Announcing a New Guru Rinpoche Pilgrimage App from Nekhor

We are pleased to launch, on this particularly auspicious Guru Rinpoché Day, the Nekhor app. “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 Guru Padmasambhava through journeying there yourself.

The Nekhor app will help you orient yourself through accurate GPS mapping, as well to present the stories behind what makes these sites sacred. Our goal is to inspire practitioners to form an ever-stronger link to the activities of Guru Rinpoché through visiting the sites where the Mahaguru and his disciples gained accomplishment.

Though the app is still under some development, we thought it important, for the sake of making an auspicious connection, to release it to the sangha on this 10th day of the lunar calendar—the celebration of the Mahaguru’s miraculous lotus birth.

The new Nekhor pilgrimage app

To find the Nekhor app, just search “Nekhor” in your device’s app store, 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 their website at

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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.