NAROPA’S ‘VAJRAYOGINI FOR BEGINNERS’ (TRANSLATED BY MARPA) AND DRIGUNG KAGYU VAJRAYOGINI CATALOGUE OF TEXTS: New translation of Nāropā’s ‘Innate Vajrayogini for Beginners’, ‘Eight Praises to Vajravārāhī’, catalogue of Drigung Kagyu Vajrayogini texts and lineage, and new text and teaching by Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche (June 2022)

Om to Bhagavan Vajravārāhī, prostrate! Noble lady, mother of the three worlds whom others, cannot subdue, Terrifyingly descending on all spirits, great Vajra Goddess herself! Invincible Vajra-seat [Dorje Den] lady, whom others cannot beat; powerful, flashing eyes Evaporating even poison; the lady with petrifying, wrathful clenched fangs Shocking slaying and totally slaughtering; Queen who reigns… Continue reading NAROPA’S ‘VAJRAYOGINI FOR BEGINNERS’ (TRANSLATED BY MARPA) AND DRIGUNG KAGYU VAJRAYOGINI CATALOGUE OF TEXTS: New translation of Nāropā’s ‘Innate Vajrayogini for Beginners’, ‘Eight Praises to Vajravārāhī’, catalogue of Drigung Kagyu Vajrayogini texts and lineage, and new text and teaching by Drupon Rinchen Dorje Rinpoche (June 2022)

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘WHITE TĀRĀ PRACTICE, TREASURE OF IMMORTALITY NECTAR’ BY 16TH DRIGUNG THRONE-HOLDER, GYELWANG KUNGA RINCHEN

Introduction Today for Tārā Day, I offer the first published translation of a very brief White Tārā sadhana by one of the major founders and lineage holders of the Drigung Kagyu, Gyelwang Kunga Rinchen (rgyal dbang kun dga' rin chen 1475-1527 1484-1527)[1]. Before the translation (with Tibetan and phonetics) here is a brief introduction to… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘WHITE TĀRĀ PRACTICE, TREASURE OF IMMORTALITY NECTAR’ BY 16TH DRIGUNG THRONE-HOLDER, GYELWANG KUNGA RINCHEN

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

DRIGUNG KAGYU VEGETARIANISM: ‘IF YOU EAT MEAT AND CALL IT DHARMA, YOU ARE NOT MY DISCIPLE’ AND ‘IT DISPARAGES GREAT BEINGS’: Phagmodrupa, Jigten Sumgon and the ‘white’ food’ vegetarian tradition of Drigung Kagyu, past and present

For Dakini Day today, I offer a new research and translation article on vegetarianism in the Drigung Kagyu lineage. Although there has been quite a bit spoken and written about vegetarianism in Karma Kagyu recently, such as Milarepa, 7th, 8th and 17th Karmapas, as well as other lineage masters, such as Dolpopa, Shakpa and Khenpo… Continue reading DRIGUNG KAGYU VEGETARIANISM: ‘IF YOU EAT MEAT AND CALL IT DHARMA, YOU ARE NOT MY DISCIPLE’ AND ‘IT DISPARAGES GREAT BEINGS’: Phagmodrupa, Jigten Sumgon and the ‘white’ food’ vegetarian tradition of Drigung Kagyu, past and present

‘GOLDEN TEACHINGS’ OF KAGYU TANTRA: Marpa the Translator and student Ngog, the Seven Ngog Mandalas, Thirteen Tantras of Marpa, Kongtrul’s ‘Treasury of Kagyu Mantras’, 17th Karmapa’s birthday teaching and Drikung Kagyu ‘Mar-Ngog’ activities

བཅས་པའི་སྐོར་འདི་༣་གནང་གསུང་༔སྤོང་ཐག་ལན་༣་བྱས་པས་ཆོས་སྐོར་༣་ལས་མ་གནང་༔བླ་མ་ལ་ཆོས་ཡོད་པ་ལ་ཡིན་ཏེ་༔ང་རང་ནོར་གྱིས་དེ་ལས་མ་འདངས་གསུང༔ “I made three great surrenders, but did not receive more than three cycles of teachings–not because the master did not have teachings but because my wealth was not enough."--Ngog Choku Dorje on Marpa (Ducher, 2017:388) མར་པ་ལོ་ཙྰའི་བ་བརྒྱུད་ལ།In this lineage of Marpa Lotsawa,གཏམ་སྙན་མང་པོའི་འོང་སྒོ་ཡོད།Many good tidings will arrive at the door.མི་ལ་རས་པའི་སྙིང་རུས་ལ།In the hard-core determination of Milarepaསངས་རྒྱས་བསྟན་པའི་སྲོག་ཤིང་ཡོད། །Is the… Continue reading ‘GOLDEN TEACHINGS’ OF KAGYU TANTRA: Marpa the Translator and student Ngog, the Seven Ngog Mandalas, Thirteen Tantras of Marpa, Kongtrul’s ‘Treasury of Kagyu Mantras’, 17th Karmapa’s birthday teaching and Drikung Kagyu ‘Mar-Ngog’ activities

The 8th Karmapa on the ‘Single Intention’ (Gong Chig) by Drikung Jigten Sumgon

8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje སྐྱོབ་པ་འཇིག་རྟེན་གསུམ་གྱི་མགོན་པོ་འབྲི་ཁུང་པ་རིན་ཆེན་དཔལ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ༎་ འཇིག་རྟེན་གྲགས་འདུས་བྱས་བསླུ་བའི་ཆོས༎ གང་ཡིན་དེ་དག་རྫུན་དང་གསོག་གསོབ་པ༎ ཆོས་འདི་ཐམས་ཅད་སྒྱུ་འདྲ་བཏགས་པ་ཙམ༎ ཅི་ལྟར་སྣང་བ་ཙམ་གྱིས་རབ་དབེན་པ༎ དེ་ཚུལ་རྣམ་པ་ཐམས་ཅད་མཁྱེན་པའི༎ ཡེ་ཤེས་རབ་ཏུ་གསལ་བའི་དབང་ཕྱུག་གི༎ ཆོས་དང་ཆོས་ཉིད་ཀུན་གྱི་མགོན་པོ་སྟེ༎ འཁོར་འདད་ཀུན་གྱི་རྣམ་འདྲེན་ཟླ་མེད་པ༎ མཉམ་མེད་འདྲི་ཁུང་རིན་ཆེན་དེར་ཕྱག་འཚལ༎ To the Refuge Jigten Sumgon, Drikung Rinchen Pal, I pay homage! Deceptive, conditioned, worldly phenomena, Whatever it is, is false and hollow of meaning, and All like an illusion, merely labelled. The one ‘isolated’ from whatever merely appears, Method of omniscience… Continue reading The 8th Karmapa on the ‘Single Intention’ (Gong Chig) by Drikung Jigten Sumgon