Translations by Christina Monson
Christina Monson is a Tibetan language translator and interpreter who has been studying and practicing under the guidance of her root master Chatral Rinpoche since 1990. She holds a BA in religious studies from Brown University and a Masters degree in South Asian Studies with a focus on Himalayan and Tibetan Buddhist traditions from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2009 she continued her studies of Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute of Kathmandu University, where she is currently a PhD candidate. She has published a translation of the short life story of the great ḍākinī Sera Khandro entitled The Excellent Path of Devotion. A member of the Light of Berotsana Translation group, Christina has been interpreting for classes at the Rigpa Shedra East in Pharping Nepal in the winter.
Texts translated into English by Christina Monson
In this song of yearning devotion, or prayer of 'calling the guru from afar' (bla ma rgyang 'bod), the late Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche offers his followers some profound advice related to "the swift path of the luminous Great Perfection."
- The Excellent Path of Supreme Great Bliss: A Prayer for Calling the Guru from Afar by Chatral Rinpoche
- The Rishi's Maledictory Incantation: An Invocation of Wisdom Mind and Sacred Pledges for Reversing the Disturbances and Agitations of Dark Times In the Form of an Aspiration Prayer by Chatral Rinpoche
This is a prayer for the modern age, or kaliyuga, calling upon Buddha Śākyamuni, Guru Padmasambhava and all enlightened deities, gurus and protectors, in order to transform the minds of those in positions of power, so that terrible weapons of war may be eradicated, and the threats they pose to Dharma and living beings removed, allowing peace to reign throughout the world.
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.
- The Excellent Path of Devotion: An Abridged Story of a Mendicant’s Experiences in Response to Questions from Vajra Kin by Sera Khandro
Sera Khandro composed this verse autobiography, which is suitable for daily recitation, in 1929, two years after completing a longer, more detailed account of her life. As with many other biographical works in the Tibetan tradition, the story is itself a Dharma teaching, demonstrating the importance of following one’s heart, persevering in the face of difficulties, and cultivating complete trust and devotion