Guru Rinpoche Day

Pema Lingpa’s Visionary Journey to the Copper-Colored Mountain

Pema Lingpa’s Visionary Journey to the Copper-Colored Mountain

One morning before dawn, as Pema Lingpa was in a dream-like meditative state, three ḍākinīs came to him, leading a white horse. They invited the tertön to mount the horse and follow them to Zangdok Palri, and so they journeyed to the summit of a snow mountain…

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.