The Stream of Bodhicitta

The following is from a series of tweets by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

AH – May all beings be free of suffering.
May they recognize what to accept and what to reject, and pacify the root causes of suffering.
May we joyfully and lovingly accomplish compassionate activity for the sake of all sentient beings in all realms.
May the stream of Bodhicitta flow deep, strong and sweet, to quench the thirst of all beings.
May the fruit of merit ripen in our mind streams, nourishing all who are hungry.
May all who are homeless be sheltered, who are cold be warmed, who are sick be healed.
May all who are lonely be comforted, the helpless be raised up, the poor be satisfied in every way.
May our land be purified of hate and greed.
And may a song of freedom be heard throughout this and all nations.
May we join as one life, which is our nature – and be unbound by hatred, greed and ignorance.
May there be peace and joy throughout the 3,000 myriads of universes!
And may I myself bear in love, the suffering of all. Now and in the time to come.

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A Prayer by Which We Recognize Our Own Faults and Remember the Objects of Refuge by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche


The following is from “The Lamp of Liberation: A Collection of Prayers, Advice and Aspirations”

Homage to the Guru!

Conqueror Shakyamuni, supreme guide of the universe during this fortunate aeon,
Heirs of the Conqueror, assembly of noble Bodhisattvas who
educate beings,
Revered Guru, unsurpassed protector of creatures in this degenerate time,
Together with the Three Roots, the oath-bound, and the Dharma protectors,
With yearning devotion, one-pointedly remembering you from
the depths of our hearts,
We pray again and again to invoke your attention:
Hold us with loving kindness, and by the power of your compassion,
Please bless us to accomplish our thoughts and intentions in
accord with the Dharma.
Due to former actions, by no means weak, we obtained this precious human body,
Due to merit, by no means small, we met with holy Dharma;
Accepted by the Guru, we received empowerments, blessings
and pith instructions–
Such are the jewels we hold in our hands right now!
Yet our minds, like frivolous monkeys,
Succumb to negative, deceptive demons of distraction,
And we have no ability to utilize the wealth which is our very
own.
Thus, all the instructions about the freedoms and endowments
have simply been wasted.
We are now at a crucial turning-point:
Whatever we requested, whatever we received, has all become like some kind of story;
Though our bodies appear in the posture of Dharma and we
consider ourselves as Dharma practitioners,
Our minds have not actualized the truth of Dharma.
Not knowing even a whiff of human values, let alone the view of Buddhadharma,
Having only a vague notion of the sixteen rules of proper human
conduct,
We are without conscience when we observe our bad deeds,
And our dread of being ashamed is smaller than the rear of a tail-less mouse.
Really unable to understand the ten virtuous actions of
Buddhadharma,
Full of sectarian bias, though all the doctrines come from the one Teacher,
We criticize the teachings and the sages and so accumulate bad
karma;
Thus, though relying on Dharma, we carry a great weight of sin.
Hearing a lot of teachings, our pride increases
But our mental analysis does not fathom the depth of their meaning.
Even though we think we keep the discipline of the Pratimoksha,
The four dharmas of a practitioner have been lost without a
trace.
Even though we think we possess the precious training of the
Bodhisattva,
The Four Immeasurables are only like an image of a lamp.
Even though we think we keep the samayas of the secret
Mantrayana,
The first root downfall is not guarded against and (so the rest) are
eventually discarded.
Even though we know how to voice explanations about the Four
Reflections that Reverse the Mind,
Our attachment to the appearances of this life shows there has
been no actual renunciation.
Even though we rely on a guru, our respect and devotion
gradually diminish,
And instead of having pure perception, we consider ourselves as
his equal and thus develop wrong views.
Respect, love and kindness toward our vajra brothers and sisters
decline;
Unable to tolerate a few bad words from them, we shower them
with curses.
The love and compassion generated by recognizing all beings in the six realms as our parents
Vanishes like mist when we do not practices from the depths of
Bodhicitta.
We act as though we have experienced the Development and
Completion stages,
Yet we have found no alternative to being submerged in ordinary
confusion.
We recognize that Emptiness is the ultimate teaching of both
Sutra and Tantra,
But without a decisive understanding of it our mind-streams
become hard as horns.
