Jamgön Kongtrul’s Visionary Journey to the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain

Jamgön Kongtrul’s Visionary Journey to the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain

In his autobiography, A Gem of Many Colors, Jamgön Kongtrül described journeying to Zangdok Palri in a dream when he was twenty years old. In this dream, Kongtrül Rinpoché felt that he had died, and had reached the intermediate state (bardo). He was greatly downcast by this, thinking his practice had never struck the vital point, since he had neither been liberated in the bardo of dying, nor in the bardo of dharmatā. He therefore resolved he must at least avoid distraction and find liberation in the third intermediate state, the bardo of becoming, and suddenly found himself to be in the south-western continent of Chamara.

New Translation | “Three Reasons for Confidence“ by Taranatha

New Translation | “Three Reasons for Confidence“ by Taranatha

Tāranātha (1575–1634) composed this biography of Padmasambhava in 1610. It is unique insofar as it does not follow the version of the life-story recounted in numerous terma texts. Instead, it follows the historical perspective of the Testimony of Ba, as well as several Nyingma tantras and their commentaries.

The Benefits of the Tenth Day of the Lunar Month

The Benefits of the Tenth Day of the Lunar Month

At the age of sixteen, Khyentsé Wangpo went to the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain in a pure vision. There, he met with Guru Rinpoche, who was surrounded by a host of ḍākinīs. Guru Rinpoche introduced him to the three kāyas, and prophesied that he would become the holder of the seven transmissions: the unbroken oral lineage from the scriptures, profound actual treasures, mind treasures, rediscovered treasures, recollected treasures, pure visions, and whispered lineages.

2019: A Year of Journeys to the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain

2019: A Year of Journeys to the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain

Every Guru Rinpoche day for the last 12 years or so, Phakchok Rinpoche has been sending out letters to remind his students to be mindful, and to bring them back on the path.

This whole year, Rinpoche will cover the visionary journeys of great practitioners to Copper-Colored Mountain, and Nekhor will be sharing them every Guru Rinpoche day. This first month’s letter is on Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa’s visionary journey to this pure realm.

New Translation | "Garland of Night-Blooming Water Lilies"

New Translation | "Garland of Night-Blooming Water Lilies"

This profound explanation of the individual syllables of Padmasambhava's famous Vajra-Guru Mantra is written in colloquial language that is concise and easy to understand. The text is explicitly aimed at 'town-dweller mantrins' who mistakenly confuse the fundamentals of Secret Mantra.

New Translation | “The Invocation of Uḍḍiyāna on the Tenth Day”

New Translation | “The Invocation of Uḍḍiyāna on the Tenth Day”

In this treasure from Ratna Lingpa (1403-1479), Padmasambhava prophesizes the many ways in which he will reveal himself to disciples in the future. He encourages his students to supplicate him every 10th day of the month, and then gives specific instructions on how to practice the gaṇacakra on these days. It ends with information on the identity of the destined revealer of this treasure, that is, Ratna Lingpa.

New Translation | "A Garland of Vajra Gems"

We at Nekhor wish you an auspicious Guru Rinpoche Day!

Today we offer a new translation, on the day when we commemorate Guru Rinpoche’s wrathful form, Guru Dorje Drolö:

A Garland of Vajra Gems: The Life and Liberation of the Guru, by Jamgön Kongtrul.

This epic of Guru Padmasambhava, as recorded by Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, was revealed by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye as a “siddhi”. The text consists of ten short chapters, each related to a different aspect of the master’s life and activities.

Translated by Nekhor's Pema Jungne Translations.

New Translation | "A Joyful Chariot of the Fortunate"

We at Nekhor wish you an auspicious Guru Rinpoche Day!

Today we offer a new translation, presented on the occasion of Lodi Gyari Rinpoche's cremation, the same day when we commemorate Guru Rinpoche as “Guru Padmasambhava,” who tames the land of Tibet and there lights the lamp of Dharma:

A Joyful Chariot for the Fortunate: An Aspiration to Travel to the Copper-Coloured Mountain of Glory, by Dudjom Rinpoche (1904–1987) 

Dudjom Rinpoche composed this prayer of aspiration to be reborn on the Copper Coloured Mountain of Glory, or Zangdok Palri, after his firstborn daughter, Dekyong Yeshe Wangmo, had left this world. The inspiration for this prayer, it is said, was therefore her parting gift.

Nekhor’s Pema Jungne Translations dedicates this to the memory of Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, whose unswerving devotion to Guru Rinpoche will continue to inspire us and guide us on the path. May we meet again on the Copper-Coloured Mountain of Glory!

Banner image of Chokgyur Lingpa’s Vision of Copper-Coloured Mountain from Rigpawiki.org (Courtesy of Shechen Monastery)