Dear friends near and far

Hello! Happy Guru Rinpoche Day. Today, I want to continue the Twelve Manifestations series. Now we are focusing on the manifestation named Dzamling Gyenchog, who is Yangdak Heruka inseparable from Guru Padmasambhava. Instead of Yangdak Heruka, sometimes they say Vishuddha Heruka, and sometimes they have different translations.

This particular practice of Dzamling Gyenchog that Guru Rinpoche taught is how to gain the siddhis, especially the higher siddhis. He also taught the great practice of phowa – the ejection of consciousness. This particular Guru Rinpoche practice is to achieve the great siddhis. Yangdak Heruka Dzamling Gyenchog is very profound.

Now, with that, I just want to say that all of us are very busy. We have many great qualities. We have self-confidence. We have a happy life. We are content. We do good things. We do compassionate acts. And we all have dignity. We all have many things and we know how to balance our life. But when we don’t have meditation, then we have nothing. This practice, Dzamling Gyenchog, explains how to gain the siddhis, especially through meditation.

Our meditation is important in life. How important is exercise? How important is it to have good food? How important is it to share with our friends when we are struggling with ourselves? How important is it to get advice from wise people? Actually, meditation is more important than all of that because meditation allows you to see your own self. Meditation makes your mind calmer. Meditation makes you improve yourself a little bit. And meditation makes you reduce your bad habits, negative emotions, and negative actions.

So how to do meditation? Meditation means bring focus. You can focus on an object. You can bring your mind to focus on your breath, on Guru Padmasambhava, or on compassion. All these three are actually called meditation.

To close, I want to tell you: yes it’s very difficult to meditate every day. So that’s why you need to find the experiences and benefits to encourage yourself. You need to find the faults and difficulties that come without meditating. You need to find inspiration especially through experiences. And consider sharing this with your friends to encourage them to try meditation as well.

I am happy to announce that there are now subtitles in Italian! The Italian and Japanese translators kindly added subtitles to all the videos of the manifestations series, which started in November. This month’s video message also has subtitles in French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Ukranian, and Vietnamese. There are currently some technical difficulties with the Chinese and Nepali language subtitles that should be addressed shortly. Please click the settings wheel in the bottom right corner of the video to access these options.

Thank you very much all of you. Take care! Happy Guru Rinpoche Day.

Sarva Mangalam,


Phakchok Rinpoche

P.S. A Message from Samye Team

One of Phakchok Rinpoche’s recent practice requests for us from his birthday message was the accumulation of the Six Vajra Line Prayer. Samye Institute has created a counter so we can all upload our accumulations (log in required). Please log any of your accumulations starting from Phakchok Rinpoche’s birthday on May 23, and especially persevere until the Saga Dawa Duchen on June 9th. The counter will continue at least until the next Guru Rinpoche Day, July 3rd, so keep logging your accumulations until then.