The Lives of the Karmapas

In honor of the Karmapa 900 celebration, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche taught the biographies of the sixteen Karmapas, which he completed in September, 2012. Rinpoche transmits his deep devotion for each of the Karmapa reincarnations as he describes the events of their lives and their remarkable achievements. This two-volume book will be available in 2017.

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche taught the biographies of the Karmapas that he began in 2010 and completed in 2012. Rinpoche transmits his deep devotion for each of the Karmapa ...

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Milarepa: Tibet’s Supreme Yogi, A Play in Six Acts

In this original play, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, made full use of the genre of theater to bring Milarepa’s suffering and spiritual transformation to life, allowing the audience to connect with Milarepa’s life in new and vivid ways.

His Holiness transmitted the entire life of Milarepa in a single, magnificent evening, a world-class theatrical event, for which 20,000 people turned out to view a play of Milarepa’s life created by His Holiness and performed ...

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The Life of Jatsön Nyingpo

The title vidyadhara, bearer of awareness, is accorded only the greatest of vajrayana masters. The vidyadhara Jatsön Nyingpo was one of the greatest tertöns of the Seventeenth Century. Jatsön Nyingpo’s revelations continue to be widely practiced throughout the Himalayan region, and even in other parts of the world.

Translator’s Introduction

The title vidyadhara, bearer of awareness, is accorded only the greatest of vajrayana masters. The vidyadhara Jatsön Nyingpo was one of the greatest tertöns of the Seventeenth Century. A tertön is a ...

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Gentle Strength: Opening the Heart with Tonglen

Lama Kathy Wesley shows how we can use our everyday experiences of joy and pain as a means for practice. When we study and practice the teachings of lojong, especially the practice of tonglen meditation, we will always have time to practice, because lojong uses our everyday life as a basis.

When we study and practice the teachings of lojong, “mind training” including the practice of tonglen, “sending and receiving” meditation, we will always have time to practice, because lojong uses our everyday mind, our everyday experiences, ...

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Opening the Eyes of the Buddha

This book illuminates the dramatic life story of artist Tinley Chöjor (1935–2008). The scope of Tinley’s artistic career is formidable, spanning more than six decades across four countries and encompassing most of the major sites of Tibetan Buddhism.

KTD Publications is happy to announce the forthcoming publication of the first comprehensive book on Tibetan monastic architectural painting and decorative art in the “eri” tradition of Central Tibet. The book illuminates the dramatic life story of ...

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KTD Publications Ebooks

KTD Publications eBook: Celebrating Karmapa: Remembering His Kindness, The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje (First Visit to America in 2008)

Please enjoy this book online (click to view in full screen and click escape or use the icon to exit full screen).  You can also download the book using the menu in fullscreeen view, along with many other options (zoom, table of contents, etc).

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Karmapa 900 Years, Third Edition E-Book

This beautiful volume of text and photos celebrates the 900th anniversary of the Karmapa Lineage, founded by the First Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa in 1110. “May this 900th anniversary likewise bring people together, no matter where they live in the world, on a shared spiritual journey.” -His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

May this 900th anniversary likewise bring people together, no matter where they live in the world, on a shared spiritual journey. I aspire that you Dharma brothers and ...

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Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

A luminous portrait of the life of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, one of the Kagyu lineage’s most beloved and revered teachers. Lama Karma Drodhul describes Khenpo Rinpoche and his life with lyrical beauty, devotion, affection, and humor. . .

Amrita of Eloquence is beautifully written by Lama Karma Drodhul (Rinpoche’s nephew and disciple), and elegantly translated by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso, with a foreword by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, and prefaces by the Ninth Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche and the Ninth Khenchen Thrangu ...

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Asanga’s Abhidharmasamuccaya

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s commentary on one of Asanga’s most essential and also most psychologically oriented works, providing a framework as well as a general pattern about how a practitioner should follow the path, develop him or herself, and finally attain buddhahood.

The Abhidharmasamuccaya belongs to the mahayana tradition of Buddhism. The mahayana has two philosophical schools: the Madhyamaka (school of the middle way) and Yogacara (practitioners of yoga). The founder of the Yogacara, Asanga, composed many texts and prominent among them is The Abhidharmasamuccaya.

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche presents ...

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Bardo: Interval of Possibility

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s exceptionally clear and lucid commentary on “Aspiration for the Bardo” by Chokyi Wangchuk, describes the true nature of the bardo. “If you examine it, you will see that there is no beginning or end, and therefore there can be no in-between.”

It is a rare and invaluable blessing to come into contact with these profound teachings. Rather than live our lives in anxiety, fear, and denial of death’s inevitability, we can take confidence and make this life meaningful by preparing for ...

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Celebrating Karmapa: Remembering His Kindness

Contains photos, teachings, and interviews covering the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s remarkable visit to Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, New Jersey KTC, Kunzang Palchen Ling, and Kagyu Thubten Choling in Wappingers Falls, NY. 

The book contains photos, teachings, and interviews celebrating the Gyalwang Karmapa’s return to his North American seat in upstate New York, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, and the affiliate centers: Karme Ling Retreat Center, and New Jersey Karma Thegsum Choling. The Karmapa’s visits to Kunzang Palchen Ling, and Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery are also ...

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Chariot of the Fortunate: The Life of the First Yongey Mingyur Dorje

A fantastic, outrageous, and beautiful biography of the First Yongey Mingyur Dorje, written by Je Tukyi Dorje & Surmang Tendzin Rinpoche, describes the visionary inner life of this great treasure revealer showing us his wisdom, kindness, and extraordinary abilities.

This book includes a brief biography of Mingyur Dorje by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, extracted from his Lives of the Hundred Treasure-Revealers, and the biography of Mingyur Dorje called Chariot of the Fortunate. The latter was begun by Dzigar Tukyi Dorje, and completed by ...

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Chenrezik: For the Benefit of All Beings / En beneficio de todos los seres

This profound teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche inaugurates a new bilingual collection dedicated to offering clear and concise instructions on core practices from great masters of the Karma Kagyu lineage.

Chenrezik: For the Benefit of All Beings inaugurates a new bilingual collection dedicated to offering clear and concise instructions on core practices from great masters of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Produced under the guidance of the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Seeds of Awakening/Semillas del Despertar brings essential teachings of Tibetan Buddhism ...

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Compassion NOW!

From a teaching by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, “Compassion NOW!” exhorts us to translate compassionate feeling into positive action in the world. We accomplish this through the mahayana practice of mind training, which the Karmapa discusses here with great clarity and insight.

Compassion is the root of all Buddhist practices, but too often compassionate feeling is left inactive. Compassion NOW! exhorts us to translate compassionate feeling into positive action in the world. From a teaching given in India in 2010, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa asserts that having compassion for oneself ...

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A Collection of Commentaries on The Four-Session Guru Yoga

Namo Guru
In a meditation hut or cave, on a comfortable seat,
Sit properly in the posture of the seven points of Vairochana
Except renunciation, weariness, and devotion,
Utterly cast away all other thoughts.
The Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje

Guru yoga is essential for the realization of mahamudra, and in the Karma Kagyu lineage, the primary guru yoga practiced is the Four-Session Guru Yoga by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje. This volume presents newly rediscovered instructions for this practice by the ...

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The Dalai Lama in Woodstock: Celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace

This little book commemorating His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to the Town of Woodstock, on the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21, 2006, will serve as a reminder to the people of Woodstock, and their friends and neighbors, about the importance of the universal values of love, compassion, and warm heartedness. 

This beautiful little book commemorates His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to the town of Woodstock, New York, on the United Nations International Day of Peace, ...

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The First Karmapa: The Life and Teachings of Dusum Khyenpa

Compiled by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, this first English translation of the teachings and biographies of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa enables contemporary readers to fully receive the transmission of this peerless spiritual being, who brought perfect benefit to himself and others.

Nine hundred years ago, the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, inspired his disciples through his teachings and through the example of his life. This first English translation of his teachings and biographies, with ...

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The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

Gampopa’s Four Dharmas is closely related to his masterpiece: “Jewel Ornament of Liberation”. This commentary by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche explains how the four Dharmas relate to the development of the individual on the path of liberation, from confusion to wisdom.

Gampopa’s Four Dharmas is closely related to his masterpiece: Jewel Ornament of Liberation. This commentary by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche explains how the four Dharmas relate to the development of the individual on the path of liberation, from confusion to wisdom.

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Four-Session Guru Yoga

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche teaches The Four-Session Guru Yoga, composed by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, from a commentary by Karma Chakme Rinpoche. This special edition includes the actual sadhana of Four-Session Guru Yoga by Mikyo Dorje and a CD with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche chanting the sadhana.

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche teaches the Four-Session Guru Yoga, composed by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, from a commentary by Karma Chakme Rinpoche. This special edition includes the actual sadhana of Four-Session Guru Yoga by Mikyo Dorje and ...

