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Advice for Practicing in the Chokling Tersar Tradition

In this online teaching, recorded on September 12, 2020, Drupla Opak who has completed the traditional monastic three-year retreat and is a ritual specialist, offers practical advice for Practicing in the Chokling Tersar Tradition. Drupla explains that he is not a scholar and thus does not offer us deep philosophical teaching. However, he is happy to join Samye for this online teaching. He begins by asking all of us to listen to the Dharma, and this teaching on the Chokling Tersar, by first setting our motivation with the supreme intent of bodhicitta.

Drupla 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 in the future—meaning us!

Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé described Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa as endowed with extraordinary compassionate motivation, extraordinary activity, and an extraordinary life story.


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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.