‘SIMULTANEOUSLY-ARISEN’, LIKE SUN AND SUNLIGHT: Dagpo Gampopa on the meaning of ‘simultaneously-arisen’, ‘white panacea’ and Dzogchen in the context of Mahāmudrā

Simultaneously-arisen ‘mind-itself’[1] is dharmakāya.Simultaneously-arisen appearances are the light of dharmakāya.Simultaneously-arisen ‘mind-itself’ is  the nature or essence.Simultaneously-arisen appearances are thoughts that arise from [that].Like the sun and rays of the sun, or sandalwood and scent of sandalwood[2]. སེམས་ཉིད་ལྷན་ཅིག་སྐྱེས་པ་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྐུ༎ སྣང་བ་ལྷན་ཅིག་སྐྱེས་པ་ཆོས་སྐུའི་འོད༎ སེམས་ཉིད་ལྷན་ཅིག་སྐྱེས་པ་ནི༎ སེམས་ཀྱི་རང་བཞིན་ནམ་ངོ་བོ་དེ་ཡིན༎ སྣང་བ་ལྷན་ཅིག་སྐྱེས་པ་ནི༎ དེ་ལས་བྱུང་བའི་རྣམ་པར་རྟོག་པ་དེ་ཡིན༎ དེ་ཡང་ཉི་མ་དང་ཉི་མའི་འོད་བཞིན་ནམ༎ ཙན་དན་དང་ཙན་དན་གྱི་དྲི་ལྟ་བུ་ཡིན༎   “Once, when Milarepa was in the company of many people,… Continue reading ‘SIMULTANEOUSLY-ARISEN’, LIKE SUN AND SUNLIGHT: Dagpo Gampopa on the meaning of ‘simultaneously-arisen’, ‘white panacea’ and Dzogchen in the context of Mahāmudrā

GURUS OF THE 8th KARMAPA (PART I): 2nd GOSHRI GYELTSAB, THE MAN WHO CHOSE THE 8th KARMAPA DESPITE BRIBES AND BITTER DIVISION IN THE KAGYU GREAT ENCAMPMENT

2nd Goshri Gyeltsab, Tashi Namgyel (1490 – 1516) "I met the great being, the Nyewo Goshri Tulku Tashi Namgyel, an emanation of Milarepa's disciple Zhiwa Wo (zhi ba 'od) and of the bodhisattva Peljor Dondrub [1st Goshri Gyeltsab]. He gave me the Mahāyāna fasting vows and empowerments, blessings, and pith instructions including Avalokiteśvara Ocean of… Continue reading GURUS OF THE 8th KARMAPA (PART I): 2nd GOSHRI GYELTSAB, THE MAN WHO CHOSE THE 8th KARMAPA DESPITE BRIBES AND BITTER DIVISION IN THE KAGYU GREAT ENCAMPMENT

MEAT IS MURDER: ‘Tibetan Buddhist Vegetarianism: Ancient and Modern’ compiled teachings by 17th Karmapa

"How devastatingly hateful this murdering beings ‘custom’!How hugely regrettable this self-deception ‘custom’!How heavy a weight this killing parents ‘custom’!How much wrong action for this stacks of meat ‘custom’!What to be done for this masses of blood ‘custom’!However hungry, this eating meat ‘custom ’!What are these mental appearances of this delusional ‘ custom ’?!Such major evil… Continue reading MEAT IS MURDER: ‘Tibetan Buddhist Vegetarianism: Ancient and Modern’ compiled teachings by 17th Karmapa

BIRTHDAY PRAISE AND OFFERINGS TO THE GOSHRI GYELTSAB: Translation of ‘Praises to 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche’ by 17th Karmapa and new biography of 2nd Gyeltsab Rinpoche, Tashi Namgyel

Stony-faced one without a fake smiling mask, Straight-talker, not spouting phony praise Master of Tantric discipline, who rarely talks Victorious Gyeltsab, I praise you! ---excerpt from 'Praises to 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche' by 17th Karmapa New Translation: Praises to Goshri Gyeltsab by 17th Karmapa Today, for the full moon, and the 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche’s 68th birthday,… Continue reading BIRTHDAY PRAISE AND OFFERINGS TO THE GOSHRI GYELTSAB: Translation of ‘Praises to 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche’ by 17th Karmapa and new biography of 2nd Gyeltsab Rinpoche, Tashi Namgyel

CHOD LINEAGES AND MACHIG LABDRON: Indic-Tibetan Sources, Contemporary Works, The Karmapas and ‘The Long Lineage Supplication to Machig” by Bengar Jampel Zangpo

