“There is a goddess named Mārīcī who goes ahead of the sun. Because she has the means of mastery over miracles, she always goes ahead of the sun. The sun cannot see her, but she can see the sun. No one can see her. No one can know her. No one can catch her. No one… Continue reading Brilliant Light Goddess: Karmapa ‘s Tibetan Translation of the Dhāraṇī of Mārīcī (Ozer Chenma): Aspirations to End Adversity (Part I)
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
Today, the eighth day of the lunar month, is Noble Tārā day, and in these times of anxiety, sickness, distress, restrictions and nationwide lockdowns, Tārā has become even more of an essential daily practice for Dharma practitioners. For those who have sickness, old age or are overwhelmed time-wise, with demands of families, and being cooped… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: White Tārā’s syllables that avert catastrophes and obstacles
In April 2019, I was fortunate to be able to attend the Longchen Nyingtig empowerments given by HE Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, at Shechen Monastery, Boudha Nepal. I thought in these current times it would be of benefit to publish my translation of a short purification/Vajrasattva text that was handed out during the empowerments, for those… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: Short Purification Confession Prayer by Karma Lingpa and Life Force Chakra diagram
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 or dismissal of a woman’s voice?