‘Scholars’ Banquet’ and the ‘Hero’ (Pawo) lineage

The young 11th Pawo Rinpoche, with 17th Karmapa and Tsewang Rinpoche at Tsurphu, Tibet (1994) Yesterday, I was delighted to watch a documentary film, The Lion Begins to Roar, about the 17th Karmapa’s early life in Tsurphu Monastery, Tibet. In the film, there is a wonderful section on the recognition and life of a young… Continue reading ‘Scholars’ Banquet’ and the ‘Hero’ (Pawo) lineage

The Kangyur and the Karmapas’ role in their publication and preservation

Tibetan woodblocks used to print Tibetan Buddhist texts According to the Tibetan calendar, the eighth day of the ninth month today marks the 39th Parinirvana Anniversary of HH 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Yesterday, the official FB page of the Gyalwang Karmapa in the Tibetan language, Layjang, released a photo of 16th Karmapa, with some… Continue reading The Kangyur and the Karmapas’ role in their publication and preservation

The Karmapas on ‘Buddha Nature’

The nature of all beings is always Buddha [Awakened]. འགྲོ་བའི་རང་བཞིན་རྟག་ཏུ་སངས་རྒྱས་ ---3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje Two days ago, HH 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, gave the keynote address for the launch of an excellent new educational and scholarly resource on Buddha-Nature launched by the Tsadra Foundation (see website here). Other speakers included Geshe Thubten Jinpa, Karl… Continue reading The Karmapas on ‘Buddha Nature’

NEW TRANSLATION: Karmapa’s Midnight-Blue ‘ Dākinī Hair’ Crown: Praise, Source and Benefits by 8th Karmapa and 1st Jamgon Kongtrul

Today, on ḍākinī day, I offer new research and translation about the Karmapas’ black crowns (zhwa nag), that includes first-time published translations of original Tibetan texts by 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje, (1507-1554), Praise to the Source of the Gyalwang Karmapa’s Black Crown, and Summary of the Benefits of the Black Crown by 1st Jamgon Kongtrul… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: Karmapa’s Midnight-Blue ‘ Dākinī Hair’ Crown: Praise, Source and Benefits by 8th Karmapa and 1st Jamgon Kongtrul

The Karmapas, Chogyur Lingpa and Vajrakīlaya

Vajrakīlaya Rumtek monastery, the seat of the Gyalwang Karmapa in Sikkim, India[1], is currently performing the annual Vajrakīlaya ritual in the tradition of The Seven Profound Cycle Phurba (Zab bdun phur ba) tradition of treasure-revealer, Chogyur Lingpa. Monks at Rumtek monastery, Sikkim constructing the Vajrakīlaya sand mandala (August 2020) Vajrakilaya drubchen, Rumtek monastery, Sikkim (August… Continue reading The Karmapas, Chogyur Lingpa and Vajrakīlaya

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to the Garland of Karmapas’ by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

As an offering for Guru Rinpoche day, and the recent 35th birthday of HH 17th Karmapa and 61st paranirvana of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, here is a new translation of Supplication to the Garland of Karmapas (dpal ldan karma pa'i skyes rabs phreng ba'i gsol 'debs). It is not only an historical and poetic piece… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to the Garland of Karmapas’ by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

‘Actions speak louder than words’: 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and the empowerment of female Dharma practitioners

Tibetan Buddhism is a tradition that, in particular, at the highest levels of the tantric Vajrayana, reveres, worships and respects the female. In fact, as I wrote about in Tantric Buddhism, Sex and Women: the importance of love, respect and consent, a root vow of Vajrayana (the highest level of tantric Buddhism) is not to… Continue reading ‘Actions speak louder than words’: 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and the empowerment of female Dharma practitioners

The concepts of tulku reincarnation and re-birth in Tibetan Buddhism: HH 17th Karmapa on the terms ‘tulku’ and ‘yangsi’ (December 2019)

Last week, in Dharamsala, India a meeting was held with lamas and masters from all the different lineages within Tibetan Buddhism, to discuss the reincarnation of HH 14th Dalai Lama.  For this event, as HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa was unable to attend [HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche attended as his representative], HH composed a letter giving… Continue reading The concepts of tulku reincarnation and re-birth in Tibetan Buddhism: HH 17th Karmapa on the terms ‘tulku’ and ‘yangsi’ (December 2019)