Jigme Lingpa Series

Tibetan MastersJigme Lingpa

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Jigme Lingpa

Jigme Lingpa

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The source of love and compassion for all beings, who knows all that is knowable,

You are the emanation of Longchenpa, and heir to a treasury of mind termas;

Sky-like yogin, of the vast expanse of luminosity,

Jikmé Lingpa, at your feet I pray!

A series of texts by the great Dzogchen master Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa (rig 'dzin 'jigs med gling pa, 1730–1798), who revealed the Longchen Nyingtik (klong chen snying thig) collection.

Commentaries

Dzogchen

Guru Rinpoche Prayers

Jigme Lingpa explains why the tenth day of each month is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava and the benefits of recalling his twelve most significant deeds, which are commemorated on these days throughout the year.

This is a heartfelt prayer Jigme Lingpa for invoking Guru Padmasambhava—"the great guru of Oḍḍiyāna"—as the embodiment of all sources of refuge and pledging to entrust oneself to him completely in all situations and circumstances, but especially in times of difficulty, during this current degenerate age.

This prayer to Guru Padmasambhava for the swift fulfilment of all wishes begins with a verse from ‘The Infinite Cloud Banks of Profound Meaning’ (zab don rgya mtsho'i sprin phung), which is part of Longchen Rabjam’s Khandro Yangtik (mkha' 'gro yang tig), and concludes with several verses written by Jigme Lingpa. It is said to be particularly beneficial for Tibet, as it has the power to pacify illness, prevent famine and border invasions, and contribute to the welfare of the teachings and beings.

This prayer of aspiration to be reborn in Guru Padmasambhava's heaven of Zangdok Palri (zangs mdog dpal ri), the Copper-coloured Mountain of Glory, includes detailed descriptions of its wonderful features and extraordinary qualities. The text is a terma (gter ma) revelation and part of the Longchen Nyingtik cycle.

Jigme Lingpa himself describes this text as "a prayer invoking and imploring Guru Rinpoche, coupled with an aspiration prayer suitable for daily recitation based on the root words of the way to attain liberation through the experiences of the bardo states." It was inspired by a sense of sorrow and renunciation when, one morning during a retreat near Samye, Jigme Lingpa glimpsed Mount Hepori in the distance and thought about the great events that had taken place there during Padmasambhava's lifetime, little or no trace of which remained.

Ngöndro

Pilgrimage

Practices

Prayers

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