Heart Teachings
by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

The Friends of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche have put together this site for Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's video series. The video series is the main vehicle Rinpoche used to disseminate his vast knowledge of Buddhist teachings.

Anyone interested can purchase any of the past Series as an individual set, or subscribe to the Series in progress on an ongoing basis. There are also a few teachings offered as individual DVDs or DVD sets.


Rinchen Barwa
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche's Tormas

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Series 8: Dream Yoga - On Special for $66 (50% off)

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Current Release:

Series 25: Vajrasattva, Dorsem Lama Chӧpa, “A Chariot of Great Merit”
In general Vajrasattva is considered the lord of all the Buddha Families with the specific activity of purification. To think of Vajrasattva even for a moment is said to remove the defilements that are the cause of rebirth in samsara.
This Vajrasattva practice was originally called Minling Dorsem because it is the first Mindroling treasure revealer Terdak Lingpa’s treasure. HH Dudjom Rinpoche compiled this Dorsem Lama Chopa, a special offering guru yoga, based on this treasure. The 64-volume Rinchen Terdzö compiled by Jamgön Kongtrul and Jamyang Khyentse, begins with this Vajrasattva practice and it is considered the most important. Entitled “A Chariot of Great Merit,” the practice includes a self-empowerment (dak juk), which purifies all broken samaya. The ritual aspect of this sadhana is elaborate – a rich cycle of deity visualization, mantra, mudra, music and samadhi with the power to awaken our clarity of awareness, our original Buddha nature.

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche teaches on the Daily Practice of Vajrasattva and the sadhana of Dorsem Lama Chӧpa. Special instruction will also include the Dak-juk (self-empowerment), Shakpa (confession) and Kangwa (fulfillment).
There will be future teachings on aspects of this practice, such as mudra, tormas, shrine set-up, and how to structure a retreat.

From Lama Tharchin Rinpoche:
“This year we are focusing on Vajrasattva (Dorsem Lama Chӧpa) practice. This is the most special practice right now. This year all of us are truly sad as we have lost our Lord of Refuge’s physical form. Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinoche’s physical body is no longer present and all of us are truly empty-hearted. But at the same time dharma is the only way to not separate from Rinpoche’s wisdom mind and the only way to refill our empty hearts with wisdom.

Through his vajra speech Rinpoche cared enough to tell us how to fill our hearts with his vajra essence. His final vajra words were for us to do Dorsem Lama Chӧpa practice. We need to take this seriously. Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche was truly Vajrasattva in human form. Therefore, doing this practice is how we can connect with him and keep Rinpoche’s wisdom mind within our hearts.

Buddha’s dharmakaya wisdom mind is expressed unobstructedly in inconceivable, countless wisdom mandalas. All of these mandalas can be synthesized in the Hundred Buddha Family mandalas, which can then be synthesized in the Five Buddha Family mandalas. The great secret mantra Vajrayana path of extraordinary inseparable skillful means and wisdom combines all mandalas into this one essential mandala of Vajrasattva.
I do have the good fortune to follow Rinpoche’s instructions and am so happy that we can all get a taste of Rinpoche’s wisdom mind together. That is why I am excited to do this practice with all of you.”

Text available through Dharma Treasures Bookstore:


Wisdom and Skillful Means
A teaching given by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche at Naropa, September 2005
(July, 2012, currently shipping to subscribers exclusively, availble to the public in 2013)

This talk was given by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche to a large and diverse group at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, on September 9, 2005. Rinpoche teaches about wisdom and skillful means on the path to enlightenment, especially about the wisdom aspect and Dzogchen Great Perfection as being non-cultural, non-traditional, non-religious, and therefore applicable to any belief system or spiritual practice. Rinpoche’s use of humorous stories and simple, direct instructions to point out the Buddha nature in each of us make understanding available to the beginner yet also fresh to the advanced student."


Series 24: Shower of Blessings
A Guru Yoga based on the Seven Line Prayer
by Jamgӧn Mipham Rinpoché


From Lama Tharchin Rinpoché:
“This sadhana and tsok, based on the Seven Line Prayer, comes from the great Jamgӧn Mipham Rinpoché (1846-1912), one of the most influential Tibetan scholars and mahasiddhas. Tibet has had three emanations of Manjushri and one is Mipham Rinpoché. He has been most kind for the Nyingma doctrine in particular. In ancient times, the Dharma in Tibet had “Khen-Lob-Chӧ-Sum” (Khenpo Shantarakshita, Loppӧn Pema Jungnay, and Chӧgyal Trisong Deutsen); then after Guru Rinpoché, “Zo-Sur-Nub-Sum (Zo Yeshé Jungnay, Sur Shakya Gyaltsen, and Nub Sangyé Yeshé); and later Rang-Long-Ju-Sum (Rangdzompa, Longchenpa, and Ju Mipham). In this way, the Dharma continues in an unbroken stream since it was established, maintained, and spread throughout Tibet and the world.

