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Commentary on the Long Guru Rinpoche Tsok Sadhana, by Lama Tashi Topgyal, Booklet


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Commentary on The Long Guru Rinpoche Tsok Sadhana, The Continuing Combined Practice of Vidyadhara Guru.

By Lama Tashi Topgyal, Translated by Yeshe Gyamtso

An explanation of what is now referred to as the long form of the Guru Rinpoche Tsok Sadhana from the terma of Barway Dorje, this teaching was given by Lama Tashi Topgyal at Kunzang Palchen Ling in 2006. This long form of the Guru Rinpoche practice is performed as a group practic at KPL every month on the 10th day of the Tibetan calendar. A recording of this practice is available on a double CD, Long Guru Rinpoche Tsok Sadhana.

Information contained in this commentary is helpful for vajrayana practitioners, including practitioners of the short Guru Rinpoche sadhana, as Lama Tatop offers an excellent explanation of tsok practice in general as well as specifically to the long Guru Rinpoche practice.

Spiral bound, Paperback, 8 x 11, Kunzang Palchen Ling (2012), 135 pp




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    Rating by Byron on November 28, 2012 :

    The KPL Bookstore now offers two books on Guru Rinpoche practices that have similar titles and appearances. One is called Commentary on the Long Guru Rinpoche Tsok Sadhana and the other is Commentary on the Daily Guru Rinpoche Sadhana with Tsok. The subtitle of both books is The Continuing Combined Practice of the Vidyadhara Guru, which is a practice from the terma of Terchen Barway Dorje, the First Bardor Rinpoche. These similarities might lead one to think that the contents of the books are also similar. In fact, they are quite different; there is very little overlap. As the editor of both commentaries, I thought it might be useful to give brief descriptions to help you decide if one or both would be useful to you. For simplicity, I will refer to them as the long practice and the daily practice.

    The commentary on the long practice was taken from teachings given by Lama Tashi Topgyal. This practice is the one done at KPL on the tenth day of every lunar month and on special occasions such as the annual anniversary celebration. If you are fortunate enough to be able to attend these practices on a regular basis, then you should certainly study this commentary. But, what about other people? I believe the book would be useful for almost any vajrayana practitioner because it gives a great deal of information about vajrayana in general. Experienced students will know that most vajrayana practices are similar in structure, and to learn one well is to learn a great deal about others also. Although the details of the visualizations are specific to this particular practice, there are many commonalities with other practices. This would include the type of visualizations used when making offerings and praises and the importance of sacred outlook to any vajrayana practice. This commentary also provides a good discussion of tsok, or feast, practice and of the attitude that is essential for one to maintain during a feast. For example, I have heard people ask if it were necessary to eat some of the food offered during a feast practice. Such a question indicates that the people have no understanding of what a feast practice is about. This commentary would help them learn, even if they do not do this particular practice.

    The commentary on the daily practice is taken almost entirely from teachings given by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche—with a small portion from a teaching by Lama Tashi Topgyal. The main part of the daily practice was abbreviated by Terchen Barway Dorje from the long practice that is the subject of the other book. However, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche (the Third Barway Dorje) composed three additional prayers and a short tsok liturgy that can be used with the daily practice. The commentary explains these additional prayers as well as the main part of the abbreviated daily practice. Two of the new prayers are praises to Guru Rinpoche and the third is a praise to the twenty-seven primary disciples of Guru Rinpoche. As the name implies, all or parts of this liturgy can be used as a daily practice. In addition, some affiliate centers and study groups of KPL do this entire practice on the tenth day of the lunar month. Anyone doing this practice in either of these circumstances should surely study this book. In addition to describing the visualizations and rituals used during the practice, it also provides a great deal of historical background. The commentary includes a short account of the life of Guru Rinpoche, brief descriptions of each of the twenty-seven disciples (plus a few other people), and a discussion of the lineage of Terchen Barway Dorje.

    Because of the importance of Guru Rinpoche practices in the curriculum at KPL, my feeling is that students of Bardor Tulku Rinpoche would do well to study both of these books. However, if you can afford only one, I hope these comments will help you decide which one would be more useful to you.

    Byron Coulter

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