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Northern Treasures

A Brief History of This Lineage

The Northern Treasures originate from Guru Padmasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche as he was called in Tibet, the Indian Lotus-Born Guru who established the vajrayana teachings in Tibet at the invitation of the Tibetan King, Trisong Deutsen, in the 9th Century CE.

On his arrival in Tibet, Guru Padmasambhava first empowered and taught his twenty five principle disciples the eight heruka sadhanas based on the eighteen mahayoga  tantras he had received from his Indian gurus.  This formed the basis for all sadhana practice within the Nyingma.

Having spread the Buddhist teaching in Tibet, Guru Padmasambhava concealed many spiritual treasures for individuals in the future.

When the time was right, these spiritual treasures awoke within the minds of the reincarnations of Padmasambhava’s accomplished students to directly benefit later generations of students.

One of these was Rigdzin Godem (1337-1408 CE), the Vulture Feather Master, the reincarnation of Nanam Dorje Dudjom,  one of  Guru Padmasambhava’s nine closest students.

Rigdzin Godem and The Northern Treasures Tradition

Rigdzin Godem withdrew the Northern Treasures from concealment in 1366 CE.

This collection contains the extensive practice of the Eight Heruka Sadhanas, the Rigdzin Dungdrub, the sadhana of the Lineage of Vidyadharas, the instructions on Guru Dragpotsal, the Wrathful Guru, the instructions on Drowa Kundrol, Avaloketisvara, Tamdrin Dregpa Kundul, the practice of Hayagriva, the unique Northern Treasures Kilaya, a particularly powerful form of Vajrakilaya, and the dzogchen Kadak Rangjung Rangshar, Self-Existing and Self-Manifest Primordial Purity. (More detail)

At the core of the Northern Treasures is the profound Gongpa Zangthal; Showing Directly The Realization of Samantabhadra, the primordial buddha.  This is the dzogchen, the ultimate and highest teaching of the Nyingma tradition, passed from one qualified Northern Treasures master to another.  Renowned for its profundity and clarity, it has been the source of realization for many practitioners over the centuries.

Other renowned practices, familiar to many,  such as the ‘The Prayer in Seven Chapters’ and the ‘Aspiration of Samantabhadra’, come from the Northern Treasures tradition.