Drikung Kyobpa Jikten Sumgön Series
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In the past, Lamp of the Nāga Family and Dīpaṃkara;
In future, Maitreya; and at present, Śākyamuni;
In this final degenerate age, Kyobpa Drikungpa—
Jikten Sumgön, Lord of the Three Worlds, in devotion I pay homage to you.
Texts by and about Drikung Kyobpa Jikten Sumgön ('bri gung skyob pa 'jig rten gsum mgon, 1143–1217), founder of the Drikung Kagyü tradition:
This very short work in praise of Guru Padmasambhava—the Great Guru of Uḍḍiyāna—appears at the beginning of the first volume of the Drikung Yangre Gar (ʾbri gung yang re sgar) edition of Jikten Sumgön's collected works.
Popularly known as "With Skilful Means and Compassion..." (thabs mkhas thugs rje ma), this is the liturgical arrangement of the Dvādaśakārastotra, Nāgārjuna's praise of the twelve great acts performed by Buddha Śākyamuni.
Jigten Gönpo composed these seven verses of supplication following a visionary experience in which he saw seven different forms of Tārā. The prayer became known as the 'sevenfold refuge' (skyabs bdun ma), and is renowned for the extraordinary blessings it conveys.