1. From Lama Tharchin Rinpoché:

    “This sadhana and tsok, based on the Seven Line Prayer, comes from the great Jamgӧn Mipham Rinpoché (1846-1912), one of the most influential Tibetan scholars and mahasiddhas. Tibet has had three emanations of Manjushri and one is Mipham Rinpoché. He has been most kind for the Nyingma doctrine in particular. In ancient times, the Dharma in Tibet had “Khen-Lob-Chӧ-Sum” (Khenpo Shantarakshita, Loppӧn Pema Jungnay, and Chӧgyal Trisong Deutsen); then after Guru Rinpoché, “Zo-Sur-Nub-Sum (Zo Yeshé Jungnay, Sur Shakya Gyaltsen, and Nub Sangyé Yeshé); and later Rang-Long-Ju-Sum (Rangdzompa, Longchenpa, and Ju Mipham). In this way, the Dharma continues in an unbroken stream since it was established, maintained, and spread throughout Tibet and the world.

    “This practice of Shower of Blessings is central to all Nyingmapa and particularly to our own lord protector Dungsé Thinley Norbu Rinpoché, who leads us in this practice all the time. It is so profound and rich, yet so simple and easy to do. Generally for the Nyingmapa, the essence of practice is the Seven Line Prayer, a treasure found by so many treasure revealers. This Shower of Blessings is related with that practice, a guru yoga based on Guru Rinpoche. Guru yoga is the highest and fastest method for attaining realization.

    “Our sangha does this Shower of Blessings tsok on Guru Rinpoché Day, in particular, and because everyone’s doing the practice, I thought it would be good to make some commentary so we can more deeply understand its profound meaning and enrich our practice, absorbing its blessings. Please join us for a dharma party retreat at Pema Ӧsel Ling this Thanksgiving weekend.”

    Text available from Bero Jeydren Publications through Dharma Treasures Bookstore: store@vajrayana.org

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  2. Rinpoche explains the process of death, how we can make it better for ourselves and others. Rinpoche shares personal stories and gently but firmly inspires and encourages us to practice now.

    Recorded in the Braun Room, Andover Hall at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA on May 3, 2012.

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