Twelve emanations of Guru Rinpoche

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The twelve emanations (Wyl. rnam 'phrul bcu gnyis) of Guru Rinpoche are found in the Tukdrup Barché Künsel for example, from which the prayer called Barche Lamsel is extracted. They are:

  1. Gyalwé Dungdzin (rgyal ba'i gdung 'dzin)
  2. Mawé Sengé (Wyl. smra ba'i seng ge; Skt. Vādisiṃha)
  3. Kyechok Tsulzang (skyes mchog tshul bzang)
  4. Dükyi Shechen (bdud kyi gshed chen)
  5. Dzamling Gyenchok ('dzam gling rgyan mchog)
  6. Pemajungné (Wyl. padma 'byung gnas; Skt. Padmākara)
  7. Kyepar Phakpé Rigdzin (khyad par 'phags pa'i rig 'dzin)
  8. Dzütrul Tuchen (rdzu 'phrul mthu chen)
  9. Dorjé Drakpo Tsal (rdo rje drag po rtsal)
  10. Kalden Drendzé (skal ldan 'dren mdzad)
  11. Raksha Tötreng (raksha thod phreng)
  12. Dechen Gyalpo (bde chen rgyal po)

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche says:

The twelve manifestations of Guru Rinpoche in the Tukdrup Barché Künsel correspond to various deities and manifestations of Guru Rinpoche. Gyalwé Dungdzin is Padma Gyalpo. Mawé Sengé is Manjushri. Kyechok Tsülzang is Jambhala. Dükyi Shechen is Vajrakilaya. Dzamling Gyenchok is Yangdak Heruka. Pema Jungné is Orgyen Dorje Chang. Kyepar Phakpé Rigdzin is Guru Rinpoche taming the dakas, dakinis and spirits. Dzutrül Tuchen is Dorje Drolö. Dorje Draktsal is Guru Drakpo and Pema Heruka. Kalden Drendzey is all eight herukas together, especially Palchen Heruka. Raksha Tötreng is Vajrapani. Dechen Gyalpo is Lama Gongdü and Chakrasamvara.

Further Reading

  • Shechen Gyaltsap IV and Rinchen Dargye, A Practice of Padmasambhava: Essential Instructions on the Path to Awakening (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 2011).