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Nekhor Releases Revised App

Today, on Lha Bab Düchen—the Festival of the Descent from Heaven—we are pleased to announce the release of our revised Nekhor app. As today is amongst the most sacred of days associated with the Shakyamuni Buddha, we encourage everyone to explore the Eight Great Sacred Sites of the Buddha, featured in our app. Within these eight sites is Samkashya, the place of the Buddha’s descent from the Heaven of the Thirty-Three. There you can learn more about the significance of this incredibly auspicious holiday.

“Nekhor” in Tibetan means “circling the sacred,” or simply “pilgrimage.” This is exactly what this app will help you do: discover the sacred sites of the great Buddhist masters of the past.

Beginning with Buddha Shakyamuni, from whom all streams of Buddhism in our modern age have flowed, and Guru Padmasambhava, the forefather of Tibetan Buddhism, we invite the intrepid spiritual seeker to journey with us through South Asia and explore the physical landscape that is the literal foundation of the Dharma. As Nekhor develops, we aspire to include even more sacred sites associated with such authentic masters.

To find the Nekhor app, just search “Nekhor” in your device’s app store (available in both the Apple and Google App stores), and download it to your phone or tablet. May it become a trusted companion to your journey! For more information on the Nekhor project, please visit our website.

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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.