50th Anniversary of Sādhana of Mahāmudrā

Sunday, September 9, from 5:00–9:00pm, at Halifax Shambhala Center

Trungpa Rinpoche describes in his Crazy Wisdom book:

“Padmasambhava had various writings of his put in gold and silver containers like capsules and buried in certain appropriate places in the different parts of Tibet so that people of the future would rediscover them. . . . This process of rediscovering the treasures has been happening all along, and a lot of sacred teachings have been revealed. One example is the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Another approach to preserving treasures of wisdom is the style of the thought lineage. Teachings have been rediscovered by certain appropriate teachers who have had memories of them and written them down from memory. This is another kind of hidden treasure.”

The Sādhana of Mahāmudrā is such a mind terma.

Karmapa’s Namkhyen Gyaldar

The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, is well known for his visions and prophesies, one such divine manifestation is commonly known as the ‘Kagyu flag’ and more famously called the ‘dream flag’, in reference to the fact that the banner appeared to him in a dream.

He named the banner ‘namkhyen gyaldar’ (Tib. rnam mkhyen rgyal dar) meaning “Victorious (rgyal) Flag (dar) of Buddha’s Wisdom (rnam mkhyen)”. Imparting the details of his vision to his close disciples, His Holiness Karmapa went on to proclaim:

“Wherever this banner is flown the Dharma will flourish.”

Since the birth of the flag, there have evolved a few different versions of the Karmapa’s dream flag.

Situ Rinpoche explained that the center point of the two waves/swirls should be at the same horizontal plain and not on a sloping angle.

Moreover, Situ Rinpoche explained the colors of the flag to be a bright sky blue and should not be too dark, the yellow should be earth like, not lemon yellow and compliment the sky blue in tonal brightnessDuring 2012, His Holiness confirmed the two flag colors, officiating them as Pantone 306 C and 116 C.

Below find the dream flag as confirmed by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

The meaning behind the dream flag:

“Victory Banner of Buddha Wisdom”

The elements of the flag’s geomancy and colours are symbolic of the relative and absolute truth.

On the relative level, the colors blue and yellow represent the sky and the earth, the waves symbolize the Buddha Dharma.

On the absolute level, the colors represent the union of emptiness and clarity, the true nature of mind. The intertwining waves symbolizes the union of compassion and emptiness, which is the essence of all phenomena.

The above is excerpted from: RELATED TIBETAN SCRIPTS: Geomantic dream flag

Teaching schedules of various Kagyü and Nyingma teachers

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche:

For information, see: http://www.rinpoche.com/schedule.html



Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche:

For information, see: http://www.dpr.info/category/schedule/



Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche:

For further information, see: https://www.khandrorinpoche.org/schedule/



Tsoknyi Rinpoche:

• Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, CA:

November, 2–8, 2018: Advanced Practice Retreat

For further information:


Mingyur Rinpoche:

For information, see: https://tergar.org/mingyur-rinpoches-schedule/



Xuanzang’s classical Yogācāra masterpiece: Cheng weishi lun 

The Cheng weishi lun (= Treatise Demonstrating  Vijñapti-mātratā) may be said to be one of the most precious gems in the whole of the Chinese Tripiṭaka. Purporting to be a composite commentary on Vasubandhu’s Triṃśikā Vijñaptimātratāsiddhi, it is a translation-compilation by Xuanzang 玄奘 (600–664 CE) with the assistance of his pupil Kuiji 窺基 (632–682 CE).

Xuanzang’s main mission in the Cheng weishi lun (= CWSL) is the establishment and elucidation of the thesis of vijñapti-mātra. Kuiji explains:

Mātra (“sole”) serves the purpose of negatively excluding that there are grasped phenomena such as selfhood and dharmas existing apart from the mind.

Vijñapti (“Cognitive framing”) serves the purpose of positively declaring that the nature of dharmas as arising according to causes and conditions is not apart form the mind.

We are thus very happy that many years of hard work by Gelong Lodrö Sangpo and the late Gelongma Migme Chödrön — with the assistance of Professor Alexander Leonhard Mayer (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures of the University of Illinois) — finally came to fruition in the publication of our translation (3 parts; 1939 pages) of Xuanzang’s classical Yogācāra Abhidharma masterpiece. The translation is now for sale:


We are also very fortunate that this publication is embellished by Introductions by two of the foremost Buddhist modern scholars:

  • The Collected Works of Louis de La Vallée Poussin by Professor David-Sefyort Ruegg (London)
  • Introduction to the Cheng Weishi Lun by Professor Bhikkhu KL Dhammajoti (Hongkong)

Free downloads of “The Profound Path of Peace”: Issues No 5 to 17

Please find below the free downloads of the recently made available PDF files of “The Profound Path of Peace”, a magazine of the International Kagyü Sangha Association of Buddhist Monks and Nuns, published between the years 1987 and 1998. You will find in these issues many quite valuable and by now also historic teachings and texts on various subjects. Enjoy!

Here are the links:

Vision of KCCL

Welcome to our website. Here you can learn about the vision, activities and monthly schedule of Karma Changchub Ling and its residential meditation center. Please feel free to join us so that we can grow into a mutually supportive and enriching Buddhist community based on the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma traditions.

Welcome in particular to the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma lineages, namely, the group of our main advisors, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche and Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche. Welcome also to the teachers who greatly inspire us, the V.V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and the late V.V. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Welcome, furthermore, to all the other teachers and practitioners of the genuine Buddhadharma involved with creating enlightened society in our modern world.


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