Guru Yoga Teaching
A Teaching given by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in Berkeley, California July 19, 1996
Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)
My father is wisdom and my mother is voidness.
My country is the country of Dharma.
I am of no caste and no creed.
I am sustained by perplexity; and I am here to destroy lust, anger and sloth.Guru Padmasambhava
Buddhism was brought to Tibet by Padmasambhava (also called Guru Rinpoche) in the 8th Century,
and has flourished there ever since; transmitted from Gurus (lamas) to disciples in an unbroken lineage.
Padmasambhava is considered by Tibetan Buddhists to be an emanation of Buddha Shakyamuni.
The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practices share a distinctive motivation: they are undertaken to end not only one's own suffering,
but also the suffering of all other beings, to each of whom we owe a karmic debt.
The understanding is that since we are all linked to one another,
one person's liberation (enlightenment) is incomplete until all other beings have been liberated.
The Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche
The Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche
The enlightened activities performed for the sake of sentient beings by Guru Padmasambhava's Eight Manifestations:
Padmavajra, Vajra of the Lotus, severed the roots of the five poisons.
Padmaraja, King of the Lotus, provided mundane and ultimate benefits to sentient beings.
Padmasambhava, the Lotus-born, blessed beings endowed with faith.
Dorje Drolod tamed the Yakshas and haughty beings.
Suryaprabha, the Rays of the Sun, taught the essence of secret mantra.
Sakyasimha, the Lion of Sakyas, guided beings towards the path of liberation.
Simhanada, Roar of the Lion, defeated the outside aggressors of non-Buddhists.
Dhimanvaruchi, the Supremely Wise Love, showered the teachings of sutra and mantra.
Khenchen (Head Professor) Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche the spiritual director of Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Meditation
and Study Centers in the United States. He is an authentic and qualified teacher, a recognized scholar and accomplished
Dzogchen master. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche (founder and head of Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe, India,
see www.palyul.org) has authorized Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche to represent Namdroling Monastery and to teach,
confer empowerments and to give personal instruction in Buddhist practice. Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
is the representative of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in the US.
Khenchen Rinpoche is also one of the three senior Khenpos (Professors) at Ngagyur Institute at Namdroling Monastery
in India; where he is responsible for the last three years of the nine year training for Buddhist shedra (seminary) students.
Khenchen Rinpoche has been teaching in West for over 20 years; and his fluent English, sense of humor and deep insight
into Western culture make him a reputable and popular teacher. He graduated at the top of all four traditions of
Tibetan Buddhism in shedra (seminary school) and was awarded the Silver Medal for academic accomplishment by
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche has been our best-kept 'secret' in the US! His ability to simply and easily explain
and teach even the most complicated concepts has led to his teaching commitments growing expotentially beyond the US.
This year, he is traveling and teaching in India, Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines, Germany and Australia, as well as the US.
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche has received all of the major lineage empowerments and transmissions of the
Nyingma school and Palyul lineage and has done intensive dzogchen practice under the guidance of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche
and other eminent dzogchen masters including Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche,
Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.
Palyul Changchub Dargyeling Dallas is honored to have Khenchen Rinpoche as Spiritual Director.
Instructions for Spiritual Practice by Shakyamuni Buddha
from the Kalama Sutta (Anguttara Nikaya Vol. 1, 188-193 P.T.S. Ed.)
Do not believe in anything (simply) because you have heard it.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything (simply) because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
But after observation and analysis when you find that anything agrees with reason
and it is conductive to the good and benefit of one and all –
then accept it and live up to it.
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