Guru Rinpoche Statues Made by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

According to the Tibetan calendar, the 24th day of 12th month (the 29th of January), was the anniversary of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s parinirvāṇa. This year, we have happy news to share with you.

Before his parinirvāṇa, Kyabjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche commissioned the making of 1,200 Guru Rinpoche statues. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche blessed these statues. They now are all housed at the Nagi Gompa nunnery.


Recently, Phakchok Rinpoche has commissioned for gold to be put on the statue faces, for the statue eyes to be opened, and for new brocades to adorn the place where the statues reside. So far, 600 statues have been completed. After Losar, the remaining 600 statues will be completed.

Rinpoche has undertaken this for the benefit of all of us involved in supporting, organizing, and practicing Dharma, and for all beings.


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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.