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Guru Rinpoche Day – July 5, 2025

The Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche is a public holiday observed on the tenth day of the sixth lunar month, which falls on July 5 this year. The Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche is a celebration held in honor of Guru Rinpoche, a respected Tibetan Buddhist master who originated on the Indian subcontinent. He is credited with bringing Buddhism to Bhutan and is regarded as a “second Buddha” in Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as Guru Padmasambhava, he was instrumental in disseminating Buddhism throughout Asia, particularly in Tibet and Bhutan.

History of Guru Rinpoche Day

It is also possible to refer to Guru Rinpoche as Padmasambhava, which translates to ‘Lotus-born.’ It is stated that when Rinpoche was born, he was born inside of a lotus flower on the shore of the lake Dhanakosha in Oddiyana and transformed into an extremely beautiful eight-year-old boy. This story comes from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. There is a great deal of disagreement among academics over the precise location of Oddiyana.

Some believe that it is the Swat District in modern-day Pakistan, while others say that it is in the Indian state of Odisha.

Believers agree that he was born on the tenth day of the sixth lunar moon. However, the specific year of his birth has been lost to history. However, his birth took place during the eighth century, and it is generally acknowledged that it occurred on that day.

Padmasambhava is credited with bringing Buddhism to Bhutan and vanquishing demons who attempted to halt the spread of Buddhism. In the Tibetan language, the name Guru Rinpoche, which translates to ‘precious master,’ was bestowed upon him. It is reported that he rode on a back of a tigress to a cave in Bhutan, where he meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours. There is a legend that the world-famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang, was constructed around this cave.

Guru Rinpoche Day timeline

717 A.D.
Birth of Rinpoche

Rinpoche is born in Oddiyana.

747 A.D.
An Invite from King of Nepal

King Thī-srong-detsan invites Rinpoche to Nepal.

810 A.D.
Rinpoche Enters Bhutan

Rinpoche visits Bhutan for the first time.

Teachings Found

Fundamental texts buried by Padmasambhava related to the teachings of the sect begin to resurface.

Guru Rinpoche Day FAQs

How many times did Guru Riponche visit Bhutan?

According to historical records, Guru Rinpoche has made three trips to Bhutan. Tibetan routes were used during the second and third visits. His teachings and contributions to Bhutan’s Buddhist civilization have considerably impacted the country’s society.

Who predicted Guru Rinpoche's birth?

Buddha Shakyamuni predicted the birth of Guru Rinpoche in the Fire Monkey Year, 12 years after Buddha achieved ‘parinirvana.’

How many manifestations of Guru Rinpoche are there?

There are a total of Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche.

Guru Rinpoche Day Activities

  1. Attend religious observances

    The anniversary of his birth is commemorated with holy religious observances held all around Bhutan in the nation's Buddhist monasteries. Attend one if you can and immerse yourself in a different culture.

  2. Learn more about Buddhism

    If you've always been interested in Buddhism, now is a good time to learn more about it. There is a wealth of information available on the Internet about this religion.

  3. Study about Rinpoche

    You can study the life of Rinpoche. You can share your findings of the great Buddhist master and encourage people to learn.

5 Divine Facts About Guru Rinpoche

  1. He performed supernatural feats

    In Himachal Pradesh, the then-king ordered that he be burned alive on stacks of sandalwood with a significant amount of mustard oil; however, he was untouched by the fire and changed the mustard oil into a lake, with himself seated on a lotus petal floating on the surface of the lake.

  2. He has increased spiritual power

    He was able to increase his spiritual power by performing his mystical rituals at various haunted cemeteries, such as Silwa tsal, Gawo tsal, and Sosaling, and basing his daily existence on the clothing and food remnants of the dead.

  3. Threefold wisdom of yoga tantra

    He studied under several Buddhist Tantric Saints who lived in different holy sites in India, and as a result, he has extensive information regarding the three classes of yoga tantra.

  4. He hid many valuables

    Rinpoche concealed many valuables in major religious shrines for the benefit of future spiritual devotees.

  5. Spiritual resorts

    He constructed spiritual sanctuaries for the Dharma believers who would be seeking shelter in the future when the Dharma would be in decline in Tibet due to the arrival of a degenerate age.

Why We Love Guru Rinpoche Day

  1. He introduced Buddhism to the people

    Not only did Guru Ripoche introduce Buddhism to the people, but he also built the first monastery there. He is very important to the history of Bhutan and its people.

  2. He constructed monasteries

    Bumthang, Bhutan, served as the headquarters of Guru Rinpoche, who oversaw the construction of several monasteries in the Paro Valley. Thus, he was instrumental in spreading Buddhism in Bhutan, which led to him being the country's patron saint.

  3. The day is a celebration of his life

    This day celebrates the anniversary of his birth and life. Guru Rinpoche lived an extraordinary life, and such a life must be celebrated.

Guru Rinpoche Day dates

2022July 9Saturday
2023June 28Wednesday
2024June 16Sunday
2025July 5Saturday
2026June 24Wednesday

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