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Welcome to Lotsawa* House, a virtual library of Buddhist texts translated from Tibetan. The site currently features more than 1000 texts in nine different languages, including the original sources.

This represents the combined efforts of 34 translators and translation teams, working in collaboration with lamas, khenpos and geshes, as well as editors, inputters, proofreaders, designers and many more.


Mipham

Latest translation

Added 12 April 2016

Ascertaining the Two Kinds of Selflessness

| Buddhist Philosophy

by Ju Mipham Rinpoche


In this short text, the great philosopher and polymath Ju Mipham Jamyang Namgyal Gyatso (1846–1912) succinctly explains what is meant by the self of the individual (pudgalātman; gang zag gi bdag) and the 'self' (or identity) of phenomena (dharmātman; chos kyi bdag), and he describes how to become certain as to the non-existence of them both. The author also highlights the importance of distinguishing between a more superficial, conceptual understanding and a genuine, non-conceptual realization of ultimate reality.

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March–April 2016:

Mipham

Advice to Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima | Advice

by Ju Mipham Rinpoche

The great Ju Mipham Rinpoche (1846–1912) gave this text in thirty-seven verses to his disciple, the Third Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima (1865–1926), as a sealed scroll for his eyes only. It includes personal, often cryptic advice and equally arcane prophecy. Although the precise date of its composition is unclear, it is likely that it was in or around 1886. Read text >


Vulture Peak

Melodious Sound: In Praise of Vulture Peak Mountain | Praise

by Rongtön Sheja Kunrig

A short poem by the great Sakya scholar Rongtön Sheja Kunrig (1367–1449) in praise of the sacred mountain of Vulture Peak (bya rgod phung po'i ri bo; Gṛdhrakūta), which is located in modern Bihar state in India, and is renowned as the site at which Buddha taught the Prajñāpāramitā, or Transcendent Perfection of Wisdom. Read text >


Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

A Short Story of the Life and Liberation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö As Told by Himself | Biography

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö wrote this brief autobiography as a supplement to the collected biographies of lineage masters for the Chöd (gcod) practice known as The Whispered Transmission of Machik's Secret Conduct (ma gcig gsang spyod snyan brgyud) or The Whispered Transmission of Thangtong Gyalpo (thang stong snyan brgyud). Read text >


Karma Chakme

Extensive Instructions on the Transference of Consciousness to the Land of Great Bliss | Dying & the Bardos

by Karma Chakme

This famous commentary on the practice of ‘transference of consciousness’ (’pho ba; Skt. saṃkrānti/utkrānti) at death by Karma Chakme aka Rāga Asya (1613–1678) describes the various forms of transference in general and the specific details of the Namchö (gnam chos) tradition of the practice in particular. It offers instructions on how to perform the transference both for oneself and others and concludes with the root verses from the revelation of Tertön Mingyur Dorje (1645–1667). Read text >


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Shakyamuni

Great Praise of the Twelve Acts of the Buddha | Praise

by Nāgārjuna

Popularly known as "With Skilful Means and Compassion..." (thabs mkhas thugs rje ma), this is the liturgical arrangement of the Dvādaśakārastotra, a praise of the twelve great acts performed by Buddha Śākyamuni, which tradition attributes to the great Indian master Nāgārjuna. Read text >


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* Lotsāwa (ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba) n. Title used for the native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate the major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages. It is generally believed that it originated from a corruption of the Sanskrit lokacakṣu, literally meaning "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.