Lineage Masters

Practice Advice from the Third Phakchok Rinpoche, Chöying Lhündrup, Part One

Aug 28, 2020

For today’s Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to share with you the first part of a poem by one of my previous incarnations, the 17th throne-holder of Kham Riwoché, the Third Phakchok Rinpoche, Chöying Lhündrup. This poem contains ten...

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Teachings on Mind Nature from Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Aug 19, 2020

On this new moon day we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kyapjé Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche by announcing the publication of a new volume of his teachings entitled “Vajra Heart...

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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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Jikmé Tenpé Nyima’s Pure Vision of Zangdok Palri

Sep 8, 2019

On this Guru Rinpoché day, I would like to share with you the description of Zangdok Palri made by Jikmé Tenpé Nyima (1865-1926), the third Dodrupchen Rinpoché. Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima was born in the Golok province of Tibet as...

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Düdjom Lingpa’s Visionary Journey to Zangdok Palri

Aug 10, 2019

Today, I would like to share with you the story of Düdjom Lingpa’s (1835-1909) visionary journey to Zangdok Palri. Düdjom Lingpa was one of the great tertöns of the nineteenth...

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Do Khyentsé Yeshé Dorjé’s Visionary Journey to Zangdok Palri

Jul 11, 2019

Today I would like to share with you the story of Do Khyentsé Yeshé Dorjé’s (1800-66) visionary journey to Zangdok Palri. Do Khyentsé was a visionary master of the Nyingma lineage, and the reincarnation of Rikdzin Jigmé Lingpa, the founder...

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Pema Lingpa’s Visionary Journey to the Copper-Colored Mountain

Jun 12, 2019

This month, I would like to share with you a brief account of Pema Lingpa’s (1450-1521) visionary journey to Zangdok Palri. Pema Lingpa was an important Bhutanese treasure revealer within the Nyingma tradition and the reincarnation of Künkhyen Longchen Rabjam...

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Benefits of the Tenth Day of the Lunar Month

Mar 16, 2019

On this second Guru Rinpoche day of the lunar year of the pig, I wish to continue introducing you to Zangdok Palri, the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain, through the various accounts of great masters’ visionary...

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Supplication

Jan 18, 2019

Supplication: The Real Meaning Supplication is a key element of Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana practice. We’ve heard this over and over again, but what does it really mean? Phakchok Rinpoche  frequently explains 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.