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 BRAVE ‘KAGYU FOX’: Meaning and origin of the name ‘Karmapa’, the ‘midnight-blue crown’ and ‘Karmapa Khyenno’ mantra: ‘Good Deeds of 8th Karmapa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day One)

“All qualified lamas that accomplish the activity of all the Buddhas can be called Karmapa” -–17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje “When there is a debate between the tigers and lions of Sakya and Gelug scholars, the foxes of the Kagyu meditators should be very careful!”  ---5th Dalai Lama The renowned Karmapa's midnight-blue crown On the… Continue reading THE BRAVE ‘KAGYU FOX’: Meaning and origin of the name ‘Karmapa’, the ‘midnight-blue crown’ and ‘Karmapa Khyenno’ mantra: ‘Good Deeds of 8th Karmapa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day One)

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

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

‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’: 17th Karmapa’s outstanding activities for females

HH 17th Karmapa with Tibetan Buddhist nuns 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and female empowerment Within the male privileged environs of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, apart from well-meaning words and soundbites about women from very few male Tibetan Buddhist lamas, even fewer have put their ‘money and time where their mouth is’, such as that of HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa.… Continue reading ‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’: 17th Karmapa’s outstanding activities for females

English Translation of Long-Life Prayer for HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, composed by HH 17th Karmapa

This Long-Life Prayer was spontaneously composed by HH 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje on 2nd November 2010, at the conclusion of the Kangyur oral transmission, which HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche gave in two months in Dharamsala, India. It is shorter than the 16th Karmapa's 'Long-Life' Prayer posted yesterday but is equally profound and beautiful.… Continue reading English Translation of Long-Life Prayer for HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, composed by HH 17th Karmapa