Series: Buddha and the Great Masters

Heart Essence of Mahaguru Padmasambhava

Sep 16, 2021

Dear friends near and far, As always, I hope this message finds you well, healthy and happy. For today’s Guru Rinpoche day, I would like to share with you some key words...

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The Heart Essence of Padmasambhava

Jul 19, 2021

On this special day of the monkey month, we celebrate the birth of our Precious Maha Guru within a lotus blossom on Lake Dhanakosha. Phakchok Rinpoche shares with us a verse from the Heart Essence of...

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Reading Namtars

Jan 9, 2020

Reading namtars can be a way to inspire one to practice the Buddhadharma diligently. The term “namtar” (rnam thar) is a shortening of the Tibetan nampar tharpa. In English we translate this...

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Practitioner Phakchok Rinpoche to Lazy Phakchok Rinpoche

Jul 22, 2018

I am at the moment in Gomde Cooperstown. Hope you all are keeping well and that you are keeping up with your practice. I came across a short audio teaching on the bardos by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche earlier today and...

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Letter from My Guru

May 24, 2018

I would like to share this message with you all for today's Guru Rinpoche Day: My son, you need to understand the dharma that I taught you. That is the easy part. The difficult part is the practice. And the...

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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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The Nature of Our Wrong Thoughts and Emotions

Nov 21, 2015

Dear friends near and far Happy Guru Rinpoche Day to all my dharma brothers and sisters wherever you are. Today I would like to discuss a very nice writing by a great...

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The Qualities of Taking Refuge

Aug 25, 2015

Dear friends near and far I hope that this Guru Rinpoche Day email finds you all well and happy and that your dharma practice is flourishing. From this month onwards, in these emails...

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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.