Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje Series
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- Gyurme Dorje
- Terdak Lingpa
Wheel-turning monarch of learning and realization,
Who rekindled the teachings of kama and terma,
You whose wondrous kindness is beyond imagining—
Gyurme Dorje, to you I pay homage!
Texts by the famous treasure-revealer Gyurme Dorje ('gyur med rdo rje, 1646–1714) aka Terdak Lingpa (gter bdag gling pa), the founder of Mindroling Monastery:
One of the most popular prayers in the Nyingma tradition, The Secret Vajra Knot (rdo rje rgya mdud) includes aspects of the dedication of virtue (dge ba bsngo ba), as well as various aspirations related to the path in general and the path of the three yogas, i.e., Mahāyoga, Anuyoga and Atiyoga, in particular.
These verses in which the guru's body, speech and mind are related to the three kāyas—nirmāṇakāya, sambhogakāya and dharmakāya—constitute a brief prayer for longevity, or 'stable abiding' (brtan bzhugs), which can be recited to support the long life of any teacher.
These four lines, which Terdak Lingpa Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje is said to have pronounced before passing into parinirvāṇa, are commonly recited as a prayer of aspiration. The great Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo reportedly recited them himself before his own passing.