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Chökhor Düchen – The Great Festival of the First Turning of the Dharma Wheel

Jul 12, 2021

On the auspicious day of the Chökhor Düchen Festival, we remember the Buddha's first teaching. Traditionally, we refer to that event with the expression of the "first turning of the Dharma...

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Scent Offerings in Vajrayana Buddhism

Jul 1, 2021

From our earliest records, we know that followers of the Buddha perfumed their sacred spaces with incense and scented unguents. Tibetan Buddhists set up shrines or make offerings at places of pilgrimage...

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Chokgyur Dechen Shikpo Lingpa

Jun 10, 2021

On June 11, 2021, we celebrate the 151st parinirvāṇa anniversary of the renowned tertön (treasure revealer) Chokgyur...

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Offering Mudras in the Lamé Tukdrup Barche Künsel Tradition

Jun 1, 2021

Mudrā is a sanskrit word with a deep variety of attached meaning and symbolism. Outwardly, it refers to the hand gestures of the Buddha. In Sādhanā practice, a variety of mudras are...

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Oṃ āḥ hūṃ: The Three Syllables

Jun 1, 2021

The seed syllables oṃ āḥ hūṃ (pronounced “hung”) represent vajra, or wisdom, body, speech, and mind. These syllables oṃ āḥ hūṃ adorn the forehead, throat, and heart of all Vajrayana deities, such...

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Lamé Tukdrup Barché Künsel (The Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles)

Jun 1, 2021

According to the terma tradition of Chokgyur Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentsé, there are four levels of heart-practice or guru sadhanas: the outer is Barché Künsel, the inner is Sampa Lhündrup, the secret...

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The Lake-Born Guru’s Heart Essence (Guru Tsokyé Nyingtik)

Jun 1, 2021

It is mentioned in Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo, The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence, by Guru Rinpoche, that there are four levels of heart-practice or guru sadhana: the outer is Barché Künsel, the inner is Sampa Lhündrup, the secret is...

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Tukdrup Sampa Lhündrup: The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Wishes, the Guru’s Heart Practice

Jun 21, 2020

It is mentioned in the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo, The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence, by Guru Rinpoche that there are four levels of heart-practice or guru sadhanas: the outer is Barché Künsel, the...

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The Benefits of Tsok Offering Practice

Jun 21, 2020

Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche explained: All practices on the path to buddhahood are methods for gathering the accumulations of merit and wisdom and for purifying our obscurations. These two processes of accumulation and...

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Bumgyur Dawa: Month of Miracles and Merit

Feb 24, 2020

Bumgyur Dawa: Opportunity to Accumulate Vast Merit Bumgyur Dawa is the Tibetan term for a month where karmic actions are multiplied by 100,000. The first fifteen days of the first month of...

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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.