Previous Event Recordings

Preparing to Die, Learning to Live

Apr 3, 2021

In “Preparing to Die, Learning to Live,” Tulku Migmar discusses how preparing to die is fundamentally about how we live. When we live with aims like accumulation of wealth, and we have a lot of attachments, facing death can be...

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The Global Online Accumulation Riwo Sangchö Practice (烟供前言+仁波切开示 中文)

Feb 27, 2021

Riwo Sangchö is a very beneficial and well-known puja for clearing our karmic debts and for cleansing obstacles in the outer world as well as our own obstacles of the mind. On...

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How to Plan Your Personal Retreat, Part Two

Dec 10, 2020

In Part Two of “How to Plan Your Personal Retreat,” recorded on December 10, 2020, Drupla Sonam Tsering, who has completed three three-year retreats, continues his discussion of advice on how to conduct...

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The Eight Worldly Dharmas

Nov 10, 2020

What determines the success of our Dharma practice is our own mind, and the eight worldly concerns are what keep us from authentic Dharma practice. Worldliness means we seek to gain protection from what we fear and to gain happiness,...

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The Guru Dorjé Draktsel Global Feast Offering

Nov 1, 2020

Many thanks to all of you for participating in our recent Guru Dorjé Draktsel Tsok Bum, the fourth in our series of seven global online ganachakra feast offering...

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How to Plan Your Personal Retreat, Part One

Oct 12, 2020

How do we choose where to go for retreat? What are suggestions on retreat for someone with commitments like family or children? What are the advantages and disadvantages of solitary retreat? When should we do retreat at...

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Advice for Practicing in the Chokling Tersar Tradition

Sep 12, 2020

Drupla Opak begins with an introduction and overview of the Chokling Tersar, situating that within the sacred mantrayana teachings given directly by Guru Rinpoche. He reminds us that Guru Rinpoche advised that these teachings would be particularly important for students...

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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.