Ceremony of Offering to the Gurus, Composed by the Glorious Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

A carefully constructed compilation of selected Gurupujas from many different traditions, composed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, for the Kagyu Monlam held annually in Bodhgaya, India.

Ceremony of Offering to the Gurus is a carefully constructed compilation of selected Gurupujas from many different traditions, composed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, for the Kagyu Monlam held annually in Bodhgaya, India.

This volume include extracts from the Pangkong Chagyapa Sutra, which was the earliest dharma to reach Tibet; the Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva; ...

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Heart of the Dharma: Mind Training for Beginners

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche explains clearly and simply how to use the practice of mind training and tonglen meditation to transform our habitual selfishness into the compassionate altruism necessary to bring happiness to ourselves and others.

These oral instructions on mind training from the Mahayana that the glorious Lord Atisha passed down have been explained in many different ways, but the best of them all is the master Ja Chekawa’s commentary in seven points. In order that beginners can easily understand the meaning of ...

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Jewels from the Treasury: Vasubandhu’s Verses on the Treasury of Abhidharma and the Commentary Youthful Play

This book contains a translation of one of the greatest presentations of abhidharma in any tradition: “Vasubandhu’s Verses on the Treasury of Abhidharma,” along with the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje’s

clear and concise explanation of it, “Youthful Play,” translated by David Karma Choephel.

Though the abhidharma is recognized as one of the major topics of the Buddhist teachings, up until now there have been few translations of any of the great texts on it available in a Western language. This book contains a ...

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Karma Chakme’s Mountain Dharma: Volume Two

Volume Two examines the complete path of Mahamudra from initial experience to full realization. There is emphasis on how to conduct a proper retreat, including the use of geomancy in determining the appropriate site, the longevity practices of White Tara and Tseringma, chod practice, and how to use compassion as protection from fear and danger.

Karma Chakme’s Mountain Dharma was taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at KTD from 1999 to 2003 and is presented here in a four-volume set. (The fifth volume comprised of restricted ...

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Karma Chakme’s Mountain Dharma: Volume Three

Volume Three opens with concise bardo teachings as well as instructions on benefiting people in the bardo state. The book continues with instructions and advice for the practitioner including protecting oneself from potential threats with loving-kindness and compassion; purifying obscurations through invoking wisdom deities; learning the signs that arise during practice, etc.

Karma Chakme’s Mountain Dharma was taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at KTD from 1999 to 2003 and is presented here in a four-volume set. (The fifth volume comprised of restricted chapters was ...

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Karma Chakme’s Mountain Dharma: Volume Four

Volume Four explores the conduct and lifestyle that create an appropriate framework for Dharma; how to relate to the sangha; incorporating insights on how to benefit others through the traditions of scholarship and realization; and includes a comprehensive exploration of the phenomenon of death.

Karma Chakme’s Mountain Dharma was taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at KTD from 1999 to 2003 and is presented here in a four-volume set. (The fifth volume comprised of restricted chapters was taught seperately at Karme Ling Three-Year-Retreat Center and is ...

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The First Gyalwang Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa

Born to a family of devoted Buddhist practitioners in eastern Tibet, the boy who was to become known as the The First Gyalwang Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, was called Gephel as a child. When he was thirty he received teachings from Gampopa, the heart son of the Milarepa, greatest yogi in Tibetan history.

His accomplishment in meditation and the practices transmitted to him by his teachers were greatly enhanced by his own natural compassion. His practice produced rapid results and great accomplishments. All ...

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The Seventh Gyalwang Karmapa, Chodrak Gyatso

Born to a family of tantric practitioners in Chida in northern Tibet, the Seventh Karmapa, Chodrak Gyatso, dedicated much of his life to retreat. He was also an extremely accomplished scholar, who authored many texts, such as a commentary on Abhisamayalamkara called The Lamp Of The Three Worlds. His most famous text is The Ocean Of Reasoning, his commentary on pramana (logic and reasoning) literature.

The Seventh Karmapa formally established monastic universities at Tsurphu and other places. He also ...

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The Ninth Gyalwang Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje

The Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556–1603) is best known as the author of Pointing Out the Dharmakaya and other texts on the practice of mahamudra. He also wrote several commentaries on philosophy that are noted for being clear and easy for new students, including this text as well as Feast for the Fortunate, a commentary on madhyamika philosophy. He spent most of his life traveling throughout Tibet in the Great Encampment, practicing meditation, teaching the Dharma, and helping sentient beings ...

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The Fifteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Khakhyap Dorje

Khakhyap Dorje, the Fifteenth Karmapa (1871-1922), was born with the very auspicious circle of hair between the eyebrows (found on the young Sakyamuni and known as one of the 32 marks of an enlightened being). Khakyab Dorje spoke the mantra of Avalokiteshvara at his birth in the Tsang province in central Tibet and is the first in the line of Karmapas to get married; he had three sons.  His life was a brilliant example of the bodhisattva with an insatiable desire for learning in ...

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Atisha

The great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (982-1054 AD) was responsible for reintroducing pure Buddhism into Tibet. Although Buddhism had been introduced into Tibet some two hundred years earlier by Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita, Buddhist practice in the country had largely been destroyed during the anti-Buddhist purges of the Tibetan king, Lang Darma (circa 836 AD), a follower of Bön, the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet. Revered as one of the great figures of classical Buddhism, Atisha was a key figure in the ...

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Barbara Bash

Barbara Bash is a calligrapher, illustrator, author, and performance artist. She has written and illustrated many books on natural history for adults and children. She also teaches workshops in illustrated journaling, expressive brush calligraphy, and communication practices.

