Dudjom Rinpoche Series
Before, the vidyādhara Nüden Dorje,
In the future, the sugata Möpa Thayé,
Now, the representative of Padmākara, Drogben himself,
Jikdral Yeshe Dorje, to you I pray!
We present the following texts by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche Jikdral Yeshe Dorje (bdud 'joms 'jigs bral ye shes rdo rje, 1904–1987), the renowned yogi and scholar and first appointed head of the Nyingma school in exile:
In this short text, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche explains some important points of conduct to be observed by the saṅgha of monastic practitioners and the saṅgha of vidyādhara yogins. It was written with a view to preserving aspects of tradition in danger of being lost forever.
The tenth day of each lunar month of the Tibetan calendar is connected to a key event in the life of Guru Padmasambhava. In this brief text, Dudjom Rinpoche—who refers to himself here as "Padma's messenger"—explains the correlation of these events and the particular benefits that accrue from observing practice on such days.
- The Light of Primordial Wisdom: An Instruction Manual for the Primordially Pure Perfection Stage of the Powerful & Wrathful Dorje Drolö, Conqueror of Demons | Dorje Drolö
This direct instruction on the perfection stage (rdzogs rim) practice for the Dorje Drolö form of Guru Padmasambhava includes the preparatory state of śamatha, and the main part, which is to generate the wisdom of vipaśyanā through view, meditation and action.
In this commentary on the famous prayer to Guru Padmasambhava popularly known as Dü Sum Sangye (referred to here as the Vajra Verses Prayer) Dudjom Rinpoche explains the outer, inner and secret significance of every line.
- A Brief Petitionary Offering to the Mātṛkā Pukkasī, Local Protectress of the Jarung Kashor Stūpa | Dharma Protectors
Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche composed this four-line prayer of aspiration spontaneously on the occasion of his first teaching of “Hitting the Essence in Three Words” in the West, to an assembly of thirteen students in Paris, 1976.
- Spontaneous Song of the Genuine Nature: A Prayer of Calling the Guru from Afar | Calling the Guru from Afar
- Summary of Striking the Vital Point in Three Statements | Striking the Vital Point in Three Statements
Guru Rinpoche Prayers
- A Joyful Chariot for the Fortunate: An Aspiration to Travel to the Copper-Coloured Mountain of Glory | Copper-Coloured Mountain
Dudjom Rinpoche composed this prayer of aspiration to be reborn on the Copper Coloured Mountain of Glory, or Zangdok Palri (zangs mdog dpal ri), after his firstborn daughter, Dekyong Yeshe Wangmo, had left this world. The inspiration for this prayer, it is said, was therefore her parting gift.
Dudjom Rinpoche composed this short prayer invoking the Abbot, Master and Dharma-King (Khen Lob Chö Sum), i.e., Śāntarakṣita, Guru Padmasambhava and Trisong Detsen, at Samyé monastery in Tibet at the request of his son, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.
- The Prayer to Guru Rinpoche that Swiftly Removes Obstacles and Fulfills All Wishes | Guru Rinpoche Prayers
Dudjom Rinpoche tells us that he wrote this prayer to Guru Rinpoche "for the peace and happiness of the world, at a time when we are all afflicted both physically and mentally by all kinds of outer and inner circumstances."
Long Life Prayers
- The Drumbeat of Immortality: A Prayer for the Long Life of the Great Tertön Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö | Long Life Prayers
The root text of the Dudjom Tersar preliminary practices, including the outer preliminaries, i.e., the four contemplations that turn the mind from saṃsāra, and the inner preliminaries of taking refuge, generating bodhicitta, offering the maṇḍala, meditation on Vajrasattva, guru yoga and transference (phowa).
- Brief Notes on the Visualization for the Concise Recitation of the Pure Vision Preliminary Practice | Ngöndro
A simple practice of sur (gsur) offering to the four types of guest: those invited out of respect, those invited on account of their qualities, those invited out of compassion, and those to whom we owe karmic debts.
As Dudjom Rinpoche himself explains, this is simultaneously a supplication, confession, and aspiration prayer. It involves the invocation of one's gurus, contemplation and confession of one's faults, and aspiration to overcome such flaws and realise the nature of the guru.
This short daily sādhana of Ucchuṣma (sme brtsegs) includes a simple visualization and mantra recitation. The practice is particularly associated with the purification of tantric commitments, or samaya.
- Condensed Daily Practice of The Heart Essence of the Sublime Lady of Immortality | Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik
A brief daily practice of The Heart Essence of the Sublime Lady of Immortality, or Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik ('chi med 'phags ma'i snying thig), the popular long life sādhana discovered as a mind treasure by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo in 1855.
A daily practice of Dorje Gotrab (Vajra Armour) offering protection against sickness, infectious disease and obstacles, which Dudjom Rinpoche adapted from the terma Protective Wheel: Root Sādhana of the Extremely Wrathful Black Hayagriva.
In this sādhana arranged for daily recitation, Dudjom Rinpoche synthesizes the visualisations of earlier Sitātapatrā practices with the mantras and key passages from the dhāraṇī known as The Supreme Accomplishment of Sitātapatrā (Tōh. 591; gdugs dkar mchog grub ma).
- The Sublime Path to Immortality: The Quintessence of Profoundly Secret Pith Instructions on Attaining Vajra Longevity | Longevity
- Divine Blue Water: A Contamination Purifying Smoke Offering by the Great Master Padmasambhava by Padmasambhava | Sang Offering
Divine Blue Water (lha chab sngon mo) is a smoke offering (bsang) ritual that functions as a remedy against ritual pollution (grib), specifically the form known as ‘contamination’ (mnol). The text is attributed to Padmasambhava, but was not hidden as a treasure (gter ma); it was painted on the wall at Samye Monastery and it is from there that the textual lineage derives. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche (1904–1987) edited the version published here, which appears in modern editions of the Nyingma Kama.
- The Mountain Smoke Offering Arranged for Recitation by Lhatsün Namkha Jigme, arranged by Dudjom Rinpoche | Sang Offering
As the title implies, Dudjom Rinpoche Jikdral Yeshe Dorje arranged the text of Lhatsün Namkha Jikme's Mountain Smoke Offering (ri bo bsang mchod) for regular recitation by adding verses for taking refuge, generating bodhicitta, the seven-branch practice and self-visualization at the beginning, and verses of dedication at the end.
- The Concentrated Essence: A Concise Practice of Healing and Purifying (Sojong) the Three Sets of Vows | Sojong
Dudjom Rinpoche compiled this simple practice of Sojong (healing and purification) related to the three sets of vows—individual liberation (pratimokṣa), bodhisattva and mantra—for the benefit of beginners and those unable to extract the essential points from longer rituals.
A short remainder torma offering (lhag gtor) liturgy composed at the request of Sakya Dakchen Rinpoche (1929–2016) as an addition to the feast offering (tshogs mchod) for Mipham Rinpoche's famous Seven-Line Prayer Guru Yoga.
As Dudjom Rinpoche explains in the colophon, he revealed this practice in 1936. He had fallen sick and his disciple Trulshik Pawo Dorje (1876–1962) performed a hundred feast offerings and fulfilment practices on his behalf. Early the next morning, Dudjom Rinpoche had a dream in which a woman spoke these words; he wrote them down, and the following day his illness disappeared completely.
This short daily sādhana of the wrathful ḍākinī Vajraṇakhī (rdo rje sder mo) includes a simple visualization and mantra recitation. According to the colophon, Dudjom Rinpoche extracted the practice from 'The Profound Long-Life Practice of the Three Roots' (rtsa gsum tshe zab), which is part of the Sevenfold Profundity revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870).