Loss of Facebook account and Shentong Madhyamaka page and Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche translations

Since the beginning of September 2019, I have had my Facebook account, Adele Zangmo, deliberately disabled, as well as my emails being logged into by unknown devices and personal data illegally accessed. Despite much effort and time, I have not been able to recover it or regain access to my FB account, as I no… Continue reading Loss of Facebook account and Shentong Madhyamaka page and Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche translations

Tenth Sangye Nyenpa’s verbal pith instructions on the 8th Karmapa’s Shentong Madhyamaka

I am currently in the process of translating an ‘Empty-of Other’ (gzhan stong) commentary on Mahāmudrā, written by the 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, called Music of the Ultimate Sphere (Nges don dbying kyi rol mo).  In this text, Rinpoche explains how the Mahāmudrā  Aspiration Prayer of the 3rd Karmapa is related to the ‘Empty-of-Other’ view.… Continue reading Tenth Sangye Nyenpa’s verbal pith instructions on the 8th Karmapa’s Shentong Madhyamaka

Murder plots, omens, black magic and Kālacakra: Tantric hero Jamgon Kongtrul’s dangerous first trip to Jonang monastery

I have been dipping into Dr. Alexander Gardner’s wonderful new book The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul The Great, recently published by Shambhala, and came across the section (pp.124-128) about about Kongtrul’s first visit to the Jonang monastery in Dzamthang in 1848, where he got the full Jonang transmission of Kālacakra and the six Vajra yogas… Continue reading Murder plots, omens, black magic and Kālacakra: Tantric hero Jamgon Kongtrul’s dangerous first trip to Jonang monastery

NECESSARY QUALITIES OF A VAJRAYANA MASTER by JETSUN TARANATHA in A HUNDRED BLAZING LIGHTS

Often students and followers of Vajrayana get confused about what qualities are seen as essential requirements in a Vajrayana guru. They falsely believe that they should not examine a teacher and that they should take the first teacher they meet and feel intense devotion for. Fortunately, a great Vajrayana master and guru, Jetsun Tāranātha, explains… Continue reading NECESSARY QUALITIES OF A VAJRAYANA MASTER by JETSUN TARANATHA in A HUNDRED BLAZING LIGHTS

The 8th Tai Situpa, Tāranātha, Shentong and the Golden Stupa at Sherab Ling

It was an inspiring and moving experience indeed to visit and pay homage to the golden relic stupa of the 8th Kenting Tai Situ Chokyi Jungne (chos kyi ‘byung gnas) (1700-1774) that is housed at Sherab Ling monastery in Himachal Pradesh, India.  The monastery itself was founded in 1975 by the current 12th Tai Situpa,… Continue reading The 8th Tai Situpa, Tāranātha, Shentong and the Golden Stupa at Sherab Ling

NEW TRANSLATIONS: Supplication Prayers by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche

Happy to share for free download here two new translations of supplication prayers composed by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche. The two supplications are about great Kagyu masters, but also holders of the Shentong, empty-of-other, view.  The Karmapas and Tai Situs (in particular the 8th Tai Situpa) were both propounders and teachers of Shentong, which… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATIONS: Supplication Prayers by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche

Tāranātha and his Indian tantric master Buddhaguptanātha

Buddhaguptanātha (1514-1610), an Indian tantric master, (16th century) was a very important teacher for Jonang and Shangpa Kagyu master and lineage holder, Tāranātha.  His life was  recorded in extensive detail by Tāranātha who wrote his biography around the year 1601. In 1590, Buddhaguptanātha visited Tibet.   In fact,  Tāranātha’s well-known account of ‘The History of Buddhism… Continue reading Tāranātha and his Indian tantric master Buddhaguptanātha

NEW TRANSLATION: Praise and Supplication to the 16th Karmapa, by HE Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche

Here is a new translation of a short praise and supplication to HH 16th Karmapa, composed by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche in 2017, during his transmission of the Kangyur at Rumtek Monastery. Free download as .pdf here. The 16th Karmapa was one of the root lamas of 10th Sangye Nyenpa (the other being HH… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: Praise and Supplication to the 16th Karmapa, by HE Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche

Jetsun Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘three confidences’

New post on this website about the meaning of the ‘three confidences’ (yi ches ldan gsum) according to Jetsun Tāranātha.  With exclusive new excepts from his his major commentary on the Kālacakra tradition and practises, A Hundred Blazing Lights: A Supplementary Commentary on Meaningful to See, Instructions on the Profound Path of Vajra-yogas. See here.… Continue reading Jetsun Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘three confidences’