Guru Padmasambhava

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Guru Rinpoche Prayers

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Of all the buddhas, you are their very face and their embodiment, Precious Guru of Oḍḍiyāna,

From the depths of my heart, the core of my being, I pray to you:

Outer, inner and secret obstacles—dispel them into space,

And through your blessings, let all my aims and wishes be spontaneously fulfilled.

Prayers to the Precious Guru Padmasambhava or Padmākara (padma 'byung gnas), the "Lotus-Born", who is credited with establishing Buddhism in Tibet:

Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa

Dalai Lama

Do Khyentse

Dodrupchen Jigme Trinle Özer

Dudjom Rinpoche

Guru Chöwang

Jamgön Kongtrul

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

Longchen Rabjam

Jigme Lingpa

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 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.

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.

Jigme Tenpe Nyima

Minling Chung Rinpoche

Mipham Rinpoche

Nyang Ral Nyima Özer

Pawo Lerab Tsal

Sogyal Rinpoche

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