“What should one do when sick?---Chop up your body and offer it as feast. Hide concepts as treasure in the nature of phenomena. And moreover do it many times. Don’t give rise to joy if you get better. No matter what sickness occurs in the manifesting circumstances, know that each one is a training exercise.… Continue reading 8TH KARMAPA ON CHOD: TEXTS AND LINEAGE. New translation of 8th Karmapa’s short daily Chod practice and full transcription of 17th Karmapa Chod teaching
"There are already nuns within the Tibetan tradition who have received the full Bhikṣuṇī vow according to the Dharmagupta lineage and whom we recognize as fully ordained. One thing we could do is to translate the three primary monastic activities (Poṣadha, Varṣa, Prāvaraṇā) from the Dharmagupta lineage into Tibetan and encourage the Tibetan Bhikṣuṇīs to… Continue reading WHERE ARE THE GELONGMAS? DISCOVERING HIDDEN TREASURES: THE RARE GEMS OF LIVING TIBETAN BUDDHIST FULLY ORDAINED NUNS. A Pilgrimage and Field Study of Two Nunneries in Himachal Pradesh and fully ordained nuns within the Tibetan tradition.
“Those who wish to attain supreme enlightenment in a man’s body are many, but those who wish to serve the aims of beings in a woman’s body are few indeed; therefore may I, until this world is emptied out, work for the benefit of sentient beings in a woman’s body.” --Noble Tara (Origin of the… Continue reading ‘DIFFICULT’ AND WILD WOMEN: THE INVISIBILITY AND OVERLOOKING OF FEMALES IN BUDDHISM, PAST AND PRESENT, PATRIARCHAL ACADEMIA AND FEMALE TOKENISM
'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
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