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Added 24 May 2018
Extracted from Jamgön Kongtrul's famous collection of the life stories of 108 treasure revealers called A Precious Garland of Lapis Lazuli, this account of Guru Padmasambhava's life and liberation synthesises and even comments upon earlier sources.
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In this brief text of advice, the Third Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Jigme Tenpe Nyima (1865–1926), explains the most important reasons for regarding the teacher as a buddha, which is a central tenet of the Vajrayāna. Read text >
Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok (1933–2004), one of the most significant Tibetan Buddhist teachers of recent times, composed this short song spontaneously in 1999. In it, he expresses the joy of leading the fortunate life of a Dzogchen yogi. Read text >
In this very short text, the Third Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima (1865–1926) describes the best, middling and inferior ways of using pain and illness as part of the Mahāyāna path. Read text >
Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok (1933–2004) sang this doha spontaneously during a gathering in 1996, at a time when various outer, inner and secret obstacles had been overcome. The text stresses the importance of meditating on Dzogchen, cultivating bodhicitta, maintaining ethical discipline, and having a positive basic character. Read text >
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This guide to the stages of visualization for the Longchen Nyingtik preliminary practices (sngon 'gro) is, as Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo himself puts it, "brief, clear and essential." Some of its instructions differ slightly from those given by Patrul Rinpoche, so that it represents a distinct commentarial tradition. Read text >
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* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for the native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate the major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages. It is often said that it derives from the Sanskrit lokacakṣu, literally meaning "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.