4th Shamarpa, Yangchenpa Monastery and his ‘Praises to Dolpopa’

Omniscient Dolpopa (1292-1361) Today is the paranirvana of Omniscient (Kun mkhyen) Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (dol po pa shes rab rgyal mtshan) (1292–1361) one of the most extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist masters, and key advocates and founders of the Empty-of-Other (gzhan stong) philosophy school and a highly realized practitioner of tantra, in particular Kālacakra. He is one… Continue reading 4th Shamarpa, Yangchenpa Monastery and his ‘Praises to Dolpopa’

New Translation: Jetsun Tāranātha’s ‘The Ornament of Madhyamaka Empty-of-Other’

A new translation of one of Jetsun Tāranātha's key texts, on the view of 'Empty of Other' (gzhan stong), Ornament of the Great Middle Way Empty-of Other (gzhan stong dbu ma'i rgyan) has recently been announced by Jonang lama, Khentrul Rinpoche, who is based in Australia. It has not been translated/published into English until now.… Continue reading New Translation: Jetsun Tāranātha’s ‘The Ornament of Madhyamaka Empty-of-Other’

On the meaning and translation of ‘Shentong’ – a modern debate?

A modern, scholarly debate? I was recently involved in an online ‘debate’ with two renowned white, male scholars of Tibetan Buddhism,  Dr. Michael Sheehy and Prof. Klaus-Dieter Mathes, regarding their translation of the philosophical term, shentong (gzhan stong) as ‘the other-emptiness’, see here and here. This translation is given as the title of their new… Continue reading On the meaning and translation of ‘Shentong’ – a modern debate?

New translation project: 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche’s Shentong Commentary on the Third Karmapa’s ‘Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer’

Have recently been spending significant time at Benchen Monastery, Pharping Nepal attending the teachings and Vajrakilaya Drubchen led by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche. While I was there in September 2018, I had the good fortune and timing to offer Rinpoche a personal copy of Taranatha's Commentary on the Heart Sutra, just before he was… Continue reading New translation project: 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche’s Shentong Commentary on the Third Karmapa’s ‘Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer’

The Life and Works of Tsen Khawoche: Founder of ‘the Meditative Tradition’ and Tibetan ‘Empty-of-Other’

Tsen Khawoche (btsan kha bo che, b. 1021) Inspired by the new English translation of a biography of 11th century Tibetan master, Tsen Khawoche (btsan kha bo che, b. 1021), by Alexander Gardner, published online by Treasury of Lives, I decided to write a  short post about this great Tibetan scholar, master and translator who was… Continue reading The Life and Works of Tsen Khawoche: Founder of ‘the Meditative Tradition’ and Tibetan ‘Empty-of-Other’

Letter of thanks from the Office of HH Dalai Lama regarding translation of his Shentong and Jonang teachings

Today, I received this letter from the Office of HHDL regarding the recent translation I did of his compilation of teachings on Jonang and Shentong (Empty-of-Other). It is dated 20th June, before HH left for Ladakh, so it took a while to get it. I offered the translation to his personal assistant at the end… Continue reading Letter of thanks from the Office of HH Dalai Lama regarding translation of his Shentong and Jonang teachings

HH the 14th Dalai Lama on the Jonang Kālacakra Six Yogas and Shentong – English translation

HH the 14th Dalai Lama has been a strong advocate and supporter of the Jonang teachings on Kālacakra and Shentong flourishing in exile. He was good friends with the late, 9th Jetsun Kalkha Dhampa. HE 9th Jetsun Khalka Dhampa An example of HH's support can be read in his beautiful Aspiration for Jonang Teachings composed… Continue reading HH the 14th Dalai Lama on the Jonang Kālacakra Six Yogas and Shentong – English translation