We are not capable of abiding in the Original Nature,
But we pay lip service to that view and throw cause and effect to
the wind.
Outwardly, we appear disciplined and well behaved, yet
inwardly, attachment, craving, desire and greed burn like fire.
Even if we keep our bodies secluded in the mountains,
Our minds stray ceaselessly, day and night, to the cities.
Not having gained confidence in ourselves in our experience and
practice,
Trying to guide others to accomplishment is like a fairy tale.
It is impossible to be cheated by the compassion of the Three
Jewels,
Yet due to a failure of devotion, we are worried and cheat
ourselves.
In this way, towards the Guru and holy Dharma,
Although we are free from the wrong views that arise from a lack
of trust,
Yet due to these difficult times, sentient beings act negatively and
remain unfulfilled,
Understanding and realization having fallen under the power of
destructive impulses;
Not having protected mindfulness and introspection, we
suffered a great loss.
The time has come to examine ourselves!
All our actions have merely added to our confusion,
All our thoughts were tainted by emotional afflictions;
Without seeing that even our virtuous activities were always
adulterated by sin,
Where is there to end up ultimately but in the lower realms?
Recalling them now, we become despondent;
Looking towards others just increases our sadness
Since we can find no beneficial friends to assuage our distress.
If we do not look after ourselves now,
Then when caught by the messengers of the Lord of Death
No one will be able to help us, and all hope will be lost.
Waiting with such empty hopes, is this not cheating ourselves?
Whatever transgressions, faults, downfalls and degeneration of the Dharma have occurred,
We will not keep secret now nor conceal them in the future,
before those who possess the yes of wisdom.
We confess from the depths of our hearts: With your compassion,
please forgive us.
Protect us from the terror of the precipice of the wrong path,
Inspire us so that we may follow the utterly pure path of
liberation.
We spent a life busy doing this and accomplishing that,
Yet we are empty-handed, without so much as a single result.
Abandoning now the path of knowing many things but
experiencing just suffering,
Why shouldn’t we enter the path of knowing the one thing that liberates everything?
Unfailing true benefactor, our sole hope and reliance,
Root Guru, who encompasses all refuges,
Praying to you with one-pointed devotion,
Most kind and revered supreme refuge, please hold us with your compassion:
Bless us to see our own faults.
Bless us to have no desire to examine the faults of others.
Bless us to pacify all turbulent, cruel and disturbing thoughts.
Bless us to have good thoughts arise from deep within.
Bless us to reduce craving and to increase contentment.
Bless us to remember that the time of death is uncertain.
Bless us to have no concerns at the moment of death.
Bless us to generate great confidence in the Dharma.
Bless us to practice impartial pure perception.
Bless us to develop uncontrived respect and devotion.
Bless us to reduce mental activity about unobtainable things.
Bless us to establish the Dharma in the depths of our minds.
Bless us to go with diligence to the depths of Dharma practice.
Bless us to liberate our mind-streams, which is the ultimate goal
of practice.
Bless us to be free of obstacles in our practice.
Bless us to have the results of our practice ripen immediately.
Bless us so that our contacts with others may be meaningful and
beneficial.
Bless us to destroy the duality of hope and fear.
Bless us to see the non-dual primordial wisdom.
Bless us to recognize the self-face of our own primordial
wisdom.
Bless us to abide in the secure place within ourselves.
Bless us to gain the great certainty without effort.
With the vast vajra weapon of primordial wisdom, which has
been present from the very beginning,
May the hollow existence of samsara and nirvana be cut in one instant.
In the ceaseless great bliss of Nyema’s celebration,
May we always enjoy the activity which is beyond union and
separation.
In the expanse of the all pervading equalness even the name
of suffering does not exist,
So who could there be still searching for happiness?
Where happiness and suffering have the same taste and grasping
is self-liberated
Is the Kingdom of Samantabhadra: May we attain it in this very life!

Long Life Prayer for Yangthang Rinpoche

Long Life Prayer for Yangthang Rinpoche

Kunzang Jigmed Dechen Ödsal Dorje

OM SWASTI

NGA GYUR KÜN ZANG THUG KYI TEN PA’I SÖL

Upholder of the early translation Heart-doctrine of Kuntuzangpo

JIG MED THUG KYED TOB KYI DZIN PA LA

By the strength of your fearless intention

DE WA CHEN PO PEME CHIN LAB PA

And the great bliss of Padmasambhava’s blessing,

ÖD SAL DORJE KAL GYAR TSO ZHE SÖL

May the Vajra of Clear Light Live for a hundred aeons.

