GURU PADMASAMBHAVA’S RETURN (2424 AD): Hero King of Shambhala, Rudra Cakri (Wrathful Chakra-Holder), Conqueror of Barbarians

Rudra Cakri/Guru Padmasambhava, atop a white snow lion, going into battle as King of Shambhala "The emanations will appear to kill the barbarians, pacifying their arrogance and having brought them to the true path, the emanations will return. Then will start the Kṛida age (yuga). Cakrī will have two sons, Brahmā and Sureśvara. In the… Continue reading GURU PADMASAMBHAVA’S RETURN (2424 AD): Hero King of Shambhala, Rudra Cakri (Wrathful Chakra-Holder), Conqueror of Barbarians

MOTHER TĀRĀ AND PADMASAMBHAVA GURU OF ALL LINEAGES: ‘Aspirations to End Adversity’ with 17th Karmapa (Part VI)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q7qFQefjCE On the sixth day of the ‘Aspirations to End Adversity’ with 17th Karmapa, there was a recitation of the Praises of the Twenty-One Tārās and two supplications to Guru Rinpoche, Clearing the Path of Obstacles and Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes together. Here is a transcript of the teaching on the recited texts compiled with… Continue reading MOTHER TĀRĀ AND PADMASAMBHAVA GURU OF ALL LINEAGES: ‘Aspirations to End Adversity’ with 17th Karmapa (Part VI)

4th Shamarpa, Yangchenpa Monastery and his ‘Praises to Dolpopa’

Omniscient Dolpopa (1292-1361) Today is the paranirvana of Omniscient (Kun mkhyen) Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (dol po pa shes rab rgyal mtshan) (1292–1361) one of the most extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist masters, and key advocates and founders of the Empty-of-Other (gzhan stong) philosophy school and a highly realized practitioner of tantra, in particular Kālacakra. He is one… Continue reading 4th Shamarpa, Yangchenpa Monastery and his ‘Praises to Dolpopa’

A Woman’s Voice : the Autobiography of Kunga Trinley Wangmo, (Zhentong lineage holder and secret consort of Tāranātha)

Jonang lineage refuge tree I first became aware of an extraordinary woman, Kunga Trinley Wangmo (Kun dga’ ‘Phrin las dbang mo (1585-1668)), a few years ago in 2016-17, during my postgraduate research on Tāranātha’s Commentary on the Heart Sutra (LTWA, 2017). While delving into Tāranātha’s lifestory, I was made aware (particularly by discussions with the… Continue reading A Woman’s Voice : the Autobiography of Kunga Trinley Wangmo, (Zhentong lineage holder and secret consort of Tāranātha)

Vajrayogini’s instructions on the ‘Great Compassionate One’: Tsembupa’s Lineage

Vajrayogini Today, for Ḍākinī day (and the launch of a new website section) here is a short post on Avalokiteśvara (the Great Compassionate One) in the lineage of 13th Century yogi, Tsembupa Dharma Ozer (tshem bu pa dar ma 'od zer), that came directly from the deity, Vajrayogini [i]. This post considers the origin of… Continue reading Vajrayogini’s instructions on the ‘Great Compassionate One’: Tsembupa’s Lineage

‘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’

Machig Jobum: Female mahasiddha and lineage holder of Dro Kālacakra

Chief of all who live life in the sky [dākinīs], [attainer of the] rainbow body, Jo-'bum-ma.  I pray to you, hold me in your thoughts with compassion. You hold the lineage; bless me to have a life like yours. ---Tsewang Norbu As is typical of 'his'-stories of famous, or powerful, men, women are often underrepresented,… Continue reading Machig Jobum: Female mahasiddha and lineage holder of Dro Kālacakra

‘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