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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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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Mahāsiddha Stories for Inspiration

Nov 27, 2018

Mahāsiddha stories may inspire us throughout our practice of the Buddhist path because we hear how people from all walks of life, and all types of background became accomplished masters.  And often...

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Commemorating the Great Tertön Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa’s Parinirvāṇa

Jun 25, 2017

Hello, very happy anniversary of great treasure revealer Parinirvāṇa. Today is the 5th month of Tibetan lunar calendar. And 1st day of the fifth...

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Remembering Kindness

Jun 20, 2017

Remembering the kindness of others is an important practice for all of us. We should not forget those many individuals who have been kind to us....

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Persistence in Practice

Dec 27, 2016

Persistence in practice is something we often don't talk much about. But being persistent can make a big difference in our progress on the path. Phakchok Rinpoche, in this video clip from a teaching in Taiwan, has some advice for...

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Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche – Parinirvāṇa Anniversary

Feb 2, 2016

Each year, to commemorate the paranirvāņa of Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche the Ngakso mending and purification practice is performed for one day at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Boudha, Nepal....

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Supplication: What and Why?

Oct 22, 2015

Defining Supplication Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche often teaches us to supplicate the guru and the lineage masters repeatedly. Sometimes modern students have difficulties with this term “supplication” (tib. gsol ba ‘debs) or “petition”....

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Awakening

Oct 9, 2015

Rinpoche addresses the issue of the difficulty of achieving enlightenment--or “waking up”. His answer may be startling--he says that it is actually very easy. He points out that it is our own mindset that creates problems. We develop the habit...

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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.