By request, this was written by Gyurmed Thegchog Tenp’i Gyaltshen, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

H.E. Venerable Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche is a highly revered Guru in the Nyingma School. He is known to be the embodiment of Vimalamitra, a Dzogchen Master regarded as the chief propagator of Buddhism in Sikkim. Rinpoche has successfully retrieved many Terma Buddhist scriptures which were secretly concealed by Guru Padmasambhava.  H.E. Ven. Yangthang Rinpoche was born in the Yangthang family in Sikkim in 1923. Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Terton Dorje Dechen Lingpa.

In November 1990, Ven. Yangthang Tulku came to KPC and bestowed the complete Ratna LIngpa cycle of revelations, along with the Nyingtik Yabshi. He was accompanied by Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche.

It is not too late to register for his upcoming visit to KPC on April 23rd – don’t miss this rare and precious opportunity!

A True Dakini

HH Kusum Lingpa and Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

On May 3, 1994 His Holiness Kusum Lingpa gave this commentary on the Long Life Prayer for Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo that he wrote for her.

I wrote this longevity prayer on the day that I arrived here.  The first human rebirth of Ahkon Lhamo occurred some 300-400 years ago in Degii, which is the eastern country of Kham.  She was born as the sister of the Vidyadhara Kunzang Sherab who was the founder of the Palyul lineage.  And her name was Ahkon Chang Chub Lhamo.   She was a true Dakini.  At that time in her life she didn’t have a lot of wealth or a lot of ordained sangha followers per se in a monastic type of situation, but she was a great practitioner and she had tens of thousands of disciples.  She was able to spread forth the doctrine in an amazing way.  Previously, she was Mandarava, Lamchen Mandarava, who was the Indian consort of Guru Padmasambhava.  Mandarava was well known of the 21 Taras to be the emanation of White Tara and Drolma Karmo.

Now she has once again arisen from the sphere of the Three Kayas and the name that I have mentioned for her is also her name in this lifetime, Lhamo Metog Dron, which appears throughout this prayer.  She has come to you as a true guide and object of your devotion to lead you on the path to liberation so you should always have strong faith and devotion in her and receive her spiritual instructions.

She is one who is destined to work for the doctrine and the purpose of sentient beings and won’t have a lot of time for retreat or extensive accomplishment practices, because her commitment is to spread forth the doctrine and work for sentient beings directly through activities in the same way as leaders like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who always shows the amazing example of someone who is solely concerned for the purpose of benefiting all people of all nations in the world, but of course primarily as his responsibility, he is the spiritual and secular leader of all of the six million Tibetan people.

The Dalai Lama himself is always circling the globe in pursuit of bringing the message of freedom and peace of mind to all beings, so he is a supreme example of someone who untiringly and unceasingly works for the benefit of parent sentient beings and the doctrine through his activities.

Similarly, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche has undergone incredible hardships and difficulties to establish the doctrine in India and in Western countries.  He has thousands of ordained sangha members surrounding him and is the upholder of the supreme Nyingma School at this time, a great example of someone who unceasingly works to spread the doctrine and benefit beings in this world.

Similarly, the great Dodrupchen Rinpoche who is one of the great masters of all time, an emanation of Guru Rinpoche, has thousands of monk followers and is someone who supports all of his sangha, even right down to giving them the food that they eat.  And so, he has had to take it on as his own responsibility to support all of those who have chosen the path of renunciation and who wear the golden robes of the ordained sangha.

Now, for myself, even though I also do have a fairly large institution, I myself really don’t even eat food that is that good and I always try to give better food to my community.  I consider myself to be a servant of sentient beings.  I try not to stay in a high place with a lot of elaborations.

In fact, the way to be of the greatest benefit to others is to personally remain low and humble.  This is the way that the Dakini always remains as well.  And so, I would like to make it the first priority of Dakini Ahkon Lhamo and the sangha to always honor the sovereign of your Buddha family, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche until the time of your death.  He is truly your leader and your root teacher, the head of your lineage.  There is nothing else that you need to do.  There is no other place that you need to go other than to be right here to propagate the doctrine that he has so securely established here.  If it were I, I certainly would be 100 percent satisfied to be under the guidance of such a great realized being.

