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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) alias 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.
- Liberation Upon Hearing: An Explanation of the Phenomena of the Intermediate State | Dying & the Bardos
This explanation of the bardos is composed so that it can be read aloud as part of a ritual to guide the deceased. The explanation begins with the meaning of bardo, or intermediate state, in general; it then goes on to describe the process of dying and the subsequent phases, the bardos of dharmatā and becoming, in detail.
This rite for offering to the dharma protectors, headed by Mahākāla in various forms, is among the most popular liturgies in the Nyingma tradition.
- Prayer to the Lineage of the Great Heart-Essence, the Pith Instruction Section of the Great Perfection by Longchen Rabjam | Lineage Prayers
This prayer to the lineage of the pith-instruction section, or Mengak Dé (man ngag sde), of Dzogchen teachings appears in the Vima Nyingtik and has been supplemented over the centuries by masters including Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö.
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.
A four-line supplication for the longevity of Jetsün Mingyur Paldrön (1699–1769), an important figure in the Mindrolling lineage—and the Nyingma tradition more broadly—and the author's own daughter.
- The Brilliant Essence: The Ritual Manual for the Secret Embodiment of the Guru (Lama Sangdü) | Sādhanas
Gyurme Dorje compiled this ritual manual (las byang) for the Secret Embodiment of the Guru (bla ma gsang 'dus) revelation of Guru Chökyi Wangchuk (1212–1270) in order to facilitate elaborate offering practice on each tenth day of the lunar month at Mindrolling Monastery.
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.