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Devotion is the Highest Practice is a succinct text, a practice a devotee resounds in the early morning, Khenpo Ngawang Palzang strikes a central point of Buddhist tantra and rings the ever-sounding bell in the belfry of devotion. It is a wonderful read replete with genuine devotion and longing. Our first translation submitted by Dr. Joseph McClellan.
Collated, researched, and written by Tubten Chödar, The Biography of Ḍākki Losal Drölma systematizes and encapsulates the enlightened life of this female master of primordial wisdom. Losal Drölma was pivotal in the treasure teachings that he brought forth and became the Dharma custodian of his teachings.
A new narration of a text composed by Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje himself is now available on Tib Shelf's Sound Cloud. It is a beautiful supplication penned for the benefit of his students and aptly describes samsara's woes and how we, through the accumulation of negative karma, are in need of the blessings of enlightened masters of past, present and future.
Dilgo Khyentse Tashi Paljor
The Wondrous Light of Lunar Nectar: Biography of Kunga Palden
The Drop of Spring, composed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, inspires the reader by supplicating the early Dagpo Kagyu lineage. The Dagpo Kagyu branch began with Gampopa Sönam Rinchen, one of Milarepa's closest students. In this composition, Khyentse Wangpo makes aspirational prayers on the path of the luminous Mahāmudrā.
Tib Shelf presents its third translation on the topic of the Hidden Land of Pemakö. In this publication, we are treated to a description penned by Dudjom Lingpa on the geomatic efficacy and spiritual description of this most wonderful of sacred lands. He expounds on the abodes of masters, dwellings of deities, and the productive power of purification. He then caps this brief work with a quote from the exceedingly secret guidebook of Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance.
One Year Anniversary
April marked Tib Shelf’s one-year anniversary. With the support of our dedicated team, contributors, and wonderful readers, we are delighted with how far Tib Shelf has come along its journey to translate, present, and preserve Tibetan literature. We have some big plans for our second year and would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to sign up to our newsletter.