The 84000 translation initiative has just published the Dharmachakra Translation Committee’s translation of The Tantra of the Blue-Clad Vajrapani, an important Indian cāryatantra. The lead translators on the project were Catherine Dalton of Gomde’s Dharmachakra Translation Center and Andreas Doctor, director of the Dharmachakra Translation Committee. Ryan Damron, also of Gomde’s translation center, worked as an editor of the project. The translators briefly describe the text in their introduction: “In the Kangyur and Tengyur collections there are more than forty titles centered on the form of Vajrapāṇi known as the “Blue-Clad One,” a measure of this figure’s great popularity in both India and Tibet. This text, The Tantra of the Blue-Clad Blessed Vajrapāṇi, is a scripture that belongs to the caryātantra class, the second of the four categories used by the Tibetans to organize their tantric canon. It introduces the practice of Blue-Clad Vajrapāṇi, while also providing the practitioner with a number of rituals directed at suppressing, subduing, or eliminating ritual targets.” The full text of the tantra is available in the 84000 project’s reading room.
Catherine Dalton, co-director of Gomde’s Dharmachakra Translation Center, was recently featured on the website of the 84000 project in connection with her work on the Dharmachakra Translation Committee’s recent translation of The Play in Full, a classic sūtra on the life of the Buddha. The 84000 Project was founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche with the mission of translating the entire canon Tibetan Buddhism – the Kangyur and Tengyur – into English. You can watch Catherine’s interview, which was shot at Gomde, here. The complete translation of The Play in Full, as well the Mahāmāyā Tantra and other translations by members of the Dharmachakra Translation Center, can be found in the 84000‘s Reading Room.
Solitary retreat is an essential element for Vajrayana practice encouraged by our teachers both present and past. Rangjung Yeshe Gomde offers a serene and powerful environment blessed by many Tibetan masters for individual retreats. The blessings of our teachers and the auspiciousness of the land combine to create an extraordinary experience. Rangjung Yeshe Gomde is available for all traditions of Buddhist practice.
Retreat accommodations are available when programs are not in session. Personal retreats can range from a weekend to several months from October to May. Retreatants can mingle practice sessions with time spent appreciating Gomde’s unique natural environment. Walking trails crisscross 250 secluded acres of woods and meadows and meander along the banks of the rushing Eel River. Or you may choose to do an exclusively indoor retreat.
Click here to download an article giving clear guidelines for conducting your own retreat, by Lama Gerry Prindiville.
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If you need a ride to or from Gomde, or you can offer a ride, now you can connect with other drivers on our Rideshare Board. Click here to go to the Rideshare Board now.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Dharmachakra Practices are pleased to offer an online meditation program based on Tara, the female buddha of wisdom in action.
Known as The Triple Excellence, this teaching describes the entire Buddhist path in gradual practical instructions. With its rich and vibrant interface, The Triple Excellence is perfectly accessible and profound for both beginners and seasoned practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. The instructions spring from the great Tibetan master Chokgyur Lingpa, who met Tara in person and received this terma teaching of deep and true meaning.
In practical steps this teaching covers all three vehicles (The Triple Excellence) from the perspective of the Vajrayana. Beginning with fundamental mind training, one proceeds to the Bodhisattva path of love and insight combined. Finally, the penetrating wisdom of the Vajrayana is introduced, culminating in the secret paths of the higher tantras. At this more advanced stage of practice, participants will receive a transmission, which includes methods that use the energies of the subtle body, and they will be initiated into the practice of trekchö or “cutting through resistance” within the primordial purity that is the nature of the mind.
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche received these teachings from H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Rinpoche is also a close descendant of Chokgyur Lingpa. This is a wonderful and rare opportunity to receive these precious teachings from an authentic master who holds a short and uninterrupted lineage of transmission.
The program will be open from January 28th, 2011 onwards.
In Nepal in January of 2006, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche gave two days of teachings on “The Five Powers: The Art of Living and Dying.” In preparation for Rinpoche’s teachings on the same subject at Orgyen Dorje Den in Alameda CA on August 23, Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery has authorized us to release the transcripts of his 2006 teachings.
Use the following links to download Part 1 and Part 2 of “The Five Powers”: