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Added 24 May 2018

The Life and Liberation of Padmākara, the Second Buddha

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by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye

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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April – May 2018

Third Dodrupchen

On Seeing the Guru as a Buddha | Advice

by Jigme Tenpe Nyima

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 >

Khenpo Jigphun

A Yogi’s Song of Happiness: The Melody that Brings Universal Auspiciousness and Fulfilment | Songs

by Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok

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 >

Third Dodrupchen

Three Ways of Bringing Sickness onto the Path | Sickness & Healing

by Jigme Tenpe Nyima

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 >

Khenpo Jigphun

The Sound of the Divine Drum: Advice at a Time of Victory | Songs

by Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok

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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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.