Zangdok Palri

In accordance with Chokling Rinpoche’s own prophetical dream and the heart advice of his root guru, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Chokling Rinpoche is now building an outer representation of Zangdok Palri in Vajravarahi, outside Kathmandu, Nepal. As Zangdok Palri is the focal point of g-24Guru Rinpoche’s realisation, it would be of great benefit for the peace and happiness of the world, for the long lives and activities of all the great Tibetan Buddhist masters and the flourishing of the precious teachings of the Buddha. It is a supreme place of liberation through seeing, and accumulation of merit through offerings. In the future,we plan that it will be a tantric school dedicated to upholding the sacred teachings of the Secret Mantrayana.

“For the benefit of preserving and propagating the precious Buddhadharma, liberating each and every sentient being in this age of degenerations, and ensuring the good health, long lives and bountiful activities of all the venerated Masters, I hope that all of you will strive to create a powerful link with this undertaking.”
– 4th Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche

g-26Zangdok Palri, the Glorious Copper Coloured Mountain, is the pure land of Guru Rinpoche, the second Buddha and the great tantric master who brought Buddhism to Tibet. The outer Zangdok Palri is a majestic place of wisdom, power and blessings, where one can be reborn with favourable qualities to progress swiftly on the path to enlightenment. The palace in Zangdok Palri, is based on an eight-sided jewel and a thousand-petaled lotus, with four gates, four arches and eight pillars. In the four directions are walls made of precious substances – crystal in the east, lapis lazuli in the south, ruby in the west and sapphire in the north. It has three levels. The Dharmakaya (top) level is Buddha Amitayus, the Sambhogayaka (middle) level is four-armed Avalokiteshvara, and the Nirmanakaya (bottom) level is Guru Rinpoche.

I am never far from those with faith,
Or even from those without it,
Though they do not see me.
My children will always, always,
Be protected by my compassion.
– Guru Rinpoche’s parting words to Yeshe Tsogyal

g-yeshe-tsogyal-fresco-2008-12-06-(1)Before leaving Tibet, Guru Rinpoche hid many teachings that were to be revealed to benefit sentient beings in the future by 108 great tertöns (or treasure revealers). Chokgyur Lingpa was the last of Guru Rinpoche’s prophesized Great Treasure Revealers, embodying all the blessings and enlightened activities of the preceding 107 Great Treasure Revealers. During his lifetime, Chokgur Lingpa visited the Copper-Colored Mountain, Guru Rinpoche’s pure realm, three times, where he received teachings, transmissions and blessings directly from Amitayus, Avalokiteshvara, Guru Rinpoche and Yeshe Tsogyal. In one of his visits, the dakinis said to him,

“Son of noble family, without forgetting a single detail, keep these displays of the pure realm in your heart. In the future, whoever sees, hears, thinks of this, or makes supplication, will take birth in the pure realm of Lotus Light on the Glorious Mountain [Zangdok Palri] to the southwest, or be benefited in other ways. It will definitely benefit whoever connects with it.”
– The Life of Chokgyur Lingpa


2016 Progress Report of Zangdok Palri – The Glorious Copper-Coloured Mountain Project