Shower of Blessings: Guru Rinpoche Guruyoga

Based on a seminar he gave at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Lama Yeshe Gyamtso’s commentary explains the meaning and practice of this guruyoga which is connected with Guru Rinpoche, Guru Padmasambhava, also called Padmakara.

Shower of Blessings

by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso

March 2015
ISBN: 978-1-934608-51-7
paperback, 6 x 9 in., 72 pages
includes the liturgy in Tibetan and English

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Shower of Blessings is a guruyoga practice connected with Guru Rinpoche, Guru Padmasambhava, also called Padmakara. The practice was composed by Khenchen Mipham (1846-1912), a great master of the Nyingma tradition who also had great influence on the Karma Kagyu tradition. He spent several years of his life at Thrangu Monastery in East Tibet; consequently the scholarly tradition of the Karma Kagyu, especially through Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and other masters including Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, is intimately connected with Mipham.

  • The quality that enables a teacher to bring dharma into a receiving culture is warm compassion. We frequently speak of Guru Rinpoche's miraculous powers, but it is important to remember that beings like Guru Rinpoche and the Gyalwang Karmapa are powerful because they are perfectly compassionate; they are truly perfect embodiments of compassion. By venerating Guru Rinpoche we invoke that warmth in order to melt the ice of our rigid selfhood, the identity that we cling to.

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