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A Cloudburst of Blessings by Rig-’dzin rdo-rje (Martin Boord)

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. edition khordong at Wandel Verlag, Berlin, 18th of December 2017, 332 sewn pages, with 12 illustrations, English and partly Tibetan and Sanskrit, hard cover, 15 x 22 cm, 560g, 49€, ISBN: 978-3-942380-23-2 Continue reading

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A Blaze of Fire in the Dark by Rig-’dzin rdo-rje (Martin Boord)

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

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The Path of Secret Mantra: Teachings of the Northern Treasures Five Nails

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

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Gathering the Elements by Rig-’dzin rdo-rje (Martin J Boord)

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The Cult of the Wrathful Deity Vajrakīla. Vajrakīla Texts of the Northern Treasures Tradition, Volume One; edition khordong at Wandel Verlag, Berlin, 2013, 420 pages, with several illustrations, English and partly Tibetan and Sanskrit, sewn pages, hard cover, 15 x 22 cm, 710g, 49€, available beginning 12th of July 2013, ISBN: 978-3-942380-10-2. A newly revised and expanded edition of the work formerly published as The Cult of the Deity Vajrakīla, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Tring 1993 Continue reading

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The Five Nails – Commentary on the Northern Treasures Accumulation Practice by Tulku Tsultrim Zangpo (Tulku Tsulu)

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This commentary on the Northern Treasure (Byang gTer) accumulation practice (Ngöndro), known as the «Five Nails» (tib. gZer lNga) contains the first chapter of the more lengthy commentary on the Gongpa Zangthal «The Boundless Vision of Dzogchen» by Tulku Tsultrim Zangpo, also known as Tulku Tsurlo, translated by Ven. Tulku Thondup, 2001, and revised by Rev. Dr. Martin Boord (Rig-‘dzin rdo-rje), 2008, for this publication. ISBN: 978-3-942380-12-6, Paperback, 88 pages, 15 x 22cm, 13,80 € Continue reading

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Illuminating Sunshine: Buddhist funeral rituals of Avalokiteśvara by Martin Boord (Rig-‘dzin rdo-rje)

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Of immense practical value, this book must surely find a place in the library of every Buddhist centre and private home in the land. As it has been wisely said, one never knows which will come first: tomorrow morning or the next life. These prayers, therefore, should be kept close at hand at all times as a powerful blessing for the living and the dead. edition khordong at Wandel Verlag, Berlin, forthcoming 16th of September 2012, 17 illustrations, English, Tibetan, Sanskrit, 262 pages, hard cover, sewn pages, 15 x 22 cm, ISBN: 978-3-942380-13-3, 44 € Continue reading

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