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Advice from Guru Rinpoche

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Guru Rinpoche (Precious Guru), in his emanation as Padmasambhava (the Lotus-Born One), was born under miraculous circumstances in Northern Kashmir in the 8th century C.E. His birth was foretold by the Buddha Shakyamuni who referred to Guru Rinpoche as a ‘Buddha of Extraordinary Skill’. Padmasambhava is renowned for his ability to subdue demonic forces and to transform unwholesome activities into Dharma activities wherever his emanation appears. His compassion to help others took him to Tibet, Mongolia, China, Nepal, and all over the world, where he is known by the names of his different manifestations: Padmasambhava, Padmakara, Tsokyi Dorje, Padma Gyalpo, Shakya Senge, Nyima Odzer, Loden Chogsed, Senge Dradog, Dombi Heruka, and Dorje Drolod. As the lineage forefather of Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche founded the first monastery Samye in Tibet (775CE). Before leaving Tibet, Guru Rinpoche, being aware of the afflictive effect of the kaliyuga (age of decadence) on sentient beings - which causes them to become timid, fearful and bewildered, as a result of the degeneration of life span, environment, perceptions, faculties and increase of negative emotions - prophesied the coming of 108 tertons (treasure revealers). Every terton will appear at a designated time in the future to uncover a specific terma (hidden treasure of Dharma) concealed expressly by Guru Rinpoche for such time when adversity and trying situations abound. Each terma is deposited in either earthly material or in the subtle mind-stream of the terton. The following teaching was given by Guru Rinpoche during his stay in Tibet:

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Ten Types of Fantasy in Dharma Practice

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Ten Signs of Having Practised the Dharma

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Eight Kinds of Silence in Dharma Practice

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The State of Effortless Being

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