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)

Kālacakra and the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul: a stunning record of empowerment and teaching

Jamgon Kongtrul lineage and Kālacakra As I have written about several times here and here, the Jamgon Kongtrul lineage of Kālacakra is very important not only for the Kagyu but also in continuing the Jonang and Shangpa lineage teachings.  Jamgon Kongtrul the Great received the entire empowerment of Kālacakra from Karma Kagyu masters, such as… Continue reading Kālacakra and the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul: a stunning record of empowerment and teaching

NEW PUBLICATION: Innate Kālacakra: Instruction Texts and Recitations

On this auspicious day of Lhabab Duchen, I am pleased to announce the translation and publication of the Innate Kālacakra e-booklet, as part of the new Dakini Publications publishing intiative. It can be freely downloaded here, Innate Kalacakra booklet.  The book is currently only available to read electronically, only by those who have the requisite… Continue reading NEW PUBLICATION: Innate Kālacakra: Instruction Texts and Recitations

Tantric Buddhism, vows, sex and women – the importance of love, respect and consent

On this full moon day, and to coincide with the re-naming of my website to ‘Dakini Translations and Publications’ (with its wider remit and focus on the ‘female principle’), this short new article is an attempt to clarify (in simple laywoman’s and unscholarly terms) some of the issues surrounding monasticism, sex, women, consorts in Vajrayana… Continue reading Tantric Buddhism, vows, sex and women – the importance of love, respect and consent

HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche: ‘Liberating All by Knowing One’ and Kalacakra

Liberating All by Knowing One – October 2019 I recently had the great fortune to attend the Liberating All by Knowing One (gChig shes kun grol) (sometimes translated as Knowing One Liberates All) empowerments given by Kagyu heart-son, HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche at his Palchen Chosling Monastery seat in Ralang, Sikkim from 8th until 20th… Continue reading HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche: ‘Liberating All by Knowing One’ and Kalacakra

New website name: “Dakini Translations and Publications”

Moving on and upwards from dreary issues about Facebook fan groups and copyright, I am happy to announce the re-naming of this website to ‘Dakini Translations and Publications’. One of the main reasons for this new name is because it allows the scope of the translation, research and publications to be broader and reflects that. … Continue reading New website name: “Dakini Translations and Publications”

UPDATE: Translations of Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche texts and ‘Followers’ Facebook page

RESPONSE TO PUBLIC STATEMENT BY BENCHEN LIBRARY REGARDING TRANSLATIONS AND FACEBOOK GROUPS 12th October 2019 Benchen Monastery Library have issued an official letter, on 11 October 2019, which is not signed personally by HE Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, regarding ‘unauthorised’ Facebook pages, and the permission and copyright for translations of texts composed by HE Sangye Nyenpa… Continue reading UPDATE: Translations of Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche texts and ‘Followers’ Facebook page