‘THE SUNLIGHT OF HUMANITY’: DUDJOM RINPOCHE YANGSI’S PASSING AND NEW ‘ASPIRATION FOR HIS SWIFT RE-BIRTH’ BY 17TH GYALWANG KARMAPA

"Kye Ma Kye Hu!In the heart’s centre in the middle of Copper-Colored Mountain MansionSole father, Padmasambhava abiding in union with consort, think of us! Carried away by forceful gales of exhausted merit and negative karma,Look upon your helpless disciples in this dreadful state.Place of refuge, like the heart in one’s chest having departedLook upon your… Continue reading ‘THE SUNLIGHT OF HUMANITY’: DUDJOM RINPOCHE YANGSI’S PASSING AND NEW ‘ASPIRATION FOR HIS SWIFT RE-BIRTH’ BY 17TH GYALWANG KARMAPA

‘RAVISHING PEARL ROSARY: PRAISES TO MARICI’ AND THE ‘THOUSAND-FOLD OFFERINGS’. NEW SADHANA COMPOSITION BY 17TH KARMAPA

Whoever grasps and upholdsThese Ravishing Pearl Rosary Praises,May the teachings vastly expand for others,Like a  blissful sweet Summer lake!--excerpt from Praises to Mārīcī  contained in the 'Thousand-Fold Offerings to Mārīcī' by 17th Karmapa (tr, Adele Tomlin) On 17th February 2022, for the final day of the online Kagyu Monlam, the 17th Karmapa released another new… Continue reading ‘RAVISHING PEARL ROSARY: PRAISES TO MARICI’ AND THE ‘THOUSAND-FOLD OFFERINGS’. NEW SADHANA COMPOSITION BY 17TH KARMAPA

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

MIND-ONLY IN TIBET (PART II): FIVE DHARMAS OF MAITREYA; KAGYU, JONANG AND SAKYA ZHENTONG VIEWS AND DIFFERENCES; DOLPOPA’S ASSERTIONS ABOUT MIND-ONLY TEXTS AS ZHENTONG MIDDLE WAY; AND THE NEED FOR THE THIRD MAHAYANA SCHOOL ‘BUDDHA NATURE’ (17th Karmapa teaching, Day 8)

"Generally, when talking about the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, he had studied and contemplated the Five Levels and many other Mind-Only texts. However, he mainly emphasized the Dharmas of Maitreya, and was the first Kagyupa, in the general and the sub-Kagyu lineages to spread the teachings of the Dharmas of Maitreya in Tibet. He left… Continue reading MIND-ONLY IN TIBET (PART II): FIVE DHARMAS OF MAITREYA; KAGYU, JONANG AND SAKYA ZHENTONG VIEWS AND DIFFERENCES; DOLPOPA’S ASSERTIONS ABOUT MIND-ONLY TEXTS AS ZHENTONG MIDDLE WAY; AND THE NEED FOR THE THIRD MAHAYANA SCHOOL ‘BUDDHA NATURE’ (17th Karmapa teaching, Day 8)

‘MIND-ONLY’ PHILOSOPHY IN TIBET (PART I): Translation of Mind-Only texts into Tibetan, reasons why the Mind-Only School did not spread in Tibet, inaccurate explanations in Tibet of the Mind-Only view; and the classification of the five Dharmas of Maitreya (17th Karmapa teaching, Day 7, 2022))

"We think that the Mind-Only (Cittamatra) is just as it appears to the Middle Way (Madhyamaka) proponents. This is a rather dictatorial way of looking at it. It seems the Tibetans have not really treated the Middle Way that objectively or fairly. That is how I see it." "In brief, the situation that occurred is… Continue reading ‘MIND-ONLY’ PHILOSOPHY IN TIBET (PART I): Translation of Mind-Only texts into Tibetan, reasons why the Mind-Only School did not spread in Tibet, inaccurate explanations in Tibet of the Mind-Only view; and the classification of the five Dharmas of Maitreya (17th Karmapa teaching, Day 7, 2022))

DON’T BE LIKE ‘A FROG IN A WELL’: SANSKRIT-CHINESE TRANSLATORS, THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING OPEN MINDS AND STUDYING OTHER LANGUAGES AND VIEWS. Mind-Only Teachings by 17th Karmapa (Day 5)

Introduction The 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, is currently giving an online teaching on the origins and history of the Mind-Only, or Yogachara school of philosophy. as part of a two week teaching on Vasabhandu's Mind-Only text, the Triṃśikā-vijñaptimātratā (Chinese: 唯識三十論頌; Wéishí sānshí lùn sòng; Japanese: Yuishiki sanjūronju; Korean: 유식삼십송), also known simply as the Triṃśikā or  by its English… Continue reading DON’T BE LIKE ‘A FROG IN A WELL’: SANSKRIT-CHINESE TRANSLATORS, THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING OPEN MINDS AND STUDYING OTHER LANGUAGES AND VIEWS. Mind-Only Teachings by 17th Karmapa (Day 5)

BRILLIANT LIGHT-RAYS GODDESS, MĀRĪCĪ WHO OBLITERATES ALL DARKNESS: GYALWANG 17TH KARMAPA’S CHINESE-TIBETAN TRANSLATION OF THE ‘DHARANI OF MĀRĪCĪ

“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 can harm… Continue reading BRILLIANT LIGHT-RAYS GODDESS, MĀRĪCĪ WHO OBLITERATES ALL DARKNESS: GYALWANG 17TH KARMAPA’S CHINESE-TIBETAN TRANSLATION OF THE ‘DHARANI OF MĀRĪCĪ

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

‘DIFFICULT’ AND WILD WOMEN: THE INVISIBILITY AND OVERLOOKING OF FEMALES IN BUDDHISM, PAST AND PRESENT, PATRIARCHAL ACADEMIA AND FEMALE TOKENISM

“Those who wish to attain supreme enlightenment in a man’s body are many, but those who wish to serve the aims of beings in a woman’s body are few indeed; therefore may I, until this world is emptied out, work for the benefit of sentient beings in a woman’s body.” --Noble Tara (Origin of the… Continue reading ‘DIFFICULT’ AND WILD WOMEN: THE INVISIBILITY AND OVERLOOKING OF FEMALES IN BUDDHISM, PAST AND PRESENT, PATRIARCHAL ACADEMIA AND FEMALE TOKENISM

ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 12). BUDDHA THE RADICAL REVOLUTIONARY AND FEMINIST: WHEN ROYALTY BOWED TO LOWER CASTES AND WOMEN BECAME FULLY-ORDAINED SANGHA (by 17th Karmapa)

"Look at the disciples all together,their energy,their sincere effort.This is homage to the buddhas. Maya gave birth to Gautamafor the sake of us all.She has driven back painof the sick and dying." --Excerpt from Maha Pajapati (Gotami) Theri: A Mother's Blessing" (Thig 6.6) “For the Buddha, Gautama, his chief male disciples were Śāriputra and Maudgalyāyana, while… Continue reading ORIGINS OF SECRET MANTRA (DAY 12). BUDDHA THE RADICAL REVOLUTIONARY AND FEMINIST: WHEN ROYALTY BOWED TO LOWER CASTES AND WOMEN BECAME FULLY-ORDAINED SANGHA (by 17th Karmapa)