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Embodiment of the three buddha families,
Through the compassionate light rays of Pema Tötreng, you arose as the splendour of the world—
Supreme being, Great Lion, Norbu Dradül, to you we pray!
Grant us supreme and ordinary siddhis!
A series of texts dedicated to the legendary warrior king Gesar (ge sar):
A short essay concerning the identity and significance of the warrior-deity Gesar, the subject of offering rites (gsol mchod) by prominent figures such as Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje (1800–1866), Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892) and Mipham Namgyal Gyatso (1846–1912).
- The Swift Infusion of Blessings: A Guru Yoga of the Great Embodiment of Unchanging Awareness Wisdom by Mipham Rinpoche
Mipham wrote this longer practice for offering the flag of windhorse (rlung rta) in 1903. It includes optional verses addressed to Gesar, Hayagrīva, Gaṇapati (tshogs bdag), and Magyal Pomra (rma rgyal spom ra), the protector of the Amnye Machen mountain range.
This invocation and offering rite, popularly known as Söllo Chenmo (gsol lo chen mo), is among Mipham Rinpoche's most famous and celebrated works. Composed in free verse between 1877 and 1880, it invokes Gesar in his peaceful, enriching, magnetizing, wrathful and varied forms and is considered to be so powerful that it is only recited on special occasions when much is at stake.
This brief 'first-portion' offering (phud mchod) to Gesar and his retinue for the sake of prosperity, which Mipham composed in 1872, is said to bring about "the four treasures of longevity, glory, wealth and prosperity," and fulfilment of all wishes and requirements.
- The Prayer and Offering to 'The Great Lion, Gesar the Jewel', that Spontaneously Accomplishes Activities by Mipham Rinpoche
This brief rite of offering and requesting Gesar to carry out activity was written in 1880. As with the other texts in this section of Mipham's works Gesar appears not only as powerful warrior-figure but as an enlightened emanation of Guru Padmasambhava.
- The Spontaneous Fulfilment of Wishes: A Daily Prayer to Gesar, King of the Dralas by Mipham Rinpoche
- Spontaneous Accomplishment of the Fourfold Activity That Bestows the Splendour of the Two Siddhis: A Sādhana of Noble Gesar, Accomplisher of All Aims by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
Chokgyur Lingpa revealed this Gesar practice on the 25th day of the Monkey month in the Fire Rabbit year (1867) following a pure vision. The Second Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche, Könchok Gyurme Tenpé Gyaltsen (1871–1939), later compiled and arranged the treasure text as a sādhana.