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Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol

Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol

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  • Jampa Chödar
  • Ngawang Tashi
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Having seen the luxuries of saṃsāra as akin to a nest of vipers,

You sincerely turned away from compulsive attachment

To the affairs of the present life, and became a renunciant—

Tsokdruk Rangdrol, at your feet I pray.

Texts by the great poet and Dzogchen adept Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol (zhabs dkar tshogs drug rang grol, 1781–1851):

Aspiration Prayers



Calling the Guru from Afar


Guru Yoga


Preliminary Practice

Sang Offering


In this short song the famous yogi Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol explains the essence of all practices, from the contemplations of the outer preliminaries to the practices of the inner preliminaries, and the main practices of the generation and perfection stages.

The great yogi Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol is, like Milarepa, famous for the songs of realization through which he communicated the teachings. In this song, inspired by the repeated appearance of some beggars at his door, he expresses his compassion for all beings—his very own mothers from previous lives—who are now suffering in saṃsāra's various realms.

This song advocating a nonsectarian approach to the teachings of Madhyamaka, Dzogchen, and Mahāmudrā was composed for a group of disciples and patrons from Shartsang (shar tshang).

In this song promoting a nonsectarian approach to the teachings, Shabkar compares the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism to various mountain paths, all of which lead to the summit that is Buddhahood. Although approaches might vary in their speed, difficulty and so on, all are valid, just as any path leading to a mountaintop is valid.

Composed while on retreat on Mahādeva Island in Lake Kokonor, this brief song offers a critical indictment of sectarianism. The text appears in the master's autobiography.

Inspired by a thought of his mother, Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol sang these verses to himself, as a reminder of the importance of recognising all beings as one's mother and remembering their kindness.

Swift Rebirth Prayers

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