Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

Taming the Maras

Dear friends near and far

Happy Guru Rinpoche Day again to all of you. I hope you are all well. Today I want to return to the Twelve Manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava. Guru Rinpoche taught that you may have wealth and intelligence, but you’re still going to face a lot of obstacles. Removing obstacles, especially obstacles from the four elements of earth, water, wind, and fire are important. So Guru Rinpoche manifested as Dükyi Shechen, which means “taming the maras.” Dükyi Shechen is the manifestation of Vajra Kilaya inseparable from Guru Rinpoche, with four lion-faced ḍākinīs surrounding him to tame the four elements. Dükyi Shechen is very well-known for removing obstacles as well as for protecting beings from obstacles.

Now I want to advise you that in life it’s very important to have diligence. Whatever we do, having persistence or diligence first is very important. Many of us are not persistent and we are especially not diligent. So that is the first part I want to remind you. How do we maintain diligence? You need to always find how to inspire yourself to keep up with your spiritual practice or mundane life. Finding the purpose or inspiration is very important. Now the second part I want to mention is that getting balance is very important. Many of us sometimes forget to balance the different aspects of our lives: personal life, family life, spiritual life, social life, and projects. Things are not balanced. We are not balanced. So how do we keep the balance normally? Try to remember your responsibilities and not forget things. Try to recall what you need to do. You can do this every day in the morning or in the evening. So keeping balance, diligence, inspiration, and persistence are very important. Ok?

Thank you very much for listening. I wish you all have happiness and fewer obstacles. Actually, I wish you no obstacles, but in life, we always have some obstacles so whatever obstacles you face, may they be less. Thank you. Happy Guru Rinpoche Day.

I am happy to announce that there are now subtitles in French! Nepali subtitles will come next week! This month’s video message also has subtitles in English, Chinese (simplified and traditional), French, German, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Ukranian, and Vietnamese. Please click the settings wheel in the bottom right corner of the video to access these options.

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.