NEW PUBLICATION: Innate Kālacakra: Instruction Texts and Recitations

On this auspicious day of Lhabab Duchen, I am pleased to announce the translation and publication of the Innate Kālacakra e-booklet, as part of the new Dakini Publications publishing intiative. The book is currently only available to read electronically, only by those who have the requisite Kālacakra empowerment (such as the Innate Kālacakra, the seven… Continue reading NEW PUBLICATION: Innate Kālacakra: Instruction Texts and Recitations

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

On this full moon day, and to coincide with the re-naming of my website to ‘Dakini Translations and Publications’ (with its wider remit and focus on the ‘female principle’), this short new article is an attempt to clarify (in simple laywoman’s and unscholarly terms) some of the issues surrounding monasticism, sex, women, consorts in Vajrayana… Continue reading Tantric Buddhism, sex and women – the importance of love, respect and consent

HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche: ‘Liberating All by Knowing One’ and Kalacakra

Liberating All by Knowing One – October 2019 I recently had the great fortune to attend the Liberating All by Knowing One (gChig shes kun grol) (sometimes translated as Knowing One Liberates All) empowerments given by Kagyu heart-son, HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche at his Palchen Chosling Monastery seat in Ralang, Sikkim from 8th until 20th… Continue reading HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche: ‘Liberating All by Knowing One’ and Kalacakra

New website name: “Dakini Translations and Publications”

Moving on and upwards from dreary issues about Facebook fan groups and copyright, I am happy to announce the re-naming of this website to ‘Dakini Translations and Publications’. One of the main reasons for this new name is because it allows the scope of the translation, research and publications to be broader and reflects that. … Continue reading New website name: “Dakini Translations and Publications”

UPDATE: Translations of Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche texts and ‘Followers’ Facebook page

RESPONSE TO PUBLIC STATEMENT BY BENCHEN LIBRARY REGARDING TRANSLATIONS AND FACEBOOK GROUPS 12th October 2019 Benchen Monastery Library have issued an official letter, on 11 October 2019, which is not signed personally by HE Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, regarding ‘unauthorised’ Facebook pages, and the permission and copyright for translations of texts composed by HE Sangye Nyenpa… Continue reading UPDATE: Translations of Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche texts and ‘Followers’ Facebook page

Loss of Facebook account and Shentong Madhyamaka page and Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche translations

Since the beginning of September 2019, I have had my Facebook account, Adele Zangmo, hacked into and/or deliberately disabled, as well as my emails being hacked into and personal data illegally accessed. Despite much effort and time, I have not been able to recover it or regain access to my FB account, as I no… Continue reading Loss of Facebook account and Shentong Madhyamaka page and Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche translations

Tenth Sangye Nyenpa’s verbal pith instructions on the 8th Karmapa’s Shentong Madhyamaka

I am currently in the process of translating an ‘Empty-of Other’ (gzhan stong) commentary on Mahāmudrā, written by the 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, called Music of the Ultimate Sphere (Nges don dbying kyi rol mo).  In this text, Rinpoche explains how the Mahāmudrā  Aspiration Prayer of the 3rd Karmapa is related to the ‘Empty-of-Other’ view.… Continue reading Tenth Sangye Nyenpa’s verbal pith instructions on the 8th Karmapa’s Shentong Madhyamaka

Murder plots, omens, black magic and Kālacakra: Tantric hero Jamgon Kongtrul’s dangerous first trip to Jonang monastery

I have been dipping into Dr. Alexander Gardner’s wonderful new book The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul The Great, recently published by Shambhala, and came across the section (pp.124-128) about about Kongtrul’s first visit to the Jonang monastery in Dzamthang in 1848, where he got the full Jonang transmission of Kālacakra and the six Vajra yogas… Continue reading Murder plots, omens, black magic and Kālacakra: Tantric hero Jamgon Kongtrul’s dangerous first trip to Jonang monastery

NECESSARY QUALITIES OF A VAJRAYANA MASTER by JETSUN TARANATHA in A HUNDRED BLAZING LIGHTS

Often students and followers of Vajrayana get confused about what qualities are seen as essential requirements in a Vajrayana guru. They falsely believe that they should not examine a teacher and that they should take the first teacher they meet and feel intense devotion for. Fortunately, a great Vajrayana master and guru, Jetsun Tāranātha, explains… Continue reading NECESSARY QUALITIES OF A VAJRAYANA MASTER by JETSUN TARANATHA in A HUNDRED BLAZING LIGHTS