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Eight Manifestations

Latest major translation

Added 14 May 2019

A Garland of Vajra Words: A Prayer to the Guru

| Guru Rinpoche Prayers

by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Here Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–1991) invokes the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche (gu ru mtshan brgyad) by drawing on key lines from the famous praise Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti (Chanting the Names of Mañjuśrī).

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More recent additions

May 2019

Adzom Gyalse

Advice for Beginners: How to Overcome Obstacles to Meditation | Advice

by Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje

Crucial advice from Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje (1895–1969) on how to eliminate three types of obstacle that could imperil beginning-level practitioners of meditation. Read text >


Vajrasattva

The Ultimate Inexpressible Confession | Confession

from The Immaculate Confession Tantra

This confession liturgy, popularly known as Yeshe Kuchokma (ye shes sku mchog ma), is taken from the fourth chapter of the Immaculate Confession Tantra (Dri med bshags rgyud). Read text >


Chatral Rinpoche

A Profound and Concise Guru Yoga | Guru Yoga

by Chatral Rinpoche

This short yet profound guru yoga focusing on Chatral Sangye Dorje (1913–2015) was composed at the insistence of close students and is still recited daily by many disciples. The practice incorporates a unique mantra based on Rinpoche's name and employs imagery associated with the Great Perfection. Read text >


Tara

Brief Homage to the Twenty-One Tārās | Tārā

by Khenchen Ngawang Palzang

This short prayer by Khenchen Ngawang Palzang (1879–1941), alias Khenpo Ngakchung, is a means of invoking and praising Tārā in her twenty-one emanations and calling upon her to dispel obstacles and assist progress along the path to ultimate realization. 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 and asked 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.