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Guru Rinpoche Amulet

This amulet is for protection and blessings. They were made in Thailand by the famous So Thong Temple, where there was a large statue of Buddha Shakyamuni that they decided to dismantle. The statue's gold exterior and the contents of the interior were broken up, cleaned, and mixed with clay to create these unique amulets. Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana monks each consecrated and blessed these images.

Altogether, one million amulets were made. Khenpo Sonam Rinpoche requested one thousand of these be brought to Toronto. About 2 inches in diameter, they come in a variety of colours, such as red, speckled, and multi-coloured, and are packaged in a plastic case. We regret the green is sold out.

They are available in the Riwoche Temple store for $10 each, or can be prepaid at PayPal and picked up at the store, or mailed for an additional $10.00 postage and handling in Canada for one amulet plus $4.00 for each additional amulet (we regret these are actual costs). Please write for postage amounts to the U.S. and overseas.

Amulet Colours

For online purchases you can note your colour preferences in the comments box in PayPal checkout, or send a follow-up email. A viewing of the available colours can be seen here.

    $10 – Amulet, for pick-up.
$10 + $10 S&H – Amulet, for mailing.


Blessing Vase

Vases for the Blessing Vase Ceremony conducted by His Holiness Phakchok Rinpoche and His Eminence Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche during their 2008 visit are available for purchase. These can be picked up at the Temple store with your PayPal receipt, or can be sent to you by mail.

The vases are pale yellow ceramic with a fabric-covered lid, 4-1/2 inches tall, containing scripture and other articles of blessing sealed under the direction of HH Phakchok Rinpoche and Venerable Khenpo Sonam Rinpoche.

In Tibetan, the vase is referred to as Rigzin Tsokdrup. Rigzin means supreme realization, tsok means life, and drup means practice.

This vase symbolizes long life and prosperity. Long life refers to ordinary life, though as considered in the interest of supreme realization. Prosperity means wealth, as symbolized in the wish-fulfilling gem — the accomplishment of your aspirations. A wish-fulfilling gem is not at all easy to acquire, of course, so Guru Rinpoche created this vase to represent the wish-fulfilling gem and to act in the same way.

Guru Rinpoche provided detailed instructions for the content and substances used for the vase, and how to practice. These instructions were hidden as a treasure that was later revealed by Lhatsun Namkha Jigme. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, the early 19th century master, wrote a commentary on the treasure.

The vase should be kept in a clean and respectful place. This can be at home or work. It is appropriate to make offerings to the vase. Quantities are limited.

$300 – Vase, for pick-up.
$300 + $35 S&H – Vase, for mailing.


The Venerable Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche and his students in Thailand and Canada are pleased to introduce a unique work of art that has been created as a fundraising initiative for Tibetan Buddhist dharma projects. Under Sonam Rinpoche's personal supervision, expert craftsmen in Thailand have created an exquisite brocade image of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava in Sanskrit, meaning "lotus-born"), the spiritual teacher who introduced Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, also known as "The Miracle Buddha" because of his great power to help humanity and all other sentient beings.

Guru Rinpoche appears in the brocade in the form known as "Guru Nangsid Zilnon" — translated as "The one who subdues all appearances with splendor". This particular form is said to be especially powerful and beneficial in our modern times. It acts as a protective force for the environment where it is displayed and creates an air of harmony. Most important, it plants the seeds of liberation in all who see it. Guru Rinpoche said that such images are more than pictures. They are blessed to be his emissaries.

The brocade for the thangka has been produced by a world-class weaving facility in Bangkok. To make the brocade, 10,000 warp threads have to be precisely arranged so that the weft threads produce the intended design. The weft threads are of various types and thicknesses, and include a flat gold-leaf metallic yarn. Special care must be taken so that this yarn is never twisted during the weaving process. The brocade has to be woven in many layers to accommodate the emergence and disappearance of surface threads. All this meticulous work has resulted in the brocade reproducing the delicate hues and shading of the authenticated image. Guru Rinpoche seems truly present.

The thangka is available with an attractive complementary embroidered fabric frame mount and drape with wooden hanging rods (the whole measuring approximately 33 x 59 inches) at the special price of $550 CDN, or with no frame mount (measuring 22 x 30 inches) at $450 CDN. Postage and packing is $45 with the brocade ensemble, or $20 without, or can be picked up in person at the Toronto Temple.

$550 – with brocade, for pick-up.
$550 + $45 S&H – with brocade, for mailing.
$450 – no brocade, for pick-up.
$450 + $25 S&H – no brocade, for mailing.


Bardo Thodol

In this teaching, there is a profound instruction transmitted through an unbroken lineage which contains three powers: how to become liberated in this life, how to become liberated at the moment of death, and how to become liberated in the Bardo. The Bardo Thödol or Liberation upon Hearing in the Bardo is the speech of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche).

This crucial and important CD recording includes a recitation in Tibetan of the Essence of the Root Tantra of Liberation Upon Hearing by Kyabje Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche, together with The Complete Root Tantra of Liberation upon Hearing recited in Tibetan by Venerable Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche, as well as Mystical Blessing Melodies.

This two CD set can be purchased in the Riwoche Temple store, or by mail-order paying by credit card using PayPal. The cost of each CD set is $30.00 plus $7.00 postage and handling in Canada for one CD plus $3.00 for each additional set. Please write for postage amounts to the U.S. and overseas.

$30 + $8 S&H – Bardo Thodol CD, for mailing.


Green Tara           Medicine Buddha           Shower of Blessings

Venerable Khenpo Sonam Tobgyal Rinpoche has begun a series of audio CDs collectively entitled: "The Practices of Riwoche Temple." The Medicine Buddha, Green Tara, and Shower of Blessings CDs have been released.

Recorded in the shrine room at Riwoche Temple, both feature Khenpo Rinpoche and a group of students chanting the saddhanas as they are practiced every week in Toronto. They can be used for chanting practice at home, or simply for listening. The CD liner notes include interviews, in which Khenpo Rinpoche explains the lineage of the respective practices and their benefits.

CDs can be purchased in the Riwoche Temple store, or by mail-order paying by credit card using PayPal. The cost of each CD is $20.00 plus postage and handling [$8.00 for one CD plus 3.00 for each additional CD in Canada]. Please write for postage amounts to the U.S. and overseas.

$20 + $8 S&H – Green Tara CD, for mailing.
$20 + $8 S&H – Medicine Buddha CD, for mailing.
$20 + $8 S&H – Shower of Blessings CD, for mailing.
To purchase any product by cheque, please send an email to riwochestore@gmail.com