A Readers Guide to The Way of the Bodhisattva
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A Readers Guide to The Way of the Bodhisattva

The great nineteenth-century master Patrul Rinpoche, author of The Words of My Perfect Teacher and revered by all Tibetan Buddhists, was known for his wandering ascetic lifestyle, eschewing fame, generous offerings, and all but the most meager possessions. However, wherever he went throughout his peripatetic life, he carried with him a copy of Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara, which we know … Continue reading

The Levels of Study of the Karma Kagyü at Larung Gar
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The Levels of Study of the Karma Kagyü at Larung Gar

  We were very pleased to host a talk with Khenpo Jamyang of Larung Gar in Golok on Monday, April 18th who discussed the Kagyu curriculum at the largest center of Buddhist study and practice in the world.  We will make this talk available online subsequently. Below is a list of the texts that Khenpo will be … Continue reading

Intermediate States: Living and Dying from Ancient India to 21st Century New York
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Intermediate States: Living and Dying from Ancient India to 21st Century New York

The term bardo, often translated as “intermediate state” is a term that entered the popular imagination in the West with the publication of W.Y. Evans-Wentz’s 1927 translation of The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States, which he rendered as The Tibetan Book of the Dead.  It is curious that such a specialized esoteric … Continue reading

Translating the Maitreya Treatises: An Interview with Thomas Doctor
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Translating the Maitreya Treatises: An Interview with Thomas Doctor

We recently interviewed Thomas Doctor, a translator on the Dharmachakra Translation Committee, about the importance of their recent translations of the Maitreya texts and commentaries. Shambhala Publications: The Dharmachakra Translation Committee has now published two of the five Maitreya texts, with a third on the way soon. Can you give a brief overview of why … Continue reading

General Character of the Thirty Days of the Month
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General Character of the Thirty Days of the Month

The following is excerpted from Tibetan Astrology by Philippe Cornu, pages 180-183 In the course of the month, the moon makes different aspects to the sun, and these may be either favorable or unfavorable. This is what gives the days their particular character. In the Indian, Chinese, and Arab traditions, there are lists showing the … Continue reading

Kalachakra: The Shape of the Universe
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Kalachakra: The Shape of the Universe

The Kalachakra description of the universe is quite different from that presented in the other major Buddhist system of metaphysics: abhidharma, or topics of special knowledge. There are, of course, common elements in both, found in non-Buddhist Indian descriptions as well. These include multiple universes each passing through, at different times from each other, beginningless … Continue reading