The Treasury of Kagyu Mantras (Kagyu Ngag Dzo) – Composition, Sources, Contents and Editions

The Treasury of Kagyu Mantras (bka’ brgyud sngags mdzod) is one of the Five Treasuries (mdzod lnga) compiled and composed by Kagyu and Rime lineage holder and master, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (’Jam mgon kong sprul blo gros mtha’ yas (1813-1899)) – for a short, yet informative biography, see here). It is a compendium of mandala rituals,… Continue reading The Treasury of Kagyu Mantras (Kagyu Ngag Dzo) – Composition, Sources, Contents and Editions

New Translations in Remembrance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche – Shentong yogi-scholar

This month is the 84th birthday of the great yogi-scholar practitioner, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. For more details on his remarkable life please visit his official website here. I first met and came across the view of Shentong and the name of Rinpoche when I studied the Uttaratantrashastra by Maitreya at the Rigpe Dorje Institute,… Continue reading New Translations in Remembrance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche – Shentong yogi-scholar

Innate Kalacakra empowerment – HE Garchen Rinpoche, Seattle, USA, April 2019

Happy to announce there will be another Innate Kalacakra empowerment given by yogi Tibetan Buddhist master, HE Garchen Rinpoche in Seattle, USA on 19 April 2019. A Chod and Namgyalma empowerment and teachings on Chod, Dzogchen and the Seven Taras will also be given. Further details are in the schedule below and also on the… Continue reading Innate Kalacakra empowerment – HE Garchen Rinpoche, Seattle, USA, April 2019

New Translation: Supplication and Praise to the First Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche composed by Eighth Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje

  On the last day before the Tibetan Earth-Pig Losar 2146 (5th February 2019), as an offering to HE the 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and his foreign devotees, I have translated into English (with Tibetan script and phonetics), the supplication and praise composed by the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje for the 1st Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche,… Continue reading New Translation: Supplication and Praise to the First Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche composed by Eighth Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje

English Translation of Long-Life Prayer for HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, composed by HH 17th Karmapa

This Long-Life Prayer was spontaneously composed by HH 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje on 2nd November 2010, at the conclusion of the Kangyur oral transmission, which HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche gave in two months in Dharamsala, India. It is shorter than the 16th Karmapa’s ‘Long-Life’ Prayer posted yesterday but is equally profound and beautiful.… Continue reading English Translation of Long-Life Prayer for HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, composed by HH 17th Karmapa

New English Translation of Long-Life Prayer for HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, by HH 16th Karmapa

As an offering to the lama on Guru Rinpoche day, here is a brand new English translation of the ‘Long-Life Prayer for HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche’, composed by HH 16th Karmapa, Rigpe Dorje. Initially written as a ‘Swift Aspiration Prayer’ it was subsequently converted into a ‘Long-Life Aspiration’ when the 10th Sangye Nyenpa was… Continue reading New English Translation of Long-Life Prayer for HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, by HH 16th Karmapa

Translation of the Prediction Letter by HH 16th Karmapa on the Rebirth of the Tenth Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche

  Inspired by the French translation of the prediction letter written by HH 16th Karmapa, regarding the rebirth of HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, posted yesterday on Facebook by Karma Sangye Tenzin, I decided to do an English translation from the Tibetan too, with additional footnotes and explanations. It’s by no means perfect but may… Continue reading Translation of the Prediction Letter by HH 16th Karmapa on the Rebirth of the Tenth Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche

New Translation: Tilopa’s Gangama Māhamudrā Instructions

As preparation for my forthcoming English translation of the Shentong commentary, ‘Music of the Ultimate Sphere’ on the Third Karmapa’s Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer, by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and also listening to Rinpoche’s teachings on these verses, as well as the eloquent praise of my recent translation of a verse, by a Dharma student and… Continue reading New Translation: Tilopa’s Gangama Māhamudrā Instructions

Ashoka Translation Grant Award by Khyentse Foundation for Innate Kalacakra Project

Good news for Dharma translation, am happy to share the news that the Khyentse Foundation have awarded an Ashoka Translation Grant for my forthcoming Innate Kalacakra project. It was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise as the application round is very competitive for such grants. The first year of the project will focus on translating… Continue reading Ashoka Translation Grant Award by Khyentse Foundation for Innate Kalacakra Project

New translation project: 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche’s Shentong Commentary on the Third Karmapa’s ‘Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer’

Have recently been staying and spending significant time at Benchen Monastery, Pharping Nepal attending the teachings and Vajrakilaya Drubchen led by HE 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche. While I was there, I had the good fortune and timing to offer Rinpoche a personal copy of Taranatha’s Commentary on the Heart Sutra just before he was about… Continue reading New translation project: 10th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche’s Shentong Commentary on the Third Karmapa’s ‘Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer’