SECOND ASHOKA GRANT AWARDED BY KHYENTSE FOUNDATION FOR TRANSLATION OF SHENTONG TEXT – ‘MUSIC OF THE ULTIMATE SPHERE’

Am happy to announce that today I was informed that I been awarded the Ashoka Grant by Khyentse Foundation, for the second year running. The first year it was awarded for the ‘Innate Kalacakra’ project (this translation booklet can be downloaded for free from this website here).  This new proposed  project, aimed to be completed… Continue reading SECOND ASHOKA GRANT AWARDED BY KHYENTSE FOUNDATION FOR TRANSLATION OF SHENTONG TEXT – ‘MUSIC OF THE ULTIMATE SPHERE’

Part III: The private quarters and sacred ritual items of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro and Khandro Tsering Chodron

Here is Part III of my Dharma pilgrimage travelogue series on Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro and the places in Sikkim he is connected to.  On Guru Rinpoche day, the 10th day of the lunar month, 5th January 2020, I paid another visit to the Royal Palace, Gangtok (having visited there a few days prior, see… Continue reading Part III: The private quarters and sacred ritual items of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro and Khandro Tsering Chodron

Part II: On the Sikkimese trail of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, the Golden Stupa of Tashi Ding and the doorway to Shambhala

On this Guru Rinpoche day today, for my pilgrimage travelogue on the trail of some of the places that Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro stayed and visited in Sikkim, India, here is the second part about my visit (a few days prior) to Drakkar Tashi Ding monastery and the golden relic stupa, in West Sikkim on… Continue reading Part II: On the Sikkimese trail of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, the Golden Stupa of Tashi Ding and the doorway to Shambhala

Part I: Images on the Sikkimese trail of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

As part of my own personal pilgrimage and research interest in the great Tibetan Buddhist master, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and his later incarnation, Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1893-1959), am writing a short series of posts of the places he stayed at in Sikkim during my visit on the Sikkimese New Year Day (Losum) 27th December… Continue reading Part I: Images on the Sikkimese trail of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

‘Actions speak louder than words’: 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and the empowerment of female Dharma practitioners

Tibetan Buddhism is a tradition that, in particular, at the highest levels of the tantric Vajrayana, reveres, worships and respects the female. In fact, as I wrote about in Tantric Buddhism, Sex and Women: the importance of love, respect and consent, a root vow of Vajrayana (the highest level of tantric Buddhism) is not to… Continue reading ‘Actions speak louder than words’: 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and the empowerment of female Dharma practitioners

The Karmapas and Kālacakra

I have written previously here about the Kagyu and Kālacakra and the lineage masters that currently hold the lineage with the Kagyu tradition, as well as the two ‘lost’ Kagyu Kālacakra lineages of Tsami and Rechungpa. In this brief new post, I write about the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje’s connection to Kālacakra, the 16th Karmapa’s… Continue reading The Karmapas and Kālacakra

New Translation: The categories and meaning of the hundred syllable Heruka Vajrasattava mantra in the Dro Kālacakra tradition

In two of the main texts on the Kālacakra practices within the Jonang Dro Kālacakra tradition (‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’ by Tāranātha and ‘The Chariot that Transports to the Four Kāyas’ by Bamda Gelek Gyatso) the categories and meaning of the hundred syllable (yig brgya) mantra are explained in detail. Translated and published in English… Continue reading New Translation: The categories and meaning of the hundred syllable Heruka Vajrasattava mantra in the Dro Kālacakra tradition

Vanaratna, the Six Yogas of Kālacakra and the Śāntapurī Vihāra, Swayambhūnath

I was delighted to read this week that the Treasury of Lives published a new biography of the Indian Bengali Pandit, Vanaratna (nags kyi rin chen (1384-1468)), translated by Alexander Gardner. Very little has been written about this important Vajrayana and Kālacakra master in the English language. Vanaratna’s biographies are mentioned also in Himalayan Passages:… Continue reading Vanaratna, the Six Yogas of Kālacakra and the Śāntapurī Vihāra, Swayambhūnath

The concepts of tulku reincarnation and re-birth in Tibetan Buddhism: HH 17th Karmapa on the terms ‘tulku’ and ‘yangsi’ (December 2019)

Last week, in Dharamsala, India a meeting was held with lamas and masters from all the different lineages within Tibetan Buddhism, to discuss the reincarnation of HH 14th Dalai Lama.  For this event, as HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa was unable to attend [HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche attended as his representative], HH composed a letter giving… Continue reading The concepts of tulku reincarnation and re-birth in Tibetan Buddhism: HH 17th Karmapa on the terms ‘tulku’ and ‘yangsi’ (December 2019)

A memoriam and tribute to Kālacakra scholar, translator and calendar expert – Edward Henning (1949-2016)

Here is a brief memorial tribute  to the late Kālacakra scholar, translator and Tibetan astrology expert Edward Henning (1949-2016). Although it is by no means full or comprehensive, it includes an account of my own personal experience and  correspondence with Edward about his work (shortly before he suddenly passed away) and a full reproduction of… Continue reading A memoriam and tribute to Kālacakra scholar, translator and calendar expert – Edward Henning (1949-2016)