Series: 12 Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche

Annual Three-Day Sidok Raksha Tötreng Puja Event Roundup

Dec 22, 2019

January 21st, 2020—January 23rd, 2020 Raksha Tötreng is a wrathful manifestation of Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava. When Guru Rinpoche left Tibet, he manifested as the king of the cannibals (sri) called Raksha Tötreng....

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Healing Mantra and the King of Bliss

Dec 28, 2017

Happy Guru Rinpoche Day to friends near and far. In this last video of the Tukdrub Barché Künsel series, Phakchok Rinpoche introduces the King of Great Bliss, Dechen Gyalpo. Furthermore, Rinpoche shares a mantra which has a three-fold purpose for...

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Protection Chakras and Prayers

Nov 28, 2017

Happy Guru Rinpoche Day! In today’s video, Phakchok Rinpoche introduces Raksha Tötreng, the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche who is known to protect against uncertain time of death. Related with this, Rinpoche explains the importance of wearing protection chakras and requesting...

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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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Taming Our Fears

Sep 30, 2017

Dear friends near and far Hello. Happy Guru Rinpoche Day. Today we continue in the Twelve Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche series.  Within the series, we are now at number nine, the manifestation...

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Transforming Negative Appearances

Aug 31, 2017

Dear friends near and far Hello. Happy Guru Rinpoche Day. Today I want to talk about the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche in Tukdrub Barché Kunsel, called Dzutrül Duchen—the Great Powerful Magical Master,...

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Making Peace and Purifying Our World

Aug 2, 2017

For today's message, Phakchok Rinpoche offers insight into Kyepar Pakpey, the seventh manifestation of Guru Rinpoche. At the heart of this practice is making peace with all sentient beings and showing respect for the environment and those beings and aspects...

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Gaining the Siddhis

Jun 4, 2017

Dear Friends Near and Far, Today, I want to continue the Twelve Manifestations series. Now we are focusing on the manifestation named Dzamling Gyenchog, who is Yangdak Heruka inseparable from Guru Padmasambhava. This particular practice of Dzamling Gyenchog that Guru Rinpoche...

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Taming the Maras

May 5, 2017

Dear Friends Near and Far, Today I want to return to the Twelve Manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava. Removing obstacles, are important. So Guru Rinpoche manifested as Dükyi Shechen, which means “taming the maras.” Dükyi Shechen is the manifestation of Vajra...

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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.