Research and translation projects

Translation of Thegchen Tenpa’i Nyingpo (Essence of Mahayana Teachings)

The Essence of Mahayana Teachings is one of the two central scriptures of the Drikung Kagyupa tradition. Originating from the oral instructions of the founder of the tradition, Kyobpa Jigten Sumgön (1143-1217), the Essence was still in the 13th century provided with a very extensive commentary, which divided the practice to which the text refers into smallest steps and provided each step with extensive quotations from the Buddha’s teachings and the countless writings of Indian and Tibetan masters. The commentary thus provides the state of the art of Tibetan meditation practice of the time. Scheduled for publication in 2024 in four volumes, it will be a milestone in the study of the second teaching of Buddhism in Tibet.

Private Library of His Holinesss Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang is a great connoisseur of Tibetan Buddhist literature and over the decades has amassed an extensive collection of manuscripts and block prints, both original and copies. Among the collected works are numerous unique and rare works, often in excellent condition, which are not accessible elsewhere or not in such good condition. The Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project, which has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for many years, filmed the collection in 1998 on 32 film reels á ca. 600 images, which are stored in Nepal and in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. The cataloging project of the Tara Foundation has first completely digitized these films and is currently preparing a complete catalog of the collection. At the request of His Holiness, a complete edition will be printed on paper and bound for viewing at the Milarepa Retreat Center, Schneverdingen. Once completed, the digitized collection and catalog will be freely available to the international community through the Buddhist Digital Archives of the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC).

Publication of various teachings of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

  • Garchen Rinpoche: Der Weg zu geistigem Frieden
  • Garchen Rinpoche: Worte des kostbaren Lehrers
  • Garchen Rinpoche: Unterweisungen für eine mitfühlende Begleitung von Sterbenden
  • Garchen Rinpoche: Mahamudra am Gangesstrom
  • Garchen Rinpoche: Spontane Weisheit
  • Garchen Rinpoche: Mahamudra und wie man mit drei Nägeln den Kern trifft
  • Garchen Rinpoche: Drei Worte des Garab Dorje
  • Garchen Rinpoche: Vajrakilaya

Translation and publication of

  • Jigten Sumgon: Gongchig – das einzige Ansinnen. Mit dem Kommentar „Die Lampe, die die Dunkelheit beseitigt“ von Rigdzin Chökyi Dragpa
  • Phagmodrupa: Die stufenweise Aneignung der Lehren des Buddha
  • Chenga Sherab Jungne: Funkensprühen des kostbaren Vajras – Der Lebensweg der völligen Befreiung des Dharmaherren Jigten Sumgön