The Life and Works of Tsen Khawoche: Founder of ‘the Meditative Tradition’ and Tibetan ‘Empty-of-Other’

Inspired by the new English translation of a biography of 11th century Tibetan master, Tsen Khawoche (བཙན་ཁ་བོ་ཆེ།, btsan kha bo che, b. 1021), by Alexander Gardner, published online by Treasury of Lives, I decided to write a  short post about this great Tibetan scholar, master and translator who was an extremely important and influential figure for… Continue reading The Life and Works of Tsen Khawoche: Founder of ‘the Meditative Tradition’ and Tibetan ‘Empty-of-Other’

New Website Domain and Donations page

Dear Dharma friends and supporters, I am happy to announce a new website domain, www.shentongkalacakra.com, to more accurately represent the non-sectarian (ris med) nature of the teachings and also of this website. If you follow this website, please make a note. Also, as a poor Dharma translator, I am completely reliant on donors and sponsors… Continue reading New Website Domain and Donations page

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813-1899) and Kālacakra, PLUS new english language translation of Kongtrul’s ‘Innate Kālacakra’ text

I recently returned from the Innate Kālacakra (‘dus khor lhan skyes) empowerment by HE Garchen Rinpoche in Portugal at which my new English language translation of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye‘s (1813 – 1899) concise and profound Innate Kālacakra sadhana text was also launched and taught. For more info about that event see here. I am… Continue reading Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813-1899) and Kālacakra, PLUS new english language translation of Kongtrul’s ‘Innate Kālacakra’ text

Oral transmission and instructions by HE Garchen Rinpoche on new English translation of Innate Kalacakra sadhana text by Jamgon Kongtrul the First on 6th October, Portugal

Yesterday, in Maia, Portugal for the first time, HE Garchen Rinpoche gave the oral transmission and instructions on the Innate Kalacakra Daily Sadhana text by Jamgon Kongtrul the First (bcom ldan ‘das dus kyi ‘khor lo lhan skyes kyi rgyun khyer). His translator, Ina Bieler, gave an excellent oral translation in English. The video of… Continue reading Oral transmission and instructions by HE Garchen Rinpoche on new English translation of Innate Kalacakra sadhana text by Jamgon Kongtrul the First on 6th October, Portugal

Kālacakra empowerment and teachings, London, UK 26-30 September 2018 by Jonang Khentrul Rinpoche

From 26th – 30th September 2018, Jonang lama, Khentrul Rinpoché will be travelling to London, United Kingdom to give a series of teachings including the Sublime Realm of Shambhala and the Greatness of the Vajra Yogas of Kalachakra. This will be followed by the Kālacakra Seven Empowerments of a Growing Child and practice instructions for the… Continue reading Kālacakra empowerment and teachings, London, UK 26-30 September 2018 by Jonang Khentrul Rinpoche

NEW: Video teaching by HE Garchen Rinpoche on Kalacakra and the forthcoming Kalacakra empowerment on 6-7th October, Portugal

Today the Instituto Changchub posted a new video of HE Garchen Rinpoche speaking about the forthcoming concise Kalacakra empowerment in Porto, Portugal on 6th and 7th October. This will be the first time the Kalacakra empowerment has been given in Portugal. Rinpoche gives a profound and concise teaching on Kalacakra, practise and the empowerment itself.… Continue reading NEW: Video teaching by HE Garchen Rinpoche on Kalacakra and the forthcoming Kalacakra empowerment on 6-7th October, Portugal

The story of Dolpopa’s ‘Mount Meru’: HE Jigme Dorjee Rinpoche visits the Great Jonang Stupa, Tibet, September 2018

Alas, although my fortune is very modest, ཀྱེ་མ་བདག་གི་སྐལ་བ་རབ་དམན་ཡང། A discovery like this makes me think it is excellent fortune. འདི་འདྲ་སྙེད་པས་སྐལ་བ་བཟང་སྙམ་བྱེད། Is this discovery by a lazy fool due to the blessing of the Kalki emperor? ལེ་ལོ་ཅན་གྱི་བླུན་པོས་འདི་རྙེད་པ། རིགས་ལྡན་རྒྱལ་པོས་བྱིན་གྱིས་བརླབས་ཡིན་ནམ། Although my body did not arrive at Kalapa ལུས་ཀྱིས་ཀ་ལཱ་པ་རུ་མ་སླེབ་ཀྱང། did the Kalki enter my faithful mind? དད་པའི་སེམས་ལ་རིགས་ལྡན་ཞུགས་སམ་ཅི། Although… Continue reading The story of Dolpopa’s ‘Mount Meru’: HE Jigme Dorjee Rinpoche visits the Great Jonang Stupa, Tibet, September 2018

Visiting Vikramashila-Bihar, Nepal: the forgotten and neglected Kālacakra pilgrimage site of Kālacakra lineage holder and Indian master, Vibhūticandra

While in Nepal, I was intrigued to visit a place in there that one of the major Kālacakra lineage holders and Indian masters of the 12th Century, Vibhūticandra not only taught and studied at, but where he is said to have directly received the teachings on Kālacakra and the six vajra-yogas from the Indian master,… Continue reading Visiting Vikramashila-Bihar, Nepal: the forgotten and neglected Kālacakra pilgrimage site of Kālacakra lineage holder and Indian master, Vibhūticandra

Remembering Tenga Rinpoche, a Kagyu Kālacakra master

I am currently on a practise, study and translation retreat at the stunning Benchen monastery, Pharping, Nepal.  The two Benchen Monasteries, in Kathmandu and Pharping, Nepal, are the seats of HE the 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and also HE Tenga Rinpoche (1932-2012).   Tenga Rinpoche is one of the foremost teachers of the Karma Kagyu tradition,… Continue reading Remembering Tenga Rinpoche, a Kagyu Kālacakra master

Free Online: New Translation of ‘Calling the Lama from Afar’ by Jamgon Kongtrul the First.

Wonderful to read this new translation of Calling the Lama From Afar (བླ་མ་རྒྱང་འབོད་ཀྱི་གསོལ་འདེབས་ མོས་གུས་སྙིང་གི་གཟེར་འདེབས། ) by Michele Martin; an important and beautiful supplication text in the Kagyu and Rimey tradition by Jamgon Kongtrul the First (‘jam mgon kong sprul yon tan rgya mtsho)  (1813-1899).  The text is available to download for free at the excellent online resource… Continue reading Free Online: New Translation of ‘Calling the Lama from Afar’ by Jamgon Kongtrul the First.