Series: Supplication Prayers

Six Vajra Line Supplication

Feb 17, 2016

Dear friends near and far Happy special Guru Rinpoche Day! Now we are in the monkey year, which is special to Guru Rinpoche. And this is the first month and the first...

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Six Vajra Verses and Three Points of Practice

Jul 7, 2014

First of all, on this very auspicious Guru Rinpoche Day, I would like to share with you this short video in which I give some advice on how to solve our problems in daily life. I also explain the meaning...

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The Aspiration of the Vajradhatu Mandala

Nov 23, 2012

I would like to share with you this amazing aspiration made by Guru Rinpoche on the request of Trisong Detsen. This is an aspiration for all the future generations, the precious masters and the precious...

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The Prayer in Seven Chapters to Padmakara

Oct 24, 2012

For today's Guru Rinpoche Day, I would like to share with you an excerpt from "The Prayer in Seven Chapters to Padmakara". And from the fourth chapter, “The Prayer Requested by Namkhé Nyingpo (nam mkha'i snying...

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The Eight Faults

Oct 6, 2011

And now to continue on where I left off last month from Calling the Guru from Afar. Last time we went over the four preliminary contemplations: samsara, precious human birth, impermanence, and karma. Today we will go over the eight...

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Calling the Guru From Afar

Sep 7, 2011

On an occasion like this, I'm reminded of the prayer, Calling the Guru from Afar by the Great Rime master, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. When reciting this prayer, it is crucial to have a firm confidence in the fact that...

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Anniversary of the Lotus Born Guru

Jul 10, 2011

I hope that this reminder on this very auspicious Guru Rinpoche Day becomes a means for you to stabilize your ground, that it gives you the strength to not drift away from the path and at the same time gives...

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Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche – Calling the Lama from Afar

Feb 13, 2011

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche explained that in the Ngak kyi Sojong, we are mending and restoring the commitments of the vows of the individual liberation in accordance with the Hinayana system, the bodhisattva trainings in accordance with the Mahayana system, and...

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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.