Saturday, 19 July 2014

Prayer to Gyarong Khandro Dechen Wangmo

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö & Khandro Tsering Chödrön

I mentioned in a previous post Gyarong Khandro, the female master and tertön, who Sogyal Rinpoche remembers as an extraordinary dakini who never slept and had a gift for foretelling when people would die. Every 10th and 25th day of the lunar calendar, it is said, she would disappear and travel to the heaven of Guru Rinpoche. Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö composed a prayer to Gyarong Khandro at Khandro Tsering Chödrön's request, so here is the translation.

Incidentally, when I post translations I sometimes get asked “Who’s the translator?” So, yes, I’m the translator unless I say otherwise. So any omissions or errors are also mine for which I apologize in advance.

Prayer to Gyarong Khandro Dechen Wangmo
Homage to the Lama!
Wisdom dakini, Mandarava, and
Mother of space, dakini of great bliss, Yeshe Tsogyal and others,
With your blessings as the very embodiments of compassion, great dakini,
Dharma Tsendra (1) , at your feet I pray!
Grant your blessings to purify all my negative actions and obscurations!
All impairments and breakages of samaya, violations, faults and downfalls―purify them all!
Wisdom dakini, may your blessings fill my very being,
May experience and realization, and the dynamic energy of rigpa, have no choice but to flourish.
Clear away inner negative forces, avert all sorcery and witchcraft.
Dechen Wangmo (2) ―powerful lady of great bliss―hold me forever in your care
And finally in the city of Lotus Light,
Sangwa Yeshe (3) ―may I be inseparable from your enlightened mind!

At the request of Khandro Tsering Chödrön, Chökyi Lodro wrote these words of supplication.

1 I think this must be another name for Gyarong Khandro..
2 Gyarong Khandro’s name.
3 Another name for Vajravarahi (Skt. Guhyajñana) of whom she was considered to be an emanation.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

In Praise of Glorious Vajrasattva

Patrul Rinpoche is remembered today as a truly outstanding master, and we have his works like ‘The Words of My Perfect Teacher’ and ‘The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones’ to give practical guidance on how to follow the Buddhist path. They also remind us of his own lifestyle and challenge our materialistic preoccupations. His teachings, his blessings, and his power to inspire are still very much with us today. He was a strong exponent of the joys of solitude and monastic simplicity, and always stressed the futility of worldly striving and pursuits.

So here is a translation of Patrul Rinpoche’s verses in praise of Vajrasattva.

I pay homage to glorious Vajrasattva!

Your enlightened body is brilliant white like a snow mountain.
Your enlightened speech proclaims the excellent dharma.
Your enlightened mind, whose nature, like the sky, is vast and profound with the two aspects of omniscient knowledge.
Bhagavan―the one who is triumphant over enemies, bodhisattva―spiritual warrior, to you I pay homage!

Although obscured by negative karma accumulated over many eons
Just to think of your name for even a single instant reduces it to nothing.
Guardian Lord, there is no other one but you,
Again and again with faith I pay homage!

One hundred buddha families, five buddha families, three buddha families―behold the mandalas, but
Sixth Lord of the families, there is no other one but you.
It is you, as well, who gathered together the words of the buddha, the secret treasury,
King of all, wish-granting tree, to you with folded hands I bow!

It is in this aspect―on a disc of a completely full moon
Atop a white eight-petalled lotus, free of impurities and defects,
Abiding in neither samsara nor nirvana, in the posture of perfection of a buddha,
Wearing jewelled anklets and
Beautifully adorned like a rainbow with a myriad of many-coloured silken garments,
Adorned with many jewels, long necklaces and other ornaments, sparkling and swaying.
Holding vajra and bell to symbolize appearance and emptiness inseparable―
That granting empowerment of the five families is complete.
Great bliss and wisdom united, is the sphere of enlightened being,
With the water of abhisheka―joyful clouds of nectar―
Is conferred the amrita of the completely pure five empowerments.
To this non-dual display, I pay homage!

The very nature of rigpa, the heart essence, is the key point of the mantra.
Inherently it is Akanishta, the realm of the sacred word, and
By mindfully focusing your attention while reciting the mantra, all defilements are purified―
To the innermost essence, the one hundred syllable mantra, I pay homage!

Call out strongly to him by name and, most importantly, invoke the sacred promise of his sublime mind.
The very nature of the five families is the heart and innermost essence, so
The causes, conditions, recitation and three kinds of mantra are thoroughly complete.
To the brief six syllable mantra, I pay homage!

He is the one who can thoroughly control even those difficult to subdue, and
Is the deity who bestows, most importantly, the supreme accomplishment,
Vajrasattva, the protector, who displays the nine moods of dance,
To you, the glorious heruka, I pay homage!
To the keeper of the secret treasury, powerful lord of the ten bhumis, I pay homage!

Ferocious, indestructible vajra, you are the single-handed enemy of obstructing forces,
You are the very nature of the five families, a garuda, emanating and reabsorbing,
To you who are the medicine for ignorance, I pay homage!

Supreme deity of deities, bhagavan Vajrasattva,
Having taken you as my refuge, you, protector, who are supreme amongst those in whom we seek refuge
Again and again when I recall your enlightened body, speech and mind,
Bestow your blessings and inspiration, Vajrasattva Vajradharma!

om bendza sattva hum

by Patrul

Virtue. Virtue. Virtue.