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)