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

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

The ‘nature’ and ‘meaning’ of mantra, tantra and the ten-syllables in Kālacakra by Jamgon Kongtrul

The Tibetan word for mantra is ngag (sngags) and translators often mistakenly translate this as meaning tantra.  Sometimes referring to the Tantra vehicle, for translating mantrayana (sngags kyi thegs pa). However, the Tibetan word for tantra is gyu (rgyud) and both words do not necessarily mean the same thing. I have been reading Book Six,… Continue reading The ‘nature’ and ‘meaning’ of mantra, tantra and the ten-syllables in Kālacakra by Jamgon Kongtrul

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