NEW TRANSLATION: LONG-LIFE PRAYER FOR HH 17th KARMAPA BY HH 14th DALAI LAMA (Tibetan and English)

As an offering to the guru, I newly translated this long-life prayer for HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, this afternoon after receiving the text for the first time today at Gyuto Monastery, Dharamsala, India at the 17th Karmapa’s birthday commemoration. It was composed at the request of Rumtek, Sherab Ling and Ralang monasteries,… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: LONG-LIFE PRAYER FOR HH 17th KARMAPA BY HH 14th DALAI LAMA (Tibetan and English)

New Translation: ‘Supplication to the Kālacakra Lineage’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

Happy to announce this new, and first-time published, English translation of Jetsun Tāranātha’s Supplication to the Kālacakra lineage (dus kyi ‘khor lo’i brgyud ‘debs),  that has been transmitted to, and maintained predominantly by, the Jonang and Kagyu tradition to this day. This text will also be included in a new e-book publication ‘The Kālacakra History and… Continue reading New Translation: ‘Supplication to the Kālacakra Lineage’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

On the meaning and translation of Shentong – a modern debate?

A modern, scholarly debate? I was recently involved in an online ‘debate’ with two renowned scholars of Tibetan Buddhism,  Michael Sheehy and Klaus-Dieter Mathes, regarding their translation of the philosophical term, shentong (gzhan stong) as ‘the other-emptiness’, see here and here. This translation is given as the title of their forthcoming collection on this topic. … Continue reading On the meaning and translation of Shentong – a modern debate?

Jetsun Tāranātha and the Shangpa Kagyu

Several great Kālacakra six Vajra-yogas masters of Kagyu, Nyingma and Jonang were also Shangpa Kagyu lineage holders and practitioners.  For example, most people associate Jetsun Tāranātha as being a master of the Jonang lineage, however, he was also one of the most important lineage holders of Shangpa Kagyu. This brief article gives an overview of… Continue reading Jetsun Tāranātha and the Shangpa Kagyu

Kālacakra as the ‘ultimate pinnacle’ of all the tantras: Jetsun Tāranātha and 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje

The Kālacakra is often stated to be the ‘ultimate pinnacle’ of all the tantras in various traditions, and it claims so itself. A new post here on this website, details the reasons for that assertion given by Jetsun Tāranātha and 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje. Includes exclusive, new excerpts from Tāranātha’s Kālacakra masterpiece ‘A Hundred Blazing… Continue reading Kālacakra as the ‘ultimate pinnacle’ of all the tantras: Jetsun Tāranātha and 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje