Translations by Peter Woods

English (29)


Peter Woods

Peter Woods completed a degree in Philosophy at University of Virginia in 2009, and later earned a Master's in Religion from Yale in 2015. He went on to study at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in the Translator Training Program and the Master's program in Buddhist Studies as a Tsadra Scholar, living in Nepal from 2015 to 2019. Peter works with Lhasey Lotsawa Translations and Publications and their Nekhor project, and serves as program director at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California.

Texts translated into English by Peter Woods

Adeu Rinpoche

Buddha

A popular Nyingma version of the famous Bodhisattvas’ Confession of Downfalls (byang chub sems dpa’i ltung bshags), also known as the Sūtra of the Three Heaps (phung po gsum pa’i mdo), invoking the thirty-five buddhas of confession as a means of purifying transgressions of vows and downfalls of the bodhisattva vow.

This popular canonical work (Tōh. 662) teaches the incantation (dhāraṇī) and rituals associated with the goddess Vasudhārā. According to the text, the dhāraṇī grants prosperity and wealth and averts spirits, demons and disease.

A popular text (Tōh. 748) teaching the incantation (dhāraṇī) and rituals associated with the Blue-Clad (nīlāmbaradhara) form of the deity Vajrapāṇi. According to Karmavajra’s commentary (Tōh. 2676), the dhāraṇī is at once a powerful protection against, and remedy for, spirits, demons and disease.

Perhaps the most popular of all prayers to Tārā, this tantra praises her twenty-one forms, both peaceful and wrathful. The first twenty-one verses are at once a series of homages to Tārā and a poetic description of her physical features, postures, qualities, abilities, mantras, and hand gestures. The remaining six verses describe how and when the Praise should be recited, as well as the benefits of its recitation.

This famous vajra song (rdo rje’i glu), named after its initial syllables "ema kiri", appears in the Tantra of the Union of the Sun and Moon (nyi zla kha sbyor). It consists of a series of arranged syllables which a practitioner should intone melodiously. The individual syllables and their arrangement as a mantra are considered particularly sacred since they are said to have been revealed by the primordial buddha Samantabhadra.

Chatral Rinpoche

Chöje Lingpa

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima

Dudjom Rinpoche

Fifteenth Karmapa

Guru Chökyi Wangchuk

Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye

Jampal Dewe Nyima

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

Jetsün Drakpa Gyaltsen

Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok

Ngakchang Shakya Zangpo

Ratna Lingpa

Śrī Siṃha

Tulku Zangpo Drakpa