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What Makes Yeshe Tsogyal the Perfect Disciple?

‘Nirmanakaya Yeshe Tsogyal’ painted silk applique thangka by Leslie Nguyen Temple, in collaboration with Jnanasukha Foundation.

“The visualization of ourselves as Yeshe Tsogyal is particularly important and profound. She was both Guru Rinpoche’s consort and his chief disciple. He had a deep loving-kindness and a great tenderness toward her, as well as confidence in her ability to understand and implement his teachings. Thus, if we visualize ourselves as Yeshe Tsogyal, with Guru Rinpoche dwelling upon the crown of our head, naturally our devotion will be strongly enhanced and the stream of blessings will flow more swiftly into us.

Who, actually, was Yeshe Tsogyal? She never entertained any wrong views or doubts about Guru Rinpoche even for a single instant and always perceived him as the Buddha in person. Because of her total and unshakable devotion she was a perfect vessel for all of Guru Rinpoche’s precious instructions. Thus she was able to practice flawlessly and to attain perfect realization. Ultimately, there was not the slightest difference between her realization and that of Guru Rinpoche.

Visualizing ourselves as Yeshe Tsogyal creates an auspicious connection through which we can receive, like Yeshe Tsogyal, all the blessings and teachings of Guru Rinpoche, and which will enable us to practice them and to attain enlightenment. She is perceived as being the mother of all the buddhas and, just as in any family where the children have great affection for their mother, we should think that all the buddhas have great love and affection for us.”

~Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, “The Wish Fulfilling Jewel: The Practice of Guru Yoga According to the Longchen Nyingthig Tradition”