Translations of Tibetan Buddhist Texts
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Added 22 December 2017
Rediscovered by Ngakchang Śākya Zangpo
In this famous history of the sacred stūpa of Boudhanāth, Guru Padmasambhava recounts the stūpa's origins. In response to a request from King Trisong Deutsen, he tells how a humble poultry-woman first extracted a promise from the king and then built the stūpa together with her four sons, who were all later reborn as prominent figures in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet. Padmasambhava also describes the benefits to be gained from circumambulating the stūpa and making offerings before it, and concludes with a series of prophecies concerning the stūpa's restoration.
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November – December 2017
The Third Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima (1865–1926) provides answers to a series of questions from a disciple. Themes include the distinction between ordinary mind (sem) and pure awareness (rigpa), the dissolution of dualistic perception, mindfulness in Dzogchen, the phases of dissolution at death, and how to practise Dzogchen meditation. Read text >
This short prayer by the First Dzogchen Rinpoche, Pema Rigdzin (1625–1697), invokes the figures of the Dzogchen lineage from Buddha Samantabhadra onwards, requesting their inspiration and blessings on the path to perfecting the four visions and attaining the rainbow body. Read text >
This final testament, which succinctly expresses the view, meditation, action and fruition of Dzogpachenpo, the Great Perfection, was transmitted after the parinirvāṇa of Yukhok Chatralwa Chöying Rangdrol to the treasure-revealer Lama Rigdzin Nyima (b. 1931). Read text >
by Jigme Lingpa
Jigme Lingpa wrote this prayer to the Dzogchen Rinpoches and their previous incarnations at the request of his disciple Jigme Ngotsar (b. 1763). Read text >
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This guide to the stages of visualization for the Longchen Nyingtik preliminary practices (sngon 'gro) is, as Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo himself puts it, "brief, clear and essential." Some of its instructions differ slightly from those given by Patrul Rinpoche, so that it represents a distinct commentarial tradition. 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.