Indestructible Mind Maṇḍala of the Karmapas, Tsurphu Monastery: Origin, history, rebuilding and ‘Praises to Tsurphu’ by 3rd and 16th Karmapas

Introduction "When you listen to the sound of our river, you hear the mantra of Chakrasmavara.  It's power is secret and the river holds it forever." --Drupon Dechen Rinpoche about Tsurphu Monastery's river Glorious Tolung Tsurphu is Akanishta [Ogmin], supreme mental abode.A place where oceans of mothers and dakinis Come together like clouds.The mountain behind… Continue reading Indestructible Mind Maṇḍala of the Karmapas, Tsurphu Monastery: Origin, history, rebuilding and ‘Praises to Tsurphu’ by 3rd and 16th Karmapas

CHOD LINEAGES AND MACHIG LABDRON: Indic-Tibetan Sources, Contemporary Works, The Karmapas and ‘The Long Lineage Supplication to Machig” by Bengar Jampel Zangpo

 Girl, expose your hidden faults, Trample down grudges, Lift up the powerless, Sever obscurations, Behold craving, Wander in scary places! Knowing that all beings are like space, In dangerous places, seek the Buddha within yourself. In the future, your teachings will be as bright as the sun rising in the sky! བུ་མོ་ཁྱོད་མཚང་ཡུལ་ནས་འདོན་། མི་ཕོད་པ་རྫིས་་མི་ནུབ་པ་བསྐུར་། འཁྲིབ་ཆོད་།་ཞེན་པ་མཐོང་། གཉནས་འགྲིམ་།སེམས་ཅན་ནམ་མཁའ་ལྟར་ཤེས་པར་གྱིས་ལ་།… Continue reading CHOD LINEAGES AND MACHIG LABDRON: Indic-Tibetan Sources, Contemporary Works, The Karmapas and ‘The Long Lineage Supplication to Machig” by Bengar Jampel Zangpo

THE ‘SINGLE-SITTING’ VEGETARIAN PRACTICE: Sakya Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo’s vegetarianism; Kālacakra master, Śākyaśrī and the four monastic communities (Joden Tshogpa Zhi); the Gedun Gangpa’s monastic ordination of the 4th-8th Karmapas

Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo, 15th Century Tibetan thangka (1382-1456) (see Teacher (Lama) - Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo (Himalayan Art)) Hey! Followers of mine, give up the impure lifestyle of consuming meat, alcohol, and the like! Being the sole basis of all marvelous qualities, cherish the precious discipline more than your life! --Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo, An Epistle Benefitting… Continue reading THE ‘SINGLE-SITTING’ VEGETARIAN PRACTICE: Sakya Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo’s vegetarianism; Kālacakra master, Śākyaśrī and the four monastic communities (Joden Tshogpa Zhi); the Gedun Gangpa’s monastic ordination of the 4th-8th Karmapas

The Chinese and the Karmapas: Historical survey from the 2nd to 19th Karmapas

 "Marvellous indeed is the play which comes to its end before a large audience. The duty of a monk is to go wherever a peaceful place is to be found and to help spread the doctrines through compassion to all beings." –4th Karmapa, Rolpe Dorje to Chinese Emperor and Ministers Tibet has always had a strong… Continue reading The Chinese and the Karmapas: Historical survey from the 2nd to 19th Karmapas

VAJRAYOGINI AND THE KARMAPAS: Catalogue of Karmapas’ Works and ‘Praise to White Vajravarahi’ by Third Karmapa

Source Himalayan Art The Karmapas are lineage holders of the practice of Vajrayogini as passed down from Nāropa to Marpa to Milarepa to the 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa onwards. As I wrote about here, it is not correct to say that Nāropa did not pass the lineage to Marpa, although some online sources do. What… Continue reading VAJRAYOGINI AND THE KARMAPAS: Catalogue of Karmapas’ Works and ‘Praise to White Vajravarahi’ by Third Karmapa

Tibetan script of Guru Padmasambhava’s prophecy on 15th to 21st Karmapas, as revealed by Chogyur Lingpa

Recently, I wrote about the 15th Karmapa and how his incarnation was predicted by Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) as revealed to terton Chogyur Lingpa (1829-1870). Although there are a few online accounts of this revelation and what Guru Rinpoche prophesised, I had not see the original 19th Century Tibetan script of it. So, here today, am… Continue reading Tibetan script of Guru Padmasambhava’s prophecy on 15th to 21st Karmapas, as revealed by Chogyur Lingpa

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

8th Karmapa with previous Karmapas 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… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to the Garland of Karmapas’ by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

Part IV: The Karmapas and Jamyang Khyentse lineage

In this post, making a slight diversion from the content of the transmissions of the Siliguri empowerment itself, I write about the close connection between the Karmapas and the Jamyang Khyentse lineage, focusing in particular on a recent speech HH 17th Karmapa gave in 2016 at the Dzongsar Shedra in Chauntra, HP, India. As is… Continue reading Part IV: The Karmapas and Jamyang Khyentse lineage