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Mipham

Latest translation

Added 13 June 2018

The Key Points of Trekchö, Thorough Cut

| Dzogchen

by Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche

The great Nyingma master Mipham Rinpoche wrote this brief, versified Dzogchen instruction in 1893/4. In it he outlines the key points of Trekchö (khregs chod) or 'Thorough Cut' practice by means of an explanation of the four ways of leaving things as they are (cog bzhag bzhi).

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June 2018

Birth of Buddha

The White Lotus: In Praise of Lumbinī | Pilgrimage

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö composed this beautiful poem in praise of Lumbinī, the site of Buddha's birth and a major place of pilgrimage, when he visited there in the late 1950s. Read text >


Trulshik Incarnations

Gateway for the Faithful: A Supplication Recalling the Lives and Liberation of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, Ngawang Chökyi Lodrö' | Prayers

by Trulshik Rinpoche

A supplication prayer that recalls the thirty previous incarnations of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche Ngawang Chökyi Lodrö (1924–2011) and their major accomplishments, as well as the master's own life and future emanations. Read text >


Ngawang Tenzin Norbu

Prayer to the Successive Lives of the Great Trulshik 'Destroyer of Delusion' | Prayers

by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu

A short prayer to the previous incarnations of the famous tertön Trulshik Dongak Lingpa (1862–1922), also known as Kunzang Tongdrol Dorje, rediscoverer of the Yangti Nakpo cycle of Dzogchen teachings. Read text >


Trulshik Rinpoche

Advice for Tenzin Jamchen | Advice

by Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche

Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche composed this short verse instruction on relative and absolute bodhicitta at the request of the English monk, Tenzin Jamchen (Sean Price). Read text >



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Nagarjuna

Four Great Logical Arguments of the Middle Way | Middle Way

by Mipham Rinpoche

This section of Gateway to Learning (mkhas 'jug) explains the so-called "Four Great Logical Arguments of the Middle Way" (dbu ma'i gtan tshigs chen po bzhi), which are: 1) investigation of the cause: the Diamond Splinters; 2) investigation of the result: refuting existent or non-existent results; 3) investigation of the essential identity: ‘neither one nor many’; and 4) investigation of all: the Great Interdependence. This translation also includes some comments from Khenpo Nüden's celebrated commentary. 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.