While residing at Samyé Monastery, in the presence of his closest disciple, Guru Rinpoche taught a cycle of teaching on behalf of all future practitioners who would encounter a host of outer, inner and secret obstacles. At that time Guru Rinpoche proclaimed:
By praying to the lama, all obstacles will be dispelled, and when they are dispelled, you will receive the accomplishments.
When the disciples requested a method by which future practitioners could pray to Guru Rinpoche, he consented.This cycle of teachings, known as theTukdrub Barché Künsel, is a renowned practice terma revealed by two of the greatest tertöns of the 19th century, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa.TheBarché Lamsel prayer is extracted from theTukdrub Barché Künsel, Heart Practice which Dispels All Obstacles. After its discovery, Chokgyur Lingpa passed these teaching onto his grandson, Samten Gyatso, who passed them onto Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Guru Rinpoche’s posture in this statue, in which is right hand aims the vajra at his heart, is particular to theTukdrub Barché Künsel cycle.
During the early 1980’s Siddhi Raj, a close student of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and a renowned statue maker, received numerous requests to produce a replica of the Guru Rinpoche statue in the main shrine hall of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudhanath, Nepal. Under the guidance of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Siddhi Raj refined the design of these statues over several years. In praise of Chokgyur Lingpa, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche wrote:
Those sublime beings of generation and completion,
Like moving dancers, come to mind again and again.
Then, due to karma and connected aspirations,
Chokgyur Lingpa arrived in these times as Guru Rinpoche’s regent.
In this sacred land of symbols, meanings, and signs,
Fortunate men and women of times to come
Will take to places of one-pointed practice,
Entering into the path of ripening and liberation.