Happy Guru Rinpoche Day!
Beginning today, the day when the Lotus-Born Guru accomplished Vajrakilaya and Yangdak Heruka in Yangleshö, Nekhor will offer a brand-new translation connected with the life of Guru Rinpoche every Tenth Day. We are happy to auspiciously mark the very first in this series with A Bouquet of Uḍumbara Flowers: An Explanation of the Tenth Day.
In this remarkable work, written at the request of his American students in California in 1981, Gönpo Tseten Rinpoche (1906–1991) explains the significance and meaning of the Tenth Day, also known as Guru Rinpoche Day. He guides the reader through a life-story of Guru Rinpoche; an explanation of the meaning of the Tenth Day; an explanation of the main practice of that day, gaṇacakra; and a teaching of the inconceivable benefits of practicing on the Tenth Day.
Beginning with the verses above, Gönpo Tseten Rinpoche’s wisdom flows from there, full with the vajra speech of the great masters. The Explanation of the Tenth Day concludes with the benefits of the practice of gaṇacakra, perfectly encapsulated here: