Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche strongly recommends this text for those who wish to deepen their understanding of sur practice. In the text, Patrul Rinpoche describes in precise and graphic detail all the different types of guest that we invite to a sur offering. These descriptions are far more extensive than usually found in sur liturgies, helping us to generate devotion to those we invite out of faith, and compassion to the beggars, outcasts, fallen monastics and malevolent spirits who are the main objects of our offering. Patrul Rinpoche includes a special section for the spirits that held sway in his home region in Tibet—as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche wrote, “Kham was haunted in the past by many ghosts and evil spirits, and this was one of the reasons why Patrul Rinpoche used to explain the Bodhicharyavatara continually to his disciples. Before long, there were no more ghosts—or at least, no one came to any more harm. Such is the hidden power of Bodhichitta!”[1]Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Enlightened Courage. Snow Lion, page 29. Patrul Rinpoche’s compassion is evident throughout the text, particularly in his description of beggars who are devoted two sections. For each type of guest, we are instructed in how we should make offerings and what we should request of them. The text is an invaluable guide for Vajrayana practitioners.

Dzogchen Beara, 1st September 2010

Recently, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche have asked as many practitioners as possible to offer sur practice to repay the karmic debts that are an important cause of the alarming spread of covid in India, and in other parts of the world. In 2010, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche explained very simply how to do a sur offering, which is not a complicated practice. He based his teaching on the Chokling text of sur offering, which you can find here. He gave this teaching when he was visiting Dzogchen Beara to help with the building of the new protector shrine. During his visit, he advised to offer sur for all the people who died in the past in the region during the great famine. We have also included the video of Rinpoche demonstrating the mudras that he mentions.

Brussels, 6 November 2015

During one of Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche’s visits to Antwerp, some of his Brussels-based friends asked Brussels Rigpa if they could use the centre for a day-long tsok practice. Naturally, the Brussels Sangha were delighted and immediately agreed. And, naturally, they were also determined to make the most of Rinpoche’s visit. So they asked him to teach them about The Essence of the Vajrayana.

Lerab Ling, 4 November 2012

During a Pema Khandro drupchen at Lerab Ling, having tirelessly illuminated more than fifteen annual drupchens with practice advice, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche decided it was time to point out where western Vajrayana practitioners fall short.

New Delhi, 11 January 2015

I was asked to comment on Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche’s Short Practice of Sengé Dongma. It is a practice for averting obstacles associated with Sengé Dongma. I don’t have anything special to say about this particular practice.

One sunny, summer morning in Lerab Ling, Rinpoche – who was, as always, intent on remaining absolutely faithful to the practice methods of the great masters of the past – read the prescribed section of the Drupchen Digest that’s traditionally recited during a drupchen. A Drupchen Digest is a compilation of quotations that have been gathered and categorized according to where they should be read during the ritual practice; and its purpose is to inspire participants at different stages of the practice.

Lerab Ling, 20 August 1997

One hot summer’s evening during a Vajrakilaya drupchen at Lerab Ling, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche spoke about both Vajrakilaya and how to apply the basic principles of kyerim to Vajrakilaya practice. Sogyal Rinpoche was present and Chokyi Nyima (Richard Baron) provided an excellent on-the-spot live translation. This was the teaching that went on to become an integral part of how kyerim is now taught to all Rigpa's Vajrayana students.

Paris, 30 May 2009

Rinpoche who was in Paris on his way to India, was requested to go the Rigpa centre there to teach on the Tendrel Nyesel. Even though Rinpoche is not particularly familiar with this particular terma, he gave an extremely accessible teaching, essential for anyone who wishes to do this practice, even if for those who at the beginning of their exploration of the Vajrayana teachings.

Rigpa Centre, Berlin, 23 May 2009

In May 2009, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche returned to Berlin. During his visit, Rinpoche was touched by the sheer number of people who died there in 1945, and felt it is important to practise for all the spirits of the departed that must still be there. Apart from elaborate sur practices, Rinpoche offered to come back with lamas and monks to do the most elaborate kind of Vajrayana practice in Berlin, a drupchen, which was made possible by the generous support of Sogyal Rinpoche and the Rigpa sangha in the unique Berlin Rigpa Centre. One morning, before doing Gesar practices, Rinpoche said these few words.

Lerab Ling, 21 July 2015

An hour after his customary daily “pep talk” during a Chime Phakmé Nyingtik drupchen, Rinpoche seized the opportunity to point out to all the practitioners gathered in Lerab Ling’s majestic temple – Palri Pema Ösel Dargyé Ling – just how important it is for Vajrayana practitioners to perform the mudra that accompanies the Inexpressible Ultimate Confession (Yeshe Kuchok).

