Monday, 30 June 2014

A Prayer of Aspiration for the Mountain of Glory

From a fresco in the Lerab Ling Temple

In A Great Treasure of Blessings, A Book of Prayers to Guru Rinpoche, it describes how:-

“After the death of Trisong Detsen, he stayed on in Tibet into the reign of his successors. But he knew that the rakshasa cannibal demons, inhabiting the south-western continent of Chamara—Ngayab—were set to invade and destroy India, Nepal and Tibet, and if not subdued, they would sweep the earth and destroy all human life. So, after fifty five and a half years in Tibet, in the Wood Monkey year (864), Guru Rinpoche prepared to leave, and went, accompanied by the young king Mutik Tsepo and a large gathering of disciples, to the pass of Gungthang in Mangyul. They implored him to stay, but he refused. He gave final teachings and instructions to each of them, and then, on the tenth day of the monkey month, left for the land of Ngayab Ling in the southwest, and for his manifested pure land on Zangdokpalri, the Copper Coloured Mountain of Glory.”

There are many prayers of aspiration to be reborn in this pure land of Guru Rinpoche. In the colophon of an aspiration prayer by Jikme Lingpa he says:

“Once I was alone in solitary retreat in ‘The Akanishtha Vajra Cave’, a hermitage blessed by the naturally arising enlightened speech of Padmasambhava, when early one morning, I caught sight of Mount Hépori and thought: “Wait…It was on that hill-top just over there that Khenpo Shantarakshita, the master Padma, the King and the disciples once walked, subjugated gods and ghosts, and relaxed. Many are the tales that appear to that effect. But now, apart from their names, not a single trace of them remains.” I was gripped by a conviction that in the very same way, everything is transient, impermanent. And although I had reckoned on staying alive, and not dying, for a few years more, what certainty was there that I would not leave for my next life the very next day?

This train of thought filled me with haunting sorrow and aching weariness, and a sense of renunciation that was boundless. The memory of Guru Rinpoche, the King and the disciples plunged me into floods of tears. And this was why, at that moment I, Chadral Khyentséi Özer, wrote this aspiration prayer.”

So here is a prayer of aspiration written by another great Tibetan master, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, who recognised Sogyal Rinpoche as the incarnation of Tertön Sogyal and brought him up.

A Prayer of Aspiration for the Mountain of Glory

om ah hung vajra guru padma siddhi hung

My whole perception is the utterly pure realm of Lotus Light,
Arrayed in complete perfection as the Copper Coloured Mountain of Glory, in which is
The limitless palace of the three kayas, full of joy and happiness.

On the lower storey, in the great Nirmanakaya shrine room,
Is the Lotus-born Guru of Orgyen, embodiment of the three roots,
Surrounded by his entourage of vidyadharas, pawos and khandros,
Where the sound of the teachings of the Secret Mantra Vajrayana rings out.

On the middle storey in the great mansion of the Sambhogakaya
Dwells the supreme Great Compassionate One, Avalokitesvara,
Surrounded by his retinue of buddhas and bodhisattvas.

Above is the limitless heavenly realm of the Dharmakaya, in the centre of which
Resides the teacher and protector, Amitabha,
Surrounded by his entourage, who are in nature no different from him.

So bringing to mind as clearly as if actually present
The pure realms of the three kayas―the support and that which is supported―
And with faith and devotion, paying homage and making offerings, through the power of this prayer
For I and others―fortunate students of the master―
When death comes may we experience neither suffering nor sorrow, and
May Kharchen Za and the dakinis come to show us the way
So we may be born in the realm of Lotus Light and
Be ripened and liberated as the prophecies foretold, perfecting the five paths and ten stages.
May we be inseparable from the vast expanse of the wisdom mind of the Lord of Orgyen!

Written by Jamyang Chökyi Lodro at the request of a faithful student from Ling, the old woman Seng Drön, accompanied by an offering of two silver coins, seven measure of gold and five wheels. Siddhi rastu!

No comments:

Post a Comment