Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings

The Heart Essence of Padmasambhava

Dear Friends Near and Far

Provided all the unrest globally with the pandemic and other uncertainties, I truly hope that you and your loved ones have been healthy and happy. Today is the most special Guru Rinpoche Day of the year, falling on the monkey month and celebrating the birth of our Precious Maha Guru within a lotus blossom on Lake Dhanakosha.

On this Guru Rinpoche Day, I would like to share with you a verse from The Wisdom Essence of Oral Instructions on the Stages of the Path, The Heart Essence of Padmasambhava (Lamrim Yeshé Nyingpo):

Diligently take up the roots of virtue
Prostrations and circumambulations purify the wrongdoings of your body,
Reciting and reading the Buddha’s words purify the obscurations of your speech,
And supplicating the Three Jewels pacifies the faults of your mind.
Always train correctly in being mindful, careful, and conscientious.

excerpt from the Lamrim Yeshé Nyingpo

You all must be having different life experiences, as well as difficulties both spiritual and mundane. I am reminding you on this special day today that practicing the Dharma or accumulating virtue is just one step ahead. So on this day, do three prostrations, light a tea light candle, recite whatever prayer you know and supplicate the Three Jewels, Guru Rinpoche, and whomever you feel connected to or have devotion for. The buddhas and Guru Rinpoche do not have ego and selfishness. Their compassion is limitless, and their blessings and power are without bounds. For this reason, think of them; think of their kindness, and think of their life stories. Most importantly, stay happy and make others happy, and practice compassion. Compassion is very important; it can arise naturally or not, but do think of it. Meditate and reflect on your life. There could be things in your life that need mending or improving, think of those. Rejoice in the good that you have done. Most importantly, we practice Dharma to be happy in this lifetime and the next. Stay happy and stay grounded.

Looking forward to meeting you all today for the annual 100,000 Ganachakra of Tukdrup Sampa Lhundrup, The Guru’s Heart Practice, The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes from Asura Cave. And with all your requests for continuing the Tsok Bum series like last year, we will again meet to celebrate Guru Rinpoche’s Day with offerings of Lame Tukdrup Barche Kunsel Tsok Bum, followed by Guru Tsokye Nyingtik Tsok Bum.

Truly rejoicing in all the accumulations, and, most importantly, connecting with our most precious Maha Guru Padmasambhava.

Sending you all much 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.