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Overview | Topics | Tibetan Masters | Indian Masters | Words of the Buddha

A virtual library of translations from Tibetan, including works by Indian Buddhist masters preserved in the Tibetan language. Every text on the site—almost 5000 in total, in nine languages—is downloadable in EPUB and PDF formats.

ISSN 2753-4812

Dudjom Rinpoche

Latest Major Translation

Ornament of Samantabhadra’s Wisdom: A Commentary on Spontaneous Song of the Genuine Nature, A Prayer of Calling the Guru from Afar

| Calling the Guru from Afar

by Tulku Pema Rigtsal Rinpoche

This word-by-word commentary on Dudjom Rinpoche's famous song of calling the guru from afar (bla ma rgyang 'bod), Spontaneous Song of the Genuine Nature, includes a discussion of the ultimate three-kāya guru and an explanation of how to practice the path of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.

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Added 13 February 2024

Latest from the Longchen Nyingtik Project


Vajrakīlaya: Overpowering the Forces of Māra | Palchen Düpa

revealed by Jigme Lingpa

When Jigme Lingpa was in his sixties he ‘translated the signs’ of the four specific sādhanas of Palchen Düpa—Yamāntaka, Hayagrīva, Yangdak Heruka and Vajrakīlaya—at the request of Dodrupchen Jigme Trinle Özer, Jigme Losalchen, and Tsewang Lhamo, the Queen of Derge. This is the sādhana of Vajrakīlaya. | Read text >

Added February 2024

Latest from the Nyingtik Yabzhi Project

Vima Nyingtik | Lama Yangtik | Khandro Nyingtik | Khandro Yangtik | Zabmo Yangtik

Melong Dorje

Biography of Melong Dorje | Biography

by Longchen Rabjam

Extracted from The Jewel Rosary History, this biography of Kumārādza’s root teacher became an important source for later historians, such as Gö Lotsawa Zhönnu Pal, Guru Tashi, Dudjom Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorje. | Read text >

Guru Jober

Biography of Guru Jober | Biography

by Longchen Rabjam

Extracted from The Jewel Rosary History, this brief biography of Guru Jober (1196–1255) provides details about his spiritual training and accomplishment. | Read text >

Added February 2024

Latest from the Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Sungbum Project

Tendrel Nyesel

Pacifying All that is Unfavourable: A Fire Offering for the Brief Practice of Tendrel Nyesel | Tendrel Nyesel

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

This expanded fire ritual for the brief Tendrel Nyesel practice draws upon the medium-length sādhana. It was requested by Khenpo Lekshé Jorden of Katok, and, as it is a recent discovery, is not included in any published edition of Jamyang Khyentse's writings. | Read text >

Added January 2024

Latest from Samye Translations

Chokgyur Lingpa

Advice on the Three Sets of Vows | Advice

by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

Advice on how to combine and integrate the three sets of vows: 1) the precepts of personal or individual liberation (pratimokṣa), 2) the bodhisattva vows, and 3) tantric samayas. | Read text >

Chokgyur Lingpa

Advice for Könchok Tenzin | Advice

by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

Verses of advice stressing the importance of study, thoroughness and an altruistic attitude, composed for a physician named Könchok Tenzin. | Read text >

Added February 2024

Other Recent Additions

Delok Tsultrim Wangmo

A Song of Advice | Songs and Poems

by Tsultrim Wangmo

In 2006, Khenpo Akhyuk (1927–2011) told Tsultrim Wangmo to record for posterity her experiences of other realms as a delok, or revenant. The following year, a team of women joined her to help record her stories. In the course of their work, as their faith in Tsultrim Wangmo grew, they requested teachings from her. She told them that she did not know how to give formal teachings but offered this song of advice instead. | Read text >

Longsal Nyingpo

Four Qualities of Path Integration: A Song by Longsal Nyingpo Expressing His Realization | Songs and Poems

by Longsal Nyingpo

In this five-verse song, Longsal Nyingpo describes his accomplishment of path integration, or 'bringing onto the path' (lam khyer), such that all experiences serve as fuel for his practice. | Read text >

Dudjom Lingpa

Instructions for Chögyal | Advice

by Dudjom Lingpa

General advice on how to apply the teachings and gain liberation in a single lifetime through recognising the nature of mind. | Read text >

Added February 2024


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Highlights from Archive

Togme Zangpo

Commentary on the Seven Points of Mind Training | Mind Training

by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo

This is among the best known and most commonly taught commentaries on the popular mind training slogans. The author, famous for his Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas, writes in the style of the pith instructions, in plain and simple language. | Read text >

Khandro Tsering Chodron

Beautiful String of Jewels: A Heart Advice | Advice

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse offered these words of heart-advice, encapsulating the entire Buddhist path, to Khandro Tsering Chödrön (1929–2011), his spiritual consort. | Read text >

Featured Topic

Yeshe Tsogyal

Ḍākinī Treasury

Texts from the Ḍākinīs' Great Dharma Treasury (mkha' 'gro'i chos mdzod chen mo), a 53-volume collection published in 2017 to showcase writing by and about female Buddhist masters. | View topic >

* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages; it is said to derive from lokacakṣu, literally "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.

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