GURUS OF THE 8th KARMAPA (PART I): 2nd GOSHRI GYELTSAB, THE MAN WHO CHOSE THE 8th KARMAPA DESPITE BRIBES AND BITTER DIVISION IN THE KAGYU GREAT ENCAMPMENT

2nd Goshri Gyeltsab, Tashi Namgyel (1490 – 1516) "I met the great being, the Nyewo Goshri Tulku Tashi Namgyel, an emanation of Milarepa's disciple Zhiwa Wo (zhi ba 'od) and of the bodhisattva Peljor Dondrub [1st Goshri Gyeltsab]. He gave me the Mahāyāna fasting vows and empowerments, blessings, and pith instructions including Avalokiteśvara Ocean of… Continue reading GURUS OF THE 8th KARMAPA (PART I): 2nd GOSHRI GYELTSAB, THE MAN WHO CHOSE THE 8th KARMAPA DESPITE BRIBES AND BITTER DIVISION IN THE KAGYU GREAT ENCAMPMENT

BIRTHDAY PRAISE AND OFFERINGS TO THE GOSHRI GYELTSAB: Translation of ‘Praises to 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche’ by 17th Karmapa and new biography of 2nd Gyeltsab Rinpoche, Tashi Namgyel

Stony-faced one without a fake smiling mask, Straight-talker, not spouting phony praise Master of Tantric discipline, who rarely talks Victorious Gyeltsab, I praise you! ---excerpt from 'Praises to 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche' by 17th Karmapa New Translation: Praises to Goshri Gyeltsab by 17th Karmapa Today, for the full moon, and the 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche’s 68th birthday,… Continue reading BIRTHDAY PRAISE AND OFFERINGS TO THE GOSHRI GYELTSAB: Translation of ‘Praises to 12th Gyeltsab Rinpoche’ by 17th Karmapa and new biography of 2nd Gyeltsab Rinpoche, Tashi Namgyel

THE WHITE CONCH’S RESOUNDING HORN: ASTONISHING CHILD PRODIGY, MIKYO DORJE AND THE DISPUTE BETWEEN THE ‘WESTERN’ AND ‘EASTERN’ CANDIDATES: ‘Good Deeds’ Teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 3)

I am unborn and yet show birth, I do not abide and yet show abiding, there is no death and yet I show dying; and again, though there is no birth, I show birth. བདག་ནི་སྐྱེ་བ་མེད་ལ་སྐྱེ་ཚུལ་སྟོན།་།གནས་པ་མེད་ལ་གནས་ཚུལ་སྟོན།་།འཆི་བ་མེད་ལ་འཆི་བའི་ཚུལ་སྟོན།་།སླར་ཡང་སྐྱེ་བ་མེད་ལ་སྐྱེ་ཚུལ་བསྟན།༽ – 7th Karmapa, Chodrag Gyatso, before he passed away E ma ho! Do not harbour doubts about me; I am… Continue reading THE WHITE CONCH’S RESOUNDING HORN: ASTONISHING CHILD PRODIGY, MIKYO DORJE AND THE DISPUTE BETWEEN THE ‘WESTERN’ AND ‘EASTERN’ CANDIDATES: ‘Good Deeds’ Teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 3)

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to the Life of 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa’ by 8th Karmapa

A few days ago, Karma Kagyu monastic centres commemorated the paranirvana of the 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa (dus gsum mkhyen pa, 1110-1193), who is the founder of the Karma Kagyu lineage (passed down from Gampopa) and said to be the first Tibetan teacher to start the  official ‘tulku’ system, by predicting where and when he… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to the Life of 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa’ by 8th Karmapa

NEW PUBLICATION: ‘Direct Instructions on the Great Compassionate One’ by 8th Karmapa and commentary by 17th Karmapa

Here is the first published English language edition of an instruction text by 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje,  the Direct Instructions on the Great Compassionate One [1] (Avalokiteśvara) from the Tsembu lineage.  As I wrote about here [2], the Tsembu lineage is one of the five main traditions of Avalokiteśvara in Tibet, and came from the deity… Continue reading NEW PUBLICATION: ‘Direct Instructions on the Great Compassionate One’ by 8th Karmapa and commentary by 17th Karmapa

NEW TRANSLATION: ”One Day’ Meditation on Mind of Awakening’ by 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje

On this full moon day, I offer this spontaneous new translation of a short ‘instruction’ by 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje 91507-1544), 'One Day' Meditation on the Mind of Awakening[1] taken from his Oral Instructions: The Excellent Tree of Immortal Nectar[2] (in Volume 19 of his Collected Works) also referred to as the 100 Short Instructions.… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ”One Day’ Meditation on Mind of Awakening’ by 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje

The 8th Karmapa on the ‘Single Intention’ (Gong Chig) by Drikung Jigten Sumgon

8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje སྐྱོབ་པ་འཇིག་རྟེན་གསུམ་གྱི་མགོན་པོ་འབྲི་ཁུང་པ་རིན་ཆེན་དཔལ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ༎་ འཇིག་རྟེན་གྲགས་འདུས་བྱས་བསླུ་བའི་ཆོས༎ གང་ཡིན་དེ་དག་རྫུན་དང་གསོག་གསོབ་པ༎ ཆོས་འདི་ཐམས་ཅད་སྒྱུ་འདྲ་བཏགས་པ་ཙམ༎ ཅི་ལྟར་སྣང་བ་ཙམ་གྱིས་རབ་དབེན་པ༎ དེ་ཚུལ་རྣམ་པ་ཐམས་ཅད་མཁྱེན་པའི༎ ཡེ་ཤེས་རབ་ཏུ་གསལ་བའི་དབང་ཕྱུག་གི༎ ཆོས་དང་ཆོས་ཉིད་ཀུན་གྱི་མགོན་པོ་སྟེ༎ འཁོར་འདད་ཀུན་གྱི་རྣམ་འདྲེན་ཟླ་མེད་པ༎ མཉམ་མེད་འདྲི་ཁུང་རིན་ཆེན་དེར་ཕྱག་འཚལ༎ To the Refuge Jigten Sumgon, Drikung Rinchen Pal, I pay homage! Deceptive, conditioned, worldly phenomena, Whatever it is, is false and hollow of meaning, and All like an illusion, merely labelled. The one ‘isolated’ from whatever merely appears, Method of omniscience… Continue reading The 8th Karmapa on the ‘Single Intention’ (Gong Chig) by Drikung Jigten Sumgon