A cord runs invisibly through each bead.
Through every moment of human experience, invisibly,
is the space of wakeful knowing. -Erik Pema Kunsang
Then buddhas and sublime great bodhisattvas chose
To emanate and be born there as lotsawas and scholars,
To raise high the victory-banner with its jewel, the untarnished teachings of Buddha:
So may this teaching of the lotus-born buddha flourish and spread! -Mipham Rinpoche
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The cycle of teachings renowned as theGuru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles (Lamey Tukdrub Barchey Künsel) from the Profound Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa contains a mandala of twelve emanations of Guru Rinpoche. The late Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche described this precious cycle of teachings as follows:
TheBarchey Künsel is the heart essence of the accomplished master Padmasambhava who perceives the three times in their entirety. It is the quintessence of one billion heart sadhanas of the Guru, the most unique terma buried in the land of Tibet; and it is the first among the Four Cycles of Guru Sadhana.
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Thangtong Gyalpo was born in 1361 in the village of Ölba Lhadsé in central Tibet. An emanation of the Indian mahasiddha Kukuripa, Thangtong Gyalpo was known for his eccentric demeanor and miraculous experiences. He was given the name Thangtong Gyalpo, or ”King of the Empty Plain,” by five dakinis in a pure vision.
Thangtong Gyalpo was a great siddha, poet, tertön, as well as an architect. In his spiritual life, he was connected with theNorthern Treasure Text tradition, and the Sixth Karmapa, however he had connections to all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
He constructed numerous shrines and temples throughout India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. As an engineer, he was best known for his suspension bridges, constructed of iron chains. Some of these suspension bridges exist to this day. Due to his construction know-how, Thangtong Gyalpo’s lineage of treasure texts are known as theChagsam, or Iron Bridge lineage, which still survives in the Nyingma School.