 Girl, expose your hidden faults, Trample down grudges, Lift up the powerless, Sever obscurations, Behold craving, Wander in scary places! Knowing that all beings are like space, In dangerous places, seek the Buddha within yourself. In the future, your teachings will be as bright as the sun rising in the sky! བུ་མོ་ཁྱོད་མཚང་ཡུལ་ནས་འདོན་། མི་ཕོད་པ་རྫིས་་མི་ནུབ་པ་བསྐུར་། འཁྲིབ་ཆོད་།་ཞེན་པ་མཐོང་། གཉནས་འགྲིམ་།སེམས་ཅན་ནམ་མཁའ་ལྟར་ཤེས་པར་གྱིས་ལ་།… Continue reading CHOD LINEAGES AND MACHIG LABDRON: Indic-Tibetan Sources, Contemporary Works, The Karmapas and ‘The Long Lineage Supplication to Machig” by Bengar Jampel Zangpo

THE ‘SINGLE-SITTING’ VEGETARIAN PRACTICE: Sakya Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo’s vegetarianism; Kālacakra master, Śākyaśrī and the four monastic communities (Joden Tshogpa Zhi); the Gedun Gangpa’s monastic ordination of the 4th-8th Karmapas

Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo, 15th Century Tibetan thangka (1382-1456) (see Teacher (Lama) - Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo (Himalayan Art)) Hey! Followers of mine, give up the impure lifestyle of consuming meat, alcohol, and the like! Being the sole basis of all marvelous qualities, cherish the precious discipline more than your life! --Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo, An Epistle Benefitting… Continue reading THE ‘SINGLE-SITTING’ VEGETARIAN PRACTICE: Sakya Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo’s vegetarianism; Kālacakra master, Śākyaśrī and the four monastic communities (Joden Tshogpa Zhi); the Gedun Gangpa’s monastic ordination of the 4th-8th Karmapas

NEW PAGE: ‘BUDDHIST VEGETARIANISM’

Contrary to popular belief, and despite the difficulties of giving up meat in countries like Tibet (due to lack of plant food available), there are many examples of Tibetan Buddhist masters who advocated strict vegetarianism. One recent article, 'The Hidden Vegetarians of Tibet' by Geoffrey Barstow (author of 'Food of Sinful Demons: Meat, Vegetarianism, and… Continue reading NEW PAGE: ‘BUDDHIST VEGETARIANISM’

RULES OF BUDDHIST CONDUCT (VINAYA) FOR MONASTICS (AND LAYPEOPLE) ON EATING MEAT: 17th Karmapa on the Vinaya rules on ‘offered’ meat and the three ‘tests’ of impurity

Drawing of Buddha's Alms Bowl by Alexander Cunningham in 19th Century In the second half of Day 16 (see https://youtu.be/fGMrJfya0oI), the 17th Karmapa spoke about the different Vinaya schools on the offence of eating impure meat, when it has been offered. Historically, Buddhist monks of different traditions, would go and beg for alms and food,… Continue reading RULES OF BUDDHIST CONDUCT (VINAYA) FOR MONASTICS (AND LAYPEOPLE) ON EATING MEAT: 17th Karmapa on the Vinaya rules on ‘offered’ meat and the three ‘tests’ of impurity

‘IF YOU EAT MEAT YOU ARE NOT KAGYUPA’: The 8th Karmapa and other Karmapas’ strict vegetarianism and the Great Encampment rules

On Days 13- 16, of the 'Good Deeds' teachings,  the Gyalwang 17th Karmapa gave detailed descriptions of the life of the 4th Karmapa and his founding of  the Karma Kagyu Great Encampment with its strict rules against meat eating and alcohol, as well as the reasons for the 8th Karmapa’s strong vegetarian stance. Today’s post… Continue reading ‘IF YOU EAT MEAT YOU ARE NOT KAGYUPA’: The 8th Karmapa and other Karmapas’ strict vegetarianism and the Great Encampment rules

JE TSONGKHAPA AND THE KAGYU LINEAGE: Marpa’s Guhyasamāja and Nāropa’s Cakrasaṃvara and Six Yogas. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 12)

Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) “If there is Guhyasamāja there are teachings of Tsongkhapa,  and if there is no Guhyasamāja, then there are no Tsongkhapa teachings.” The Gelugpa founder and master, Je Tsongkhapa, Lobzang Dragpa (1357-1419)  has been  mentioned several times during the 17th Karmapa’s current teachings on the 8th Karmapa’s ‘Good Deeds’.  Previously,  the 17th Karmapa… Continue reading JE TSONGKHAPA AND THE KAGYU LINEAGE: Marpa’s Guhyasamāja and Nāropa’s Cakrasaṃvara and Six Yogas. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 12)