‘The Eyes Of Tārā’ by Jonang Ngawang Lodro Dragpa

On the 8th day of the lunar month, Tārā day, I offer a short practice text on Noble Tārā from the Jonang tradition, composed by a twentieth-century Jonang and Rimey master, Khenpo Ngawang Lodro Dragpa, (Ngag-dbang-blo-gros-grags-pa) (1920-1975).  He spent a significant part of his life at one of the main monasteries in Dzamthang, Tsangwa monastery.… Continue reading ‘The Eyes Of Tārā’ by Jonang Ngawang Lodro Dragpa

The ‘vajra descent’ and ‘authentic completion stage’: the 8th Karmapa and Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘vajra’ and ‘non-conceptual primordial awareness’

In this post today, for the auspicious day of Saga Dawa, that celebrates the birth, enlightenment and paranirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni, I consider and share some thoughts from two great Tibetan Buddhist masters on the 'completion stage' and 'signs' of attaining full awakening and what the word 'vajra' means in that context. The first  text… Continue reading The ‘vajra descent’ and ‘authentic completion stage’: the 8th Karmapa and Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘vajra’ and ‘non-conceptual primordial awareness’

‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’: Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘profound’ and ‘exceptional devotion’ in the ‘profound path of vajra-yogas’

Jetsun Tāranātha As part of the new publication of Tāranātha's root text 'Meaningful to See: Guiding Instructions on the Profound Path of the Vajra-yogas' (and the annotations within it from his longer supplementary commentary, 'A Hundred Blazing Lights' (HBL)), this  post shares his explanation of the term 'profound' (zab mo) and why it is used… Continue reading ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’: Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘profound’ and ‘exceptional devotion’ in the ‘profound path of vajra-yogas’

NEW PUBLICATION: ‘Meaningful to See: Guidance on the Profound Path of the Vajra-Yogas’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

For commemoration of Vesak (Buddha Day) and the Kālacakra new year, today May 7th, happy to announce the long-awaited and much-requested, translation and publication of a short (but important) root text  by Jonang and Shangpa Kagyu master, Jetsun Tāranātha, Meaningful to See: Guidance on the Profound Path of Vajra-Yogas (zab lam rdo rje'i rnal 'byor… Continue reading NEW PUBLICATION: ‘Meaningful to See: Guidance on the Profound Path of the Vajra-Yogas’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

NEW BOOK on Great Middle Way ‘Empty-of-Other’: ‘The Celestial Drum of Victory’ by living Jonang lineage holder, Khentrul Rinpoche

Today, is the birthday of living Jonang lineage teacher in exile, Khentrul Rinpoche, who is based in Australia.  Although I have never met this teacher, his activities for Jonang and Kālacakra are impressive indeed and worthy of mention. Today, he announced the publication of his new book on the Jonang view of the Great Middle… Continue reading NEW BOOK on Great Middle Way ‘Empty-of-Other’: ‘The Celestial Drum of Victory’ by living Jonang lineage holder, Khentrul Rinpoche

NEW PUBLICATION: ‘The Explicit and Hidden Aspects of Tāra: A Commentary on the Twenty-One Tāras’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

On the the Kālacakra New Year, the full moon of the third lunar month (Nagpa Dawa),  I am happy to announce the first English translation (and publication) of the Commentary on the Praises to the Twenty-One Tāras (Phyag 'tshal nyer gcig gi bstod pa'i rnam par bshad pa), The Explicit and Hidden Aspects of Tāra, composed… Continue reading NEW PUBLICATION: ‘The Explicit and Hidden Aspects of Tāra: A Commentary on the Twenty-One Tāras’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

On the meaning and translation of ‘Shentong’ – a modern debate?

A modern, scholarly debate? I was recently involved in an online ‘debate’ with two renowned white, male scholars of Tibetan Buddhism,  Dr. Michael Sheehy and Prof. Klaus-Dieter Mathes, regarding their translation of the philosophical term, shentong (gzhan stong) as ‘the other-emptiness’, see here and here. This translation is given as the title of their new… Continue reading On the meaning and translation of ‘Shentong’ – a modern debate?

NEW PUBLICATION: The Chariot that Transports One to the Four Kāyas by Bamda Gelek Gyatso: the Common Preliminaries of Kālacakra

This post is to announce and introduce the first publication and printing of the English-language translation of an important Jonang and  Kālacakra instruction text on the Kālacakra Common Preliminaries section of , The Chariot that Transports to the Four Kāyas, (longer title Stages of Meditation that Accomplish the Excellent Path of the Six-Branch Yogas of… Continue reading NEW PUBLICATION: The Chariot that Transports One to the Four Kāyas by Bamda Gelek Gyatso: the Common Preliminaries of Kālacakra