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    Date: 2009.08.15 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 1

    1About Guru Rinpoche according to Jamgon Kongtrul
    The following is a short story of Guru Rinpoche, also referred to as Padmasambhava or Padmakara in the text, extracted from the Precious Garland of Lapis Lazuli, a collection of life stories of the 108 main tertöns written by Jamgon Kongtrul the First and found in Volume I of his Treasury of Precious Termas called the Rinchen Terdzod. Rinchen Terdzod is a highly revered and widely practiced set of historic Sadhanas and Terma practice cycles and commentaries which was envisioned by Rime movement founders and compiled mainly by Kongtrul:

    “Padmakara has influenced countless beings through the Vajrayana teachings and in particular through the activity of the profound terma treasures. This great master was not an ordinary person on the path or just a noble being on one of the bodhisattva bhumis but an emanation of both Buddha Amitabha and Shakyamuni who appeared in order to tame the human beings and spirits difficult to convert. Even the great bodhisattvas are incapable of fully explaining his life example but in brief I will narrate it as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

  • Eight Menifestations of Guru Rinpoche as Observed in the Calendar

    Date: 2009.08.15 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    At regular intervals, one day is dedicated to the Guru.  On each of these days, an event in his life is commemorated which corresponds to one of his eight forms. The first 3 in the year, beginning in the western lunar month after the winter solstice follow below.

    1. Guru Rinpoche renounces his kingdom, practices yoga and meditation in the  great charnel ground of Sitavana, [Cool Grove] and attains liberation.  Gathering under him the matrikas and dakinis, he is known as Guru Shantarakshita: Guardian [Protector] of Peace.

    2. Guru Rinpoche receives rabjung ordination from Buddha’s favourite disciple, Ananda.  He shows unparalleled understanding and mastery of both sutra and mantra, and is known as Guru Shakya Senge [Lion of the Shakyas] and, Guru Loden Choksé.   Read the rest of this entry »

  • The Syllable by Syllable Commentary Explaining the Benefits and Advantages of the Vajra Guru Mantra

    Date: 2009.08.15 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 0

    By the great tertön Karma Lingpa (14th century)

    The Vajra Guru Mantra is the mantra associated with Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava. This is a draft translation of a treasure text which explains the Vajra Guru Mantra. It was originally concealed during the time of Padmasambhava in Tibet and later rediscovered by Karma Lingpa (14th century) who brought it forth from its place of concealment and copied it down on reams of gold. It is simply known as “The Syllable by Syllable Commentary Explaining the Benefits of the Vajra Guru Mantra.” It begins with an invocation and then goes into a dialogue between Yeshe Tsogyal, the spiritual consort of Padmasambhava, and Padmasambhava himself.

    And so, Yeshe Tsogyal begins:

    I, the woman Yeshe Tsogyal, having offered to you the inner and outer mandala on a vast scale, have the following request. Oh great teacher, Pema Jungne, you have been extremely kind to us, the Tibetan people, leaving for us a legacy that will benefit us now and in future lives. Your kindness is so great that we have never experienced anything like this before, nor will we ever experience anything like this in the future. In particular, so that now even though I am a humble person, I have no doubt that I will attain enlightenment. Read the rest of this entry »

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