LADAKH TRILOGY (PART III): THE DRUGPA (DRAGON) KAGYU IN LADAKH. Tiger’s Nose (Stakna) Monastery, a cathartic Lama Chopa puja, Tibetan History and masters: past and present, the Bhutanese connection, current activities/teachers and the Kung Fu cycling nuns

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived; but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou “Those in power write the history, while those who suffer write the songs.” --Frank Harte “History is written by the victors.” –-Winston Churchill INTRODUCTION So as the final part of my Ladakh research trilogy… Continue reading LADAKH TRILOGY (PART III): THE DRUGPA (DRAGON) KAGYU IN LADAKH. Tiger’s Nose (Stakna) Monastery, a cathartic Lama Chopa puja, Tibetan History and masters: past and present, the Bhutanese connection, current activities/teachers and the Kung Fu cycling nuns

INVINCIBLE COURAGE AND LOVE: LIFE-THREATENING BRAVERY IN A CHINESE JAIL AND ROOT GURU, DZOGCHEN MASTER, KHENPO MUNSEL. Guru Stories (Part 3) by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

“The Guru’s mind, the Buddha's mind and my own mind are one.” ---Je Jigten Sumgon 'In that moment of anger, instead of looking at that person or what made you angry. Look at the anger itself. Meditate. You know the nature of the mind, you know how to meditate on that.  So when anger arises,… Continue reading INVINCIBLE COURAGE AND LOVE: LIFE-THREATENING BRAVERY IN A CHINESE JAIL AND ROOT GURU, DZOGCHEN MASTER, KHENPO MUNSEL. Guru Stories (Part 3) by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

‘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

‘I DON’T EAT MY FRIENDS’: 78th birthday offering to Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, meditator, teacher and nunnery founder, on eating animals

'Animals are my friends, and I don’t eat my friends’—George Bernard Shaw ‘In Tibetan Buddhism, where we are taught that all beings have been our mothers, if you really believe what you're saying, then how can you sit down and eat your mother?' — Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo For the 78th birthday of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo… Continue reading ‘I DON’T EAT MY FRIENDS’: 78th birthday offering to Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, meditator, teacher and nunnery founder, on eating animals

Kagyu Mahāmudrā : origin of the term, distinction between Sūtra and Secret Mantra Mahāmudrā , and pith advice from Je Gampopa by 17th Karmapa

In October 2014, HH 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, visited Dongyu Gatsal Ling, India—the nunnery founded by British nun and teacher, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo -  and conferred Mahāmudrā  teachings and a White Tara empowerment. A report of the visit can be read here but it only gives a brief summary of HH’s teaching. Thus, I… Continue reading Kagyu Mahāmudrā : origin of the term, distinction between Sūtra and Secret Mantra Mahāmudrā , and pith advice from Je Gampopa by 17th Karmapa