Padma Karpo Translation Committee
Kagyu Texts and Prayers

A Song of Milarepa 1: The Geshe in Drin
View PDF A booklet with the story and song of Milarepa indicated taken from the Life Story and Songs of Milarepa.

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A Song of Milarepa 2: An Authentic Expression of the Middle Way
View PDF A booklet with the story and song of Milarepa indicated taken from the Life Story and Songs of Milarepa.  This song contains an extraordinary presentation of the view and is widely used in the Kagyu school as a basis for teaching the view.  A book with a complete set of teachings on self- and other- emptiness using this song as a basis for the explanation will shortly be available from us.

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The entire Life Story and Songs of Milarepa in Tibetan is available on our free Tibetan texts page.

The Short Great Vajradhara Prayer:
View PDF This is a prayer of the Kagyu tradition that is recited by most Kagyu followers every day.  It is more than popular; it is one of the main prayers of the tradition.

There are several translations of the prayer into English, most of them based on the Nalanda Translation Committee’s translation from the 1970’s.  Most of them make serious mistakes in the last two verses, which deal with profound topics of Mahamudra.  Requested by senior students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Sakyong in Shambhala Community, we made a new translation of the prayer, and wrote an extensive explanation to it.  The explanation points out places where the translation has been incorrect and why, especially for the last two verses.  It is not only one of the few explanations of the prayer available but also contains many pointers that will be useful to anyone trying to learn to translate.  The commentary on the prayer received high praise from some of the most senior students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, testifying to how valuable it is.  The Tibetan text is included, too.

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Maitripa On The View:
View PDF This is a collection of texts by Maitripa, a great Indian master who was regarded as one of the most knowledgeable people of his time on the view.  Naropa told Marpa to go to Maitripa and get the view from him, not from Naropa himself, because Maitripa was the great expert on the view.  Thus Maitripa became the source of the view for the Kagyu lineage.  As well as that, he was famous for having re-discovered the Uttaratantrashastra of Maitreya which had been lost.  He was also the source in general of the Other Emptiness (gzhan stong) style teaching of Maitreya and Asanga that came into Tibet.

The book is a free version of one of our publications for sale.  This free edition has four of Maitripa’s texts in translation with no notes or commentary provided.  The edition for sale has more texts and extensive notes and explanations included; see our texts for purchase page.

The Tibetan texts are from the Indian Texts on Mahamudra collection that is available on our free Tibetan texts page.

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