Lama Gongdü

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Lama Gongdü (Wyl. bla ma dgongs 'dus) 'The United Intent of the Gurus' is a cycle of practices revealed as a terma by Sangye Lingpa (1340-1396), and one of the most important terma cycles of the Dzogchen tradition. It was originally redacted in 13 volumes. A more recent version was published in 18 volumes in 1981 in Bhutan.

In the Nyingma school, the practice of Lama Gongdü is considered to be extremely important, as it is, along with Vajrakilaya and Kagyé, one of the three main yidam deities. At the time of Khyentse Wangpo, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa and Jamgon Kongtrul, its practice had declined considerably and thus these three great masters performed many great accomplishment practices or drupchens of the practice. However, the tradition of practising it declined again. Seeing the importance of the practice and how rare it had become, the fourth Dodrupchen Rinpoche, who is an incarnation of the original treasure revealer Sangye Lingpa, instituted a tradition of doing a drupchen every three years at Chorten Monastery in Sikkim. Except for some places in Bhutan, this is the only place were the tradition is still strongly upheld.

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