Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

Protection Chakras and Prayers

Dear friends near and far

Happy Guru Rinpoche Day! I hope you are all well, happy and keeping up your spiritual practice. Today in the Tukdrub Barché Kunsël Twelve Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche series, we have reached number eleven. This manifestation is very important and special because after Guru Rinpoche left Tibet, he became the king of the cannibals, called Raksha Tötreng. We actually practice that king. As Raksha Tötreng, Guru Rinpoche manifests as the king of the maras, especially the king of the cannibals, or the yakshas. The benefit of practicing Raksha Tötreng is to overcome our uncertain death. Uncertain death is when conditions cause us to die before our time. Our karma is not to die, but through obstacles we are going to die. This particular practice is really good for removing those things, especially those death-related obstacles.

So related with that, I want to say two things. Nowadays, many of us, we are modern, so we don’t like to wear protection chakras. A chakra is a square protection item that contains mantras and blessing pills, then is folded in a special way and wrapped in colored thread and you can wear it. Nowadays, many of us, we don’t wear this because we think it’s not effective at protecting. But, honestly speaking, this thing is going to protect you. But you need to get one from authentic lamas who have the correct ones. That is number one. I want to encourage all of you to wear protection chakras whether you are modern or not. It is really useful.

Secondly, it is very important to ask other lamas, good lamas, good monks, good nuns to do prayers for you. It is really beneficial. Sometimes the benefit is very fast. Sometimes the benefit is a little medium, sometimes it seems like there is no benefit, but actually you did not make it any worse.

Please remember this—there are two reasons we go through difficulties. First, we go through them because of our karma. With karma, prayers can reduce things but cannot remove them completely. Secondly, it is good to do prayers when the problem has not yet begun. Many of us, we do the prayers after the problem has already begun. So that is the very important advice I’d like to give to all of you.

Thank you very much. Happy Guru Rinpoche Day and I hope you wear the protections.

Sarva Mangalam,


Phakchok Rinpoche

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.