Lerab Ling, 7 November 2013

One evening during a Padma Khandro drupchen in Lerab Ling, Rinpoche gave this rare and exceptional explanation of the Wangdu prayer, which, he told us, he had received from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche more than fifty years before, but had never shared. Although he wasn’t feeling well, he said, “… I offered this explanation the moment I thought of giving it, because who knows how I’ll feel tomorrow? By then, I might not fancy the idea of sharing these very special instructions with anyone”

Lerab Ling, 6 November 2012

First thing in the morning on the day we were to celebrate Buddha’s descent from Tushita heaven where he had been teaching his mother – Lha bab duchen in the Tibetan tradition – Rinpoche decided it was time he played his part in promoting women’s rights. The fact that it was election day in the US might also have had something to do with it. The sadhana called the Three Roots needs to be practised every day in this drupchen, because Padma Khandro from the Seven Cycles is only a branch practice of this sadhana, in other words Padma Khandro is only one deity of this Three Root mandala, and this mantra is part of the Three Root sadhana. So, for whatever reason, during the 6am session of the Seven Profound Cycles of Padma Khandro, Rinpoche offered this very short teaching about the Vajrayogini mantra.

Lerab Ling, 29 July 2015

In this teaching, given at the beginning of the third Padma Khandro intensive group practice in Lerab Ling, Rinpoche explains where magnetizing activity fit within the Buddhist path, and shows its basic principles, and how to practise it. He stresses the importance of the view of interdependence and the motivation of bodhichitta for the practice to be effective. Once he was asked, “Rinpoche, should I do Kurukulla to get a job?” Rinpoche replied with his usual down-to-earth directness, “No, you need to do Kurukulla to get enlightened! To get a job, you need to go out there and apply.”

Lerab Ling, 17 August 1997

Still on the hill that dominates Lerab Ling offering sang, Rinpoche continues his teaching. After presenting the main principles of sang, he now gives a concise and clear explanation of “wind horse”, or lungta in Tibetan.

Lerab Ling Hilltop, 30 July 2003

On a sunny summer morning in South France, faithful to a Lerab Ling tradition to offer an elaborate sang when the weather is clear, on top of the hill that overlooks the Pyrenees 300km south, Sogyal Rinpoche and the Rigpa sangha were joined by Chokling Rinpoche, Orgyen Tobgyal and their monks. They offered sang following the Chokling ‘sang ngen’ practice and the Riwo Sangchö. When it came to the latter, Sogyal Rinpoche asked Orgyen Tobgyal to say a few words about what to do when shouting “ki ki so so lha gyalo”, as is traditionally done on such occasion.

Lerab Ling, 11 November 2013

As is now his habit, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche usually says a few words each day during a drupchen in Lerab Ling, to inspire those participating in the group practice and to clarify essential aspects of the path. Sometimes during the breaks, something happens that encourages Rinpoche to offer simple explanations about practice that might help the whole group. On one such occasion, towards the end of a Kurukulle drupchen, Rinpoche spoke about who Gesar is, and specifically, how to relate to him as we do our Gesar practices.

California, July 2002

During a visit to California in July 2002, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche gave a short teaching on the sadhana of the Dakini Guhyajnana from the Treasure Vase of Profound Instructions. This sadhana, which is a terma revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa, is called Fulfillment of All Wishes. The teaching was translated orally by Erik Pema Kunsang who also translated the sadhana inserted here, and transcribed and edited by Steve Gamble, with help and advices from Michael Tweed.

Lerab Ling, 29 July 2015

During a Chime Phakme Nyingtik drupchen, Lerab Ling’s chant master, head chopon and few other enthusiastic practitioners took advantage of a pee-break to try to extract information from Rinpoche about the Longchen Nyingtik ritual tradition. Unusually, they made their request quite boldly, which may have been why, much to everyone’s surprise, the moment the break was over, Rinpoche launched into a detailed exposition of the history behind the tradition of practising the Longchen Nyingtik. And this is what he said.

Shravasti, 20 March 2015

For the last practice on a pilgrimage that had taken us to Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, and finally Shravasti, we gathered on a lawn behind the ruins of the house where Buddha Shakyamuni had spent many rainy seasons. We wanted to offer a Yumkha Dechen Gyalmo tsok, but first had to hire some locals to make sure the monkeys didn’t make a mess of the offerings we’d arranged so beautifully! When we came to the accumulation of the dakini tsok prayer called Turning Back the Summon of the Dakinis, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche gave us some advice about how best to direct our minds as we recited the prayer. And once again, he stressed that ordinary people like us who have no realization, must rely on the power of deity, mantra, mudra and samadhi.

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17 October 2021: Rangjung Pema Nyingtik: A mind terma revelation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, new Vajrayana teaching

19 September: Why We Do Drupchens, new public talk

29 July: Rain Of Amrita - An Offering Of Sur, by Patrul Rinpoche

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