Khyentse Vision Project’s reading room is still under development. Once it is launched early in 2023, it will provide user-oriented access to our translations and the Tibetan source texts, along with a wealth of related material.
In the meantime, we are offering a glimpse into the diversity of genres and subject matters in the Khyentse Wangpo collections by publishing some of our recent key translations as simple PDFs.
Khyentse Wangpo Biographies and Praise
Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Taye praises Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s profound accomplishment in many of Tibet’s spiritual traditions. An inspiring telling of the teacher’s life.
A supplication to the incomparable previous lives of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, in his own words.
Aspiration Prayers and Praises
This prayer was written for Khyentse Wangpo’s disciple Jamyang Chogdrub to propitiate one’s teacher. A distinctive feature of this brief work is its style of combining elements of aspiration, supplication, and a description of the stages of the path, including the approaches of the Śrāvakayāna, Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna.
Looking at the Tibetan landscape below him from high in the mountains, Khyentse Wangpo sings a poignant song of renunciation.
This ritual text for propitiating the domestic deity, believed to inhabit the central pillar of the house, is likely a pastiche of invocations and prayers recorded by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Including offerings to the local spirits and mountain gods, such rituals likely existed prior to the introduction of Buddhism in Tibet, and they are still carried out by tantric practitioners belonging to the Bön and Buddhist traditions.
Join Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo in his sweet-toned praise of Vajra Sarasvatī — Goddess of Melody, Glory of Speech.
Mind Training (Lojong)
This prayer traces the oral lineage of this remarkable mind training teaching from its miraculous origin in Bodhgaya in the twelfth century to when it reached Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo himself, seven centuries later. The masters of this lineage are variously associated with the Sakya, Jonang, Kadam, Kagyu, and Nyingma traditions.
Inspired by Sumpa Lotsāwa’s vision of Tārā and Vajrayoginī, this text proposes methods for dealing with life’s most difficult challenges based on four vajra statements. The first of these sets the scene: “If you’re content with whatever happens, whatever you do brings happiness.”
Liturgies and Lineage Supplications
Fulfilling All Wishes – New
A short liturgy based on Guru Rinpoche that combines all aspects of the path & fulfills all our wishes.
This lineage prayer is associated with the important Combined Practice of the Three Roots (Tsasum Drildrub) cycle. In addition to its inspiring beauty, it offers us a detailed picture of the early lineages of the Great Perfection and other levels of Tantra in the Nyingma tradition.
This wonderfully concise yet evocative Mañjuśrī sādhana offers a loving practice to dispel the darkness of ignorance. In particular, it embellishes on The Praise to Mañjuśrī, a celebrated text said to have been authored by five hundred Indian paṇḍitas, whose compositions were all identical through the blessings of the bodhisattva.
Composed to accompany the sādhana of The Praise to Noble Mañjuśrī titled Clouds of Offerings to Delight the Gentle Protector, this lineage prayer pays homage to those erudite Buddhist masters who studied and taught The Praise in India and Tibet across the centuries and appeals to them to grant their blessings so that the practitioner’s own intellect and wisdom may increase.
This distinctive work discusses the fundamental beliefs of the Buddhist schools of India and Tibet and offers responses to typical queries about complex philosophical points.
This concise text, based on a teaching by the Indian scholar Ume Senge, begins with a refutation of the principal point of debate between Buddhist and non-Buddhist schools—the existence of the self—then proceeds to a systematic deconstruction of the tenets of various Buddhist traditions.
This exposition succinctly introduces the core pillars of Buddhist doctrine—the four ārya truths and dependent arising—and explains how the twelve links are the causal mechanism perpetuating the never-ending cycle of birth and death. It concludes by addressing rebirth from the perspective of the highest class of Buddhist Tantra.
This excerpt from Khyentse Wangpo’s comprehensive summary of the lines of succession of the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism highlights the Sakya tradition—with detailed focus on the early history of that school and recording its many famous lineage holders.