New translation of Karma Lingpa Short Confession Prayer and Life Force Chakra diagram distributed at the Longchen Nyinthig Transmission, April 2019,

I was recently at the Longchen Nyinthig empowerments given by HE Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, at Shechen Monastery, Boudha Nepal from April 22-28 2019. Although this is not about Shentong or Kalacakra, I thought it would be of benefit to translate a short text that was handed out during the empowerments for those who do not… Continue reading New translation of Karma Lingpa Short Confession Prayer and Life Force Chakra diagram distributed at the Longchen Nyinthig Transmission, April 2019,

Public Lecture on Taranatha’s Commentary on Heart Sutra now available online

Happy to announce that, despite some technical difficulties with the sound recording on the day, the public lecture on Tāranātha’s Commentary on the Heart Sūtra, a Shentong commentary on the Heart Sūtra is now available to listen to on the Rangjung Yeshe Institute website here. Any questions or feedback please let me know. May it… Continue reading Public Lecture on Taranatha’s Commentary on Heart Sutra now available online

The ‘nature’ and ‘meaning’ of mantra, tantra and the ten-syllables in Kālacakra by Jamgon Kongtrul

The Tibetan word for mantra is ngag (sngags) and translators often mistakenly translate this as meaning tantra.  Sometimes referring to the Tantra vehicle, for translating mantrayana (sngags kyi thegs pa). However, the Tibetan word for tantra is gyu (rgyud) and both words do not necessarily mean the same thing. I have been reading Book Six,… Continue reading The ‘nature’ and ‘meaning’ of mantra, tantra and the ten-syllables in Kālacakra by Jamgon Kongtrul

The Female Voice and Principle in Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism: Female Scholars and Translators

Although this is not about Shentong or Kalacakra, as a female translator-practitioner-scholar, people sometimes ask me who I would recommend to read in terms of the best and/or original scholarly research, translation and writing on gender, the feminine principle, karmamudra, Tantra and female figures in Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhist culture. Here is my suggested… Continue reading The Female Voice and Principle in Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism: Female Scholars and Translators

NEW PUBLICATION: The Chariot that Transports One to the Four Kāyas by Bamda Gelek Gyatso: the Common Preliminaries of Kālacakra

This post is to announce and introduce the first publication and printing of the English-language translation of an important Jonang and Kālacakra instruction text on the Kālacakra Common Preliminaries section of , The Chariot that Transports to the Four Kāyas, (longer title Stages of Meditation that Accomplish the Excellent Path of the Six-Branch Yogas of… Continue reading NEW PUBLICATION: The Chariot that Transports One to the Four Kāyas by Bamda Gelek Gyatso: the Common Preliminaries of Kālacakra