by Chagdud Khadro

According to the Mahaparinirvana-sutra, when Buddha Sakyamuni was about to pass away, at Kushinagar, he said:

Impermanence is the nature of all created phenomena. Death being inevitable, the time for my passing into Nirvana has arrived. Of this you should not grieve. Twelve [hundred] years after my passing, there shall come forth a man, the Lake-born Lotus, from north-west Uddiyana. . . it shall be he who will promulgate the way of Secret Mantra.

Guru Padmasambhava is the master of wisdom and skillful means who was instrumental in bringing the Vajrayana tradition to Tibet. Known as the Lotus-Born Lord and the Precious Guru, he demonstrated the full range of peaceful and wrathful activities to tame the minds of beings. In the eighth century, in a majestic but turbulent Tibet, he propagated the swift path of Vajrayana for spiritual practitioners to overcome the inner obstacles of afflictive emotions and delusion and the outer obstacles of disharmony and demonic antagonism. The consummation of the Vajrayana path is enlightened omniscience and the miraculous activity that springs from enlightened mind, purely directed to benefit sentient beings.

The teachings of Guru Padmasambhava have been held purely and precisely in lineages of oral transmission, revealed treasures, and pure visions. Thus they remain as vital to practitioners of today as they were twelve hundred years ago. Collectively these lineages form the Nyingma School of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism.

The specific lineages of Guru Padmasambhava practiced in Chagdud Gonpa centers have been established by Chagdud Rinpoche, himself an incarnation (tulku) of one of Padmasambhava’s 25 main disciples. With faith and confidence, students utilize the brilliance of Vajrayana—in both its elaborate and unelaborated forms—to explore the potentials of mind and to discover mind’s pure, original nature.