A Garland of Jewels: The Eight Great Bodhisattvas

A Garland of Jewels: The Eight Great Bodhisattvas

A Garland of Jewels: The Eight Great Bodhisattvas (བྱང་སེམས་ཉེ་སྲས་བརྒྱད་ཀྱི་རྟོགས་བརྗོད་ནོར་བུའི་ཕྲེང་བ།) is a collection of stories about the eight great bodhisattvas. These stories are all taken from sutras and tantras taught by the Buddha, such as the Avatamsaka and the Lotus Sutras. They were collected and edited by the great Buddhist teacher Mipham Namgyal (1846-1912).

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Verses for Celebrating Birthdays

Verses for Celebrating Birthdays

Once we are born in this world, we engage in all the activities of this world. Thus, our birth is the most significant event of this life, and therefore, in order to commemorate this remarkable event, we celebrate our birthdays.

We have ways to mark the occasion, but since we are Buddhists in the Tibetan tradition, if we celebrate birthdays accordingly, we can further increase our accumulation of virtue per our spiritual path and come to experience increased happiness and well being in future existences.

This new text (འཁྲུངས་སྐར་ཞལ་འདོན།) by Khenpo Ghawang can be recited to celebrate the birthday of both exalted teachers and ordinary beings. To facilitate using these prayers to commemorate the birthday of one’s teacher, this ebook contains an appendix of long life prayers for many prominent Karma Kagyu masters.

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Shower of Blessings with Commentary

Shower of Blessings with Commentary

Based on a seminar he gave at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Lama Yeshe Gyamtso’s commentary explains the meaning and practice of Shower of Blessings: A Guruyoga Based on the Seven-Line Prayer, composed by Jamgön Mipham (1846-1912) and connected with Guru Rinpoche, Guru Padmasambhava, also called Padmakara.

Published in print by KTD Publications in 2015 the book features the root text and explanations. The whole practice text of the guruyoga with tsok offering in pecha format is also published as a separate ebook in the link shown above.

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Shower of Blessings

Shower of Blessings

Shower of Blessings (ཚིག་བདུན་གསོལ་འདེབས་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་བླ་མའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར་བྱིན་རླབས་ཆར་འབེབས།) is a guruyoga practice and tsok offering connected with Guru Rinpoche, Guru Padmasambhava, also called Padmakara. The practice was composed by Khenchen Mipham (1846-1912), a great master of the Nyingma tradition who also had great influence on the Karma Kagyu tradition.

The Shower of Blessings is a simple liturgy, which can be easily performed even by students who have little experience with Tibetan liturgy practices. It is recommended for those students who wish to observe the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar calendar.

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Compassion NOW!

Compassion NOW!

Compassion is the root of all Buddhist practices, but too often compassionate feeling is left inactive. Compassion NOW! (published in print in 2011 by KTD Publications) exhorts us to translate compassionate feeling into positive action in the world. From a teaching given in India in 2010, the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa asserts that having compassion for oneself is a necessary starting point. From there we can expand compassion to include those beings with whom we have a close connection, and from there expand it even further to develop immeasurable compassion for all sentient beings. We accomplish this through the mahayana practice of mind training, which the Karmapa discusses here with great clarity and insight. An overview of the vajrayana method of meditation on Chenrezik, the bodhisattva of compassion, is also included.

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The First Karmapa

The First Karmapa

The Life and Teachings of Dusum Khyenpa

Compiled by the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, this first English translation of the teachings and biographies of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa enables contemporary readers to fully receive the transmission of this peerless spiritual being, who brought perfect benefit to himself and others.

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The Torch of True Meaning

The Torch of True Meaning

This new translation (printed by KTD Publications in 2015) of the classic text, The Torch of True Meaning (ཕྱག་ཆེན་སྔོན་འགྲོ་བཞི་སྦྱོར་དང་དངོས་གཞིའི་ཁྲིད་རིམ་མདོར་བསྡུས་ངེས་དོན་སྒྲོན་མེ།), by the great master and scholar Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye gives clear and concise instructions on the preliminary and main practices of mahamudra meditation. But it does not only teach mahamudra: this book describes vividly what is necessary for any meditation practice. It is presented here in a new translation that includes the previously unpublished final chapter of Jamgön Kongtrul’s work, a brief yet inspiring description of the actual practice of mahamudra.

Note: The traditional practice text for the Karma Kamtsang preliminary practices, commented in this book, is published separately as The Chariot that Travels the Noble Path.

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The Chariot that Travels the Noble Path

The Chariot that Travels the Noble Path

The Chariot that Travels the Noble Path (སྒྲུབ་བརྒྱུད་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་ཕྲེང་བ་ཀརྨ་ཀཾ་ཚང་རྟོགས་པའི་དོན་རྒྱུད་ལས་བྱུང་བའི་གསུང་དྲི་མ་མེད་པ་རྣམས་བཀོད་ནས་ཞལ་འདོན་རྒྱུན་ཁྱེར་གྱི་རིམ་པ་འཕགས་ལམ་འགྲོད་པའི་ཤིང་རྟ།) is  the standard practice text for the mahamudra preliminaries in the Karma Kamtsang tradition, composed by the Ninth Gyalwang Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje. Presented here is a new edition prepared by the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who wrote a new lineage supplication and made other edits in the guru yoga practice to bring it closer to the original sources.

This practice should be done only by people who have received the appropriate empowerment, transmission, and instruction from a qualified guru.

The commentary for the ngondro practices featured in this ebook is published seperately as The Torch of True Meaning.

Ngondro for Our Current Day also gives instructions on the short ngondro practice by the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa. Though the visualizations are slightly different, the general principals are the same as for this practice.

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Chenrezik: For the Benefit of All Beings

Chenrezik: For the Benefit of All Beings

One of the most highly revered living masters of the Karma Kagyu lineage, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche offers here a detailed explanation of the Chenrezik practice, based on For the Benefit of All Beings as Vast as the Sky (Drodon khakhyabma), a text composed by Thangtong Gyalpo. Drawing on decades of experience guiding Western students and with the sparkling clarity that is so typical of his teachings, in this book Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche offers students all that they need to plant their own seeds of awakening.

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Sadhana of Chenrezik

Sadhana of Chenrezik

The Chenrezik practice, For the Benefit of All Beings as Vast as the Sky (ཐུགས་རྗེ་ཆེན་པོའི་སྒོམ་བཟླས་འགྲོ་དོན་མཁའ་ཁྱབ་མ་བཞུགས་སོ།།), composed by Thangtong Gyalpo.

See also:

The Chenrezik: For the Benefit of All Beings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

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