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Official website for John Myrdhin Reynolds, whose initiated name is: Vajranatha; (Tibetan: Rigdzin Dorje Gonpo; rig ‘dzin rdo rje mgon po), is a scholar, linguist, author, translator, mystic and initiated as a Ngagpa of the Nyingmapa, Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He then spent more than ten years in India and Nepal doing field research at various Hindu Ashrams in South India and at Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Nepal. At these latter locales, he researched the literature, rituals, and meditation practices of the Nyingmapa and Kagyudpa schools of Tibetan Buddhism. His Lama teachers included Dezhung Rinpoche, Kangyur Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Gyalwa Karmapa, and many others. His special study was Dzogchen and the Buddhist Tantras, both in their own terms, and in comparison with Gnosticism and other mystical traditions of the West. [READ MORE]

Books

Oral Tradition From Zhang-Zhung

A compilation of ancient Dzogchen teachings, transmitted by the master Tapihritsa and beautifully translated along with hagiographies of ancient masters and explanations of the preliminary ngondro practices of the Bon tradition.

Guru Yoga for Padmasambhava

This book is based on meditation seminars of Lama Vajranatha given in Europe over the past years. The appendix provides an interlinear translation of the text of “The Rainfall of Blessings,” by Mipham Rinpoche, together with the accompanying Ganapuja practice.

Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings

Lopon Tenzin Namdak compares the Dzogchen view with the views of Madhyamaka, Chittamatra, Tantra and Mahamudra, indicating the similarities and the differences among them.

Sadhana Practice of Wrathful Deities

This small book is not a dry scholarly, academic treatment of the topic, but an easy to read exposition in understandable non-technical language of the actual practice of Sadhana, or the Tantric process of transformation.

The Golden Letters

This core Buddhist teaching directly introduces the meditation practitioner to the Nature of Mind, or innate Buddha-nature, which has been there from the very beginning.

Articles

Articles & Books
  • Dzogchen in the Zhang Zhung Tradition
  • Oral Tradition From Zhang-Zhung
  • Self Liberation Through Seeing with Naked Awareness
  • Guru Yoga for Padmasambhava
  • Bonpo Dzogchen Teachings
  • Buddha, Meditation and Mind
  • Mahasiddha Tradition in Tibet
  • Fountainhead of the Ngakpa Tradition
  • Sadhana Practice of Wrathful Deities
  • Dzogchen Meditation and Chinese Buddhism
  • Bonpo and Nyingmapa Traditions of Dzogchen Meditation
  • Ancient Tibetan Bonpo Shamanism
  • Dzogchen Meditation for Dying, After Death & Rebirth
  • The Golden Letters
  • Translation of the Twenty-One Little Nails
  • Oral Tradition from Zhang-Zhung