In terms of this Palyul lineage, since Ahkon Lhamo herself is the reincarnated sister of the founder of the Palyul tradition, Vidyadhara Kunzang Sherab, then clearly this is your own spiritual tradition.  Except for Palyul, it is not so important to pursue other traditions because primarily you should be propagating the Palyul tradition.  It should certainly never, ever be forgotten.  Ahkon Lhamo must continue to propagate it and never forget it, even at the cost of her life.

And so, primarily then, Pema Norbu Rinpoche is your sovereign, your supreme root teacher, whom you should always honor above and beyond all else and you should always uphold the Palyul lineage and doctrine and see that it is propagated in this Western land.  All of you disciples should take care of your precious teacher and she will always take care of you in assisting one another to accomplish these goals in this land.

His Holiness Kusum Lingpa and Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo wearing Green and White Terton Robes


Chenrezig in the Six Realms

Download the Chenrezig in the Six Realms practice

The following is the practice of Chenrezig or Avalokitesvara Appearing in the Six Realms

From the Nam Chö Treasure Revelations of Terton Migyur Dorje

TSIG DUN SOL DEB  – Immutable Seven Line Prayer

 

HUNG                ORGYEN YÜL GYI NUB JANG TSHAM

HUNG                On the Northwest border of the country of Urgyen

PEMA  GESAR  DONG  PO  LA

In the pollen heart of a lotus,

YA  TSHEN  CHOG  GI  NGÖ  DRUB  NYE

Marvelous in the perfection of your attainment,

PEMA  JUNG  NE  ZHE  SU  DRAG

You are known as the Lotus Born

KHOR  DU  KHANDRO  MANG  PÖ  KOR

And are surrounded by your circle of many Dakinis.

KHYED  KYI  JE  SU  DAG  DRUB  KYI

Following you, I will practice.

JIN  GYI  LOB  CHIR  SHEG  SU  SÖL

I pray that you will come to confer your blessings.

GURU  PEMA  SIDDHI  HUNG

(Repeat three times)

RANG  NYID  THUG  JE  CHEN  PO  NI

Experience self-nature as Avalokitesvara,

KAR  PO  SHAL  CHIG  CHAG  SHI  PA

White in color, with one face and four arms;

THAL  JAR  TRENG  WA  PEMA  DZIN

With palms pressed together, holding a mala and lotus,

KHIL  DRUNG  RAT  NA  DAR   GYI   GYEN

In full lotus posture, adorned with jewels and silks,

PEMA  DA  WAI  DEN  LA  SHUG

Seated upon a lotus and moon seat.

OM  MANI  PEME  HUNG

 

LHA  YI  JIG  TEN  WANG  CHUG  KAR

The white colored Avalokitesvara, (Jigten Wangchuk) of the

Gods’ Realm,

SHAL  CHIG  CHAG  SHI  THAL  JYAR  DANG

Has one face and four arms, with palms pressed together.

PI  WANG  PEMA  DA  WAI  TENG

Seated upon a lotus and moon, holding a Vina.

KYIL  MO  TRUNG  GI  SHUG  PAR  SAM

Think that he rests in the full lotus posture.

OM  OM  SOHA

LHA  MIN  JIG  TEN  WANG  CHUG  JANG

The green-colored Avalokitesvara (Jigten Wangchuk) of the Titan Realm,

SHAL  CHIG  CHAG  SHI  THAL  JYAR  DANG

Has one face and four arms, with palms pressed together.

GO  TSÖN  PEMA  DA  WAI  DEN

Seated upon a lotus and moon, holding armor and a sword.

KYIL  MO  TRUNG  GI  SHUG  PAR  SAM

Think that he rests in the full lotus posture.

OM  MA  SOHA

MI  YI  JIG  TEN  WANG  CHUG  TRA

The multi-colored Avalokitesvara (Jigten Wangchuk) of the Human Realm,

SHAL  CHIG  CHAG  SHI  THAL  JYAR  DANG

Has one face and four arms, with palms pressed together.

TRENG  WA  PEMA  DA  WAI  TENG

Seated upon a lotus and moon, holding a mala.

KYIL  MO  TRUNG  GI  SHUG  PAR  SAM

Think that he rests in the full lotus posture.

OM  NI  SOHA

DÜD  DROI  JIG  TEN  WANG  CHÜD  DÜD

The smoke-colored Avalokitesvara (Jigten Wangchuk) of the Animal Realm,

SHAL  CHIG  CHAG  CHI  THAL  JYAR  DANG

Has one face and four arms, with palms pressed together.

