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Dudjom Rinpoche Parinirvana

From wiki website:

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Jikdral Yeshe Dorje, was one of the most outstanding yogins, scholars and meditation masters of recent times, who inspired not only awe in those who met him, but also devotion and deep affection.  After the flight of the Tibetans into exile, it was Dudjom Rinpoche who was the first master to be accorded the title of Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, the ‘oldest’ school introduced into Tibet in the 8th century by Guru Padmasambhava.

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In his previous life, he was identified in the 18th century as Dudjom Lingpa who was the combined  manifestation of Padmasambhava’s mind; Yeshe Tsogyal’s speech; and Keuchung Lotsawa’s body.

As Guru Rinpoche told Yeshe Tsogyal, an individual would be born who would be the Master of the 1002 buddhas of our aeon.

From the Vimala Video website:

Predicting the birth of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Orgyen Dechen Lingpa said that:

“In the future in Tibet, on the east of the Nine Peaked Mountain, in the sacred buddhafield of the self-originated Vajravarahi, there will be emanation of Drogben, of royal lineage, named Jñana.

“His beneficial activities are in accord with the Vajrayana, although he conducts himself differently, unexpectedly, as a child with astonishing intelligence.” — Orgyen Dechen Lingpa

He will either discover new terma or preserve the old terma.  Whoever has connections with him will be taken to the Ngayab Ling (Zangdok Palri), the Copper Colored Mountain.”

Other termas hold that Guru Padmasambhava and dakini Yeshe Tsogyal reincarnated together, combining their actual presence in the birth and form of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche.

Heart Advice:

Dudjom Rinpoche explains the dharma with this wonderful pith instruction:

“Calm and self-control are signs of listening to the Dharma;
Few passions, signs of meditation;
Harmony with everyone is the sign of a practitioner;
Your mind at ease, the sign of accomplishment.” — Dudjom Rinpoche

Parinirvana Dates:

The Kalachakra Tantra of Holding the Qualities of the Lama teaches:

“The merit accumulated by making offerings on the anniversary of one’s lama will dispel negative karma and obscurations accrued for countless eons, like the rays of the sun dispelling darkness.

This merit is superior to that accumulated by all beings in the three thousand world systems who gained merit through venerating and serving the Buddha.

Moreover, this merit is greater than the merit accrued by donating eyes, curing disease, and dispelling the sorrow of beings who are blind, ill or tormented by suffering in the hell realms and who are as numerous as the dust particles of the three thousand world systems.”

As many of his students know, Dudjom Rinpoche passed into parinirvana on January 17th, 1987 which falls on the 18th day, 11th Month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar.

  • 2015: December 28th
  • 2017:  January 15th

The parinirvana date for this year is TODAY: January 4, 2018

I will update the dates every year when I learn of it.

Tashi Delek,


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Benefits of the Festival of the Tenth Day

Taken in part from the Lotsawa House website:

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On each one of these successive tenth day festivals, the specific benefits of observing the practice follow in this order:

In the sixth month, all kinds of illness, döns, and obstructors are pacified, and lifespan, merit and prosperity are increased.

In the twelfth month, happiness and sharpness of mind are accelerated and confidence increases, so that humans and non-humans are brought under your power.

In the first month, power, position and wealth will grow, and earth-lords and guardians obey you like servants.

In the second month, harm and damage caused by the lord of death and the eight classes of gods and spirits are pacified, discipline is purified, and unlimited wisdom blazes.

In the third month, you are untouched by harm from inauspicious conjunctions of planets and stars, and from enemies and thieves. At home and abroad, auspiciousness, peace and goodness increase everywhere.

In the fourth month, you will be immune to harm from earth-lords, nāgas and nyens, and dharmapālas and guardians will accomplish whatever activity you have entrusted to them.

In the fifth month, all harm from obstacles, enemies and döns is pacified, and the objects of your wishes are brought under your control.

In the seventh month, chronic ailments, weaknesses of the immune system and the like are purified, the body is healthy, the mind is happy, your entourage and wealth increase, and your aspirations are fulfilled.

In the eighth month, obstacles of the year, month, day and time, as well as evil signs and the like, are all pacified, and any decline in wangthang or lungta is restored.

In the ninth month, sickness and döns caused by the eight classes and jungpo demons, untimely death and fatal accidents all are pacified, serious curses are eliminated, you are freed from sorcery and psychic attacks, and your own body becomes vajra.

In the tenth month, wrongs and downfalls of the three vows such as disrespecting sacred objects, and breakages and impairments of samaya are all healed, and your mind stream is purified.

In the eleventh month, sudden misfortune, such as untimely death, will not occur, and as soon as we transfer from this life, we are born in the pure land of Lotus Light before Guru Rinpoche himself.

Not only are the benefits of observing the tenth day absolutely limitless, but for concentrating on the various practices of gathering merit and making prayers, these occasions are praised as extraordinarily special.

