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

‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’: Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘profound’ and ‘exceptional devotion’ in the ‘profound path of vajra-yogas’

As part of the new publication of Tāranātha’s root text ‘Meaningful to See: Guiding Instructions on the Profound Path of the Vajra-yogas‘ (and the annotations within it from his longer supplementary commentary, ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights‘ (HBL)), this  post shares his explanation of the term ‘profound’ (zab mo) and why it is used to describe… Continue reading ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’: Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘profound’ and ‘exceptional devotion’ in the ‘profound path of vajra-yogas’

Tāranātha on Vajrasattva: the nature of karma, the four ‘opponent powers’ and the necessity of purification in ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’

As part of the launch of the first publication of ‘Meaningful to See: Guidance on the Profound Path of the Vajra-Yogas‘ by Jetsun Tāranātha,  and the launch of a new ‘Vajrasttava’ section on this website, I am sharing some of Tāranātha’s instructions on Vajrasattva: Hundred Syllable Mantra practice of the Kālacakra preliminaries from his longer… Continue reading Tāranātha on Vajrasattva: the nature of karma, the four ‘opponent powers’ and the necessity of purification in ‘A Hundred Blazing Lights’

‘The Mother of Wisdom’: Songs and Praise to the Mother on Mother’s Day!

Like a mother who protects her child, her only child, with her own life, one should cultivate a heart of unlimited love and compassion towards all living beings.-–Gautama Buddha Today, in India is Mother’s Day, a time for all to remember the great and unrepayable kindness of mother’s everywhere. Here is a poem praising the ‘Mother’… Continue reading ‘The Mother of Wisdom’: Songs and Praise to the Mother on Mother’s Day!

NEW PUBLICATION: ‘Meaningful to See: Guidance on the Profound Path of the Vajra-Yogas’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

Today, for the commemoration of Vesak (Buddha Day) and the Kālacakra new year, I am happy to announce the long-awaited and much-requested, translation and publication of a short (but important) root text  by Jonang and Shangpa Kagyu master, Jetsun Tāranātha, Meaningful to See: Guidance on the Profound Path of the Vajra-Yogas (zab lam rdo rje’i… Continue reading NEW PUBLICATION: ‘Meaningful to See: Guidance on the Profound Path of the Vajra-Yogas’ by Jetsun Tāranātha

‘A Prayer for Re-Birth in Sukhāvatī’ by Jonang Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen

A few days ago I posted about a section of text from Karma Chagme on the essential qualities of a teacher and wrote a little about his famous ‘Prayer for Re-Birth in Sukhāvatī’ that was recently recited as part on online prayer gathering with HH 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje. Today, I post here a… Continue reading ‘A Prayer for Re-Birth in Sukhāvatī’ by Jonang Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen