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The Secretary of The Ninth Paṇchen Lama, Tubten Chökyi Nyima
A letter written to Hotoktu Rinpoche purportedly by the Ninth Paṇchen Lama's secretary is an interesting insight into the language and formality of how Buddhist lamas would write to one another. It particularly demonstrates the high regard afforded to Hotoktu Rinpoche using very rich and descriptive Tibetan.
Hidden Sacred Land of Pemakö
Tubten Kongchen Dorjé
A Brief Biography of Tulku Rangjung
Tubten Kongchen Dorjé
A Brief Biography of Ḍākki Losal Wangmo
Dentik Monastery: Ashes of the Dharma Rekindled in Amdo
Written under his penname, Rangdrol (self-liberated), Döndrup Gyal's Waterfall of Youth is a free-verse poem written in Tibetan. The form of the poem is that of a waterfall. As you read down the page, you can see the sometimes gentle, sometimes violent, flow of the waterfall of youth visually cascading down the page. The cadence of the lines is reminiscent of the flow of a waterfall or the current of a river.
This aspirational prayer, composed at the request of Trinlé Losal, calls upon all the ḍākinīs of the three worlds to grant their blessings, so that the practitioner may complete the vajrayāna path and bring benefit to all beings. It was composed at the camp of Düdül Dewa Chenpo, the heart dharmacakra of Pemokö, the supreme emanated realm of Akaniṣṭha.
Khen Orgyen Namgyal
Khyungtrül Pema Trinlé Gyatso, also known as Khyungtrül Kargyam, was not said to be a reincarnation of any particular Lama. Yet, he was a treasure revealer, a highly learned master, and undeniably an important figure in the Rimé movement of the nineteenth century in Kham. His writings comprise around four volumes which were collected and preserved by his son Pema Gyurme. Pema Gyurme’s disciple, Khen Orgyen Namgyal, composed this short biographical text, sourcing Khyungtrül’s autobiography and oral account.
As potent as it is pithy, this short text outlines three sets of qualities required respectively by sages, bodhisattvas, and practitioners of the Mantrayāna. There is obvious overlap in the advice contained at each level, particularly ascending from the initial to the final qualities, which mirrors the central training of the three Buddhist vehicles essential to the Tibetan tradition.