21 Taras


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Tara is often referred to as “the mother of all buddhas.” She is depicted here as having twenty-one forms in which she enacts various kinds of enlightened activities to help all living beings. There are various prayers and praises which enumerate them and describe their appearances and their particular ways of helping beings.

Guru Rinpoche


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Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava, came to Tibet in the eighth century and helped to establish Buddhism and extensively spread the Vajrayana teachings. By many, he is considered “the second buddha” and is revered both as an important historical figure and an enduring embodiment of enlightenment. In his biographies, he is described as having appeared in eight different forms which are depicted here in order to tame the minds of various beings.

Namchak Refuge Image


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This image is a depiction of Guru Rinpoche, in his form known as “Dorje Tötreng,” in union with his consort Mandarava. When practicing the Namchak Preliminary Practices (Ngondro), we visualize our teacher in this form and imagine that he or she is the complete embodiment of all buddhas, bodhisattvas, dakas, and dakinis. The guru and consort in union represents appearance and emptiness, method and wisdom, basic space and pure awareness, and the union of masculine and feminine energies.

Seeds of Faith

A Concise Biography of the Great Tertön Pedgyal Lingpa, An Emanation of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe

By Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima (translator)

Pedgyal Lingpa (1924-1988) was a tertön, a modern-day master of the ancient tradition of terma, or revealed teachings, that has its origins in the 8th century CE, during the time of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava in Tibet. In this biography, Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, himself a personal student of Pedgyal Lingpa, has given us a rich portrait of this remarkable figure, much of it based on oral history not previously committed to writing.


The Lotus & The Rose

A Conversation Between Tibetan Buddhism & Mystical Christianity
By Reverend Matthew Fox, Lama Tsomo

What happens when a Tibetan Buddhist lama and a Christian clergyman sit down to talk? And not just any lama and clergyman, but a renegade Catholic priest silenced by the Church for his progressive and inclusive beliefs and an American-born secular Jew who once embraced Tibetan Buddhism as a student, and now is embraced as a teacher.

These conversations between Lama Tsomo and Matthew Fox over the past years explore the essential principles shared by their traditions―and the differences that distinguish them. The Lotus & the Rose includes three public dialogues between Matthew and Lama Tsomo during weekend workshops at Stanford University, The Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, and The Jung Center in Houston. Also included is a more personal conversation with no audience except each other. And, finally, individual interviews with both of them, revealing more about their own lives and worldview. Also available to the reader are video excerpts from the presentations, conversations, and interviews.

Buddhists, Christians, followers of other spiritual traditions―and perhaps no spiritual tradition at all―will be intrigued by the range of ideas, and impressed and enlightened by the knowledge and experience that Matthew and Lama Tsomo bring to their exchanges. In this perilously contentious world, all viewers will be heartened by the admiration, respect, humor, and warmth that flows between these two friends who celebrate their common ground and delight in their differences.

Purchase of the book includes free access to the videos using the information on page 16.

The Lotus & the Rose Videos


Whenever they get together, Lama Tsomo and the Reverend Dr. Matthew Fox bring to the conversation their lively passion for their individual spiritual traditions, and a shared personal history as colleagues and long-time friends.

The Lotus & The Rose presents these traditions, these individuals, this friendship in a unique set of conversations that spans a decade and a range of venues and audiences. This volume includes videos of their full presentations to audiences at Stanford University, The Jung Center in Houston, and the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. Also included is a private, more casual conversation between just Tsomo and Matthew, as well as two new individual interviews.

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