Her workshops have been presented in Buddhist centers and corporate settings, as well as prisons and mental health facilities, creating a space for everyone to make their mark in the world. For more about Ms. Bash, please visit her website at barbarabash.com.

Chokyi Wangchuk

Chokyi Wangchuk, the Sixth Shamar Rinpoche (1584-c.1635), was recognized at an early age by his principal guru, the Ninth Gyalwang Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje. Demonstrating swift accomplishment in his training and tremendous proficiency in debate and scholarship, he became one of the most renowned panditas of his era. He traveled and taught extensively throughout Tibet, China, and Nepal, and performed vast activity for the benefit of beings.

Just as the Golden Garland of the Kagyu succession continued with Chokyi Wangchuk himself, he in ...

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Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye  (1813-1899) is the renowned master of the traditions of accomplishment and learning and one of the most influential Tibetan Buddhist masters of the nineteenth century. A holder of diverse lineages of both the Sarma (New) and Nyingma (Ancient) schools of Buddhism, his writings comprise more than a hundred volumes and still form the basis for much of the meditation practice of several lineages.  He was also a terton, an artist, and a skilled physician. His writings ...

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Jamgon Mipham

Jamgon Mipham (1846-1912) was one of the greatest teachers of his time, and is considered to have been an emanation of Manjushri. His writings remain the basis for much of the study conducted by the Nyingma school of Buddhism, and by other traditions such as the Karma Kagyu.

Mipham embodied the nonsectarian movement of the nineteenth century, and studied with masters of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. His root guru was the nonsectarian master Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. His other teachers included both ...

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Lama Kathy Wesley

Lama Kathy Wesley (Gyurme Chotso) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1977.  Her presence and steadfast outreach work within the KTC network sets an important standard for all practitioners and for women in particular.

Lama Kathy participated in the first three-year retreat led by Khenpo Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center in upstate New York, and thus earned the title of “retreat lama.” Lama Kathy serves at the Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling in Ohio as its practice coordinator, ...

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Lama Karma Drodhul

Lama Karma Drodhul, born in 1974 in Eastern Tibet, became a monk at Thrangu Monastery at the age of twelve and after attending shedra (monastic college), received full ordination at the age of twenty.  He came to the United States in 1997 and has been his uncle, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s attendant since that time.  He has completed two three-year retreats under Khenpo Rinpoche and is now coretreat master at the Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, New York. Lama Karma travels ...

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Milarepa

Milarepa (1040-1123), the most renowned and accomplished of Tibet’s tantric yogins, was known to have achieved enlightenment in one lifetime. Milarepa received the tradition of the Practice Lineage from Marpa Lotsawa, who underwent great hardship to bring these teachings to Tibet from India. Milarepa was Marpa’s primary dharma heir. Milarepa is most famous for his songs and poems, in which he expresses the profundity of his realization of the dharma with extraordinary clarity and beauty. Many of Milarepa’s poetic compositions have been translated into numerous ...

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Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He was trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters such as the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He took his formal education at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India and has served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years. His doctoral thesis was on the Ecumenical Movement in Tibet.

Since 1990 he has been traveling and teaching ...

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Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche

Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche (1932-2012) was recognized as one of the tulkus of the great Benchen Monastery in eastern Tibet. Rinpoche fled Benchen for Lhasa in 1959 and went on to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the seat of the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa, where he served as dorje loppon (vajra master) for more than nine years.  Rinpoche first traveled to the West with the Karmapa in 1974 where he taught a three-week seminar on Buddhism every two years in Germany where many of his students ...

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Thangtong Gyalpo

Thangtong Gyalpo (1385-1509 or 1361–1485), also known as Chakzampa and Tsondru Zangpo, was a great Buddhist adept, yogi, physician, blacksmith, architect, and a pioneering civil engineer.  He composed For the Benefit of All Beings as Vast as the Skies, the Chenrezik sadhana that is a daily practice in many western centers.

He is well known for founding Ache Lhamo, (Tibetan opera), and is famous for his extensive travels in China, Tibet, and other eastern countries, building numerous temples and metal bridges and ...

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The Ninth Thrangu Rinpoche

The Ninth Thrangu Rinpoche was born in 1933 in Kham, Tibet and was recognized by the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa and the Eleventh Palpung Situ Rinpoche. Thrangu Rinpoche studied and trained at Thrangu Monastery in Tibet, founded 500 years earlier by the Seventh Karmapa.

Rinpoche, who is one of the Karma Kagyu school’s highest scholars, is a teacher and full holder of the Kagyu Vajrayana lineages and of the direct transmissions of the special shentong philosophical tradition. He is the abbot of Nalanda Institute ...

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Vasabandhu

Vasabandhu resided at Nalanda Monastery at a young age and studied the Foundation Vehicle teachings. He then went to Kashmir where he mastered the philosophies of many different Buddhist and non-Buddhist schools before returning to Magadha and studying the Great Vehicle from his elder brother Asanga. He had thousands of students and was one of the most prolific Buddhist authors in ancient India; many of his works are preserved in the Tibetan Tengyu.

The Seventh Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was born in Nepal in 1975 and recognized as a tulku by both His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa and His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Rinpoche studied mahamudra teachings and the trekcho and togyal aspects of dzogchen at the Nagi Gompa hermitage in Nepal with his father Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, one of the greatest dzogchen meditation masters of our time. Mingyur Rinpoche was then invited by His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche to study the rituals of the Karma Kamtsang ...

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