PO  TI  PEMA  DA  WAI  TENG

Seated upon a lotus and moon, holding a scripture.

KYIL  MO  TRUNG  GI  SHUG  PAR  SAM

Think that he is seated in the full lotus posture.

OM  PED  SOHA

YI  DAG  JIG  TEN  WANG  CHUG  MAR

The red Avalokitesvara(Jigten Wangchuk) of the Hungry Spirit Realm,

SHAL  CHIG  CHAG  SHI  THAL  JYAR  DANG

Has one face and four arms, with palms pressed together.

DROM  BU  PEMA  DA  WAI  TENG

Seated upon a lotus and moon, holding a treasure receptacle.

KYIL  MO  TRUNG  GI  SHUG  PAR  SAM

Think that he rests in the full lotus posture.

OM  ME  SOHA

NYAL  WAI  JIG  TEN  WANG  CHUG  NAG

The black Avalokitsvara (Jigten Wangchuk) of the Hell Realm,

SHAL  CHIG  CHAG  SHI  THAL  JYAR  DANG

Has one face and four arms, with palms pressed together,

ME  CHU  PEMA  CHAG  NA  DZIN

Holding fire, water, and a lotus.

KYIL  MO  TRUNG  GI  SHUG  PAR  SAM

Think that he is seated in the full lotus posture.

OM  HUNG  SOHA

DE  TAR  THUG JE  CHEN PO   DÜN  GYI  TSO  WOI  THUG  KAR  DA  WAI

DEN  LA  HRI  LA  YI  GE  DRUG  GI  KOR  WA        KHOR  DRUG  GI  THUG

KAR  OM  SOG  YIG  DRU  RE  RE  LA  YI  DRUG  GI  KOR  WAR  GYUR

 

Thus, of the seven Avalokitesvaras, in the heart of the central one, is a moon seat upon which is a HRIH, surrounded by the six syllables. In the heart of the six surrounding Avalokitesvaras, are the respective seed syllables of each one, such as OM, and so on, also surrounded by the six syllables of the mantra.

OM  AH  HUNG  HRIH     OM  MANI  PEME  HUNG

The Praise

HRIH SANG  NGEN  NYI  MED  THUG  JE  CHEN  PÖ  SHING

HRIH   In the Realm of Avalokitesvara, where good and bad are non-dual,

MED  SHIN  NANG  WA  GYU  MA  TA  BÜ  TSUL

Likewise appearances are understood to be illusionary in nature.

NANG  SHIN  DAG  PA  SHEN  DZIN  MED  PAI  NGANG

Within a state of pure perception, void of compulsory attachment,

CHAG  DANG  RANG  DROL DAG  PA  RAB JYAM  SHING

Is the pure expansive realm of self-liberation attachment and aversion.

THUG  JE  CHEN  POI  SHING  LA  CHAG  TSAL  TÖD

I prostrate and render praise to the Realm of Avalokitesvara.

OM AH HUNG HRIH OM MANI PEME HUNG

HRIH NANG  TONG  NYI  MED  THUG  JE  CHEN  PÖ  KU

HRIH   The Body of Avalokitesvara is the indivisibility of appearance and emptiness.

TONG  SHIN  NANG  WA  CHU  DA  TA  BÜ  TSUL

The empty nature of appearance like the reflection of the moon of water.

NANG  SHIN  TONG  PA  GYA  TSO  CHEN  PÖ  NGANG

Within this great ocean of the empty nature of appearance,

NANG  TONG  RANG  DROL  DAG  PA  RAB  JYAM  KU

Is the pure expansive Body of self-liberated empty appearances.

THUG  JE  CHEN  PÖ  KU  LA  CHAG  TSAL  TÖD

I prostrate and render praise to the Body of Avalokitesvara.

OM AH HUNG HRIH      OM MANI PEME HUNG

HRIH   DRAG TONG JÖD  MED  THUG JE  CHEN  PÖ  SUNG

HRIH   The Speech of Avalokitesvara is the inexpressible empty nature of sound,

TONG  SHIN  DRAG  PA  DRAG  CHA  TA  BÜ  TSUL

Naturally empty like the sound of an echo.

