Guru Rinpoche Day Teachings
When Guru Rinpoche was journeying throughout Asia taming countless beings and spreading the Vajrayana teachings in all directions, he displayed innumerable great and miraculous deeds for the benefit of beings. On the tenth lunar day of each month of the year he displayed twelve great deeds. Vajrayana practitioners recall and commemorate this occasion each month by doing intensive practice and supplication.
Phakchok Rinpoche sends out short teachings to all students via email on every Guru Rinpoche day. These messages are composed with the aspiration to inspire students and remind us to bring our minds home in the midst of our busy lives.
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Guru Rinpoche (Precious Master) is also known as Padmasambhava (Skt.), or Padmākara. He is considered the founder of Tibetan Buddhism and is often referred to as the “second Buddha”. Guru Rinpoche was instrumental in bringing the Vajrayana teachings to Tibet, arriving in the Iron Tiger year of 810 CE. In Tibet, he is famed for taming the local spirits by converting them to be protectors of the Dharma.
We often refer to Guru Rinpoche as Pemajungné (The Lotus Born) or Tsokyé Dorjé, ‘Lake Born Vajra’. He manifested from the heart of Amitabha Buddha to appear on the anthers of a lotus flower in the midst of Lake Dhanakosha in Oḍḍiyāna in the year of the Earth Monkey, on the tenth day of the waxing moon in the monkey month. As Guru Rinpoche was born, the dakinis praised him with the spontaneous invocation that we know as the Vajra Guru Mantra.
Guru Rinpoche and his consort and closest disciple Yeshé Tsogyal travelled throughout the Himalayan regions and. During their practice they empowered and blessed the region, especially “the twenty snow mountains of Ngari, the twenty-one accomplishment places of Ü and Tsang, and the twenty-five great pilgrimage places of Dokham, the three hidden lands, five ravines, three valleys and one region.”
Guru Rinpoche made many prophecies about the future, and his consort Yeshé Tsogyal remembered and preserved and concealed innumerable terma teachings. Through this activity, they continue to benefit beings, preventing the destruction and corruption of the teachings of the secret mantrayana. For each of these terma treasures, Guru Rinpoche predicted the time for its revelation, the identity of the revealer, and those who would propagate and uphold the teachings.
- 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.