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Apology to the Naga Realm

We are very pleased to offer a translation of a very important Naga text from the Zung-Due (collection of Mahayana Sutras). This text, called the 'Lu'i Pang Kong' is is an extensive apology and amendment to the realm of Nagas, and is commonly recited when someone has been stricken with a naga-related disease or misfortune. One would commission Lamas to recite this Sutra as many times as one's age, or recite it oneself. This text includes the U-chen script, a line of phonetics and an English translation. It outlines [...]

The Rishi Stars – September 9-15, 2018

by Khandro Kunzang According to Tibetan and Vedic astrology, there are a cluster of stars, called the 'Rishi' stars, that 'appear' for one week each year - usually during the 8th lunar month (September). This year, according to Tibetan astrology, the Rishi stars will be 'out' from Sept. 10-15. In Tibetan this is known as 'Karma Rishi.' According to Hindu legend, these stars were once great sages of the past, who, upon their death, raised up into the heavens and became these stars. When they are visible in [...]

Solar Eclipse: A Buddhist Perspective

UPCOMING TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: A BUDDHIST VIEW by Khandro Kunzang On Monday, August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse which will cross the entire United States. As in the past, we are requesting that you dedicate some extra time for your Dharma practice on this day.  Both solar and lunar eclipses are important days in a practitioner's life. There are powerful forces at work during this time, and a skillful practitioner can take this opportunity to bring much benefit through their Dharma practice. In many cultures throughout [...]

The Song of Method and Wisdom

Teaching by Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche and Lama Dawa Rinpoche. Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche often gave instruction and teaching in the form of song, and often used songs from his native Tibetan village of Dam to give examples of essential truths. They are teachings in themselves, even though they can be regarded as just simple village songs. To Rinpoche, even the mundane, or relative truth activities can carry great meaning, if you know how to listen. These songs, sung by Rinpoche and his consort, were very special and very moving. Although [...]

Increasing Good Fortune by Writing Names on Prayer Flags

by Khandro Kunzang Raising Prayer Flags is a well-known practice among Himalayan Buddhist cultures. On auspicious days and in sacred holy places, pilgrims will hang strings of prayer flags on mountain tops, between trees, and where there are holy stupas. Monasteries, retreat centers and Dharma centers will hang rows of pole flags around the perimeter of the properties. It is common practice among Tibetan cultures to 'sponsor' the hanging of flags at these auspicious places, on behalf of themselves or others, at holy places such as great stupas, and [...]

Practice for Pacifying Earthquakes

This is a special edition of the section of the Sampa Lhundrub prayer for pacifying the four elements. It includes a secret visualization and mantra as part of the Ley-Tsog from Rigzin Godem, and is particular for pacifying earthquakes. These are usually kept very secret and taught only to practitioners who have received the Sampa Lhundrub empowerment and transmissions. However, due to this ongoing earthquake disaster in Nepal, Lama Dawa Rinpoche has given permission to make this available. This text was prepared  for teachings that Lama Dawa Rinpoche gave [...]

How Dakinis Die

by Khandro Kunzang On Sept. 6, 2014, I wrote a short post below about the passing of the Sangyum, Rikzin Wangmo in New York City. On Nov. 3, I've updated this post and added new material at the end. From Sept. 6: There's been a lot of interest in  my last post about the passing of Shiva Rinpoche in Nepal, and all the rainbow phenomena that occurs when a great being dies. But don't think that these things only happen to male practitioners! And don't think that they only [...]

How T’hroma Practitioners Die

Today we received a phone call from Nepal informing us of the unexpected death of Shiva Lodro Rinpoche. Shiva Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Golok Serta Rinpoche, a great T'hroma Chod practitioner and lineage holder of the T'ho-Luk, or Northern school of Dudjom Lingpa' s T'hroma Chod - which comes from Degyal Rinpoche. Lama Dawa's father was a student of Golok Serta Rinpoche and when Lama Dawa was a child, he and his family used to travel around like gypsies with Serta Rinpoche's group. Lama Dawa tells many fantastic [...]