NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Praise to White Tārā: Precious One who Increases Life-Power and Primordial Wisdom’ by the First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub

Introduction For Tārā day today, am happy to offer this Praise to White Tārā: Precious One who Increases Life-Power and Primordial Wisdom (Rje btsun sgrol ma dkar mo la bstod pa tshe dang ye shes spel bar byed pa rin po che)  written by the 1st Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub (1391–1474), contained in his Collected… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Praise to White Tārā: Precious One who Increases Life-Power and Primordial Wisdom’ by the First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub

Translation Note: The difference between ‘prajñā’ (sherab) and ‘jñāna’ (yeshe) and their role in understanding the Buddhist ‘view’

As an homage and offering to the great mother prajñāpāramitā, on this new moon day, I offer this short translation and research note of what the term prajñā means, how it differs from the other important term jñāna and thus how it is best translated. It is 'knowing' but 'knowing' what? In many Buddhist texts,… Continue reading Translation Note: The difference between ‘prajñā’ (sherab) and ‘jñāna’ (yeshe) and their role in understanding the Buddhist ‘view’

On the Jetsun Khalkha Dampa: HH 14th Dalai Lama’s ‘Prayer for his Swift Return’ and ‘Advice to Mongolians on his Rebirth’

The title of 'Khalkha' was said to be first bestowed by the Fifth Dalai Lama on the Mongolian-born Lobzang Tenpai Gyaltsen (1635-1723) in the year 1642. He was declared as a tulku or reincarnation of the Jonangpa master Tāranātha. This line of incarnations continues up until the late 9th Kalkha Rinpoche. However, according to one… Continue reading On the Jetsun Khalkha Dampa: HH 14th Dalai Lama’s ‘Prayer for his Swift Return’ and ‘Advice to Mongolians on his Rebirth’