LOSAR GREETINGS AND NEW ART REVIEW: 15th Century Tibetan Tārā with the ‘Roman nose’

ཨོཾ། འཇིགས་པ་བརྒྱད་སྐྱོབ་མ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ། །Oṃ! To the protectoress from the eight fears. prostrate!བཀྲ་ཤིས་དཔལ་འབར་མ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ། །To the female blazing with the auspicious splendour  prostrate!ངན་སོང་སྒོ་འགེགས་མ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ། །To the female who blocks the door to the lower realms, prostrate!མཐོ་རིས་ལམ་འདྲེན་མ་ལ་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ལོ། །To the female who draws us onto the path of the higher realms, prostrate!རྟག་ཏུ་ཁྱེད་ཀྱིས་སྡོང་གྲོགས་མཛད། །May you always accompany us as a friendly ally!ད་དུང་ཐུགས་རྗེས་བསྐྱབ་ཏུ་གསོལ།… Continue reading LOSAR GREETINGS AND NEW ART REVIEW: 15th Century Tibetan Tārā with the ‘Roman nose’

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘WHITE TĀRĀ PRACTICE, TREASURE OF IMMORTALITY NECTAR’ BY 16TH DRIGUNG THRONE-HOLDER, GYELWANG KUNGA RINCHEN

Introduction Today for Tārā Day, I offer the first published translation of a very brief White Tārā sadhana by one of the major founders and lineage holders of the Drigung Kagyu, Gyelwang Kunga Rinchen (rgyal dbang kun dga' rin chen 1475-1527 1484-1527)[1]. Before the translation (with Tibetan and phonetics) here is a brief introduction to… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘WHITE TĀRĀ PRACTICE, TREASURE OF IMMORTALITY NECTAR’ BY 16TH DRIGUNG THRONE-HOLDER, GYELWANG KUNGA RINCHEN

FROM SECRET CHILD TO STUDENT OF WRATHFUL FATHER, VAJRAKILAYA RETREAT AND PROFOUND PITH INSTRUCTIONS:  GURU STORIES (Part 1) by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

'There are many lamas with transmissions, instructions and lineages but isn't there one who possesses compassion? There are many students with love and compassion, but isn't there one with real devotion?' – Je Milarepa Here is the write-up of the first episode of 8th Garchen Rinpoche’s teachings on ‘Guru Stories’, for video see here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_lDuV47DB0… Continue reading FROM SECRET CHILD TO STUDENT OF WRATHFUL FATHER, VAJRAKILAYA RETREAT AND PROFOUND PITH INSTRUCTIONS:  GURU STORIES (Part 1) by 8th Garchen Rinpoche

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Praise to White Tārā: Precious One who Increases Life-Power and Primordial Wisdom’ by the First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub

Introduction For Tārā day today, am happy to offer this Praise to White Tārā: Precious One who Increases Life-Power and Primordial Wisdom (Rje btsun sgrol ma dkar mo la bstod pa tshe dang ye shes spel bar byed pa rin po che)  written by the 1st Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub (1391–1474), contained in his Collected… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Praise to White Tārā: Precious One who Increases Life-Power and Primordial Wisdom’ by the First Dalai Lama, Gendun Drub

THE IMMEASURABLE ‘ROOT LIFE-FORCE’ OF ALL DEITIES AND SAMAYA: White Tārā teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche (April 2021)

"Love and compassion is the life-force of the deity. It is said that what we call the deity is actually bodhicitta. Thus, the samaya is to maintain love and compassion for all sentient beings and when others harm you, one should practice patience and hold onto that love. Samaya is love and compassion for others."HE… Continue reading THE IMMEASURABLE ‘ROOT LIFE-FORCE’ OF ALL DEITIES AND SAMAYA: White Tārā teaching by 8th Garchen Rinpoche (April 2021)

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Actually Realising’ White Tārā Daily Practice’ by 13th Karmapa

White Tārā, Wish-Fulfilling Wheel (18th Century Karma Kagyu thangka, with 13th Karmapa depicted in it). Today for Tārā day, I offer the first translation and publication of a very concise White Tārā  daily practice composed by the 13th Karmapa, Dudul Dorje (dDud-'dul rDo-rje, 1733-1797). The text (compiled in English, Tibetan and phonetics) can be downloaded… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Actually Realising’ White Tārā Daily Practice’ by 13th Karmapa

NEW TRANSLATION: White Tārā’s syllables that avert catastrophes and obstacles

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

NEW TRANSLATION: White Tara Commentary by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche on root sadhana text by HE Tenga Rinpoche

I am happy to announce my new (and the first) translation of a White Tara commentary by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche on a root sadhana text by HE Tenga Rinpoche is now available for free download here: White Tara sadhana Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche generously gave his feedback and comments on the translation after giving… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: White Tara Commentary by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche on root sadhana text by HE Tenga Rinpoche