[Summary: Sun 16 March is Padmasambhava day. Chanting at the Thousand Stars Foundation]
Sun 16 March is the day in the Tibetan calendar for Guru Padmasambhava, Guru Drenpa Namkha and Guru Tsewang Rigzin, the masters who lead us on the Tantra and Dzogchen path. The three Gurus are called “Chi med yab sre nam sum” Tree Deathless Father and Sons. Father refers to Drenpa Namkha. Sons refer to Padmasambhava or Padma Chungne and Tsewang Rigzin.
Various activites planned at the Thousand Stars foundation building, Lard Phrao:
Sessions start at 5pm
Contact the Thousand Stars Foundation for more details
Padmasambhava is recognised as the founder of the vajrayana vehicle of Tibetan Buddhism. He took Buddhism to Tibet by subdueing the various demons there, and often took on female forms for different tasks.
Historical background of Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche’s life and times
From around 640 to 842 CE, Tibet was in a phase of expansion during which it absorbed the state of Zhang-zhung, and then substantial Chinese, Nepalese and other territories surrounding it. It was near the end of this period, that under royal patronage, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery was founded at Sam’ye.
According to legend, local deities and demons opposed to the introduction of Buddhism, destroyed every at night what was being built during the day. Therefore, the king consulted Santarakshita, the Indian monastic who was going to be the first abbot of the new monastery. His advice was that the tantric mahasiddha (great adept) Padmasambhava be summoned from India to tame local deities and bind them to the service of Buddha-dharma.
It is Padmasambhava’s journey through the Tibetan landscape during which he subdues and binds a succession of named deities at specific places that is at the core of accounts of his life. These events, mythical, legendary or historical have consequences for practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism today since they determine the way in which these beings are perceived and treated, in visualization, the making of representations and in other practices.
That is the most important aspect of his work, and the reason why he is referred to as Guru Rinpoche, being regarded as the “second Buddha.” As a consequence, he is often considered the most important siddha or accomplished yogi, and he is the central figure in the lineages that continue to preserve and transmit the siddha tradition.