This book recounts Guru Rinpoche’s historical visit to Tibet and explains his continuing significance to Buddhists. Three different accounts are presented: one Buddhist; one according to the pre-Buddhist Tibetan religion, Bon; and one based on Indian and early Tibetan historical documents.
Padmasambhava "Lotus-Born" also known as the Second Buddha, was a sage guru from Oddiyana, northwestern Classical India (in the modern-day Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). Padmasambhava is said to have transmitted Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet, Bhutan and neighboring countries in the 8th century AD. In those lands, he is better known as Guru Rinpoche (lit. "Precious Guru") or Lopon Rinpoche.