Following in Your Footsteps: The Lotus-Born Guru in India presents the incredible feats of Guru Padmasambhava in the Indian subcontinent. This tantric embodiment of awakening spent hundreds of years training with the greatest masters of India, practicing in charnel grounds, protecting the Dharma, and spreading these marvelous teachings far and wide.
The Lotus-Born Guru in India explores the sacred sites where Guru Padmasambhava's activities unfolded. Closely following Orgyen Lingpa's Pema Kathang: The Chronicles of Padma--one of the single most important treasure biographies of Guru Padmasambhava--these narratives are interwoven with rare accounts and visions from realized Tibetan masters such as Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro.
The Lotus-Born Guru in India offers a translation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo's summary prayer of the Pema Kathang, along with teachings by the contemporary Tibetan masters Neten Chokling Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche. You will also find a collection of essential supplications and prayers--in both English and Tibetan--and beautifully rendered paintings to guide and inspire your journey into this miraculous world.
The Lotus-Born Guru in India is the second of a three-part series tracing the arc of Guru Padmasambhava's journey across the ages and landscapes of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Lhasey Lotsawa has collected some of the most treasured stories from these sacred places, and presents it here as an authentic source of wisdom and inspiration. These books are essential companions for anyone who wishes to truly follow in the footsteps of the Lotus-Born Guru.
Following in Your Footsteps: The Lotus-Born Guru in India, Padmasambhava, Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche, Lhasey Lotsawa, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, Paperback, 2021, 380 Pages, $34.95
GURU PADMASAMBHAVA was miraculously born within a blossoming lotus flower on the shore of Lake Dhanakosha in the northwest of Uddiyana. Known as Padmasambhava, the Lotus-Born, he grew to adulthood in the kingdom of Uddiyana and travelled extensively thereafter through ancient India, in search of realized masters of sutra and tantra with whom to study the Dharma. The Lotus-Born Guru then travelled to Nepal, where he engaged in rigorous practices and extraordinary displays of compassion. Finally, he reached Tibet at the invitation of the renowned Dharma King Trisong Detsen, taking teachings with him that would inspire and transform, and that continue to do so to this day.
Neten Chokling Rinpoche was born in 1973 to a humble family in Wandipodzong, central Bhutan. Rinpoche was recognised and enthroned at the age of seven as the Fourth Neten Chokling Rinpoche by both His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, from whom he received many teachings and transmissions. Renowned as an accomplished practitioner, Rinpoche is the spiritual head of the Pema Ewam Chögar Gyurme Ling Monastery in Bir, India. Rinpoche acted in Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's films The Cup (1999) and Travellers and Magicians (2003), and in 2006, he directed his first film, The Life of Milarepa - Part I. Since then, Neten Chokling has also directed Brilliant Moon, a documentary on the life of his teacher, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and he is currently in the midst of a production of a documentary on Padmasambhava. Rinpoche spends most of his time in retreat, oversees many Vajrayana practices, gives teachings and works as a film director.
Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche was born in 1981 to Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and his wife Dechen Paldron. Recognised at a young age, Rinpoche received an abundance of transmissions, empowerments, and instructions from great masters such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and Trulshik Rinpoche. Rinpoche is abbot of several monasteries in Nepal, and he lends assistance to various monasteries and practice centres in Tibet, presides as head of numerous dharma centres in North America and Asia, and teaches widely at centres around the world. As a yogi-practitioner with a family who also carries responsibility for monastic institutions, Rinpoche is deeply acquainted with both these walks of life and paths of practice.
LHASEY LOTSAWA is a growing team of young translators, editors, and writers working under the guidance of Kyapje Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche.