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Zangdokpalri

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Added 17 November 2018

A Joyful Chariot for the Fortunate: An Aspiration to Travel to the Copper-Coloured Mountain of Glory

| Guru Rinpoche Prayers

by Dudjom Rinpoche

Dudjom Rinpoche (1904–1987) composed this prayer of aspiration to be reborn on the Copper Coloured Mountain of Glory, or Zangdok Palri (zangs mdog dpal ri), after his firstborn daughter, Dekyong Yeshe Wangmo, had left this world. The inspiration for this prayer, it is said, was therefore her parting gift.

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More recent additions

November 2018

Padmasambhava

A Short Prayer to the Abbot, the Master and the King | Guru Rinpoche Prayers

by Dudjom Rinpoche

Dudjom Rinpoche composed this short prayer invoking the Abbot, Master and Dharma-King (Khen Lob Chö Sum), i.e., Śāntarakṣita, Guru Padmasambhava and Trisong Detsen, at Samyé monastery in Tibet at the request of his son, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. Read text >


JKCL

Praise and Prayer to Kharchu, Great Sacred Place of Lhodrak | Pilgrimage

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse wrote this text in praise of Lhodrak Kharchu as he passed through the sacred place in 1956. The site is associated with Namkhai Nyingpo, who is said to have attained accomplishment here through the practice of Yangdak Heruka. Read text >


Boudha

A Brief Petitionary Offering to the Mātṛkā Pukkasī, Local Protectress of the Jarung Kashor Stūpa | Dharma Protectors

by Dudjom Rinpoche

A brief petitionary offering (gsol mchod) to the mātṛkā (ma mo) Pukkasī, who is the local protectress of the sacred Jarung Kashor stūpa in Boudhanath, Nepal. Read text >


Shantigarbha

A Praise to the Lotus King | Praise

by Śāntigarbha

This four-line praise may be the earliest prayer to Padmasambhava preserved in writing. It forms the colophon of the Noose of Methods (IOL Tib J 321, Thabs zhags, or Upāyapāśa), a Mahāyoga commentary attributed to Padmasambhava. A 10th century manuscript of the Noose of Methods including this praise was found at the Dunhuang caves. The prayer shows some similarity to the famous Seven-Line Prayer (tshig bdun gsol ‘debs). Read text >


Adzom Gyalse

A Concise Explanation of Gaṇacakra | Tsok

by Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje

This commentary by Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje (1895–1969) presents a clear Nyingma perspective on the practice of gaṇacakra. The text does not refer to a particular sādhana, but offers a generic explanation that is remarkable for its clarity and detail. Read text >



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Sera Khandro

A Song of Amazement Inspired by Practice Experience | Meditation

by Sera Khandro

This song of amazement originates in a vision that Sera Khandro had while staying in retreat at Nyimalung in Amdo at the age of twenty-nine. The text is her response to the spirits and demons who appeared to her, asking what she was doing. Read text >



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* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for the native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate the major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages. It is often said that it derives from the Sanskrit lokacakṣu, literally meaning "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.