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The Heart Essence of Padmasambhava

Jul 19, 2021

On this special day of the monkey month, we celebrate the birth of our Precious Maha Guru within a lotus blossom on Lake Dhanakosha. Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us a verse from the Heart Essence of...

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Chökhor Düchen – The Great Festival of the First Turning of the Dharma Wheel

Jul 12, 2021

On the auspicious day of the Chökhor Düchen Festival, we remember the Buddha's first teaching. Traditionally, we refer to that event with the expression of the "first turning of the Dharma...

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Chokgyur Dechen Shikpo Lingpa

Jun 10, 2021

On June 11, 2021, we celebrate the 151st parinirvāṇa anniversary of the renowned tertön (treasure revealer) Chokgyur...

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Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen

May 25, 2021

May everyone who sees a Buddha image, hears the Buddha’s name, or the dhāraṇī—or recalls his qualities—embark on the path to complete and perfect enlightenment! Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen—his birth,...

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Key points of Advice from Kunkhyen Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche

May 21, 2021

On the auspicious Guru Rinpoche Day of the auspicious month of Saga Dawa, Phakchok Rinpoche shares some important verses from Kunkhyen Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche's Advice on What to Adopt and...

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The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

Apr 22, 2021

Phakchok Rinpoche shares the Four Dharmas of Gampopa and the meaning of these profound words of advice, so we can apply them in our daily...

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Supreme Mind Training

Mar 23, 2021

Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us some of Atisha's Root Verses on Training the mind. This supreme mindtraining offers clear, simple and straightforward advice to anyone who wishes to practice or just improve their lives by changing their way of thinking...

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Kunkhyen Jamgön Mipham Rinpoché’s Advice for Beginners

Feb 22, 2021

In the first month of the Tibetan year of the Iron Ox, Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us on Guru Rinpoche Day some short advice for practitioners from Kunkhyen Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche and correlates them with the Four Dharmas of...

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Tsok Bum Series: Pema Khandro (Kurukulle)

Jan 23, 2021

We are joyfully announcing a series of 100,000 ganachakra feast offerings (or: tsok bum) that will be completed at the sacred site of the Asura cave, where Guru Rinpoche attained the siddhi of Mahamudra. Tsok is a profound Vajrayana practice of offering that...

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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.