Announcement: The water initiation and other rites of empowerment for the practice of the Northern Treasures Vajrakīla. Vajrakīla Texts of the Northern Treasures Tradition, volume four. Of crucial importance in the life of anyone who wishes to follow the path of secret mantra, the occasion of a tantric empowerment stands out as a pivotal moment of guidance in which the stages and direction of the path to be followed are made clear. All too often, however, practitioners in the western world have been forced to remain little more than spectators, patiently witnessing the profound initiation rites of their own ‘vajra empowerments’ as outsiders, because the rites are conducted in a foreign language and in a manner that is not at all easy to understand. Now, in order to encourage full participation by English-speaking disciples who wish to take the mantra path to heart, a complete series of ritual empowerments for the deity Vajrakīla in the tradition of the Northern Treasures has been translated and annotated. Continue reading
His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Jikdral Yeshe Dorje, was one of the most outstanding yogins, scholars and meditation masters of recent times, who inspired not only awe in those who met him, but also devotion and deep affection. After the flight of the Tibetans into exile, it was Dudjom Rinpoche who was the first master to be accorded the title of Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, the ‘oldest’ school introduced into Tibet in the 8th century by Guru Padmasambhava. Continue reading
Keith Dowman is a translator and teacher of Dzogchen. He learned with the great Dzogchen teachers Dudjom Rinpoche and Kanjur Rinpoche and lived for more than 30 years in Benares (Varanasi/Indien) and in Kathmandu (Nepal). Some of his translations are Sky Dancer, Longchenpas Natural Perfection and Spaciousness just to name a few.
In German we re-published so far his Dzogchen anthology The Flight of Garuda, as “Der Flug des Garuda”. Continue reading
Homa rituals for the fulfilment of vows and the performance of deeds of great benefit. Vajrakīla Texts of the Northern Treasures Tradition, volume three von Rig-’dzin rdo-rje (Martin J Boord). Together with a perusal of the historical role of sacrificial and magical fire rituals (homa) in the tantric Buddhist communities of medieval India, this volume presents a wealth of new texts and translations from the Byang-gter tradition of Tibet. From the root texts of the wrathful homa rites of Vajrakīla, revealed as Dharma treasures by Rig-’dzin rgod-ldem in 1366, this book traces the evolutionary development of these practices in the light of innovative ritual strategies taught by important holders of the lineage over the course of three generations. The major text composed by Rig-’dzin padma ’phrin-las in 1695 (Accomplishing All Deeds) has remained the standard work on this subject for more than three centuries, being regularly performed to this day at the mother monastery of Dorje Drak as well as among the wider community of those who follow the Northern Treasures Tradition in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Ladakh, and the rest of the world. edition khordong at Wandel Verlag, Berlin, 2015, 228 pages, with 17 illustrations, English and partly Tibetan and Sanskrit, sewn pages, hard cover, 15 x 22 cm, 460g, 42€, available on 4th of April 2015, ISBN: 978-3-942380-20-1 Continue reading
Pema Tinley’s guide to vajrayāna practice. Explanation of Rigzin Godem’s Jangter Ngöndro Zer Nga (byang gter sngon ‘gro gzer lnga) according to the commentary by Rigzin Pema Tinley, translation and oral transmission by Khenpo Chowang, edited by Martin Boord. edition khordong at Wandel Verlag, Berlin, 2014, 268 pages, with 6 illustrations, English and partly Tibetan, soft cover, 15 x 22 cm, 380g, 12,80€ till 30.09.2016, 15€ from 1.10.2016 onwards, available from 31st of July 2014, ISBN: 978-3-942380-18-8 Continue reading
H.H Khordong Terchen Tulku Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche was one of the highest Nyingmapa Lamas of his time. He was born in 1922 in the Kham Region of Tibet. When he was 4 years old, several highstanding Lamas, among them H.H. The 13th Dalai Lama, H.H. Minling Trichin and H.H. The Sakya Trichin confirmed that Chhimed Rigdzin is the 4th incarnation of the great Tertön Nudan Dorje Drophan Lingpa. The lineage of Nudan Dorje begins with Shariputra, one of the main disciples of Lord Buddha, and went on to Humkara, the pupil of Garab Dorje, and Khyechung Lotsawa, one of Padmasambhava‘s 25 main disciples. … Continue reading