Dudjom Rinpoche on Guru Yoga and the Essence of Practice

HH Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje

This is the essence of practice:

Pray to your Lama and, while praying, blend your mind inseparably with your Lama’s wisdom mind.
Having merged inseparably, settle in the state of naturalness, the nature of mind.

To be settled in the state of naturalness, this fresh knowing
Uncontrived and unaltered, is luminous naked awareness.
When thoughts arise within that nature,
Recognize them on arising, and relax within that recognition.
Their arising and liberation occur simultaneously, like a drawing on the water’s surface.

When thoughts do not arise, that is non-meditation free from thoughts.
Emptiness, beyond meditator and object of meditation,
Is called ultimate wisdom present from the beginning.
Give up hope and fear; hold to the natural state of awareness.

Thoughts are delusion; stop following after them.
Hope and fear are obstacles; don’t go to greet them.
If you can rest within the nature that is beyond intellect and activity,
You will definitely discover the dharmakaya in your own heart.


Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje ~
Wisdom Nectar – Shambhala Publications

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Accomplishment of the State of Tranquil Stillness

📸 Sandra Scales

When the mind becomes completely distracted outwardly by the pursuit of the appearances of the six sense gatherings, passions cause the karma of the happiness and suffering of existence to be unceasingly accumulated. By the power of samadhi, all passions are naturally pacified. This is like rough, rushing water descending from steep mountains that becomes calmer as it approaches the evenness of a valley’s streams, until gradually even its rippling waves become less and less. If the bliss of the body and mind becomes extremely refined, it is the accomplishment of the state of tranquil stillness.

~Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar


January 4, 2022 marks the 10th Anniversary of Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s Dechö.

Dechö ”de” is the time when a lama passes into parinirvana and “chö” is the aspect where the student makes offerings to connect with the blessings of the lama’s wisdom mind. This is a time of particular significance for all of us with a Dharma connection to Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.

We celebrate our connection to Rinpoche with the Dorsem Lama Chopa puja, tsok and offerings. Visit vajrayana.org for more information, the YouTube link to join the livestream, and to make offerings. There will be two sessions: 9 am and 2:30 pm, both free of charge and with no registration required.