PENETRATING THE BLISS WHEEL OF CHAKRASAMVARA ON THE SUPER FLOWER BLOOD MOON: New translation of short, daily five-deity Chakrasamvara sadhana by 3rd Karmapa and brief instructions on the nature of bliss and union by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

“First, the bliss [of the union] that arises comes from desire, the desirous bliss arises, and that has to arise first. However, once it has arisen, then you should look into it, where is that bliss? That feeling of bliss, that feeling of bliss is actually within your own mind, it is the natural state… Continue reading PENETRATING THE BLISS WHEEL OF CHAKRASAMVARA ON THE SUPER FLOWER BLOOD MOON: New translation of short, daily five-deity Chakrasamvara sadhana by 3rd Karmapa and brief instructions on the nature of bliss and union by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEING WITH THE “EYES OF KARMA”, ACCUMULATING MERIT, SPINNING PRAYER WHEELS AND WEARING MANTRAS.  (8th Garchen Rinpoche Teachings (April 2022)

‘All the wishes of a person who possesses merit will be accomplished and no demonic obstacles can cause them any harm.  They will quickly attain the state of liberation.’ “Until the two-fold accumulations have been completed, one will not realize the true meaning of emptiness.’ --scriptural quotations cited by 8th Garchen Rinpoche (April 2022) “So… Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEING WITH THE “EYES OF KARMA”, ACCUMULATING MERIT, SPINNING PRAYER WHEELS AND WEARING MANTRAS.  (8th Garchen Rinpoche Teachings (April 2022)

REVEALING ONE’S INNATE, SHINING ‘VAJRA’ FACE: YIDAM DEITY YOGA. Part II of the Five-fold Mahāmudrā path (Garchen Rinpoche teachings, January 2022)

“Vajra-holder, originator of samsara and nirvana, primordially perfected yidam, deity of the mandala appearing before ordinary beings to be tamed: I pray to the guru—the exalted deity!”   ---Rigdzin Chokyi Dragpa from 'Five-fold Mahāmudrā Supplication' "In one’s body, the king of deity forms, If the stable support of the unchanging base is not held, Mother dakinis,… Continue reading REVEALING ONE’S INNATE, SHINING ‘VAJRA’ FACE: YIDAM DEITY YOGA. Part II of the Five-fold Mahāmudrā path (Garchen Rinpoche teachings, January 2022)

GOING BACK TO OUR ROOTS: WATERING THE TREE OF LOVE AND COMPASSION TO REAP THE JUICY FRUIT OF AWAKENING. Bodhicitta, first of the Five-fold Māhamudrā path (8th Garchen Rinpoche teaching, January 2022)

དཔེར་ན་ལྗོན་ཤིང་སྡོང་པོ་ཡལ་ག་ལོ་འདབ་རྒྱས། །རྩ་བ་གཅིག་བཅད་ཡལ་ག་ཁྲི་འབུམ་སྐམ། །དེ་བཞིན་སེམས་ཀྱི་རྩ་བ་བཅད་ན་འཁོར་བའི་ལོ་འདབ་སྐམ། ༈For example, a tree trunk with foliage, branches and leaves;Chopping its single root, thousands of branches will wither.Likewise, if the root of mind is chopped, the foliage of samsara withers.---Tilopa from Ganges Māhamudrā “The embodiment of bodhicitta, which arises from a sea of loving-kindness and compassion, bestows the way to benefit and… Continue reading GOING BACK TO OUR ROOTS: WATERING THE TREE OF LOVE AND COMPASSION TO REAP THE JUICY FRUIT OF AWAKENING. Bodhicitta, first of the Five-fold Māhamudrā path (8th Garchen Rinpoche teaching, January 2022)

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

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

VICTORIOUS CROWN QUEEN, USHNISHA VIJAYA: DHARANI MANTRA THAT LENGTHENS LIFE-SPAN AND PROTECTS FROM ENTERING LOWER REALMS (8th Garchen Rinpoche teaching 2016)

"What determines the power of the practice is not the blessing of the deity, because the blessings of all the deities are the same, but it depends on how much we practice this deity.  The more we practice a deity the more powerful, the more beneficial it would become. and so therefore the greater will… Continue reading VICTORIOUS CROWN QUEEN, USHNISHA VIJAYA: DHARANI MANTRA THAT LENGTHENS LIFE-SPAN AND PROTECTS FROM ENTERING LOWER REALMS (8th Garchen Rinpoche teaching 2016)

GURU DEVOTION AND THE RESOUNDING SOUND OF EMPTINESS: Meeting Garchen Rinpoche, his activities and qualities and Q&A on Vajrayana Practice (teaching by Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche)

INTRODUCTION Here is a transcript of a teaching that Drikung Kagyu teacher, Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche gave in December 2020 [1] (orally translated from Tibetan by Ina Bieler) on how he met Garchen Rinpoche and the reasons for his devotion to him, followed by answers to some questions on Vajrayana practice[2]. This whole post and… Continue reading GURU DEVOTION AND THE RESOUNDING SOUND OF EMPTINESS: Meeting Garchen Rinpoche, his activities and qualities and Q&A on Vajrayana Practice (teaching by Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche)

GODDESS QUEEN OF SPACE: ACHI CHOKYI DROLMA. Life-Story, Texts, Depictions, ‘Praise to Achi’ by Jigten Sumgon and Teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

"The Chief of the activity ḍākinīs will come to the area of Tidro cave in Drikung. This will be a nirmanakāya manifestation of Vajrayogini." --Cakrasaṃvara root tantra “I, Achi Chokyi Dolma, wrote this sadhana of myself. By this, for 15 generations, this woman (I) will take care of you.    If it is important, call me. … Continue reading GODDESS QUEEN OF SPACE: ACHI CHOKYI DROLMA. Life-Story, Texts, Depictions, ‘Praise to Achi’ by Jigten Sumgon and Teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

MELODIOUS SONG OF THE DEMON-DESTROYING VAJRA (Dujom Dorje Luyang): Jamgon Kongtrul’s Vajrakīlaya Supplication, Text, Lineage, Three Aspirations and Four Kīlas plus full transcript of teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

'I do not seem phenomena, I only see dharmāta/their nature. I do not see sentient beings, I only see Buddhas. I do not see consciousness, I only see primordial wisdom.’ ‘Within bliss I find emptiness. From bliss arises the sambhogakāya and from clarity arises the nirmanakāya.’--Jetsun Milarepa "[When] a dark-blue weapon—the perfection of self-born rikpa—arises in… Continue reading MELODIOUS SONG OF THE DEMON-DESTROYING VAJRA (Dujom Dorje Luyang): Jamgon Kongtrul’s Vajrakīlaya Supplication, Text, Lineage, Three Aspirations and Four Kīlas plus full transcript of teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

‘LET IT BE’, THE SAMAYA LIFE-FORCE OF SECRET MANTRA VAJRAYANA: Immeasurable love, wisdom and the samayas of body, speech and mind; Vajrakīlaya teaching of 8th Garchen Rinpoche

 In brief, whatever you are doing,Ask yourself 'What's the state of my mind?'With constant mindfulness and mental alertnessAccomplish others' good -This is the practice of Bodhisattvas. --Verse 36 from Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva Introduction Today, I offer a short transcript of Garchen Rinpoche’s teaching about the Vajrayana commitments (samaya) of body, speech and mind,… Continue reading ‘LET IT BE’, THE SAMAYA LIFE-FORCE OF SECRET MANTRA VAJRAYANA: Immeasurable love, wisdom and the samayas of body, speech and mind; Vajrakīlaya teaching of 8th Garchen Rinpoche