Tantric Buddhism, vows, sex and women – the importance of love, respect and consent

  'Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.'-Anais Nin This article is an attempt to clarify some of the information and misunderstandings surrounding monasticism, sex, women, consorts in Vajrayana (or Tantric) Buddhism.  The first half discusses the monastic vows and rules on sexual relations, the role and meaning of a consort, and… Continue reading Tantric Buddhism, vows, sex and women – the importance of love, respect and consent

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

Second Ashoka Grant awarded by Khyentse Foundation for translation of Shentong text – ‘Music of the Ultimate Sphere’

Am happy to announce that today I was informed that I been awarded the Ashoka Grant by Khyentse Foundation, for the second year running. The first year it was awarded for the ‘Innate Kalacakra’ project (this translation booklet can be downloaded for free from this website here).  This new proposed  project, aimed to be completed… Continue reading Second Ashoka Grant awarded by Khyentse Foundation for translation of Shentong text – ‘Music of the Ultimate Sphere’

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Eight Swirling Spears’ by Gotsangpa, with commentary by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche

As an offering to the gurus on this Dakini Day, I publish for the first time, a new translation of a 'song' by Tibetan master, Gotsangpa Gonpo Dorje (rgod tshang pa mgon po rdo rje) (1189-1258), a series of short verses that he calls 'Eight Swirling Spears’ (mdung skor brgyad); together with a compiled commentary… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Eight Swirling Spears’ by Gotsangpa, with commentary by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche

NEW TRANSLATION: Tilopa’s Gangama Māhamudrā Instructions

Mahasiddha Tilopa As preparation for my forthcoming English translation of the Shentong commentary, 'Music of the Ultimate Sphere' on the Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer, by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and also listening to Rinpoche’s teachings on these verses,  I completed a new translation in one day of these precious verses as an offering, on… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: Tilopa’s Gangama Māhamudrā Instructions