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Reflections on the Auspicious Occasion of the Sampa Lhundrup Tsokbum

Sitting in the tsokbum at the Asura cave in Kathmandu feels relaxed and almost normal or natural to be there—until I take a moment to contemplate what I am actually part of and the profundity of the place, text, blessing objects and people all coming together for the three days of this ritual. Realizing how special Guru Rinpoche’s Sampa Lhundrup text and its benefits are, alone, is mind blowing.

Sampa Lhundrup

Combining it with Guru Rinpoche’s own cave, unimaginable relics, including some from Guru Rinpoche himself, and blessings from numerous Buddhist lineages and great masters makes it a once-in-a-life-time experience for anyone who had the fortune to be able to attend. During the puja, the sound and speed of the accumulation mantra being chanted by the monks and nuns gives me some energy, despite the body feeling tired from the long sitting sessions.

Sampa Lhundrup

The daily tsok offering was overflowing and more than all attending could feast on, with baskets laid out at the entrance of the main cave daily for any visitors to partake in. The Narak Kong Shak was melodiously chanted twice daily—it hit home when reading the text, and understanding or feeling devotion for what we are praying for. Receiving the blessings at the end of the day and dedicating the merit wraps up the day of puja and gives me a feeling of calm.

Click here to read more on the tradition of offering 100,000 feast offerings, a Tsok Bum, or Bum Tsok.

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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.