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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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Dzamling Chisang: World Sang Offering

Jun 24, 2021

Dzamling Chisang, or World Sang Day, commemorates Guru Rinpoche’s subjugation of the local deities and the founding of the Samye Monastery in Tibet. Customarily Himalayan communities recall this event on the fifteenth...

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Auspicious Global Sangha Accumulations of Merit During Bumgyur Dawa

Feb 25, 2021

On this first Guru Rinpoche Day of the Tibetan Iron Ox year, Phakchok Rinpoche and Samye joyfully announce a series of three global sangha accumulation of merit events. As these practices will occur during the first month of the lunar...

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Monthly 100,000 Feast Offerings (Tsok Bum)

Jan 7, 2021

Phakchok Rinpoche believes that the tremendous magnetizing power of these tsok bum will be particularly effective in this period of global pandemic and unrest. Tsok is a profound Vajrayana practice of offering that swiftly gathers the accumulations of merit and...

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How to Plan Your Personal Retreat, Part Two

Dec 10, 2020

In Part Two of “How to Plan Your Personal Retreat,” recorded on December 10, 2020, Drupla Sonam Tsering, who has completed three three-year retreats, continues his discussion of advice on how to conduct...

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How to Plan Your Personal Retreat, Part One

Oct 12, 2020

How do we choose where to go for retreat? What are suggestions on retreat for someone with commitments like family or children? What are the advantages and disadvantages of solitary retreat? When should we do retreat at...

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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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Ngensong Dongtruk Puja–a Student’s Eye-View

Aug 28, 2019

Making an Auspicious Connection   As the third of the 2019 puja series, the Ngensong Dongtruk or “Dredger of the Lower Realms’ Depths” puja was held for three days from August 10th-12th...

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Long and Meaningful Life

Feb 25, 2018

Happy Guru Rinpoche Day! I am at present presiding over the Tsekar “White Amitayus” Drupchen here at our Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath. It is a five family Buddha Amitayus practice with the hundred deities that Guru Rinpoche received...

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Accumulating Causes for Enlightenment

Feb 9, 2018

In this video teaching, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the essence of our mind is already enlightened. Yet, even though our nature is pure, that does not imply that we then can sit back and do nothing. We need to...

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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.