Composed by Jikdral Yeshe Dorje, Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche

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Pilgrimage to Tibet


Message from Dechen Yeshe Wangmo:

Dear Sangha,

Today, on Dudjom Rinpoche’s 30th Parinirvana Anniversary, I’m happy to announce my July 2017 Pilgrimage to Tibet! This year, we’re returning to Lhasa, Tsogyal Latso and Samye but then we’re venturing west to Everest, Kailash and Lake Manasarovar!

Everything’s in place for a sacred 19-days in Tibet for 12 pilgrims, including myself and Dechen Chodon, pilgrimage manager and trip leader.

Everything’s on the website at www.sangha-journeys.com

Everything’s ready to assist you in making this journey if it’s right for you!

Where are we going?
Lhasa (Jokhang, Ramoche, Potala, Lukhang), Tsetang Tsechu Stupa, Samye, Tsogyal Latso, Yamdrok Turquoise Lake, Gyanste Kubum Stupa, Shalu, Rong Puk, Mt. Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kailash (3-day circumambulation), Manasarovar Lake and Guge Kingdom!

Don’t delay. There’s early bird pricing!

Head-on over to the website and let us know if we can be of assistance

Tashi Delek!
Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo
PS: Don’t miss the Full Itinerary —detailed descriptions and photos to enjoy!


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The Essential Journey

It was the fifteenth day of the eleventh month of the Fire Tiger Year, January 14, 1987, when His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche said to his wife and those close to him, “Now I have completed everything.”


Usually he would do all his regular practices, and meditate and pray for people who requested his prayers in many directions, but on this day he said:

“I have completed everything, every prayer that has been asked of me.  Now I am going to leave.  Please be careful in the future to pay attention.  Karma can be very subtle and tricky.  We might think something is no big deal, but it may turn out to have serious consequences, so pay good attention to the karmic process.” — Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

He continued, “This is what every practitioner needs to pay attention to — even those with the highest realization. I’ve done my part.”

Upon hearing this, many of those present didn’t believe him.  They thought he was making some casual statement, but soon afterwards he got sick and passed away.  This is how great ones move.

Excerpt taken from Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches:  “The Essential Journey of Life and Death“, Volume 1 (page 159)

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Happy New Year

Now that the new year is in, we have a chance to make things right.  If we believe in karma and a higher power then all of our many goals and aspirations can be heard by these realized beings through our prayer.

Since we never know when we are going to pass away, it is important to create some sort of virtue and merit so that wisdom may dawn in our mind-stream before it is too late.

…here is an email I got today from the Jnanasukha sangha.  With such perfect words, from one of the most highly realized masters of the last century, it certainly strikes the essential point:


happy new year


Now that your spiritual connection has been forged,
Achieve your eternal goals.

Strive on the sole path of all the victorious ones’ heirs:
Generate compassion and the mind of awakening.

The view is the great emptiness of samsara and enlightenment.
Concluding that your own awareness is the unformulated dharmakaya is the sovereign view.

Meditation is to settle unconcerned
Within unfabricated present awareness,

Unfettered by grasping,
Take as the supreme kind of conduct
Not to fall under the negative influence of carelessness
But to have your acts accord with the Dharma.

Be diligent in undistracted practice.

Wisdom Nectar: Dudjom Rinpoche’s Heart Advice.
Snow Lion Publications 2005.

Light & Love

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The Buddhist Enumerations

The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: It’s Fundamentals & History by Dudjom Rinpoche is a must have for serious scholars or practitioners within Tibetan Buddhism.

It is two volumes combined into one book.  The first is the Fundamentals of the Nyingma School and the second is the History of the Nyingma School.  This is where you can find detailed accounts of lineage information and hagiographies of some important and wonderful masters.

One of the most useful parts within the book is the numerical categorization of Buddhism in general.  It sports 181 pages just for this section of the Glossary of Enumerations.  It progress from the two accomplishments all the way up to 6,400,000 verses of the great perfection teachings.

Here are some samples:


  • two accomplishments
  • two Buddha bodies
  • two truths
  • two kinds of selflessness


  • three kinds of discriminating awareness
  • three kinds of mandala
  • three uncompounded entities


  • four essential recollections
  • four eternalistic schools
  • four extremes
  • four fearlessness
  • four great modes of liberation
  • four guardian kings
  • four kinds of birthplace
  • four kinds of desire
  • four great axioms of madhyamaka
  • four perverted views


  • five buddha families


  • ten powers
  • ten sciences


  • twelve modes of dependent origination


  • seventeen form realms


  • eighteen distinct attributes of the Buddhas
  • eighteen schools


  • twenty-four pure lands
  • fifty-one mental events
  • eighty minor marks of a buddha
  • one hundred treasure-finders
  • two hundred and fifty disciplines of the vinaya
  • 21,000 kinds of desire, hatred, and delusion
  • 84,000 doctrines of the vehicles
  • 6,400,000 verses of the natural great perfection

Ascension of the masters:

One of the most intriguing categories is how a highly realized master dies in Tibetan Buddhism.  It is important to note that this is only explained in Vajrayana Buddhism.

