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Following on in our Losal Drölma series we have new translation to share. Rare indeed it is to discover a guru yoga that relies upon a historical woman. But our research has unveiled a rare gem hidden in Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje’s treasure collection (gter chos) — a guru yoga that transcends conventional narratives, anchored in the reverence of a historical yoginī. Join us in unraveling the secrets of female practitioners in the Tibetan world, where feminine power becomes a gateway to tantric transformation.
Composed by Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje under the not-well-known moniker of Tragtung Dorje, this tract of a text lauds her blessed abilities and creates the conditions for her long life, all the while playing off her name, one that is also less known, incorporating Drön over Dröl. This text contributes to our understanding of the reverence bestowed upon female Buddhist masters in Tibetan culture, building upon previous biographical explorations of Ḍākki Losal Drölma.
Outlining a four-fold presentation of Tibetan science-fiction literature, this introductory article allows one to establish a foothold in Tibetan science fiction, exploring connections to ancient scriptures, contemporary tales, Tibetan-related literature, and translated media. This is a somewhat unusual albeit very interesting publication for Tib Shelf and we hope that you enjoy it!
Dilgo Khyentse Tashi Paljor
A somewhat unusual title for a Buddhist text but one replete with meaning. Using poetic verses, this work delves into the theme of addiction, whilst emphasizing the destructive nature of clinging to worldly attachments. Dudul Dorje draws parallels between various forms of suffering and the importance of recognizing that they are rooted in the mind. This text has been translated by Dr. Joseph McClellan.
"A Prayer To Lord Atiśa And His Spiritual Sons" by Khenpo Ngawang Palzang is a heartfelt supplication to Lord Atiśa and the spiritual sons who have followed in his footsteps. In this prayer, the author expresses deep reverence and devotion to these spiritual figures who have mastered the teachings and traditions of Buddhism. The text serves as a spiritual guide and a source of inspiration for those on the path of Tibetan Buddhism.
Holder of the Longchen Nyingtik, disciple of Jigme Lingpa, and founder of Kilung Monastery, Jigme Ngotsar Gyatso, aka Getse Lama Sönam Tenzin, helped establish and promulgate the teachings of his masters. Come take a glimpse into the enlightened life of this master by reading his concise biography, penned by Tenzin Lungtok Nyima.