Translations of Tibetan Buddhist Texts
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.
This represents the combined efforts of 35 translators and translation teams, working in collaboration with lamas, khenpos and geshes, as well as editors, inputters, proofreaders, designers and many more.
Added 16 October 2016:
In memory of Domang Yangthang Rinpoche (1929–2016), one of the most highly respected Nyingma teachers of recent times and one of our own kind teachers, we offer here these pithy verses on the view, meditation and action of Dzogchen — the Great Perfection — which he composed at the request of his close friend, Lama Tsewang.
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Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo (1925–1958/9) offers pithy advice on how to attain true happiness by settling into realization of mind's essential nature. Far from being "insane ramblings", as the author playfully claims, this instruction will surely be of great value to all practitioners, especially followers of Mahāmudrā and Dzogchen. Read text >
Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche Sangye Dorje (1913–2015) composed this beautiful devotional prayer of 'calling the guru from afar' (bla ma rgyang 'bod) in Yolmo in 1985. As he explains in the introduction: "All vehicles, causal and resultant, teach that the guru is an emanation of the Buddha, and, therefore, those who pray to him or her with devotion will undoubtedly receive blessings. Yet this depends mainly upon one’s own devotion... It is vital, therefore, that you supplicate the master strongly with full confidence and assurance..." Read text >
A simple guru yoga practice by the celebrated Kagyü scholar, the Second Pawo, Tsuklak Trengwa (1504–1566), focusing on the great poet-yogi, Milarepa (c.1040–1123). It includes the standard elements of visualisation, invocation, mantra recitation, dissolution and dedication. Read text >
This short prayer or supplication to realise the profound nature of reality was written by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959) at the request of a young Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (1931–2011), who went on to become one of the most important and influential Nyingma teachers of recent times. Read text >
Published on the fifteenth anniversary of the parinirvāṇa of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche (1924–2011), who was the head of the Nyingma tradition and one of the teachers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This short prayer for the realisation of the ultimate view, meditation and conduct was composed at the request of a devoted student by the name of Changchub Chökyi Drolma. Read text >
In this short text to accompany the offering of a butter lamp or candle (or marmé mönlam; mar me smon lam), the great yogi Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol (zhabs dkar tshogs drug rang grol, 1781–1851) offers an inspiring visualisation and series of aspirations. Read text >
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A short prayer to the eight manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava, eight vidyādharas, eight bodhisattvas, and eight maṇḍalas of Kagye (bka' brgyad) composed by the great Ju Mipham Rinpoche (1846–1912) in 1897. Anyone who has a connection with the great Dharma centre of Larung Gar in Tibet is encouraged to recite this at the present time. 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.