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A Garland of Jewels: The Eight Great Bodhisattvas

A collection of stories about the eight great bodhisattvas gathered together and edited by the Buddhist teacher Mipham Namgyal (1846-1912), one of the greatest teachers in Tibet of his time. His writings remain the basis for much of the study conducted by his own tradition, the Nyingma school of Buddhism, and by other traditions such as the Karma Kagyu.

This book is a translation of a collection of stories about the eight great bodhisattvas. These stories are all taken from sutras and ...

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A Harmonious Path for Buddhist Communities Advice on Keeping Amiable Relations Within a Dharma Center

In clear and precise language, Khenpo Sherap Phuntsok lays out the difficulties that may arise while living in Dharma centers, as well as possible solutions. People who participate in Dharma groups have unique challenges but also profound resources to deal with any problems that may arise.

Living and working closely together, people who participate in Dharma groups have unique challenges and also profound resources to deal with any problems that may arise. In clear and classic language, Khenpo Sherap Phuntsok lays out the difficulties and their solutions. Born ...

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The Hundred Tertons: A Garland of Beryl

Jamgon Kongtrul’s history of the visionary men and women who have continuously renewed the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition of Padmasambhava, this book, translated by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso, includes biographies of Padmasambhava, his twenty-five disciples, Longchenpa, Jikme Lingpa, Chokgyur Lingpa, and many others.

The Hundred Tertons is Jamgon Kongtrul’s history of the visionary men and women who have, again and again, renewed the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition of Padmasambhava. Kongtrul’s book includes biographies of Padmasambhava, his twenty-five disciples, Longchenpa, Jikme Lingpa, Chokgyur Lingpa, and many others. Considered a ...

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The Influence of Yogacara on Mahamudra 

An interesting look at how Yogacara philosophy influenced tantra and mahamudra, by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche. Developed by Asanga and Vasubandhu as a reaction to over-theorization, Yogacara emphasizes that everything comes back to one’s own practice and to one’s own experience.

A unique and interesting look at how Yogacara philosophy influenced tantra and mahamudra. Developed by Asanga and Vasubandhu as a reaction to over-theorization, Yogacara emphasizes that everything comes back to one’s own practice and to ...

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The Kagyu Monlam Books

A compilation for recitation, composed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, for the annual Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya, India. A rich source of Buddhist prayers from several major Tibetan traditions. In Tibetan with English and transliteration. Co-published with Altruism Press, India

The Kagyu Monlam Books: 1st and 2nd Edition, plus the Supplement, a compilation for recitation, composed by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, for the annual monlam in Bodhgaya, India. This is a rich source of Buddhist prayers from the major Tibetan ...

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Karma Chakme’s Mountain Dharma: Volume One

The Sixteenth Karmapa’s wish that Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche present Karma Chakme’s Mountain Dharma to Western students was realized from 1999 to 2003 at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, New York, and has resulted in KTD Publication’s multi-volume presentation of these teachings–the first Mountain Dharma commentary ever published in English.

Front cover painting of Karma Chakme by Wendy Harding; Back cover photograph of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche by Seichi Tsutsumi

Volume One contains a namthar of Karma Chakme Rinpoche; and covers foundational teachings that include the ...

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Ngondro for Our Current Day

In response to the needs of his international Dharma students, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje compiled this condensed practice text especially for those who wish to complete their preliminary practices in the context of busy work lives. His Holiness’s teachings bring life and feeling to the actual practice of the preliminaries.

In this succinct teaching presented in 2006 by His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa in Bodhgaya, India, students are guided through a shortened version of the preliminaries for mahamudra ...

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Nyima Tashi: Songs and Instructions of the First Traleg Kyabgon

A short collection of the songs and teachings of the first Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, Nyima Tashi with a foreword by the Ninth Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche. In essence, the Traleg Kyabgon is the bodhisattva Vajrapani, the personification of the power of all buddhas.

This book is a translation of a short collection of the songs and teachings of the first Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, Nyima Tashi. In essence, the Traleg Kyabgon is the bodhisattva Vajrapani, the personification of the power of all buddhas. The title Kyabgon, “Refuge ...

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Ocean of Certainty

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s commentary on the sixteenth-century work Pith Instructions of “Coemergent Wisdom, Entitled the Profound Essence of the Ocean of Certainty”, by the Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje, provides meditators with an overview of the path leading to the realization of mahamudra, the self-liberated and all-encompassing nature of reality.

