Today for Guru Rinpoche Day, the tenth day of the sacred lunar month of Saga Dawa, here is a brief catalogue of the works and research so far published on Guru Padmasambhava and his two main students/consorts, Yeshe Tsogyel and Mandarava. These are now listed on a new website page dedicated to Padmasambhava.
Work on Padmasambhava includes the prophecies by Padmasambhava (revealed by Chogyur Lingpa) on the 15th to 21st Karmapas, as well as his 8th manifestation and return as the Shambhala King.
In addition, there is a Yeshe Tsogyel Guru Yoga, by the 15th Karmapa and a post about the Long-Life practice of Padmasambhava and Mandarava held by the 15th Karmapa as well as a Praises to Mandarava by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
Future work will be added to the catalogue/page on an ongoing basis.
I also share below some personal photos of my own recent trip to Bhutan in March 2019, on a guest visa arranged with the help of Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, to the pilgrimage sites of Tiger’s Nest, the Yeshe Tsogyel cave next to it, and a visit to the sacred Kuje (body imprint) of Padmasambhava at Bumthang, where I was fortunate to get a a long-life amulet, blessed by the monks there containing sacred mantras and blessing pills. During the trip from Trongsa to there I got very sick with some strange flu and could hardly stand up when I arrived. Nonetheless, I completed the pilgrimage and got the sacred amulet from next to the sacred kuje. So I wear it every day as protection and a reminder of the sacred energy and blessings of Padmasambhava and Bumthang. I also have some photos in other sacred Padmasambhava places such as Pharping, Nepal but will save those for another post.
May we all be able to visit sacred pilgrimage sites in Bhutan, meet and see the face of Guru Rinpoche and may all obstacles, outer, inner and secret be eliminated!
Adele Tomlin, 21st May 2021.
Research and Translations
‘Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga’ by 15th Karmapa (available in English, Vietnamese and Tibetan)
Memories of Sacred Bhutan
Here is a beautiful rendition with exquisite photos of the Guru Rinpoche mantra by Deva Premal: