The Monkey Year falls every 12 years within the Tibetan
calendar. The Monkey Month is the 6th month, according to the reckoning in
The tenth day of this month by this calendar is the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche’s
birth as Guru Tsokyé Dorje, born in the lotus in Dhanakhosha Lake.
This auspicious day falls on the 27th of July in the 2004 Western calendar.
A "kalpa" consists of approximately 4.32 billion human years.
The reckoning of time is based on the system in use in India at the time
"The Three Times" means past, present and future.
The term "Secret Mantrayana" is another way of referring to Vajrayana
Dzogpachenpo is the highest teaching within the Secret Mantrayana.
This indicates that Guru Rinpoche spontaneously manifested rather than
being born as the offspring of two parents.
Dhanakhosha Lake exists in the pure land of Oddiyana, located southwest
of what is now India.
When Buddhas give teachings it is referred to as "Turning the Wheel of
"Good karma" means that the causes and conditions including all circumstances
and activities had been assembled by those beings to be able to receive those
teachings. Thus, those beings had good fortune based not simply on fate, but
on their own work towards assembling those causes and conditions themselves.
The Three Buddhas of the Past were Buddhas in this world in eons
before the arrival of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Our world consists of Mt. Meru and the four continents, comprising
one unit. One thousand times this unit to the third power
comprises the Saha
or Universe (e.g., 10003 or 1000x1000x1000 worlds).
Vajrayana teachings are the teachings of the Secret Mantrayana
and include the teachings in the Hinayana (Theraveda) and
Parinirvana means complete liberation from cyclic existence.
Shakyamuni Buddha is the historical Buddha who turned the
Wheel of Dharma in our time.
"Dakini" (Tib. Khandroma) literally means "sky-goer" or "space-voyager."
King Indrabohdi is also known as King Dza of Sahor. It is he who first
requested the teachings of the Secret Mantrayana.
Mamos are mundane female deities.
Pawo and Pamo (Tib.) are male and female heroic spirits,
another word for Daka and Dakini.
Rinpoche actually mentions two thousand years
as astrologers count 6 months as a full year
on the summer and
Also known as Vajrasaña, located in Bodhgaya.
Pandita means "scholar" in Sanskrit.
The four gates are at the north, south, east
Tirthikas are non-Buddhist believers.
A charnel ground is a place where the
dead are cremated. Not all of the
where Guru Rinpoche
They are the abode of the Dakas and
King Songsten Gampo (6l7-698 A.D.),
the first to attempt to establish
Buddhism in Tibet,
oversaw the building
of Jokhang Temple in
"Bon" was the original religion in pre-Buddhist
King Trisong Detsen (742-798 A.D.),
who invited Guru Rinpoche to
Shamatha (Tib. Shine) is calm-abiding
Pemajungne is a name for Guru
Hapori is the mountain by
Samye Monastery, located
miles east of Lhasa.
Jambudvipa is one of the
four continents around