‘SIMULTANEOUSLY-ARISEN’, LIKE SUN AND SUNLIGHT: Dagpo Gampopa on the meaning of ‘simultaneously-arisen’, ‘white panacea’ and Dzogchen in the context of Mahāmudrā

Simultaneously-arisen ‘mind-itself’[1] is dharmakāya.Simultaneously-arisen appearances are the light of dharmakāya.Simultaneously-arisen ‘mind-itself’ is  the nature or essence.Simultaneously-arisen appearances are thoughts that arise from [that].Like the sun and rays of the sun, or sandalwood and scent of sandalwood[2]. སེམས་ཉིད་ལྷན་ཅིག་སྐྱེས་པ་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྐུ༎ སྣང་བ་ལྷན་ཅིག་སྐྱེས་པ་ཆོས་སྐུའི་འོད༎ སེམས་ཉིད་ལྷན་ཅིག་སྐྱེས་པ་ནི༎ སེམས་ཀྱི་རང་བཞིན་ནམ་ངོ་བོ་དེ་ཡིན༎ སྣང་བ་ལྷན་ཅིག་སྐྱེས་པ་ནི༎ དེ་ལས་བྱུང་བའི་རྣམ་པར་རྟོག་པ་དེ་ཡིན༎ དེ་ཡང་ཉི་མ་དང་ཉི་མའི་འོད་བཞིན་ནམ༎ ཙན་དན་དང་ཙན་དན་གྱི་དྲི་ལྟ་བུ་ཡིན༎   “Once, when Milarepa was in the company of many people,… Continue reading ‘SIMULTANEOUSLY-ARISEN’, LIKE SUN AND SUNLIGHT: Dagpo Gampopa on the meaning of ‘simultaneously-arisen’, ‘white panacea’ and Dzogchen in the context of Mahāmudrā

‘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

Marpa the Translator, Kagyu lineage master and teacher of Milarepa. Statue by 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorjeབཅས་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… 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

‘Confusion dawning as primordial awareness’: the fourth Dharma, Chinese Zen and the debate on gradual vs instant awakening. ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day 8: Part II)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KaO-iZgXzg Second half of the Day 8 teaching starts from about 30 minutes onwards ‘Next, is ‘confusion dawning as primordial awareness’, ultimately, when through the power of meditating on all phenomena as free from arising and ceasing, and whatever appears, or is thought, is severed into the essence, that is confusion dawning as primordial awareness’.… Continue reading ‘Confusion dawning as primordial awareness’: the fourth Dharma, Chinese Zen and the debate on gradual vs instant awakening. ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day 8: Part II)

‘May Dharma go along with Dharma’: The difference between ‘real Dharma’ and ‘pretend Dharma’: ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part V)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkdM19KHEyw "Meditate extensively on internal and external interdependence, leave all things, possessions, relatives and busyness behind. Go to an isolated place. At that time, unless you think that nothing but Dharma will help and develop the attitude that nothing else is worth doing, the Dharma will never go along with Dharma. One does not know… Continue reading ‘May Dharma go along with Dharma’: The difference between ‘real Dharma’ and ‘pretend Dharma’: ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part V)

‘The Crown Jewel of Kagyu’: Gampopa’s Collected Works, Last Testament and Textual Sources : ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part IV)

"Read well the two-volume 'Collected Works of Gampopa', the crown jewel of all the Kagyu. These teachings on the union of Kadampa and Mahamudra are more wondrous and greater in blessings than other works and termas. The Kagyu masters of the past all received siddhi through these profound teachings.  Meeting the Buddha’s teachings through the… Continue reading ‘The Crown Jewel of Kagyu’: Gampopa’s Collected Works, Last Testament and Textual Sources : ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part IV)

When Gampopa met Milarepa: A tale of beggars, buttocks and bliss. ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part III)

Yesterday, on the third day of the teachings on the 'Four Dharmas' of Gampopa, the 17th Karmapa explained the importance of how Gampopa came to meet Milarepa via three beggars, what happened when he met Milarepa, what practices and teachings he was given by Milarepa and his most direct, pith instructions, which involved Milarepa baring… Continue reading When Gampopa met Milarepa: A tale of beggars, buttocks and bliss. ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part III)

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