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1 September 2023

The Concise Excellent Vase of Jewels: A Wealth Practice of Kyechok Tsülzang

| Chokling Tersar

arranged by Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche

This practice invokes Lama Norlha as Kyechok Tsülzang (skyes mchog tshul bzang), the third of Guru Padmasambhava’s twelve emanations according to the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel (thugs sgrub bar chad kun sel) maṇḍala. Jamgön Kongtrul created a sādhana from Chokgyur Lingpa's original revelation, which Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche here abbreviates and, in places, augments.

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September 2023

Karme Khenpo

The Heart of the Matter: A Lineage Prayer for the Excellent Vase of Jewels Wealth Practice | Chokling Tersar

by Khenpo Rinchen Dargye

A lineage supplication for the Chokling Tersar cycle focusing on Lama Norlha known as The Excellent Vase of Jewels Wealth Practice (nor sgrub rin chen bum bzang). Read text >

Latest from the Longchen Nyingtik Project

September 2023


Siṃhamukhā, Lion-Faced Ḍākinī: The Secret Female Practice from the Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse | Siṃhamukhā

revealed by Jigme Lingpa

The Longchen Nyingtik sādhana of Siṃhamukhā, the Lion-Faced Ḍākinī, which is considered to be the secret, wrathful aspect of the Female Practice (Yumka). Read text >


The Shower of Blessings: A Prayer to Siṃhamukhā, the Secret Female Practice | Siṃhamukhā

by Dodrupchen Jigme Trinle Özer

A lineage supplication for the Longchen Nyingtik practice of Siṃhamukhā, the Lion-Faced Ḍākinī, which is the secret, wrathful aspect of Yumka, including additional verses by the Third Dodrupchen. Read text >

Other Recent Additions

September 2023


The Nail of Taking Death as a Friend | Advice

by Marpa Chökyi Lodrö

This brief instruction on using death as an opportunity to recognize luminosity and attain the dharmakāya is part of a collection of instructions known as the 'five nails that dispel hindrances', a teaching that derives from Nāropa. Read text >


An Illusory Symphony: A Song of Debate Between Waking and Dream States | Advice

by Mipham Rinpoche

In this inventive song a debate between Waking and Dreaming, about which one is real, is adjudicated by Profound Wisdom (prajñā). Read text >

Eight Stupas

In Praise of the Stūpas at the Eight Great Sacred Places | Praise

by Ārya Nāgārjuna

This text (Toh 1133) is the longer of Ārya Nāgārjuna’s two short eulogies praising the stūpas at the eight great sacred places commemorating significant events in the life of the Buddha. Read text >

35 Buddhas

Ornamented with Precious Names: In Praise of the Thirty-Five Sugatas | Thirty-Five Buddhas

by Ārya Mātṛceṭa

A poetic eulogy (Toh 1142) that extols the thirty-five Buddhas, who feature in confession practices such as the Bodhisattvas’ Confession of Downfalls, also known as the Sūtra of the Three Heaps. Read text >


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Teaching on the Offering of Flowers | Offering

by Jigme Tenpe Nyima, the Third Dodrupchen Rinpoche

This unusual text, which the author playfully suggests was requested by a bouquet of flowers, discusses the qualities and benefits of floral offerings. The translation is by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche and Philip Richman. Read text >

Khandro Tsering Chodron

Beautiful String of Jewels: A Heart Advice | Advice

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse offered these words of heart-advice, encapsulating the entire Buddhist path, to Khandro Tsering Chödrön (1929–2011), his spiritual consort. Read text >

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Ḍākinī Treasury

Texts from the Ḍākinīs' Great Dharma Treasury (mkha' 'gro'i chos mdzod chen mo), a 53-volume collection published in 2017 to showcase writing by and about female Buddhist masters. View topic >

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