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*'''[[Padmasambhava]]''' (Skt.), or '''Padmakara''' (Skt. ''Padmākara''; Tib. [[པདྨ་འབྱུང་གནས་]], ''Pemajungné''; [[Wyl.]] ''pad+ma 'byung gnas'') means ‘Lotus-Born’, which refers to Guru Rinpoche's birth from a lotus in the land of [[Oddiyana]]. '''Guru Rinpoche''', the ‘Precious Master’, is the founder of [[Tibetan Buddhism]] and the [[Buddha]] of our time. Whereas Buddha is known primarily for having taught the teachings of the [[sutra]] vehicle, Padmasambhava came into this world, and to Tibet in particular, in order to teach the [[tantra]]s. While [[Buddha Shakyamuni]] exemplifies the buddha principle, the most important element in the [[sutrayana]] path, Padmasambhava personifies the [[guru]] principle, the heart of [[Vajrayana]] Buddhism, and he is therefore known as the ‘second Buddha’ (Tib. སངས་རྒྱས་གཉིས་པ་, ''sangyé nyipa''). ([[Padmasambhava|Read more...]])
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*'''[[Padmasambhava]]''' (Skt.), or '''Padmakara''' (Skt. ''Padmākara''; Tib. [[པདྨ་འབྱུང་གནས་]], ''Pemajungné''; [[Wyl.]] ''pad+ma 'byung gnas'') means ‘Lotus-Born’, which refers to Guru Rinpoche's birth from a lotus in the land of [[Oddiyana]]. '''Guru Rinpoche''', the ‘Precious Master’, is the founder of [[Tibetan Buddhism]] and the [[Buddha]] of our time. Whereas Buddha is known primarily for having taught the teachings of the [[sutra]] vehicle, Padmasambhava came into this world, and to Tibet in particular, in order to teach the [[tantra]]s. While [[Buddha Shakyamuni]] exemplifies the buddha principle, the most important element in the [[sutrayana]] path, Padmasambhava personifies the [[guru]] principle, the heart of [[Vajrayana]] Buddhism... ([[Padmasambhava|Read more...]])
 
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*'''[[Bodhicharyavatara]]''' (Skt. ''Bodhicaryāvatāra'') or '''Bodhisattvacharyavatara''' (Skt. ''Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra''; Tib. [[བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའི་སྤྱོད་པ་ལ་འཇུག་པ་]], [[Wyl.]] ''byang chub sems dpa'i spyod pa la 'jug pa'') or ''Introduction to the [[Bodhisattva]]'s Way of Life'' - [[Shantideva]]'s classic guide to the [[Mahayana]] path. [[Khenpo Namdrol]] said: Concerning the study of the ''Bodhicharyavatara'', my teacher [[Khenpo Tsöndrü]] told me that though the meaning of the text is not difficult to understand, applying the teachings to one’s mind is far more difficult. The purpose of the dharma is to transform the mind, to free us from our attachment to worldly concerns. Among all treatises and texts, Shantideva’s ''Bodhicharyavatara'' and Paltrul Rinpoche’s ''[[Words of My Perfect Teacher]]'' are the most powerful texts that serve this purpose. ([[Bodhicharyavatara|Read more...]])
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*'''[[Bodhicharyavatara]]''' (Skt. ''Bodhicaryāvatāra'') or '''Bodhisattvacharyavatara''' (Skt. ''Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra''; Tib. [[བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའི་སྤྱོད་པ་ལ་འཇུག་པ་]], [[Wyl.]] ''byang chub sems dpa'i spyod pa la 'jug pa'') or ''Introduction to the [[Bodhisattva]]'s Way of Life'' - [[Shantideva]]'s classic guide to the [[Mahayana]] path. [[Khenpo Namdrol]] said: Concerning the study of the ''Bodhicharyavatara'', my teacher [[Khenpo Tsöndrü]] told me that though the meaning of the text is not difficult to understand, applying the teachings to one’s mind is far more difficult. The purpose of the Dharma is to transform the mind, to free us from our attachment to worldly concerns. Among all treatises and texts, Shantideva’s ''Bodhicharyavatara'' and Paltrul Rinpoche’s ''[[Words of My Perfect Teacher]]'' are the most powerful texts that serve this purpose. ([[Bodhicharyavatara|Read more...]])
 
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