DRAG  PA  SHIN  TONG  JÖD  DU  MED  PAI  NGANG

Within the inexpressible empty nature of sound,

DRAG TONG  RANG  DROL DAG  PA  RAB JYAM  SUNG

Is the pure expansive Speech of self-liberated empty sound.

THUG  JE  CHEN  PÖ  SUNG  LA  CHAG  TSAL  TÖD

I prostrate and render praise to the Speech of Avalokitesvara.

OM AH HUNG HRIH      OM MANI PEME HUNG

HRIH   SAL  TONG  DZIN  MED  THUG  JE  CHEN  PÖ  THUG

HRIH   The Mind of Avalokitesvara is ungrasping clarity and emptiness,

TONG  SHIN  SAL  WA  JA  TSÖN  TA  BÜ  TSUL

Empty and luminous like the colors of a rainbow.

SAL  SHIN  TONG  PA  NAM  KHA  TA  BÜ  NGANG

Within clear emptiness, similar to the sky,

SAL  TONG  RANG  DROL  DAG  PA  RAB  JYAM  THUG

Is the pure expansive Mind of self-liberating clarity and emptiness.

THUG  JE  CHEN  PÖ  THUG  LA  CHAG  TSAL  TÖD

I prostrate and render praise to the Mind of Avalokitesvara.

OM AH HUNG HRIH     OM MANI PEME HUNG

HRIH   CHAG  SEG  SA  SHI  THUG  JE  CHEN  PÖ  SHING

HRIH   In the realm of Avalokitesvara, the foundation of the earth is molten lava;

AH  WA  LANG  GO  THUG  JE  CHEN  PÖ  KU

Avalokitesvara’s Body is the ox-headed Shinje.

SÖD  SÖD  GYOB  GYOB  YI  GE  DRUG  PAI  DRA

Kill, kill, strike, strike, with the sound of the six syllables;

DA  DUNG  RAL  DRI  NA  TSOG  CHÖD  PAI  DZE

Wielding various offering materials such as a spear, sword and arrow.

DE  DUG  RANG  DROL  DAG  PA  RAB  JYAM  LONG

In the pure great expanse of self-liberation of happiness and suffering,

NANG  SID  THUG  JE  CHEN  PO  LA  CHAG  TSAL  TÖD

I prostrate and render praise to the Avalokitesvara of phenomenal existence.

OM AH HUNG HRIH     OM MANI PEMA HUNG

 

This is a terma revelation by Terton Migyur Dorje

 

Dedication Prayer

By this effort, may all sentient beings be free of suffering.

May their minds be filled with the nectar of virtue.

In this way, may all causes resulting in suffering be extinguished,

And only the light of compassion shine throughout all realms.

– Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Praying for the Return of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

The following is from a series of tweets by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo:

Precious Guru beyond measure, Kyabje His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, please return to us swiftly! Without you there is no sun. Our hearts fill with tears each day your precious face is hidden from the world. May your Dharma heir Palyul His Holiness Karma Kuchen stand up with strength, power and glory to carry on all you have built, your great accomplishment in the world. I vow to uphold as well your blessings, especially those bestowed on me, your bumbling servant. Forgive me for this wretched sadness since your Parinirvana. Please remain enthroned in my heart, grant me the power of our ancient Lineage and all the Throneholders, from the mighty Kunzang Sherab and the extraordinary Terton child Migure Dorje, the very foundation on which Palyul was built! Kyabje Rinpoche, when you enthroned me you bestowed all the blessings of Palyul on me and I pray in gratitude for the strength to uphold. I confess every lack or weakness and vow at your very lotus feet to attend to the gift of loving kindness you have granted. Your compassion, your Bodhicitta, your purity, are needed like a desert needs rain. Therefore if I have any merit in the three times I beg you, Tsawei Lama to return in glory and without obstacle! You, Guru above the crown of my head, my bliss, my treasure, my “king,” my love, our Father, all of us, do not abandon us! I beg you with precious jeweled Mandala, return to us all!

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Incense Offering

From: “Great Perfection Buddha In the Palm of the Hand: The Lama’s Oral Instructions Upon the Recitation and Visualization of the Preliminary Practices Ngondro” as revealed by Vidydhara Terton Migyur Dorje

TSHÜL THRIM DRI DEN PÖ CHOG DAM PA DI

This pure, supreme incense, which bears the scent of pure discipline,

TING DZIN NGAG DANG CHAG GYA’I CHIN LAB KYI

By the blessing of mantra, mudra and samadhi,

SANGYE ZHING DU PÖ DRI NGED DANG WA

Is offered to the Realm of the Buddhas.  May this aromatic incense

GYAL WA GYATSHO’I TSHOG NAM NYE GYUR CHIG

Completely please and satisfy the ocean-like assembly of Buddhas!

