Tibetan Buddhist Ritual

Ngakso Drubchen

Mar 24, 2016

Ngakso Drubchen This is an important annual event on the monastery calendar. Please enjoy these photos from the 2016 Drubchen–and rejoice in this auspicious activity! You are very welcome to join at...

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Tsekar Drubchen

Feb 17, 2016

Tsekar Drubchen Dates for  Tsekar Drubchen: March 2-March 10, 2020 The Tsekar (White Amitāyus ) Drubchen is an extensive group practice from the Chokling Tersar tradition. Drub chen means “great accomplishment”. Participants...

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Sang Pūjā – A Cleansing Smoke Offering Practice

Feb 3, 2016

Sang pūjā aids practitioners as a purification practice.  As we perform this ritual, we focus on removing the impurities in the mindstream of the practitioners and all sentient beings. At the same time, we practice generosity by offering to all...

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Shrine Offerings: Accumulation of Merit and Mindfulness

Jan 4, 2016

Mindfulness is a popular buzz-word these days.  Yet we may be under the impression that mindfulness applies either to silent meditation on our cushions, or more "popular" versions such as mindful eating. But offering practice is an important form of...

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The Benefits of Sadhana Practice

Sep 22, 2015

In this audio clip from February 2015 in Nepal, a student asks Phakchok Rinpoche about the benefits of practicing according to this type of ritual...

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Sampa Lhundrup Feast Offering and The Swift Accumulation of Merit

Sep 15, 2015

When we recite this text while making feast offerings it brings great benefit for ourselves and for others. This condensed text helps achieve good fortune. Additionally, it offers protection from all types of calamities, temporary and ultimate. Sampa...

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Interview with Phakchok Rinpoche: Sādhana Ritual and the Vajrayana Path

Sep 8, 2015

In this interview, given in September 2015 in America, Phakchok Rinpoche shares the importance of Sādhana Ritual as the key method to bring about wisdom on the path of Vajrayana. Sādhana Ritual...

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The Importance of Accumulating Merit

Jun 25, 2015

Phakchok Rinpoche shares a reminder on the two accumulations. Here he reviews methods relating to the first of the two accumulations: accumulating...

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Candlelit Vigil for Saga Dawa Duchen – 2nd June 2015

May 22, 2015

In the wake of the devastating earthquakes that have rocked the city of Kathmandu and north-eastern Nepal, celebrating the Buddhist holy month of Saga Dawa may not seem like a great concern....

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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.