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Guru Padma

Latest major translation

Added 15 March 2019

Three Reasons for Confidence: A Work Telling the Life and Liberation Story of the Great Master Padmākara

| Biography

by Tāranātha

Tāranātha (1575–1634) composed this biography of Padmasambhava in 1610. It is unique insofar as it does not follow the version of the life-story recounted in numerous terma texts. Instead, it follows the historical perspective of the Testimony of Ba, as well as several Nyingma tantras and their commentaries.

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More recent additions

March 2019

Milarepa

Jangphen Namkha Dzong | Songs

by Milarepa

In this spiritual song (mgur), the great yogi Milarepa praises the qualities of Jangphen Namkha Dzong, which he likens to a palace, and explains why it is so conducive to meditative retreat. The place is listed among the six well-known outer 'fortresses' (rdzong) associated with Milarepa. Read text >


Pema Kunzang Rangdrol

Annotation Commentary on the Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King | Striking the Vital Point in Three Statements

by Pema Kunzang Rangdrol

Annotations to clarify the root verses of Patrul Rinpoche's popular text, The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King (mkhas pa śrī rgyal po'i khyad chos), which elaborates on the 'Three Statements that Strike the Vital Point' (tshig gsum gnad brdegs) by Garab Dorje. Read text >


Khenpo Gangshar

Verses to Remove Hindrances and Sustain Realization of the Nature of Mind | Dzogchen

by Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo

Gangshar Wangpo tells us that he based these verses—which explain how to eliminate obstacles to practice and sustain realization of mind's essential nature—on scripture, the oral instructions of his guru, and his own experience. Read text >


Machik

Cutting through the Four Demons in Absolute Space: A Praise of Machik Labdrön | Praise

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

In this verse panegyric, Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö (1893–1959) praises the great Machik Labdrön (ma gcig lab sgron, 1031–1129) and incorporates references to many key terms and concepts from the Chöd (gcod, 'Cutting') practice for which she is renowned. Read text >


Loter Wangpo

Commentary on Nāgārjuna's Verses on the Essence of Dependent Origination | Buddhist Philosophy

by Jamyang Loter Wangpo

In this short annotation commentary, Jamyang Loter Wangpo (1847–1914) explains the nature and subdivisions of dependent origination (pratītyasamutpāda) and identifies the somewhat cryptic numerical references in Nāgārjuna's verses. Read text >


Sachen

Prayer to the Lineage of Parting from the Four Attachments | Lineage Prayers

by Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo

A prayer to the lineage of masters who held the instructions for the famous four-line teaching from the Buddha and Mañjuśrī down to Sharchen Yeshe Gyaltsen (1359–1406), the root teacher of the author, Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo (1382–1456). Read text >


Palyul Chogtrul

Advice for Orgyen Rigdzin | Advice

by Palyul Choktrul Jampal Gyepe Dorje

In a few simple verses, Palyul Choktrul (1894–1958/9) sets out the basic elements that make human life meaningful, from thoughts that generate renunciation to cultivating devotion for the guru. 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.