‘A CANOPY OF FRESH SKY FLOWERS’, 15th KARMAPA’S SONG FOR HIS STUDENT (AND GURU) 1st JAMGON KONGTRUL from THE OCEAN OF KAGYU SONGS (KAGYU GURTSO): Birthday offering for 4th Jamgon Kongtrul

"Here is a little song called ''A Canopy of Fresh Sky Flowers.''  It shows my own faults and puts into words whatever has been remembered by a dry understanding that merely dances on books." "Although I wear saffron robes, I am an ordinary man. Although I have a bodhisattva name, I am filled with passion… Continue reading ‘A CANOPY OF FRESH SKY FLOWERS’, 15th KARMAPA’S SONG FOR HIS STUDENT (AND GURU) 1st JAMGON KONGTRUL from THE OCEAN OF KAGYU SONGS (KAGYU GURTSO): Birthday offering for 4th Jamgon Kongtrul

MELODIOUS SONG OF THE DEMON-DESTROYING VAJRA (Dujom Dorje Luyang): Jamgon Kongtrul’s Vajrakīlaya Supplication, Text, Lineage, Three Aspirations and Four Kīlas plus full transcript of teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

'I do not seem phenomena, I only see dharmāta/their nature. I do not see sentient beings, I only see Buddhas. I do not see consciousness, I only see primordial wisdom.’ ‘Within bliss I find emptiness. From bliss arises the sambhogakāya and from clarity arises the nirmanakāya.’--Jetsun Milarepa "[When] a dark-blue weapon—the perfection of self-born rikpa—arises in… Continue reading MELODIOUS SONG OF THE DEMON-DESTROYING VAJRA (Dujom Dorje Luyang): Jamgon Kongtrul’s Vajrakīlaya Supplication, Text, Lineage, Three Aspirations and Four Kīlas plus full transcript of teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

UNBEARABLE GRIEF LIKE EATING THE FLESH OF ONE’S OWN CHILD: Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, Yogi Drugpa Kunleg and 17th Gyalwang Karmapa on abandoning meat; love and compassion more important than scriptures and logic

Meat being sold at Lithang market, Tibet In the third part of Day 17 of the recent online teachings, Gyalwang 17th Karmapa went on to give more examples of great Tibetan Buddhist masters from the Kagyu lineages who made strong statements about eating murdered animals. He first explained why some practitioners were called ‘dokar’ “veggie… Continue reading UNBEARABLE GRIEF LIKE EATING THE FLESH OF ONE’S OWN CHILD: Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, Yogi Drugpa Kunleg and 17th Gyalwang Karmapa on abandoning meat; love and compassion more important than scriptures and logic

Anniversary of Marpa Lotsāwa: Jamgon Kongtrul’s Praise in ‘Marpa’s Guru Yoga’

Fifteen Days of Miracles Today is Chotrul Duchen (Great Day of Miraculous Manifestations), the 15th full moon day of the 1st lunar month. It is celebrated, in particular,  by Tibetan Buddhists as the final day of the fifteen days of miracles, that commence on the 1st day of the new lunar year. These days celebrate… Continue reading Anniversary of Marpa Lotsāwa: Jamgon Kongtrul’s Praise in ‘Marpa’s Guru Yoga’

Murder plots, omens, black magic and Kālacakra: Tantric hero Jamgon Kongtrul’s dangerous first trip to Jonang monastery

I have been dipping into Dr. Alexander Gardner’s wonderful new book The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul The Great, recently published by Shambhala, and came across the section (pp.124-128) about about Kongtrul's first visit to the Jonang monastery in Dzamthang in 1848, where he got the full Jonang transmission of Kālacakra and the six Vajra yogas… Continue reading Murder plots, omens, black magic and Kālacakra: Tantric hero Jamgon Kongtrul’s dangerous first trip to Jonang monastery

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813-1899) and Kālacakra, PLUS new English language translation of Kongtrul’s ‘Innate Kālacakra’ text

I recently returned from the Innate Kālacakra ('dus khor lhan skyes) empowerment by HE Garchen Rinpoche in Portugal at which my new English language translation of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye's (1813 - 1899) concise and profound Innate Kālacakra sadhana text was also launched and taught. For more info about that event see here. I am… Continue reading Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813-1899) and Kālacakra, PLUS new English language translation of Kongtrul’s ‘Innate Kālacakra’ text

New Translation of ‘Calling the Lama from Afar’ by Jamgon Kongtrul the First

Wonderful to read this new translation of Calling the Lama From Afar (བླ་མ་རྒྱང་འབོད་ཀྱི་གསོལ་འདེབས་ མོས་གུས་སྙིང་གི་གཟེར་འདེབས། ) by Michele Martin; an important and beautiful supplication text in the Kagyu and Rimey tradition by Jamgon Kongtrul the First ('jam mgon kong sprul yon tan rgya mtsho)  (1813-1899).  The text is available to download for free at the excellent online resource… Continue reading New Translation of ‘Calling the Lama from Afar’ by Jamgon Kongtrul the First