Yangtik Yeshé Zangthal Teachings

Phakchok Rinpoche’s teachings on the Yeshé Zangthal were the first teachings given to the Sangha after he left his retreat. These teachings were offered to Himalayan and Western Sangha members at Dharma House NYC in September 2022.

Yeshe Zangthal

In this video series, Rinpoche teaches on the Yangtik Yeshé Zangthal, The Quintessence of Wisdom Openness, which is the fourth chapter of the Sheldam Nyingjang, The Essence Manual of Oral Instructions, the root tantra of the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel, The Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles—the primary cycle of practice revealed by the Great Tertön Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

The Yeshé Zangthal is precious, because it includes direct, pith instructions of Guru Padmasambhava, said to be uniquely relevant for modern times.

This fourth chapter includes advice on the details of Mahayoga practice, including step-by-step instructions on how to properly develop the visualization of the deity based on “the three samadhis,” how to engage in proper recitation based on “the four nails that secure the life force”, and how to finally perfect the practice by realizing one’s own mind as the deity, Guru Padmasambhava.

Part 1: Introduction

Phakchok Rinpoche begins his teaching series on the Yeshé Zangthal by introducing the context of this profound tantra.
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Part 2: The Preliminaries (Ngöndro)

Phakchok Rinpoche discusses the prelimaries (Ngöndro) that precede Mahayoga practice.
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Part 3: Authentic Guru Devotion

Phakchok Rinpoche continues his detailed teachings on the Yeshé Zangthal by concluding his discussion of the preliminary practices (Ngöndro) by talking about the importance of supplicating during Guru yoga.
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Part 4: Practice Structure, Samaya, and Heart Advice

Phakchok Rinpoche concludes his teachings on the Yeshé Zangthal by discussing Samaya, and leaves us with some essential practice advice.
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The first teaching of this series is offered to the Sangha without restriction. As the remaining topics address Vajrayana topics, they are reserved for Samye Institute’s Vajrayana Members. By becoming a Vajrayana Member, you will gain access to restricted teachings on the Samye Institute site. Every month, we will be releasing new teachings, recordings and resources to aid your Vajrayana practice.

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