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Added 22 August 2017

A Concise History of Orgyen Padma’s Enlightened Deeds

| Biography

by Orgyen Lingpa

This revelation of the famous tertön Orgyen Lingpa (b. 1323) was discovered at Samye Chimphu. It provides a brief account of Guru Padmasambhava's life and deeds. Each of the text's sixteen chapters describes eight features, beginning with Padmasambhava's eight manifestations, then continuing with his eight life-giving fathers, eight mothers, and so on. The biography concludes with a series of prophecies.

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Arya Vati Zangpo

The Sādhana of the Five Self-Arisen Noble Brothers: An Instruction in the Union of Generation and Completion | Sādhanas

by Shikpo Lingpa

Revealed during a vision in 1557, this is a sādhana of the five self-arisen Avalokiteśvara brothers ('phags pa rang byon mched lnga). These are: four ancient statues associated with King Songtsen Gampo known as Ārya Vati Zangpo, Ārya Bukham, Ārya Jamali, and Ārya Lokeśvara, as well as the self-visualization of Avalokiteśvara generated by the practitioner. Read text >


The Self-Radiance of Indestructible Awareness and Emptiness | Dzogchen

by Mipham Rinpoche

The great scholar Jamgön Mipham Namgyal Gyatso (1846–1912) adopted the unique language of the Great Perfection to write this prayer in 1886. It is both an aspiration to realize the nature of mind — indestructible awareness and emptiness — and an evocation of the true significance and ultimate meaning of Mañjuśrī. Read text >


Upon Arriving at Yangleshö | Pilgrimage

by Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok

Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok (1933–2004) composed this spontaneous song in 1990 on a visit to the cave of Yangleshö in Nepal. The text praises the power of the sacred site, where Guru Padmasambhava once meditated and gained accomplishment, while also attesting to Khenchen's own poetic mastery and realization. Read text >


Concise Guru Yoga | Guru Yoga

by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

This concise guru yoga centres around the famous prayer to Guru Padmasambhava known as The Vajra Verses Supplication, or Dü Sum Sangye, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa 's (1829–1870) own terma revelation. To this is added a simple visualization and a prayer to reach the ultimate Copper-Coloured Mountain of Glory. Read text >

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Tsewang Norbu

Advice for a King | Advice

by Katok Rigdzin Tsewang Norbu

The celebrated scholar Rigdzin Tsewang Norbu (kaḥ thog rig 'dzin tshe dbang nor bu, 1698–1755) of Katok wrote these brief verses of advice on the practice of the Great Perfection (rdzogs chen) and the importance of devotion in 1750 in order to support the personal practice of Amgön Tendzin, the king of Lo (known today as Mustang). 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 generally believed that it originated from a corruption of the Sanskrit lokacakṣu, literally meaning "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.