During a recent Sun of Wisdom feast in Halifax, the gathered sadhakas listened to this recording of Trungpa Rinpoche talking about his guru (excerpted from Talk Five of the Jamgön Kongtrül Seminar).
Tulku Urgyen on Shechen Kongtrül
During the same feast, Larry Mermelstein relayed these accounts, which were collected by Erik and Marcia Schmidt while working on Tulku Urgyen’s memoirs, Blazing Splendor.
The Sun of Wisdom
The Sun of Wisdom is a guru sadhana composed by Trungpa Rinpoche to his root guru, Jamgön Kongtrül of Shechen. This exceptionally beautiful sadhana was the first feast liturgy practiced by Trungpa Rinpoche’s students, starting in the 1970s. However, it has not been practiced on a regular basis within the Shambhala community for many years. With the re-publication of the sadhana last year by the Nālandā Translation Committee, there is renewed enthusiasm to include Sun of Wisdom feasts on the practice calendar. Karma Senge Rinpoche has chosen to incorporate the feast section from this sadhana as an alternative, more elaborate feast offering to be used for The Sadhana of Mahamudra and for the Vidyadhara’s sadhanas of Avalokiteshvara and Tröma Nagmo. Learn more about THE SUN OF WISDOM.
At some point, perhaps during the Vidyadhara’s journey to Inida and Bhutan in 1968, The Sun of Widsom was printed with traditional Tibet woodblock printing techniques. When and where these woodblocks were carved, and the whereabouts of the orginal prints and woodblocks are unknown.