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Guided Buddhist Compassion Meditation: A Casket of Sacred Dharma

Compassion Meditations are found throughout Buddhist literature. As a caregiver you may find it helpful to read these aloud to your client and his or her family and friends if they are open. Also, from time to time it is rejuvenating to read or listen to such contemplations in your free time when you need inspiration.

Here, we present an audio reading of one classic contemplation, by the great master Pema Karpo. You may wish to spend some extra time on the visualization process, pausing the recording to allow for that to stabilize.

Pema Karpo.

Omniscient Pema Karpo (kun mkhyen padma dkar po) ( 1527-1592), was a great scholar and adept of the Drukpa Kagyü school. This contemplation is entitled A Casket of Sacred Dharma.*


*From The Pratyekabuddhayana: A Collection of Teachings, a book compiled by Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche for teachings on the Nine Yānas. Revised and edited for Lotsawa House, 2016.

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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.