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s commentary on the sixteenth-century work Pith Instructions of Coemergent Wisdom, Entitled the Profound Essence of the Ocean of Certainty, by the Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje, provides meditators with an overview ...

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On the Four Noble Truths

Lama Yeshe Gyamtso gives an elegant presentation of the four noble truths, introducing several aspects of the Buddhist outlook, including the four seals, which are connected to the truth of suffering; the four mindfulnesses, which are the means through which you begin to abandon the cause of suffering; the four views, which are primarily views of cessation; and the four reliances, which are how to find a practical path.

The four noble truths were the Buddha’s first statement to his first ...

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Precious Essence, The Inner Autobiography of Terchen Barway Dorje

Translation of a rare handwritten edition of the biography of the first Barway Dorje. He was a precious revealer of treasure and the rebirth of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of Guru Padma’s twenty-five disciples. Barway Dorje appeared in Tibet during the nineteenth century, and was praised and respected by the many holy beings of his time as an authentic treasure revealer.

“In the vast ocean of buddha nature
The little fish of mind itself, with the golden eyes of awareness,
Flaps the six ...

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The Quintessence of the Union of Mahamudra and Dzokchen

This book by Karma Chakme Rinpoche contains the quintessence — the purest, most concentrated form — of the union of Mahamudra and Dzokchen. Composed of eight songs, the text is a masterful synthesis of poetry and dharma that describes the complete path to enlightenment.

The text, which is composed of eight songs, presents the quintessence of both mahamudra and dzokchen while celebrating their fundamental unity. Written in Karma Chakme’s unique style of extreme simplicity and great profundity, it makes what is normally ...

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Shower of Blessings: Guru Rinpoche Guruyoga

Based on a seminar he gave at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Lama Yeshe Gyamtso’s commentary explains the meaning and practice of this guruyoga which is connected with Guru Rinpoche, Guru Padmasambhava, also called Padmakara.

Shower of Blessings is a guruyoga practice connected with Guru Rinpoche, Guru Padmasambhava, also called Padmakara. The practice was composed by Khenchen Mipham (1846-1912), a great master of the Nyingma tradition who also had great influence on the Karma Kagyu tradition. He spent several years of his life at Thrangu ...

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Siddhas of Ga

Beautifully recorded by Lama Karma Drodhul, these are stories of siddhas that Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche actually knew. Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche once remarked that there is nothing like these accounts of Siddhas of Ga.

Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche strongly encouraged Lama Karma Drodhul to request Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche to tell the stories of accomplished tantric practitioners (siddhas) from Kham, Eastern Tibet.

Beautifully recorded by Lama Karma Drodhul, these are stories of siddhas that Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche actually ...

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Single Sufficient Virtue

This set of instructions contains, within a very few pages, the quintessence of all of the Buddha’s teachings. Written by the previous Kyapje Kalu Rinpoche, Karma Rangjung Kunkhyab, it explains how our minds, whether active or still, are always the actual three bodies of buddhahood, and how recognition of this is the key to liberation.

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
“Although our minds may appear to us as deluded and filled with turbulent thoughts, underneath the turbulence the mind is the trikaya, the three ...

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Taking Refuge: A Teaching on Entering the Buddhist Path

Based on two teachings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, this book is intended to give a basic understanding of taking refuge to those who are new to the Buddhist path, and to bring greater understanding to those already acquainted with it.

Taking Refuge is based on two teachings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche: “The Meaning of Refuge” given at Chicago Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) in January 1981, translated by Ngödup Tsering Burkhart, and “A Teaching on Refuge” given at KTD Monastery in April ...

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The Torch of True Meaning

Anyone who wishes to practice the ngöndro of the Kagyu lineage and in particular the Karma Kagyu lineage should first read this text carefully and internalize its meaning. They will then have a stable ground for the practice of mahamudra. This is not just the correct way to practice, but also the most beneficial. -17th Gyalwang Karmapa. . .

Includes ngondro recitation, Tibetan, English, and transliteration; Published by KTD Publications, Woodstock, New York and Kagyu Monlam, Bodhgaya, India

This new translation of the ...

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Traveling the Path of Compassion

Known for his clear and direct teaching style, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa radiates the brilliance of his heritage, evidenced here in his commentary on the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, which connects this revered text with our daily lives and our deepest aspirations.

The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva is one of the most beloved texts in Tibet. Rich in imagery, it distills the essentials for practice into a few pages and gives them into our hands. Its author, Ngülchu Thogme Zangpo, was a great scholar ...

