Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

Key points of Advice from Kunkhyen Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche

Dear friends near and far

As always, I hope this message finds you well, healthy and happy. On today’s Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to share with you some important verses extracted from Kunkhyen Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche’s Advice on What to Adopt and Abandon.

First of all:

“Adopting” refers to righteous ways:
trusting causality, following the ten virtues,
succeeding in one’s aims and above all benefiting others—
thus one furthers the good path in this and future lives.

“Abandoning” refers to vile behavior:
hiding selfish intentions, lying, and deceit;
misunderstanding causality and harming others—
this will cause suffering in this life and hell in the next.

And also:

To guard your own mind is the crucial point.


From the bottom of your heart, call directly upon the fierce pledges
of the gurus, Three Jewels, yidam deities, and Dharma protectors,
and in particular, supplicate the Great Orgyen,
for there is no other single refuge in these times of decline.

These verses have particularly inspired me, and I wish for you all to reflect on them and take them to heart.

With all my love.

Sarva Mangalam,

Phakchok Rinpoche


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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.