Though Dodrupchen Rinpoché’s brief description of Zangdok Palri was composed as a scholarly writing, the text greatly resembles a pure vision. Please take the time to contemplate the profound beauty…
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.
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.
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.
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.