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Commit to Sit: Guru Rinpoche Day

December 13, 2021 All day

Mahaguru Padmasambhava is known by many names in the Himalayan region. We may call out to him as Guru Rinpoche, the Lotus-Born Guru, the Buddha of the Three Times, or simply, the Mahaguru. The tenth day of every lunar month is sacred to him. Therefore, Vajrayāna practitioners commemorate this occasion on the 10th of each month by doing intensive practice and supplication.

Our partners at Nekhor have kindly compiled information about the Guru and his activities, including an explanation of the sources for his life stories. Phakchok Rinpoche sends out short teachings to inspire his students every Guru Rinpoche day, you can read this archive stretching back 10 years here. Rinpoche’s translation organization, Lhasey Lotsawa also maintains a beautiful archive of prayers to the Mahaguru.

On this day, Samye Institute invites you to join our global sangha in contemplation of Phakchok Rinpoche’s monthly message, and then sit in meditation. You may choose to practice the Treasury of Blessings sādhana, composed by Mipham Rinpoche. You can find visualization aids to support your practice in our chant library.

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