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Padmasambhava, master from Oddiyana was a great scholar and tantric master. He brought buddhist teachings to Tibet in 8th century. He transmitted many teachings to the tibetan king, his friends, ministers and meditators. Many of them attained highest spiritual relaization. Teachings of Guru Padmasambhava have been kept alive untill today in an unbroken line, especially within the Nyingma (old) tradition. It consists of distant oral lineage (kama) and lineage of rediscovered treasures (terma). Teachings, which are to bestowed by H.H.Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, belong to terma tradition. All these teachings were originally transmitted by Guru Padmasambhava. It consists of oral transmission (lung), instruction (tri) and initiation or empowerment (wang).

Teachings and empowerments to be given in Prague


1. Profound teaching Self-liberation in the Primordial State through Peaceful and Wrathful Deities according to master Karma Lingpa (tib. zab chos zhi khro dgongs pa rang grol gyi dbang)

Zhitro (zhi khro), tibetan term, often translated as peaceful and wrathful deities, is the teaching given in the 8.century A.D. by Guru Padmasambhava to translator Chogro Lui Gyaltsen and was rediscovered by tertn Karma Lingpa (14.century) from mountain named Gampodar. Teachings on Self-liberation in the Primordial State through Peaceful and Wrathful Deities belongs to the three inner tantras Mahayoga, Anuyoga and Atiyoga. These teachings are especially linked to main tantra of Mahayoga, Guhyagarbha Tantra (tib.Sangwa nyingpo) even though the main principle is realization of primordial state of self-liberation (gongpa rangdrol). This cycle of teachings contains a text known in the West as Tibetan Book of Dead, more exactly Liberation in Intermediate State through Listening (bardo thdrol) and sadhanas connected to the mandalas of 42 peaceful and 58 wrathful deites. These teachings on various aspects of inetrmediate states, clarify experiences of this life, moment of death, and after death experiences. They point out nature of mind and explain process of dying, focusing especially on instructions on how to obtain liberation and put an end to cycle of rebirth in conditioned existence of samsara. From point of view of atiyoga, peaceful deities represent empty aspect of primordial state and wrathful deities represent its clarity or manifestation aspect. Shitro empowerment introduce the mandalas of one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities, which are embodiments of pure aspects of five aggregates (skandha) form, sensation, perception, mental formations, consciousness and five great elements (space, wind, fire, water and earth). In the process of dying all these aspects dissolve and after-death visions appear. Bardo teachings offer many instructions on how to recognize the nature of these appearances and how by recognizing essence of mind attain liberation in the moment of death or after death. Recieving shitro empowerment purifies defilements and negative karma of body, voice and mind and is considered as a powerful cause of liberation useful especially in the process of dying. In Tibet it was a custom to recieve shitro empowerment as many times as possible. Even though there are several transmission lineages of shitro cycles discovered by various tertns, shitro according to Karma Lingpa is considered one of the most extensive and complex. Complete translation of the whole cycle is available in English language. 2. Empowerment of Padmasambhava called Embodiment of Jewels discovered by master Jatshon
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Nyingpo (dkon mchog spyi dus gyi dbang)

Terma cycle entitled Embodiment of Jewels discovered by great Jatshon Nyingpo (1585-1656) is focusing on peaceful and wrathful aspects of Padmasambhava. Its very famous and wide spread practice of Three roots (Guru root of blessing, deva or yidam root of accomplishment and dakini root of spiritual activity) representing a complete path to liberation. It is based on outer, inner and secret aspects of Guru Padmasambhava. Peaceful Guru is called Guru Pema Obar, wrathful or inner guru is Guru Dragpo and secret guru is Dakini Simhamukha. This profound terma was one of the main pracitces of many great masters such as Great Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899) and other masters of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. 3. Green Tara empowerment according to Heart-essence of Vast Expanse (Longchen Nyingthig) tradition (phag ma sgrol mai gyi dbang)

Tara is one of the main feminine buddha aspects of vajrayana. The practice of Green Tara is one of the best methods to overcome fear, obstacles, developing compassion and generosity, fulfilling ones wishes, while the main goal is to recognize natural state of mind (semnyi) or primordial state. The transmission of Green Tara in this traditition contains 21 specific action mantras, connected with 21 aspects of Tara, all of which are embodiments of qualitites of state of enlightenment. Jigme Lingpa (1729-98) was a great master, who after spending many years in meditation retreat discovered well known Longchen Nyingthig cycle. It is one of the most practised teaching within the Old school. 4. Empowerment of Song of Vajra and 25 spaces from cycle Liberation through wearing (Tagdrol) according to tradition of Four Parts of Heart Essence (Nyingthig Yabzhi) of master Longchenpa (Klong chen snying thig yab zhi btags grol rgyab yig yid bzhin lhun grub gyi dbang)

This transmission belongs to Great Perfection (dzogpa chenpo), the most essential buddhist teachings. Teachings of dzogchen semde (series of natrue of mind) and longde (series of primordial space) was brought to Tibet in 8th. century by the translator Vairocana, while teachings of dzogchen menngagde or upadesha (secret oral instructions) by Guru Padmsambhava and Vimalamitra. Both transmissions of these great masters were hidden as termas. Transmission of Padmasambhava is called Heart essence of dakinis (Khandro Nyinghtihg) and that of Vimalamitra is called Heart essence of Vimala (Vima Nyingthig). They were unified in 14th. century by master Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363) in his famous collection of Four Parts of Heart Essence (Nyingthig Yabzhi, in which there are two more texts, Quintessence of Guru (Lama Yangtig) also called Wishfullfilling jewel and Deep Quintessence (Zabmo yangtig). Tagdrol empowerment contains transmission of Song of Vajra called Non-dual Unificiation of Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri as well as 25 essential purifying and liberating mantras known as 25 spaces of the universe. There are also instructions on how to prepare and amulet, which brings causes of liberation by wearing it (tagdrol). This teaching is related with dzogchen, bardo teachings and six ways of creating cause of liberation (drolwa drugden) 5. Ekajati Empowerment according do Longchenpa

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Dharma protectress Ekajati is one of the main protectors of both Dzogchen and Vajrayana teachings, where she is often called mantra-protectress. Longchenpa is considered to the greatest scholar and the king of yogis of the ancient Nyingma tradition. He is well known for writing Seven treasuries (dzod dun), which elucidate all aspects of Buddhist teachings in general and teachings of great perfection (dzogchen) in particular.

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