This account has caused other faiths to investigate the dharma to determine the validity of Christ’s ascension into the sky.

Four ways of death:

  1. dissolving into space
  2. cremation
  3. death in the manner of an awareness holder
  4. celestial flight

Described respectively as follows: (1) the body and mind dissolve in the emptiness of the buddha-body of reality, (2) as the space within and without a vase merge when the vase breaks, (3) one passes away like a fire with no more fuel, space is filled with light and one dies like an awareness holder, (4) even though one dies, one need not relinquish the body and so one dies as a sky-farer

You can click here to order the book: The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism

Good Luck!

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Remember the Kindness

dudjom1This date (January 17, 2011) marks the twenty-third anniversary of the dissolution of the physical manifestation of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche.  It’s an excellent time to remember his kindness, make offerings, and offer supplications.

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche lived from 1904-1987.  At one time, he had vowed to benefit all beings for as long as this aeon lasted.

In his previous life, he was identified in the 18th century as Dudjom Lingpa who was a mind manifestation of Padmasambhava; Yeshe Tsogyal’s speech emanation; and Keuchung Lotsawa’s body emanation.

As Guru Rinpoche told Yeshe Tsogyal, an individual would be born who would be the Master of the 1002 buddhas of our aeon.

Among Rinpoche’s several names are Yeshe Dorje, Wisdom Vajra, a name given in a prophecy by dakinis; Jigdral, Fearless, a name given by XV Karmapa, and Dudul Lingpatsel, the name given to him by the dakinis in his role as a treasure revealer.

Other incarnations include:

  1. Drukpa Kunley “the Divine Madman” (1455 – 1529)
  2. Mahasiddha Saraha (the 8th century)
  3. Humkara one of the eight vidyadharas of India
  4. Arhat Sariputra “foremost in wisdom” under Shakyamuni Buddha

Click on his picture above for an outstanding blessing and pointing out instructions.

More info:

Download: Seed of Threefold Faith: A Supplication Based on the Liberation Story of the Great Incarnate Treasure Revealer, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje Drodul Lingpa Tsel

Texts: http://dudjom.blogspot.com/

Facebook: excellent collection of photos.

Purchase: Video teaching about His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, 2004.

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Dr. Bates eye therapy

It is interesting to note that according to Tibetan Buddhism the eyes are connected to the central channel (the median nerve) when open produces a quiet, relaxed mind.  This network of channels extends from the eyes down the spine and all the way to the root chakra.  Therefore, pay attention to the eyes at some point in the spiritual journey because the whole nervous system is connected to the eyes.  In order to completely relax, our nervous system needs to be healed fully.

Both the mind and the nervous system are interdependent in such a way that when you relax the mind, the nervous system is healed and when you heal the nervous system, the mind is relaxed.

Dr. William H. Bates (1860 – 1931) was an American physician who practiced ophthalmology and developed what became known as the Bates Method for better eyesight. He used his method for short sight, long sight, astigmatism, old-age sight, squint, ‘lazy’ eye, and even structural diseases such as macular degeneration – nothing was left out and he found all could be benefited by learning normal and relaxed use of the eyes and mind.

There are quite a few vision exercises.  The one in particular that I found very beneficial is called the moon swing. This vision game is a movement exercise to remove the habitual stare that develops due to grasping at visual phenomena. There are many variations to this exercise so click here to read the instructions:  Moon Swing.

Utilizing Dr. Bates theories this group has created a very important tool using “animation which encourages awareness of movement throughout all angles and at the same time provides insights into central fixation.”

It can be useful as a training tool in order to correct the function of your eyes as well as increasing your understanding of the interrelation between the stress of the body and the stress of the mind. Click on the image below to practice right now:

The key point is learning how to achieve central fixation in order to relax and heal. When you have understood this precisely then you can carry this effortless ability with you throughout your life.  But, if you go into the practice with the idea of gaining quick results and never having to wear glasses again you could be disappointed.  Even though it is true that some people were successful enough to give up their glasses completely, they were the ones that went to a trained professional who could teach them on an individual basis.

When you get out of your comfort zone and take an active role in your health, you’ll tend to see more benefits with having personal guidance.  Working with a healer will give you the specific advice you need according to your own condition. As with everything, take your time when you work with these eye-exercises, knowing that the process is just as important as the goal.  I remember Paul Brunton mentioning this about the eyes that always stuck with me. He says:

“A true sage is more often than not unhurried in manner and slow in speech and eye-movement.”Paul Brunton

As an exercise in discrimination, take the time to look at this video on YouTube. See who has achieved central fixation:  a sense of complete relaxation and expanded awareness. The video is titled:  Tibetan Yoga Masters 3/3

It is only a three minute video but you can see all sorts of lamas in their meditative absorption.  Even Dudjom Rinpoche is there at the 2:34 mark. Can we look at these masters and learn something from them? I think so.  Dudjom Rinpoche appears like he is beyond everything to the extent that it is hard to put into words to describe his state of mind. It is very amazing to watch.


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