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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:33 am 
Dear Fortunate Ones

It is amazing to me how various are the lifespans of different rinpoches.
For example, Buddha himself lived 80 years.
Padmasambhava, according to Nyingma reckonging, lived for well over 1500 years*.
Then, we have Longchen Rabjam, who lived only 56 years!
And Tsongkha, about the same (62 years).
And Mipham, only 66.
How precious are the moments of our lives. Look how much the rinpoches achieved in brief lifespans!

*Or more precisely speaking, Padmasambhava is not known to have entered nirvana at all. He was last seen departing to the Copper Coloured Mountain, and was never known to have dissolved his body or manifested any entry into nirvana. So we might well say that Padma is truly immortal, especially considering that he was never "born" as such, appearing as an 8 year old boy miraculously in the corolla of a lotus flower. This is amazing that his lifespan is so long compared with Longchenpa, the next most celebrated rinpoche of them all (by Nyingmapas), who by every account lived a mere 56 years.
Astonishing!


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We are so very fortunate for kind teachers!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:03 am 
We certainly are, my friend!

I personally follow these 5 most closely:

1. Padmasambhava
2. Rongzom Choskyi Zangpo the Great
3. Longchen Rabjampa
4. "Ju" Mipham Rinpoche
5. Dudjom Rinpoche

Everyone should revere and study the written instructions of these great enlightened Tul-kus


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:00 pm 
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Buddhanataka wrote:
Dear Fortunate Ones

It is amazing to me how various are the lifespans of different rinpoches.
For example, Buddha himself lived 80 years.
Padmasambhava, according to Nyingma reckonging, lived for well over 1500 years*.
Then, we have Longchen Rabjam, who lived only 56 years!
And Tsongkha, about the same (62 years).
And Mipham, only 66.
How precious are the moments of our lives. Look how much the rinpoches achieved in brief lifespans!

*Or more precisely speaking, Padmasambhava is not known to have entered nirvana at all. He was last seen departing to the Copper Coloured Mountain, and was never known to have dissolved his body or manifested any entry into nirvana. So we might well say that Padma is truly immortal, especially considering that he was never "born" as such, appearing as an 8 year old boy miraculously in the corolla of a lotus flower. This is amazing that his lifespan is so long compared with Longchenpa, the next most celebrated rinpoche of them all (by Nyingmapas), who by every account lived a mere 56 years.
Astonishing!

The Himalayan diet is terrible for ones health. If you ask me this is why so many of these lineage masters died at such young ages.
I for one think the birth story of Guru Rinpoche is parable. I think he was born from a vagina.


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