Blessings

Nekhor Pilgrimage: Circling the Sacred

Jan 29, 2020

For over half a decade, a small group of Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoché’s students have been researching the sacred sites of Guru Padmsambhava. Our goal has been to fulfill a single overarching mission:...

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Unlocking the Door of Blessings of the Great Perfection

Jan 16, 2019

Devotion and pure perception are the two keys needed to unlock the door of blessings of the Great Perfection. The more we develop them, the closer we get to the true nature of things, and to the fruit of our...

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Gaining the Blessings of the Guru

Oct 30, 2017

Today’s video features Kalden Drendze, and is a continuation of the Twelve Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche series. Here, Phakchok Rinpoche shares a very concise method for gaining accomplishment in the practice through a simple...

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Receiving Tibetan Buddhist Empowerment

Jul 24, 2017

Tibetan Buddhist empowerment may seem very mysterious and like a grand performance. And there is a lot of misunderstanding about what it means to receive an empowerment....

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Building Dignity Through Supplication

Sep 20, 2016

Building dignity through supplication may sound contradictory. In the Vajrayana path, however, supplication is continually emphasized. Why is this...

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Five Ways of Practicing Guru Yoga

Jul 28, 2012

Since today is such a special and auspicious day, I thought to say little about “Lamey Naljor” or Guru Yoga, which is the practice of merging your mind with the wisdom mind of the...

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Guru Rinpoche’s Body, Speech, and Mind Blessings

May 1, 2012

About two weeks ago we were on a pilgrimage following the footsteps of the Lotus Born in Nepal and Sikkim. It was a memorable trip still so vivid and in memory of it, I would like to share Padmasambhava's last...

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Anniversary of the Lotus Born Guru

Jul 10, 2011

I hope that this reminder on this very auspicious Guru Rinpoche Day becomes a means for you to stabilize your ground, that it gives you the strength to not drift away from the path and at the same time gives...

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The Four Holy Places

Dec 15, 2010

A pilgrimage is an important act of devotion and faith as it enables us to accumulate merit and purify our defilements and obscurations of the body, speech and mind by the power of the blessings of the sacred...

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Heart Advice from Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

May 23, 2010

Dear friends near and far First off, my deepest apologies for my very long silence. I hope you’ve all been happy and healthy. At the moment, I’m traveling between cities and today...

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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.