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Treasury of Eloquence: The Songs of Barway Dorje

A collection of songs and instructions composed by the great treasure revealer and visionary teacher Barway Dorje (1836-1918). Included in this collection are songs expressing Barway Dorje’s devotion to his gurus, songs explaining how to meditate on the mind’s nature, and songs of advice on the practice of Buddhism in general.

Songs of realization composed by great Buddhist teachers of India and Tibet are a tremendous source of inspiration for all Buddhists and all who practice meditation.

True Nature An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude

Combining beautifully handwritten notes with watercolor-and-pencil drawings, author and calligrapher Barbara Bash captures exquisite moments of magic in the natural environment: a dragonfly’s brief pause, a surprised deer in tall grass, a lumbering skunk’s visit, the woods at twilight.

Celebrating the new, expanded edition of True Nature — the Second Edition features sixteen pages of drawing exercises, utilizing the principles of heaven, earth, and humanity in a fresh approach to nature journaling.

In this new and expanded edition, artist and writer Barbara Bash has ...

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The Vajra Garland: The Lotus Garden Treasure

The two biographies translated here are treasures revealed by Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Taye, who was an emanation of the translator Vairochana, the subject of the second of the two biographies. Vairochana was a disciple of Guru Padmasambhava, the subject of the first biography. The purpose of these biographies is to inspire the reader.

The two biographies translated here are treasures revealed by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye, who was an emanation of the translator Vairochana, the subject of the second of the ...

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The Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Motivated by the purest of compassion, the Gyalwang Karmapas have taken rebirth continuously since the eleventh century. The present Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was born in Eastern Tibet in 1985. Seven years later, he was recognized by a letter of prediction and brought to Tsurphu Monastery, the seat of the Karmapas in Tibet. Here, he received a traditional education in practice and philosophy, and at the turn of the millennium, he journeyed over the Himalayas to India where ...

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Asanga

Asanga (5th century AD, b. Puruṣapura, India) was an influential Buddhist philosopher who established the Yogacara school of idealism that held that the external world exists only as mental images that have no real permanence. His brother was Vasubandhu who, before he encountered the Mahayana, authored the Abhidharmakosa.

“As so often happens, it is very hard to really grasp or understand what Asanga was like as a person and what events really took place in his life because he lived roughly in the ...

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David Karma Choephel

Khenpo David Karma Choephel studied Buddhist philosophy at the Vajra Vidya Institute in Namo Buddha, Nepal, and Sarnath, India. He currently serves as Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s main English-language translator, and also translates for the Gyalwang Karmapa and the Kagyu Monlam.

His published translations include Ngondro for Our Current Day by the Gyalwang Karmapa, Heart of the Dharma by Khenchen Trangu Rinpoche, Jewels from the Treasury, Vasubandhu’s Verses on the Treasury of Abhidharma, with commentary by the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje, all published by ...

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Michele Martin

A long-time student of Buddhism and an accomplished translator, Michele Martin has spent many years based in Nepal and India studying with Tibetan lamas and working as a translator of oral and written Tibetan. With graduate degrees from Yale University and years of work as an editor, her publications include numerous translations from Tibetan texts on philosophy and meditation and also articles on Buddhism, including Music in the Sky: The Life, Art, and Teachings of the Seventeenth Karmapa Ogyen Trinley ...

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The Ninth Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche (1955-2012) was born in Eastern Tibet and recognized at the age of two by the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa—head of the Karma Kagyu lineage—as the ninth incarnation of the Traleg tulkus. This lineage can be traced back to the time of Saltong Shogam, a contemporary of the First Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa.

Traleg Rinpoche was enthroned as the Abbot of Thrangu Monastery in Tibet before being taken to safety in India following the Chinese invasion of his country. There he continued ...

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Tukyi Dorje (Dorje Drakpo Trinley Dupa Tsal)

The vidyadhara Tukyi Dorje or Dorje Drakpo Trinley Dupa Tsal was an emanation of the dharma king Trisong Detsen. He was recognized as the fourth rebirth of the lord of siddhas Sonam Gyamtso and enthroned at his seat, Dzigar Tashi Choling Monastery. He offered the fruits of his crown to the omniscient Eighth Situpa Chokyi Jungne and received the name Kagyu Trinley Nampar Gyalwe De. He received countless profound dharma teachings from the Eighth Situpa, the omniscient Drukchen, the master ...

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