“This practice of Shower of Blessings is central to all Nyingmapa and particularly to our own lord protector Dungsé Thinley Norbu Rinpoché, who leads us in this practice all the time. It is so profound and rich, yet so simple and easy to do. Generally for the Nyingmapa, the essence of practice is the Seven Line Prayer, a treasure found by so many treasure revealers. This Shower of Blessings is related with that practice, a guru yoga based on Guru Rinpoche. Guru yoga is the highest and fastest method for attaining realization.

“Our sangha does this Shower of Blessings tsok on Guru Rinpoché Day, in particular, and because everyone’s doing the practice, I thought it would be good to make some commentary so we can more deeply understand its profound meaning and enrich our practice, absorbing its blessings. Please join us for a dharma party retreat at Pema Ӧsel Ling this Thanksgiving weekend.”

Text available from Bero Jeydren Publications through Dharma Treasures Bookstore:

Available through FOLTR monthly Subscription Series. For more information, please see the subscription information page

6 discs, $198

Series 23: Prayer of the Three Kayas


A Dharma treasure of the Jang-ter (northern treasures) “Seven Chapters” revealed by the tertӧn Rigdzin Gӧ Dempa, these direct vajra words from Guru Rinpoché are most important for us followers of his tradition.

The 6,400,000 Dzogchen Great Perfection tantras are synthesized in the three sections of Sem-dé (Mind Section), Long-dé (Space Section), and Men-ngak-dé (Upadesha; Pointing-out Instruction Section). Guru Rinpoché condensed all of these into the Dzogchen Men-ngak-dé and this prayer contains its essence and precise meaning. It is so vital for us Dharma practitioners because our goal in practice is to recognize the stainless view of Dzogchen. Although there are so many different methods to recognize the view, the highest, most profound, and fastest method is through guru yoga, transferring the guru’s wisdom mind directly to the student’s mind. This prayer is based on that transference of Guru Rinpoché’s wisdom mind to our own mind. It is so central for Nyingmapa practitioners that we all begin our first session with this prayer. Each line, and each word, is rich with profound meaning and blessings.

Because of the tremendous benefit of this single prayer for recognizing and maintaining the view, and since it carries with it so many blessings from Guru Rinpoché, I always recommend that my spiritual friends recite this prayer. Through daily recitation, we are reminded how to hold the profound view in meditation and how to carry it into our daily lives. We recognize the nature of all phenomena – form, sound and thought – as inseparable from the three kayas, and thus awaken to the true nature of reality. Therefore, I am offering these teachings as my legacy for you.
- Lama Tharchin Rinpoché

4 discs, $132

Prayer of the Three Kayas

Lion's Roar: Spring Retreat 2011:

Teachings by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche: The Lion’s Roar by Jigme Lingpa

~11 hours of mp3 audio

April 14-17, 2011 at Pema Osel Ling

Within the uncontrived nature of mind, all phenomena of samsara and nirvana has been perfected and is complete – this is the Dzogchen state, the essence of Buddha’s teachings.  The primordial nature of our mind that has been pointed out to us is known as Dzogchen Great Perfection. Dzogchen meditation is applying this technique on the path to enlightenment.  

This Spring Retreat, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche will teach on the Lion’s Roar, a Dzogchen text by Jigme Lingpa* intended to strengthen one’s meditation practice by clearly pointing out the places where we can go astray.

“In the West many lamas give Great Perfection teachings, and students love these teachings. Each lama has a different way of transmitting these teachings and if the student cannot discriminate it is easy to get confused in meditation, which means never getting results in practice. For this reason I decided to teach The Lion’s Roar – a teaching that will fix all problems.”                Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

Audio Download (Link will be emailed to you within 2 business days, size is a bit over 500MB)

DVD containg MP3s. This data dvd contains all the mp3 audio files for this retreat. (Note; there is no video on this DVD)


Series 22: Dorjé Phurba Putri Rekphung


Rinpoche gave detailed teachings on the practice of Vajrakilaya, specifically from the new treasures of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoché's Dorjé Phurba Putri Rekphung. This is a root yidam practice for our sangha and one we do regularly at Pema Ösel Ling. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche said: "Vajrakilaya practice is extremely powerful in removing outer, inner, and secret obstacles on the Dharma path. Vajrakilaya is one of the main yidam practices in the Nyingma lineage and is the root of spiritual accomplishments (siddhis), swiftly bringing both ordinary and extraordinary accomplishments."


15 discs, $495


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