The ‘vajra descent’ and ‘authentic completion stage’: the 8th Karmapa and Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘vajra’ and ‘non-conceptual primordial awareness’

In this post today, for the auspicious day of Saga Dawa, that celebrates the birth, enlightenment and paranirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni, I consider and share some thoughts from two great Tibetan Buddhist masters on the ‘completion stage’ and ‘signs’ of attaining full awakening and what the word ‘vajra’ means in that context. The first  text… Continue reading The ‘vajra descent’ and ‘authentic completion stage’: the 8th Karmapa and Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘vajra’ and ‘non-conceptual primordial awareness’

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 Madhyamaka 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. The text is… Continue reading New Translation: Jetsun Tāranātha’s ‘The Ornament of Madhyamaka Empty-of-Other’

A Girl’s Lament: Songs of Saley O to Milarepa

I have been working on a new translation of Milarepa’s Songs to the Hunter: the Chira Kagyu Lineage (which will be published here soon).  While looking at the Tibetan text and the first published translation in English of Milarepa’s Songs (see bibliography), I discovered there is a whole chapter entitled ‘Women’s Role in Dharma’ and… Continue reading A Girl’s Lament: Songs of Saley O to Milarepa

Machig Jobum: Female mahasiddha and lineage holder of Dro Kālacakra

Chief of all who live life in the sky [dākinīs], [attainer of the] rainbow body, Jo-‘bum-ma.  I pray to you, hold me in your thoughts with compassion. You hold the lineage; bless me to have a life like yours. —Tsewang Norbu As is typical of ‘his’-stories of famous, or powerful, men, women are often underrepresented,… Continue reading Machig Jobum: Female mahasiddha and lineage holder of Dro Kālacakra

Ultimate ‘ecstatic union’: the meaning and role of ‘erotic bliss’ in tantra and Kālacakra

“Erotic love, enjoyed by the ignorant, becomes bondage. That very same love, tasted with understanding, brings liberation.”  —Āryadeva “Erotic bliss is the totality.” —Hevajra Tantra ‘”Buddha taught in countless different ways so that all beings with countless different faculties can find bliss. Anyway, wherever they go, all sentient beings from insects to wise men appear… Continue reading Ultimate ‘ecstatic union’: the meaning and role of ‘erotic bliss’ in tantra and Kālacakra

Mind as vast as space: the question of giving and receiving of online empowerments

Yesterday, the Tibetan exile online news publication, Phayul, reported that the Tibetan exile government cabinet had issued a strong rebuke of a Tibetan Buddhist lama, Tulku Orgyan Tobgyal, as being ‘regrettable’ and ‘wrong’, for stating that empowerments cannot be given or taken online.  Although I have not heard or read the exact comments by this… Continue reading Mind as vast as space: the question of giving and receiving of online empowerments

New website section and projects: the Karmapas on Chod and Kālacakra

As part of my ongoing research and translation work, I am happy  to announce two distinct research and translation projects: the 3rd and 8th Karmapas on 1) Chod and 2) Kālacakra, as well as a new website section dedicated to the Gyalwang Karmapas. Personal connection with HH 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje In 2005, I… Continue reading New website section and projects: the Karmapas on Chod and Kālacakra

New translation: Kurukullā daily sadhana ‘Juicy Nectar of Deep, Great Bliss’ by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo from the Treasure ‘Luminous Essence of Three Roots’

  Today, for the new moon day marking the first day of the auspicious and sacred month of Saga Dawa (in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar), I am happy to announce and launch the first published translation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s daily sadhana text of Kurukullā from the ‘re-discovered’ (yangter) treasury cycle, Luminous Heart Essence of… Continue reading New translation: Kurukullā daily sadhana ‘Juicy Nectar of Deep, Great Bliss’ by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo from the Treasure ‘Luminous Essence of Three Roots’

‘Love is the water of compassion’: Tāranātha on the ‘four immeasurables’ in ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’

Today, for the anniversary of the parinirvāṇa of Jetsun Tāranātha (28th of the 3rd Tibetan month), and as part of the launch of the new publication of Tāranātha’s ‘Meaningful to See‘, this post, is about the section from his more extensive commentary, A Hundred Blazing Lights on the second preliminary practice, ‘generating a mind of… Continue reading ‘Love is the water of compassion’: Tāranātha on the ‘four immeasurables’ in ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’

Supplications to the ‘three great Masters of Karma Kagyu’ and the 15th Karmapa by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

For Dakini day today, and as part of my research and translation of texts by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and his close relation with the the Karmapas and Karma Kagyu, I am sharing two supplications he wrote, one for the 15th Karmapa and another for the ‘three great masters’ of the Karma Kagyu: Marpa, Milarepa and… Continue reading Supplications to the ‘three great Masters of Karma Kagyu’ and the 15th Karmapa by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo