The ‘vajra descent’ and ‘authentic completion stage’: the 8th Karmapa and Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘vajra’ and ‘non-conceptual primordial awareness’

In this post today, for the auspicious day of Saga Dawa, that celebrates the birth, enlightenment and paranirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni, I consider and share some thoughts from two great Tibetan Buddhist masters on the ‘completion stage’ and ‘signs’ of attaining full awakening and what the word ‘vajra’ means in that context. The first  text… Continue reading The ‘vajra descent’ and ‘authentic completion stage’: the 8th Karmapa and Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘vajra’ and ‘non-conceptual primordial awareness’

‘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’

‘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’

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