GREEN TARA OF THE ‘BEYOND SUFFERING’ ACACIA FOREST (Sengdeng Nagki) AND THE FIVE DEITY TARA MANDALA OF FIRST KARMAPA: Overview of Green Tārā origin and lineage and new translation of Five Deity Green Tārā short daily practice from 1st Karmapa’s ‘Five sets of Five’

"Many desire enlightenment in a man’s body, while not even a single [person] strives for the benefit of sentient beings in a woman’s body. Therefore, I shall work for the benefit of sentient beings in a woman’s form as long as saṃsāra has not been emptied." --Noble Tārā's statement (as Princess Jñānacandrā) to sexist monks… Continue reading GREEN TARA OF THE ‘BEYOND SUFFERING’ ACACIA FOREST (Sengdeng Nagki) AND THE FIVE DEITY TARA MANDALA OF FIRST KARMAPA: Overview of Green Tārā origin and lineage and new translation of Five Deity Green Tārā short daily practice from 1st Karmapa’s ‘Five sets of Five’

APPROACHING VAJRAYOGINI: THE NECESSITY OF FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICE AND EMPOWERMENT AND NEW TRANSLATION OF DAILY VAJRAYOGINI TEXT BY 6TH ZHARMAPA (INCLUDED IN THE NINTH KARMAPA’S NGONDRO TEXT)

"Without empowerment there's no accomplishment; You can't get oil from pressing sand." --Patrul Rinpoche in Words of My Perfect Teacher "Vajravarahi is the mother who begat all Buddhas. She is essentially Mahamudra, appearing in the form of Sahaja. She belongs to a family of yoginis who are especially warm-hearted toward sentient beings. Hence, through her,… Continue reading APPROACHING VAJRAYOGINI: THE NECESSITY OF FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICE AND EMPOWERMENT AND NEW TRANSLATION OF DAILY VAJRAYOGINI TEXT BY 6TH ZHARMAPA (INCLUDED IN THE NINTH KARMAPA’S NGONDRO TEXT)

‘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

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