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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 tantras. 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). (Read more...)
While Guru Rinpoche was visiting Tibet…he conferred the Longchen Nyingtik teachings on King Trisong Detsen, Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, and Vairochana… He gave prophetic empowerments by saying that the teachings would be discovered by Jikmé Lingpa, an incarnation (tulku) of King Trisong Detsen. (Read more...)


Upcoming Events*

06 - 14 April 2013 UK Easter retreat
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21 - 28 June 2013 US East Coast Retreat (provisional)
28 June - 07 July 2013 Ireland Summer Retreat
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Summer 2013 Lerab Ling Summer Retreats
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4 -8 July Meditation Retreat, with senior instructors
10 - 20 July Ngöndro Retreat, with Sogyal Rinpoche
24 July - 3 August Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche
6 - 17 August Nyingtik Yabshyi, Yangthang Rinpoche, (provisional)
20 - 31 August Dzogchen Retreat, Sogyal Rinpoche
3 - 14 September Dzogchen Teachings, Khenchen Namdrol, (provisional)
17 - 28 September Yönten Dzö, Khenchen Pema Sherab, (provisional)
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