Pure Perception

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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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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Purposeful Teachings

Mar 7, 2019

Every one of the Buddha's teachings has a purpose--each one suits the needs of a particular person. When we examine a teaching, we should ask if it is relevant, or...

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The Importance of Pure Perception

Mar 26, 2018

Happy Guru Rinpoche Day to you all and I hope this message finds you all happy and healthy. This particular Guru Rinpoche Day is a special one​ as​ it falls on the 2nd Ngakso Drupchen held annually. The ​first ​​​is...

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Mending and Purification

Jan 26, 2018

Dear friends near and far Happy Guru Rinpoche Day! When this message lands in your inbox, you receive the notification and you move on forward to open it, I hope that you...

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Developing Pure Perception: How to Begin?

Oct 11, 2016

Pure Perception: Fake It Until You Make It! In February 2016, Phakchok Rinpoche answered a student question about pure perception. If we have not yet developed true pure perception, is it okay...

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Pure Perception and Discrimination

Jun 21, 2016

In this video clip, Rinpoche answers a practical question about pure perception. Does pure perception mean that we have no discrimination? Does it mean that we do not speak...

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Four Qualities of Mind: Mind Nature

Nov 25, 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche explains the purpose of our meditation practice. Here he stresses that we can familiarize ourselves through direct experience with the four qualities of our true mind...

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The Difference Between Mind and Wisdom

Oct 17, 2010

Today I thought I’d answer a question that I get asked quite frequently by students: the difference between the mind section and the wisdom...

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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.