On this Guru Rinpoché day, I would like to share with you the account of Khandro Yeshé Tsogyel’s departure to the Copper-Colored Mountain at the end of her life. On Khandro Yeshé Tsogyel’s two-hundred and eleventh birthday, her time of teaching the beings of this world had come to an end, as foretold by the Lotus Guru, her consort.
Today I would like to share with you the story of Do Khyentsé Yeshé Dorjé’s (1800-66) visionary journey to Zangdok Palri. Do Khyentsé was a visionary master of the Nyingma lineage, and the reincarnation of Rikdzin Jigmé Lingpa, the founder of the Longchen Nyingtik tradition.
This month, I would like to share with you a brief account of Pema Lingpa’s (1450-1521) visionary journey to Zangdok Palri. Pema Lingpa was an important Bhutanese treasure revealer within the Nyingma tradition and the reincarnation of Künkhyen Longchen Rabjam (Longchenpa).
This month I would like to continue with the accounts of great masters’ visionary journeys to Zangdok Palri with the last to cover among the Khyen-Kong-Chok (Khyentsé, Kongtrül and Chokling) great trio of masters: Jamgön Kongtrül Rinpoché (’jam mgon kong sprul blo gros mtha’ yas, 1813-1899).
This Guru Rinpoche day letter being the first of the lunar year of the pig and after much consideration, I have decided to focus this year on Zangdok Palri or the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain, where our Precious Maha Guru Padmasambhava dwells, through a series of personal accounts or narrations of a great practitioner’s visionary journeys to Zangdok Palri.
As we get close to the end of yet another fleeting year, I truly hope that the year was spent mindfully in a meaningful way. So before this year ends I would like to once again send you a mindful reminder: When you know there’s nothing more important than the mind, then you can turn your mind towards the Dharma at that moment.
When reflecting, it is important to do so with your practice, personality, responsibility, and so forth. Reflect on your actions and reflect on your self. When you don’t reflect, you are like a blind person, not knowing where you are heading.
When we remember our good heart, our sense of dignity is restored. We must always remember that we are good, even though we make mistakes. Being inherently good and making mistakes are not contradictory. Mistakes merely reflect that we are in a process of becoming who we already are; mistakes do not and cannot affect our pure nature.
Phakchok Rinpoche, Awakening Dignity, Chapter 3: Beyond the Beautiful and the Ugly