Changkya Rolpe Dorje was an extraordinary learned and realized Gelugpa teacher who lived in the eighteenth century. In his song, Recognizing my Mother, the “mother” he refers to is the nature of one’s mind. His song makes a clear distinction between recognizing and not recognizing the nature of mind. With engaging imagery, he characterizes our failure to recognize our own mind as being like a small child sitting in his mother’s lap who forgets where he is and looks for his mother everywhere else. The song teaches many profound and difficult points using imagery like this. Thrangu Rinpoche’s commentary clearly shows the intended meaning of the imagery. The song is published in Karl Brunnhölzl’s book Straight from the Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions (Snow lion Publications 2007). This teaching is also available on DVD. A copy of the song is included along with the DVD set, but not included with the MP3. Rinpoche’s commentary, including question and answer sessions, is presented in eight talks. Translated by David Choepel.
- Mainly English Edition Because Thrangu Rinpoche often speaks for long periods of time in Tibetan when he teaches, his long monologues have been curtailed on CD and MP3 CD recordings (audio) to preserve the continuity of the teaching and make listening easier. Thus the voice heard for the majority of the time is that of the translator. DVD video recordings include all of Rinpoche’s Tibetan.
MP3CD Recordings MP3CDs look like ordinary CDs, but contain compressed audio files. While a regular audio CD holds a maximum of only 80 minutes of recorded audio, an identical-looking MP3CD can easily hold the audio files from an entire weekend or even week-long teaching. MP3CDs can be played in a computer and/or the audio files can be downloaded into an iPod or similar device. MP3CDs may also be played on a portable MP3CD player. Most ordinary CD players, such as the CD player in most older cars (roughly 2005 and earlier), will not play MP3CDs. Many but not all cars 2006 or later do have MP3-capable CD players. Any car or home stereo CD player that is capable of playing an MP3CD will have “MP3” or “MP3-WMA” clearly marked on the front of it.
- The MP3CDs available for sale on this web site are all clearly labeled and packaged in a clear case. The audio files on them have proper ID3 tag information, which means that on a computer, iPod or similar device the audio files will display (and can be searched by) Album (Title of teaching), Song (Talk number within a teaching) and Artist (Teacher).