NAMA SARWA TATHAGATHA BENZAR DHUPE PRATITSA PUDZA MEGHA SAMUDRA SAPHA RA NA SAMAYE AH HUNG

Anniversary of the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

From Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo on the Parinirvana of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche:

It has been two years since His Holiness Kyabje Penor Rinpoche’s Parinirvana, and we will be remembering Him while praying for His return. Most Palyul centers worldwide will be gathering at the same times for Puja, Ceremony, etc. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche is so widely, deeply revered and cherished.

It would be my great joy and wish that every accomplishment in Palyul brought by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche be left exactly as it is, waiting for His return. Sadly, that may not come to pass. Even though every blessing we all enjoy came from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s own vision, heart and precious hands. Many things are being changed around. It will not be the same if it is not as His Holiness Penor Rinpoche envisioned. But Palyul is ancient, strong and powerful. The sacred visions of the peerless Master Tulkus of Palyul will re-assert itself. Like a river too mighty to be thwarted it will remain.

I have learned well since the Parinirvana the strength and consummate skill of my Root Guru, what He had to deal with. I am awed by Him. I remember so many times hearing “if you follow His Holiness Penor Rinpoche’s instructions perfectly all will be perfect”. In my mind that has not changed. Therefore with sadness and joy I await His Incarnation, when all I have and have worked for for over 20 years I will place in His beloved hands. May I always be reborn in His entourage, life after life, for the sake of all sentient beings. May all be Liberated by this great Buddha!

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Extensive Prayer for the Swift Rebirth of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche

Concise Prayer for the Swift Rebirth of His Holiness Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche

The Caretaker Vow

This was composed and witnessed by Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo on August 31, 1986:

We the Caretakers of the Earth, dedicate ourselves to the liberation and salvation of all sentient beings.

We vow to work for the liberation of planet earth from the clutches of suffering, poverty, famine and death.  We vow to return in whatever form necessary, under whatever necessary conditions, so that all earth creatures can be liberated from the ravages of cyclic existence.

We vow to work for world peace.  We vow to work for the raising of all the nations of earth into a state of union and ultimately into the blessed state of supreme wisdom, the wisdom that is beyond all description.

We vow to work toward a great Universal Quickening of mind and heart, leading all beings to a state of clarity, a state in which Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, is enthroned within all hearts and within the planetary heart.

We vow to offer as food and drink to all sentient beings the clear, sweet Dharma so that they may feast and be satisfied at last.  We offer our bodies, our speech, and our minds to be filled like bowls with Dharma that in our joy we will spill over into the waiting hearts of all our brethren.  May their suffering cease forever.

To all the blessed Tathagatas, to all the root Lamas, to all the Sangha, to all the caretakers, grant us the strength to continue, the clarity to overcome self-cherishing, the determination to return forever until we are the last, and finally, the grace to find our way home.

May the Dharma take root in the West, on the Earth, and in the hearts of all sentient beings.  So be it.

The merit of the dedication of these vows and of the building of this place of practice is offered

To our root Lamas:

His Holiness Padma Norbu Rinpoche, Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche

To our spiritual friends:

Ven. Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche,

Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche,

And to His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

And to all parent sentient beings who have gifted us with fire in our hearts and Light on our way.

I take refuge in the Lama.

I take refuge in the Buddha.

I take refuge in the Dharma.

I take refuge in the Sangha

With all beings equal to space.

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Song to Tara

A Prayer by Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo

Clear Mind, Holy Mind

The arguments we have used against you

Are like dust…

Against You?

You, who flow silently… eternally

In the well of our hearts.

Have we robed you in filthy rags

Hatred… greed… ignorance?

You have remained steadfast,

Unchanging.

Today we lift you up

To the lips and hearts of

Beings without number

And are feasted forever.

Precious mind unchanging

Clear mind eternal.

The promise we have searched for

Is enthroned within our hearts.

Clear light, holy light

Stainless, precious heart.

Here in this clear place

We are robed in sweet scent

And victorious forever.

© Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

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