Help us to establish Drala Jong - a Buddhist Retreat Centre in Wales

Help us to establish Drala Jong - a Buddhist Retreat Centre in Wales
Help us to establish Drala Jong - a Buddhist Retreat Centre in Wales

Wednesday 27 January 2010

Tantric Art : Ayé Khandro Thangka

A-yé Khandro Tsé-drüp Déchen Lhamo (A ye ’mKha’ ’gro Tshe grub bDe chen lha mo) was the younger of the two sisters who were the sangyums of Aro Yeshé. The older sister was called A-shé Khandro. The two girls were childhood friends of Aro Yeshé and they were given all the transmission which Khyungchen Aro Lingma gave to Aro Yeshé.

Wednesday 20 January 2010

Tantric Art : Black Ögyen Chenrezigs

Ögyen Chenrézigs Yab-yum (o rGyan sPyan ras gZigs nak po yab yum) is a form of Padmasambhava and Yeshé Tsogyel in union manifesting as the yidam of compassion. They each hold a conch. They hold crystal teng’ars in their right hands, and green lotuses bearing crystal tsé-gu dorjes. He is black and wears emerald-green robes. A raven flies above his head. She is black with flame-coloured hair. She wears lapis lazuli ornaments and sings with a voice like a shang.

Saturday 16 January 2010

Rays of the Sun - Illustrating Reality

We are very happy to announce the publication of 'Rays of the Sun' by Ngak'chang Rinpoche.
'Rays of the Sun' brings together three booklets that were very popular in the 1980s and an article that appeared in Caduceus magazine. The chapters cover the topics of the four noble truths, eightfold path, karma, kindness and refuge. "The four evening talks contained here deal with the themes studied by everyone exploring Buddhism in depth: the four noble truths, eightfold path, causality, compassion and refuge. This material is discussed in creative contemporary English, and presented from a perspective informed by Dzogchen."

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Wednesday 13 January 2010

Tantric Art : Rang-rig Togden Thangka

Rang-rig Togden had been a wandering gÇodpa until meeting with Jomo Pema ’ö-Zér, but she instructed him in the practices of Dzogchen long-dé which she had received from her aunt Jomo Chhi’mèd Pema, and after that he had several visions of Yeshé Tsogyel, Tashi Chhi’drèn and Mandarava. They practised all their lives in caves and spent almost all their elder years in retreat.

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Tantric Art : Ögyen Dzambhala Thangka

Ögyen Dzambhala is shown here as Nor’kyong Chenpo – the great wealth protector. He carries the mongoose which issues countless jewels and gZi stones from its mouth and lower gate. This is a powerful testament to the real nature of wealth as the transcendence of the ‘pure / impure dichotomy’. Ögyen Dzambhala’s khatvangha is his secret inner wisdom nature – Yeshé Tsogyel in her manifestation as Nor-chen Pamo. The five-coloured garuda flies from the tip of Ögyen Dzambhala’s golden vajra in display of the self-liberated nature of the elements. Ögyen Dzambhala is clothed in floral armour which symbolises the strength of needing no protection – his wealth is self-existent and cannot be removed. His territory is indestructible because he has no need to own it. His territory is increasingly vast because he continually gives it away to all beings.