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Added 18 February 2018

Divine Blue Water: A Contamination-Purifying Smoke Offering by the Great Master Padmasambhava

| Offering

by Padmasambhava

Divine Blue Water is a smoke offering (bsang) ritual that functions as a remedy against ritual pollution (grib), specifically the form known as ‘contamination’ (mnol). The text is attributed to Padmasambhava, but was not hidden as a treasure (gter ma); it was painted on the wall at Samye Monastery and it is from there that the textual lineage derives. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche (1904–1987) edited the version published here, which appears in modern editions of the Nyingma Kama.

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More recent additions

February 2018


Advice on How to Put the Meaning of the Natural Great Perfection into Practice | Dzogchen

by Patrul Rinpoche

In this short work in verse, the great yogi Dza Patrul Rinpoche offers advice on the natural self-liberation (rang grol) of thoughts and emotions. This, he repeatedly emphasizes, is the key to the view, meditation and conduct of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection. With it, all other forms of view and meditation are superfluous; but without it, negative traits will be plain to see. Read text >


A Brief Mañjuśrī Sādhana | Mañjuśrī

by Patrul Rinpoche

A concise and simple sādhana (sgrub thabs) focused upon Mañjuśrī, the embodiment of all the buddhas' wisdom. Read text >

Khenpo Jigphun

The Swift Bestowal of Blessings: A Guru Yoga | Guru Yoga

by Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok

This brief guru yoga, written in a hermitage near Larung Gar in Tibet in 1995, is one of the late Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok's most famous compositions. It inspired a commentary from Tulku Tendzin Gyatso, and Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok himself also wrote a heart-advice entitled Heart-Essence (snying gi ti la ka) as a supporting instruction (rgyab chos). Read text >


How to Cultivate Concentration | Meditation

by Mipham Rinpoche

In this short text in verse, the great Nyingma scholar and polymath Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche (1846–1912) outlines the various stages in the process of cultivating śamatha, or calm abiding. Read text >

Buddha Śākyamuni

The Means for Accomplishment called ‘Blazing Wheel’ | Termas

revealed by Tulku Zangpo Drakpa

This terma (gter ma), which Tulku Zangpo Drakpa revealed and passed on to Rigdzin Gödem (1337–1408), presents a sūtra-like scenario in which Buddha Śākyamuni reveals a dhāraṇī for subduing enemies and demonic forces. Read text >

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Longchen Nyingtik refuge

A Profound Concentration of Nectar: Essentialized Stages of Visualization for the Preliminary Practices of the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse (Longchen Nyingtik) | Ngöndro

by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

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.