1. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Reader's Guide

    Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Reader's Guide
    Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche: A Guide for Readers Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (1933 – June 4, 2023) was an eminent teacher of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was appointed by the Dalai Lama to be the personal tutor for His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa and has authored many books, including Tilopa’s Wisdom, Naropa’s Wisdom, The Mahamudra Lineage [...]
  2. The State of Buddhist Publishing

    The State of Buddhist Publishing
    [Note: This article on Buddhist publishing was originally written by Nikko Odiseos, president of Shambhala Publications for the blog Vajrayanaworld.com as requested by Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo.  As the blog is no longer, we are hosting it here with a few small updates.]  My longtime friend Lama Wangmo asked if I would pen a few [...]
  3. Buddha Nature: A Reader’s Guide

    Buddha Nature: A Reader’s Guide
    Buddha Nature Read More In the eleventh century, the great Tibetan scholar-practitioner Gampopa (1079–1153) began his composition known as The Jewel Ornament of Liberation with an exposition on the cause for awakening. What is the cause for awakening? In the Vajrayana and third turning traditions of Buddhism it is buddha nature. Buddha nature is our [...]
  4. The Role of the Teacher in Tibetan Buddhism: A Reader's Guide to the Teacher-Student Relationship

    The Role of the Teacher in Tibetan Buddhism: A Reader's Guide to the Teacher-Student Relationship
    The Teacher-Student Relationship Learn More To truly understand Tibetan Buddhism, one must come to grips with the unique role of the teacher, the dynamics of the teacher-student relationship, and the possibilities that having a teacher can open up. To truly understand Tibetan Buddhism, one must come to grips with the unique role of the teacher, [...]
  5. Milarepa: A Reader's Guide to Tibet's Great Yogi

    Milarepa: A Reader's Guide to Tibet's Great Yogi
    Milarepa: A Reader's Guide Learn More There are few figures more beloved in the Buddhist Himalayas than the 11th century yogi-hero Milarepa. Namkading Cave area where Milarepa spent many years in retreat Related Reader Guides: Profiles of early Indian Mahayana figures | Tibetan Masters of the 8th Century | Tibetan Masters of the 10th-11th Centuries The Kagyu Tradition | [...]
  6. An Overview of Tsok (Ganachakra) or Feast Practice

    An Overview of Tsok (Ganachakra) or Feast Practice
    [An Excerpt on the practice of tsok, or ganachakra, from The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness, the Vajrayana volume of The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma] Feast Practice and the Destruction of Rudra In connection with samaya, one of the practices that has been developed is called a feast offering, or tsokkyi khorlo. [...]
  7. Chogyur Lingpa: A Profile

    Chogyur Lingpa: A Profile
    An excerpt from Tibetan Treasure Literature: Revelation, Tradition, and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism by Andreas Doctor By www.treasuryoflives.org [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsFew Treasures of the Nyingma School have left a larger imprint on contemporary Tibetan Buddhism than those of the famed nineteenth century master Chokgyur Dechen Shigpo Lingpa (1829-1870). Since the time of his revelations [...]
  8. The Life of Jigten Sumgön, an excerpt

    The Life of Jigten Sumgön, an excerpt
    by Drigung Kyabgön Padmai Gyältsen [An excerpt from Opening the Treasure of the Profound: Teachings on the Songs of Jigten Sumgon and Milarepa] OM SVASTI The victorious Shakya saw the five sights. He showed the victorious path, and, to expand the teachings, took birth again as the victorious regent Ratna Shri. I prostrate to him. Opening [...]
  9. The Seven Line Prayer of Guru Rinpoche: A Reader's Guide

    The Seven Line Prayer of Guru Rinpoche: A Reader's Guide
    The Seven-Line prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava, is one of the most ubiquitous and important prayers, performed across lineages and in particular the Nyingma tradition who commence nearly every practice with it.  What follows is a brief introduction and Reader’s Guide to this short but extremely profound verse. The Padmakra Translation Group has provided some [...]
  10. The Anatomy of a Common Tibetan Ritual | An Excerpt from Indestructible Truth

    The Anatomy of a Common Tibetan Ritual | An Excerpt from Indestructible Truth
    The Anatomy of a Common Tibetan Ritual: The Lhasang The lhasang—literally ‘‘higher purification offering,’’ which may be glossed as ‘‘invocation of the higher beings’’—is one of the most common rituals in traditional Tibet. While some rituals are performed strictly for temporal ends and others for spiritual ends, the lhasang is interesting because it is performed [...]

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