence Of Glory: A Shakyamuni Puja by 17th Karmapa "The reason why we have the Buddhist teachings, is because of the kindness of the Buddha Shakyamuni. So, all of us Buddhists… Continue reading “THE ESSENCE OF GLORY: A SHAKYAMUNI PUJA IN THE KADAMPA TRADITION”: NEW SADHANA BY 17TH GYALWANG KARMAPA. Inspirations behind its composition, an overview of the new sadhana, and transcript of the teaching by 17th Karmapa

STAINLESS IN THE WOMB AND THE MOON: NEW CONCISE LIBERATION-STORY AND ARTWORK OF 3RD KARMAPA (by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa)

"The one known as Dusum Khyenpa and the stainless, Dharmakaya Rangjung Dorjeare different in name and time, yet Actually, they are the same in essence." --2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi in his autobiography, Discourse on the Realization of the Oneness of the Timeless Three Times and Perfection of Great Abilities  "Then the 3rd Karmapa recited the… Continue reading STAINLESS IN THE WOMB AND THE MOON: NEW CONCISE LIBERATION-STORY AND ARTWORK OF 3RD KARMAPA (by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa)

A CELIBATE LIFE WITH LITTLE DESIRE FOR WORLDLY PLEASURES: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MONASTICS AND HOUSEHOLDERS: Origin and development of the Vinaya rules, the eight kinds of precepts, four defeats, the origin and meaning of the Pratimoksha Sutra and comparison between different Vinaya versions and schools (Day Four, 17th Karmapa teaching, August 2022)

"The four parajikas (defeats) are rules entailing expulsion from the monastic community (Sangha) for life. If a monk or nun breaks any one of the rules he/she is automatically 'defeated' in the monastic life and falls from it immediately. S/He is not allowed to become a monk/nun again in his/her lifetime. Intention is necessary in… Continue reading A CELIBATE LIFE WITH LITTLE DESIRE FOR WORLDLY PLEASURES: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MONASTICS AND HOUSEHOLDERS: Origin and development of the Vinaya rules, the eight kinds of precepts, four defeats, the origin and meaning of the Pratimoksha Sutra and comparison between different Vinaya versions and schools (Day Four, 17th Karmapa teaching, August 2022)

THOSE WHO ‘APPROACH VIRTUE’ (GENYEN), ‘ADOPT VIRTUE’ (GELONG) AND “ASPIRE FOR VIRTUE TOGETHER’ (GEDUN): THE FORMATION, MEANING AND LIFESTYLE OF THE EARLY BUDDHIST SANGHA (Day 1, Karmapa’s Summer teaching (2022)

“They are worthy of veneration with palms joined together.They are worthy of receiving prostrations.They are a glorious field of merit.They provide a great purification of offerings.They are an object of generosity.They are in every way the greatest object of generosity." ---Excerpt about the Sangha, from Sutra on the Recollection of the Three Jewels “In any… Continue reading THOSE WHO ‘APPROACH VIRTUE’ (GENYEN), ‘ADOPT VIRTUE’ (GELONG) AND “ASPIRE FOR VIRTUE TOGETHER’ (GEDUN): THE FORMATION, MEANING AND LIFESTYLE OF THE EARLY BUDDHIST SANGHA (Day 1, Karmapa’s Summer teaching (2022)

CONCISE LIBERATION-STORY OF JE GAMPOPA BY 17th GYALWANG KARMAPA (2022): Influential doctor, Kadampa Masters, Milarepa’s Dream and Unifying Sutra and Tantra

"That physician, Gampopa will benefit many sentient beings. Last night, I had a dream that a yellow bird flew away from me in the direction of central Tibet. It landed on the peak of a great mountain. Then many large flocks of geese from all directions gathered there. After a short while, each flock was… Continue reading CONCISE LIBERATION-STORY OF JE GAMPOPA BY 17th GYALWANG KARMAPA (2022): Influential doctor, Kadampa Masters, Milarepa’s Dream and Unifying Sutra and Tantra

‘NAKEDLY SEEING THE DHARMAKAYA’ FULL MOON OFFERINGS FOR JE GAMPOPA DAY: English language outline and overview of Je Gampopa Guru Yoga by Jamgon Kongtrul and other Guru Yoga/Praises Texts; the Paranirvana of Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje and live online puja today led by17th Gyalwang Karmapa

Gleaming golden-white, smiling, with with slender, gazing eyes.On the head, a meditation hat, wearing the three Dharma robes.With the samadhi mudra, holding a wish-fulfilling jewelSeated in vajra posture, blazing with magnificent bliss-emptiness. དཀར་སེར་བརྗིད་འཛུམ་ཟིམ་བུའི་སྤྱན་གྱིས་གཟིགས། །དབུ་ལ་སྒོམ་ཞྭ་སྐུ་ལ་ཆོས་གོས་གསུམ། ། ཏིང་འཛིན་ཕྱག་རྒྱས་ཡིད་བཞིན་ནོར་བུ་བསྣམས། །རྡོ་རྗེ་སྐྱིལ་ཀྲུང་བདེ་སྟོང་གཟི་བརྗིད་འབར། ། OM AH HUM MAHAGURU VAJRADHARA HUM ༀ་ཨཱཿཧཱུྃ་མ་ཧཱ་གུ་རུ་བཛྲ་དྷཱ་ར་ཧཱུྃ། ---Excerpt from 'Nakedly Seeing the Dharmakāya: Gampopa's Guru Yoga' by… Continue reading ‘NAKEDLY SEEING THE DHARMAKAYA’ FULL MOON OFFERINGS FOR JE GAMPOPA DAY: English language outline and overview of Je Gampopa Guru Yoga by Jamgon Kongtrul and other Guru Yoga/Praises Texts; the Paranirvana of Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje and live online puja today led by17th Gyalwang Karmapa

LADAKH TRILOGY (PART I): THE KARMAPAS IN LADAKH. Previous visits and the Karma Drubgyu Monastery

  For Dakini Day today, am offering a new research piece and photographs of the Karma Kagyu monastery in Ladakh, called Karma Drubgyu Choling, on the outskirts of Leh. Not to be mistaken for the Karma Drubgyu Tharling (Tilokpur) nunnery, located in Himachal Pradesh, India, as I have written about here. I am currently on… Continue reading LADAKH TRILOGY (PART I): THE KARMAPAS IN LADAKH. Previous visits and the Karma Drubgyu Monastery

8TH KARMAPA ON CHOD: TEXTS AND LINEAGE. New translation of 8th Karmapa’s short daily Chod practice and full transcription of 17th Karmapa Chod teaching

“What should one do when sick?---Chop up your body and offer it as feast. Hide concepts as treasure in the nature of phenomena. And moreover do it many times. Don’t give rise to joy if you get better. No matter what sickness occurs in the manifesting circumstances, know that each one is a training exercise.… Continue reading 8TH KARMAPA ON CHOD: TEXTS AND LINEAGE. New translation of 8th Karmapa’s short daily Chod practice and full transcription of 17th Karmapa Chod teaching