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Padmasambhava

Latest major translation

Added 16 January 2019

The Invocation of Uḍḍiyāna on the Tenth Day

| Guru Rinpoche

revealed by Ratna Lingpa

In this brief treasure text, Padmasambhava prophesies the many ways in which he will reveal himself to disciples in the future. He encourages his students to pray to him continually and gives specific instructions on how to invoke him on the tenth day. The text concludes with a description of the destined revealer of this treasure, Ratna Lingpa (1403–1479).

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More recent additions

December 2018 – January 2019

Prajnaparamita

Concise Explanatory Outline of the Heart of Wisdom | Prajñāpāramitā

by Ngulchu Dharmabhadra

This short topical outline by the famous Gelugpa scholar Ngulchu Dharmabhadra (1771–1852) reveals the various topics and subtopics conveyed by the famous Heart Sūtra, or Sūtra of the Heart of Transcendent Wisdom. Read text >


Pasture girl

A Simple Method of Transference for Helpless Animals | Dying & the Bardos

by Dzong-ngön Pema Tukchok Dorje

This biographical prayer to Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje (1800–1866), composed by the master himself, outlines the most important details of his life and offers a means to evoke his blessings and inspiration to follow the path. Read text >


Redreng

Offering Clouds to Delight the Victorious Ones, Combining A Praise of Redreng with a Prayer of Aspiration | Pilgrimage

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Composed in 1955 when Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959) passed through the area, this is a short verse text in praise of Redreng/Reting, the famous monastery founded by Atiśa's foremost disciple, Dromtönpa Gyalwé Jungné, in 1056–1057. Read text >


Do Khyentse

The Hook Which Invokes the Blessings: A Supplication to the Life and Liberation of Rigdzin Jalü Dorje | Biography

by Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje

This biographical prayer to Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje (1800–1866), composed by the master himself, outlines the most important details of his life and offers a means to evoke his blessings and inspiration to follow the path. Read text >


Dola Jigme Kalzang

Elucidating the Hidden Meaning: A Commentary on the Meaning of the Four Mudrās | Buddhist Philosophy

by Dola Jigme Kalzang

In this short text Dola Jigme Kalzang (b. 1789) explains the meaning of the four mudrās that provide a context for tantric practice: the karma mudrā, which is the basis of practice; the dharma mudrā, which is the object of practice; the samaya mudrā, which is the means of practice; and the mahāmudrā, which is the fruition of practice. 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.