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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
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