Callahan, E.

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Elizabeth Callahan
English Phonetics Elizabeth Callahan
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Contact information

Primary Language:   English
Translates from:   Tibetan
Translates to:   English
Primary Affiliation (Workplace)
Tsadra Foundation; Director of Study Scholarships
Secondary Affiliation
Marpa Foundation; Tsadra Advisory Board Member
Religious Affiliation
Kagyu; Tibetan Buddhism
Gyamtso, Khenpo Tsultrim

Current projects

o Moonbeams: An Eloquent Elucidation of the Meditation Techniques of the Definitive Meaning, Mahāmudrā (Nges don phyag rgya chen po’i sgom rim gsal bar byed pa’i legs bshad zla ba’i ’od zer) by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (Vajra Vidya edition, 530 pgs)

  • Mahāmudrā: Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance (Phyag rgya chen po ma rig mun sel) by the ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje (Rigpe Dorje Practice Series, volume 10, 38 pgs)
  • Pointing Out the Dharmakāya With a Direct Gesture: Instructions on Connate Union, Mahāmudrā (Phyag rgya chen po lhan cig skyes sbyor gyi khrid chos sku mdzub tshugs su ngo sprod pa) by the ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje (Rigpe Dorje Practice Series, volume 10, 33 pgs)
  • Clarifying the Suchness of the Innate State: A Major Commentary on the Definitive Meaning, Mahāmudrā (Nges don phyag rgya chen po’i khrid yig chen mo gnyug ma’i de nyid gsal ba) by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (Rigpe Dorje Practice Series, volume 11, 52 pgs)

Biographical Information

Elizabeth has been engaged in contemplative training and Tibetan Buddhist studies for more than 35 years. A Tsadra Fellow since 2002, she has engaged in both written translation and oral interpretation including working closely with Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso, as well as completing two three-year retreats at Kagyu Thubten Chöling, New York. Elizabeth specializes in translating texts related to mahāmudrā and esoteric tantric commentaries. Her most recent publication is Dakpo Tashi Namgyal’s Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā (Phyag chen zla ba’i ‘od zer) and the Ninth Karmapa’s Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance (Ma rig mun sel). Elizabeth is also the director of advanced study scholarships at Tsadra Foundation and is the executive director of Marpa Foundation.

Current Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow:

  • The Treasury of Precious Instructions: Essential Teachings of the Eight Practice Lineages of the Tibetan Buddhism, Vol. 7 & 8 – Marpa Kagyu Tradition, various authors collected by Jamgön Kongtrul.

Completed Projects as a Tsadra Foundation Fellow:

  • The Treasury of Knowledge: Book VI, Part 3; Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy, Jamgön Kongtrul
  • The Profound Inner Principles, Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, with commentary by Jamgön Kongtrul
  • Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā, Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, with Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance by Wangchuk Dorje, the Ninth Karmapa

Previously Published Translations:

  • Mahamudra: Ocean of Definitive Meaning, the Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje Source:
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