Zangdok Palri the glorious copper-coloured mountain
A place perceived by superior beings as the pure land of Guru Rinpoche
The perception of a pure land is the perception of primordial wisdom, which is happiness and perfect bliss.
A pure land has no conflicts or bias, no violence or prejudice. It is an amazing place, full to the brim of loving kindness, where all beings love each other. But of course, it is not a place, because it can only be perceived within mind. Our perceptions arise out of habit-forming imprints. So, we study and practise the Dharma, and gather the two accumulations, in order to have such peaceful perceptions.
My wish is that we build the Zangdok Palri Institute as the image of the Zangdok Palri Pure Land, and that whoever has a connection with it through making a donation, seeing it, touching it, or even hearing about it, may perceive the peace of a pure land, and particularly, the pure land of Guru Rinpoche.
We are building the institute because of some very particular auspicious coincidences connected to it.
The actual site of the institute is very special. Back in the 18th century when some workmen stopped for a break on their way up to the retreat centre with a statue of Guru Rinpoche, they put it down on the ground, and instantly there was a rain of saffron rice. They felt sure that this was a blessing from Jigme Lingpa, who was near Lhasa at the time, or from Guru Rinpoche himself.
There were two occasions when the statue talked. The first time was shortly after it had been placed in the retreat temple. One day, when the temple attendant was busy with his duties, the statue called out to him, ‘Hey, you there! Listen! There will be an earthquake today. Tell everyone to stay outside.’ And later on that day, the whole of Dzogchen was flattened, but not a single person was hurt or injured.
The first Patrul Rinpoche was also the speech emanation of Jigme Lingpa.