‘A Hundred Blazing Lights: Supplementary Commentary on ‘Meaningful to See” by Jetsun Tāranātha

This is to announce the online launch of  the first English-language translation and publication of A Hundred Blazing Lights: A Supplementary Commentary on Meaningful to See, the Profound Path of the Vajra-yogas [i] , one of the most important instruction texts [khrid yig], in the Dro Kālacakra lineages (such as Jonang and Karma Kagyu). Composed… Continue reading ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights: Supplementary Commentary on ‘Meaningful to See” by Jetsun Tāranātha

NEW TRANSLATION: The ‘Red Hat Karmapa’, 4th Shamarpa’s ‘Supplication to the Kālacakra Six Vajra-Yogas Lineage’ and his teacher, Kālacakra lineage master, Go Lotsawa Kālacakra

For Mahakala day today and the solstice, this new translation and article includes a brief introduction to the life of the 4th Sharmapa (one of the four main heart-disciples of the Karmapas) and his connection to Kālacakra and Kālacakra master, Go Lotsawa Zhonu Pal and a new translation of texts he composed about the Kālacakra… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: The ‘Red Hat Karmapa’, 4th Shamarpa’s ‘Supplication to the Kālacakra Six Vajra-Yogas Lineage’ and his teacher, Kālacakra lineage master, Go Lotsawa 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’

Tāranātha on Vajrasattva in ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’: the nature of karma, the four ‘opponent powers’ and the necessity of purification

As part of the launch of the first publication of 'Meaningful to See: Guidance on the Profound Path of the Vajra-Yogas' by Jetsun Tāranātha, and the launch of a new 'Vajrasttava' section on this website, I am sharing some of Tāranātha's instructions on Vajrasattva: Hundred Syllable Mantra practice of the Kālacakra preliminaries from his longer… Continue reading Tāranātha on Vajrasattva in ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’: the nature of karma, the four ‘opponent powers’ and the necessity of purification

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 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

NEW TRANSLATION: The categories and meaning of the hundred syllable Heruka Vajrasattava mantra in the Dro Kālacakra tradition

In two of the main texts on the Kālacakra practices within the Jonang Dro Kālacakra tradition ('A Hundred Blazing Lights' by Tāranātha and 'The Chariot that Transports to the Four Kāyas' by Bamda Gelek Gyatso) the categories and meaning of the hundred syllable (yig brgya) mantra are explained in detail. Translated and published in English… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: The categories and meaning of the hundred syllable Heruka Vajrasattava mantra in the Dro Kālacakra tradition

A memoriam and tribute to Kālacakra scholar, translator and calendar expert – Edward Henning (1949-2016)

Here is a brief memorial tribute to the late Kālacakra scholar, translator and Tibetan astrology expert Edward Henning (1949-2016). Although it is by no means full or comprehensive, it includes an account of my own personal experience and correspondence with Edward about his work (shortly before he suddenly passed away) and a full reproduction of… Continue reading A memoriam and tribute to Kālacakra scholar, translator and calendar expert – Edward Henning (1949-2016)

Kālacakra and the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul: a stunning record of empowerment and teaching

As I have written about several times here and here, the Jamgon Kongtrul lineage of Kālacakra is very important not only for the Kagyu but also in continuing the Jonang and Shangpa lineage teachings.  Jamgon Kongtrul the Great received the entire empowerment of Kālacakra from Karma Kagyu masters, such as Tai Situ Rinpoche and also… Continue reading Kālacakra and the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul: a stunning record of empowerment and teaching

KNOWING ONE LIBERATES ALL: Compilation of deities by 9th Karmapa and Kālacakra in Karma Kagyu: Transmissions and empowerments by 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche

'Knowing One Liberates All' - October 2019 I recently had the great fortune to attend the Liberating All by Knowing One (gChig shes kun grol) (sometimes translated as Knowing One Liberates All) empowerments given by Kagyu heart-son, HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche at his Palchen Chosling Monastery seat in Ralang, Sikkim from 8th until 20th October… Continue reading KNOWING ONE LIBERATES ALL: Compilation of deities by 9th Karmapa and Kālacakra in Karma Kagyu: Transmissions and empowerments by 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche