Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
Lord of all the maṇḍalas, Lake-born Vajradhara,
Manifesting in the form of a supreme vidyādhara,
Great lord of tertöns, sole refuge of all who live in the Land of Snows,
Chokgyur Lingpa, at your feet I pray!
The following texts are available as part of our series honouring the life and work of the the famous tertön Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (mchog gyur bde chen gling pa, 1829–1870):
Guru Rinpoche Prayers
This famous prayer to Guru Padmasambhava for the elimination of all obstacles on the spiritual path is the outer practice of The Guru's Heart Practice of the Guru: Dispelling All Obstacles on the Path (bla ma'i thugs sgrub bar chad kun sel), a joint revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
Popularly known as Dü Sum Sangye (Dus gsum sangs rgyas), this short prayer to Guru Padmasambhava was discovered as a treasure (gter ma) by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa. As indicated in the colophon, it was—and still is—regarded as especially pertinent for the current time.
- The Wish-Fulfilling Tree: The Life-story of the Master of Uḍḍiyāna as found in Padmasambhava’s Sevenfold Cycle of Profundity | Guru Rinpoche Prayers
This concise biography of the eighth-century master from Uḍḍīyana, Guru Padmasambhava, who established Buddhism in Tibet in the 8th century, was revealed in 1856 by the great treasure-revealer Chokgyur Lingpa as part of the Sevenfold Cycle of Profundity (zab pa skor bdun). The text consists of ten short chapters, each relating to a different aspect of the master’s life and activities.
This concise guru yoga centres around the famous prayer to Guru Padmasambhava known as The Prayer in Six Vajra Lines, or Dü Sum Sangye, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa's own terma revelation. To this is added a simple visualization and a prayer to reach the Copper-coloured Mountain of Glory.
Long Life Prayers
- Youthfulness Gained in Vajra-like Immortality: Verses of Truth for the Long Life of the Perfect Masters | Long Life Prayers
The author mentions that he wrote this general long-life prayer with teachers such as the Karmapa and Shamarpa particularly in mind, and that he was instructed to compose a practice incorporating both Guru Padmasambhava and Vajrakīlaya—although several other long-life deities are also invoked, including Tārā.
This famous vajra song (rdo rje’i glu), named after its initial syllables "ema kiri", appears in the Tantra of the Union of the Sun and Moon (nyi zla kha sbyor). It consists of a series of arranged syllables which a practitioner should intone melodiously. The individual syllables and their arrangement as a mantra are considered particularly sacred since they are said to have been revealed by the primordial buddha Samantabhadra.
- The Essence of the Two Accumulations: The Ritual for the Elaborate Outer Practice (Zabtik Drolchok) | Tārā
This popular sādhana of Green Tārā was revealed as a mind-terma by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa. Like the Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik, “The Heart Essence of the Sublime Lady of Immortality,” discovered by Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo, the Zabtik Drolchok forms part of a larger yet to be revealed terma-cycle called Drolma Nyingtik, “The Heart Essence of Tārā.” According to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, while Zabtik Drolchok belongs to kriyā or action tantras, it applies the view of niruttara-yoga or the highest yoga tantra. The elaborate and condensed ritual liturgies presented here were arranged for group and daily practice by Jamgön Kongtrul.