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)

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’

4th Shamarpa, Yangchenpa Monastery and his ‘Praises to Dolpopa’

Omniscient Dolpopa (1292-1361) Today is the paranirvana of Omniscient (Kun mkhyen) Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (dol po pa shes rab rgyal mtshan) (1292–1361) one of the most extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist masters, and key advocates and founders of the Empty-of-Other (gzhan stong) philosophy school and a highly realized practitioner of tantra, in particular Kālacakra. He is one… Continue reading 4th Shamarpa, Yangchenpa Monastery and his ‘Praises to Dolpopa’

The story of Dolpopa’s ‘Mount Meru’: HE Jigme Dorjee Rinpoche visits the Great Jonang Stupa, Tibet, September 2018

Alas, although my fortune is very modest, ཀྱེ་མ་བདག་གི་སྐལ་བ་རབ་དམན་ཡང་། A discovery like this makes me think it is excellent fortune. འདི་འདྲ་སྙེད་པས་སྐལ་བ་བཟང་སྙམ་བྱེད། Is this discovery by a lazy fool due to the blessing of the Kalki emperor? ལེ་ལོ་ཅན་གྱི་བླུན་པོས་འདི་རྙེད་པ། རིགས་ལྡན་རྒྱལ་པོས་བྱིན་གྱིས་བརླབས་ཡིན་ནམ། Although my body did not arrive at Kalapa ལུས་ཀྱིས་ཀ་ལཱ་པ་རུ་མ་སླེབ་ཀྱང། did the Kalki enter my faithful mind? དད་པའི་སེམས་ལ་རིགས་ལྡན་ཞུགས་སམ་ཅི། Although… Continue reading The story of Dolpopa’s ‘Mount Meru’: HE Jigme Dorjee Rinpoche visits the Great Jonang Stupa, Tibet, September 2018