Following in Your Footsteps - volume 1: the Lotus-Born Guru in Nepal
Following in Your Footsteps - The Lotus-Born Guru in Nepal connects the reader with the sacred sites of Padmasambhava — the forefather of Tibetan Buddhism. It provides guidance through multiple resources, so that today's practitioners can follow in his footsteps and bring blessings onto their path. This book is the first of a three-part series dedicated to the sacred sites of the Lotus-Born in Nepal, India, and Tibet. To begin, Nepal's Kathmandu plays a pivotal role in his life story, fueled by his commanding aspiration. As he journeyed to many places outside the valley, he left an incredible imprint on each one. Wherever he went, he practiced, gave powerful instructions, subjugated negative energies, and left a legacy present to this very day. Travel with us through these pages and discover the history and benefits of practices offered to support our pilgrimage.
Following in Your Footsteps: The Lotus-Born Guru in Nepal presents the incredible feats of Guru Padmasambhava in the Himalayan land of Nepal. This tantric embodiment of awakening spent years in retreat in these hills and valleys, gave countless teachings to disciples and hid treasures beyond number.
The Lotus-Born Guru in Nepal explores the sacred sites where Guru Padmasambhava's activities unfolded. Closely following Orgyen Lingpa's Pema Kathang: The Chronicles of Padma—one of the single most important treasure biographies of Guru Padmasambhava—these Himalayan narratives are interwoven with rare accounts and visions from realized Tibetan masters such as Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentsé Chökyi Lodrö.
The Lotus-Born Guru in Nepal offers a fresh translation of Jamgön Kongtrul's classic biography of Guru Padmasambhava, along with teachings by the contemporary Tibetan masters Neten Chokling Rinpoché and Phakchok Rinpoché. You will also find a collection of essential supplications and prayers—in both English and Tibetan—and beautifully rendered paintings and photographs to guide and inspire your journey into this miraculous world.
The Lotus-Born Guru in Nepal is the first of a three-part series tracing the arc of Guru Padmasambhava's journey across the ages and landscapes of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Lhasey Lotsawa has collected some of the most treasured stories from these places, with the goal to provide a rich source of inspiration for pilgrims through the ages. Those who wish to follow in the footsteps of the Lotus-Born Guru will find these authentic books essential companions on their journey.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Guru Padmasambhava was miraculously born within a blossoming lotus flower on the shore of Lake Dhanakosha in the northwest of Uddiyana. Known as Padmasambhava, the Lotus-Born, he grew to adulthood in the kingdom of Uddiyana and travelled extensively thereafter through ancient India, in search of realized masters of sutra and tantra with whom to study the Dharma. The Lotus-Born Guru then travelled to Nepal, where he engaged in rigorous practices and extraordinary displays of compassion. Finally, he reached Tibet at the invitation of the renowned Dharma King Trisong Detsen, taking teachings with him that would inspire and transform, and that continue to do so to this day.
Neten Chokling Rinpoche was born in 1973 to a humble family in Wandipodzong, central Bhutan. Rinpoche was recognised and enthroned at the age of seven as the Fourth Neten Chokling Rinpoche by both His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, from whom he received many teachings and transmissions. Renowned as an accomplished practitioner, Rinpoche is the spiritual head of the Pema Ewam Chögar Gyurme Ling Monastery in Bir, India. Rinpoche acted in Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's films The Cup (1999) and Travellers and Magicians (2003), and in 2006, he directed his first film, The Life of Milarepa - Part I. Since then, Neten Chokling has also directed Brilliant Moon, a documentary on the life of his teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and he is currently in the midst of a production of a documentary on Padmasambhava. Rinpoche spends most of his time in retreat, oversees many Vajrayana practices, gives teachings and works as a film director.
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981 to Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and his wife Dechen Paldron. Recognised at a young age, Rinpoche received an abundance of transmissions, empowerments, and instructions from great masters such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and Trulshik Rinpoche. Rinpoche is abbot of several monasteries in Nepal, and he lends assistance to various monasteries and practice centres in Tibet, presides as head of numerous dharma centres in North America and Asia, and teaches widely at centres around the world. As a yogi-practitioner with a family who also carries responsibility for monastic institutions, Rinpoche is deeply acquainted with both these walks of life and paths of practice.
The Blessing of Guru Rinpoche A Teaching by Neten Chokling Rinpoche
Guru Rinpoche, the Buddha for our Times A Teaching by Phakchok Rinpoche
Sacred Sites: An Introduction
The Guru's Journey: An Introduction Main Part
A Wish-fulfilling Gem: The Great Jarung Kashor Stupa
Binding the Dakinis: The Lhundrup Tsek Charnel Ground
Sanctuary of Unending Life: The Caves of Maratika
Sowing the Seeds of Awakening: The Land of Ngatubcan
The Naturally Arisen Stupa: The Hill of Swayambhunath
The Place of Awakening: The Caves of Asura and Yangleshö
Conquering the Demons: The Hills of Ya Ri Nak
Spring of Awakening: The Waters of Chumig Changchub
Home of the Mahasiddhas: The Monastery of E-Vihara
A Garland of Jewels: The Avalokiteshvara Brothers
Taming Local Spirits: The Valley of Tsawarong
A Quest for the Destined Consort: The Town of Bhaktapur
A Selection of Prayers to Guru Rinpoche