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Vulture Peak

Latest translation

Added 12 September 2018

A Song of Perfect Joy: In Praise of the Sacred Sites of Rājgṛha, Vulture Peak and Nālandā

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by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Verses in praise of three major sacred sites in India: Rājgṛha (rgyal po'i khab), the ancient capital of Magadha; Vulture Peak (bya rgod spungs ri), where Buddha taught the Prajñāpāramitā sūtras; and Nālandā (nālendra), site of the famous monastic university, where many of the greatest Buddhist scholars lived and taught.

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More recent additions

August–September 2018

Display of Miracles

The Conquerors' Delight: In Praise of Śrāvastī | Pilgrimage

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

A short poetic text in praise of Śrāvastī (mnyan yod), where Buddha Śākyamuni spent many rainy seasons and where, it is said, he defeated rival teachers in a contest of miraculous ability. Jamyang Khyentse composed the work during a visit to the town in 1956. Read text >

Tso Pema

The White Lotus Garland of Immortality: In Praise of the Supreme Vajra Place, Tso Pema (Lotus Lake) | Pilgrimage

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Tso Pema (mtsho padma) or 'Lotus Lake' in Rewalsar, Northern India is identified with a lake in the ancient kingdom of Zahor, which was created, it is said, when the king and his ministers attempted to burn Guru Padmasambhava and his consort Mandāravā alive. The master transformed his funeral pyre into a lake, where he appeared, unharmed and seated upon a lotus. Read text >

Dhamekh Stupa

In Praise of Vārāṇasī, the Supreme Place | Pilgrimage

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Although entitled a praise of Vārāṇasī, this short poetic work concerns Sarnath or Ṛṣipatana, located approximately 10 kilometres from that ancient city. It was in the deer park of Sarnath that Buddha Śākyamuni first taught, setting in motion the Wheel of Dharma. Read text >

Descent from Heaven

In Praise of Devāvatāra, Site of Buddha's Descent from Heaven | Pilgrimage

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

A panegyric on Devāvatāra or Sāṃkāśya, the place where Buddha supposedly returned to earth after spending a rainy season teaching Abhidharma to his mother and others in the deva realm. Read text >


The Seed of Reasoning: Notes on the Five Great Logical Arguments of the Middle Way | Middle Way

by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

A brief text summarizing the five great logical arguments of the Madhyamaka, or Middle Way: 1) the investigation of the cause: the Diamond Splinters; 2) the investigation of the result: refuting existent or non-existent effects; 3) the investigation of both: refuting the four permutations of arising; 4) the investigation of essential identity: ‘neither one nor many’; and 5) the logical argument of Great Interdependence. Read text >

Gyalse Tokme Zangpo

Commentary on the Seven Points of Mind Training | Lojong

by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo

This is among the best known and most commonly taught commentaries on the popular mind training slogans arranged by Geshe Chekawa. The author, Gyalse Tokme Zangpo (1297–1371), who is famous for his Thirty Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas, writes in the plain and simple style of the pith instructions. Read text >

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Sera Khandro

A Song of Amazement Inspired by Practice Experience | Meditation

by Sera Khandro

This song of amazement originates in a vision that Sera Khandro had while staying in retreat at Nyimalung in Amdo at the age of twenty-nine. The text is her response to the spirits and demons who appeared to her, asking what she was doing. 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 often said that it derives from the Sanskrit lokacakṣu, literally meaning "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.