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Bumgyur Dawa: Month of Miracles and Merit

Feb 24, 2020

Bumgyur Dawa: Opportunity to Accumulate Vast Merit Bumgyur Dawa is the Tibetan term for a month where karmic actions are multiplied by 100,000. The first fifteen days of the first month of...

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Losar: Tibetan New Year

Feb 21, 2020

Losar literally means 'New Year' in Tibetan. Tibetans celebrated a New Year harvest festival prior to the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet. Many elements of the ancient harvest festival remain, however Buddhist rituals easily incorporated these ancient...

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Chokgyur Lingpa’s Zangdok Palri Aspirations

Feb 3, 2020

To conclude our Copper-Colored Mountain series on this last Guru Rinpoche day of the year of the pig, I would like to share with you a very special prayer for rebirth in Zangdok Palri, written by the great tertön Chokgyur...

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Reading Namtars

Jan 9, 2020

Reading namtars can be a way to inspire one to practice the Buddhadharma diligently. The term “namtar” (rnam thar) is a shortening of the Tibetan nampar tharpa. In English we translate this...

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Khandro Yeshé Tsogyel’s Departure to the Copper-Colored Mountain

Jan 5, 2020

On this Guru Rinpoché day, I would like to share with you the account of Khandro Yeshé Tsogyel’s departure to the Copper-Colored Mountain at the end of her life. On Khandro Yeshé Tsogyel’s two-hundred and eleventh birthday, her time of...

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Samten Gyatso in Zangdok Palri

Dec 6, 2019

For this Guru Rinpoché day, I would like to share the account of a visionary journey to Zangdok Palri undertaken by one of our own lineage masters, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoché, reincarnation of Chokgyur Lingpa...

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Marriage and Partnership Advice From Phakchok Rinpoche

Nov 12, 2019

Marriage and Partnership as Dharma Practice Marriage and partnership can be a particularly fertile ground for practice.  Here sangha members Diana Carey and Jesper Skovlund generously share the marriage advice offered by...

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The Visionary Journey of Shuksep Jetsün Rikdzin Wangmo

Oct 8, 2019

Today, I would like to share with you the account of the visionary journey to Zangdok Palri of one of the great female practitioners of the twentieth century, Shuksep Jetsün Rikdzin...

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Practicing the Pāramitās in Daily Life, Part One

Sep 10, 2019

Practicing the Pāramitās represents a major element of the Mahayana Buddhist path.  These six "transcendental perfections" (Tib. parol tu chinpa druk)  enable practitioners to accumulate both merit and wisdom.  In the first of a series of short video teachings, Tulku...

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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.