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What is Dzogchen? – Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

June 28, 2010

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Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is a Dzogchen teacher who was born in 1938 in Derge, Kham (Eastern Tibet). When he was two years old, he was recognized as the ‘mindstream emanation’ of the great Dzogchen teacher, Adzom Drugpa (1842-1924), at five he was also recognized as a mindstream emanation of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel (1594–1651). From an […]

“Many Bodies, One Mind”: Movements in British Buddhism – Ken Jones

June 19, 2010

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This is the first of two blog entries concerning the controversies in British Buddhism that came to the fore in the 1990s, I reproduce here an essay from July 1997 about three of the largest Buddhist organisations in the UK. It is by Ken Jones, a founder and the present secretary of the UK Network of Engaged […]

Letting Daylight into Magic: The Life and Times of Dorje Shugden by Stephen Batchelor

June 7, 2010

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The following article by British Buddhist scholar Stephen Batchelor was originally printed in the Magazine Tricyle – The Buddhist Review 7, no. 3 (Spring 1998) and is held on the Tricycle Magazine website. It is a concise summary of the history and nature of the Dorje Shugden controversy. Letting Daylight into Magic: The Life and […]

New book: Natural Perfection – Longchenpa’s Radical Dzogchen, by Keith Dowman with foreword by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

June 4, 2010

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Keith Dowman’s latest book, “Natural Perfection – Longchenpa’s Radical Dzogchen” has just been published by Wisdom Publications. The foreword is by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Keith Dowman is a British Buddhist translator and teacher based in Kathmandu, Nepal. His important translations from the Tibetan include “Calm and Clear“, “The Divine Madman“, “Sky Dancer“, “Masters of Mahamudra“, […]

Guru Tragphur

June 1, 2010

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One of the most effective Buddhist practices for controlling negativities is Guru Tragphur, a wrathful manifestation of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). There are many problems today with illnesses such as cancer and AIDS. These illnesses are said to be related with provocations by various classes of negative beings or entities. If this negative energy is left […]

Gary Beesley Buddhist scholar forced to withdraw ‘A Cuckoo in the Peacock Palace’

June 1, 2010

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This letter from the British Buddhist Scholar Gary Beesley was recently posted at the Dialogue Ireland blog and the NKT World website: Dear Colleagues, It is with sincere regret that I write to inform you that, due to the threat of legal action from the New Kadampa Tradition, and in light of the inadequacies of […]