Precious Master

“My father is the pure awareness of rigpa, Samantabhadra,
My mother, the space of all things, Samantabhadri,
My line, the indivisibility of awareness and space,
My name, the glorious Lotus Born,
My homeland, the unborn dharmadhatu,
My sustenance, consuming dualistic thoughts,
My destiny, to accomplish the actions of the buddhas of past, present and future.”12027609_951065374960388_8730218886153165781_n

Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the ‘Precious Master’, is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism and considered to be the Buddha of our time.

The Tiger’s Nest

11952843_10207082404129145_7133272283005113507_oParo Taktsang is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century.

Padmasambhava is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country. Today, Paro Taktsang is the best known of the thirteen taktsang or “tiger lair” caves in which he meditated.

Padmasambhava
Padmasambhava

The Temple of the Guru with Eight Names is an elegant structure built around the cave in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye; and has become the cultural icon of Bhutan. A popular festival, known as the Tsechu, held in honor of Padmasambhava, is celebrated in the Paro valley sometime during March or April.

  • words by my friend Ganga Nath

Promises from Yeshe Tsogyal

Guru Yeshe Tsogyal
Guru Yeshe Tsogyal
“What we understand to be phenomena
Are but the magical projections of the mind.
The hollow vastness of the sky
I never saw to be afraid of anything.
All this is but the self-glowing light of clarity.
There is no other cause at all.
All that happens is but my adornment.
Better, then, to stay in silent meditation.”
~ Yeshe Tsogyal

 

“If you know me, you know that I reside in the hearts of all beings. Just summon me and I will return!”
~ YesheTsogyal