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Master of the ocean of nonsectarian teachings in the Land of Snows,
Sovereign authority of the seven wondrous forms of transmission,
Mañjughoṣa in person, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo—
May all be auspicious for your tradition and teachings to spread far and wide!
Texts related to the seven types of authoritative transmission (bka' babs bdun) received by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892):
- The Essence of Nectar: Graduated Stages of the Path — Advice for Renunciant Meditators by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
These verses of advice for renunciant meditators (spong ba bsam gtan pa) cover the entire Buddhist path, from instructions on following a spiritual friend through to the most advanced generation and perfection phase practices.
This aspiration prayer is said to have been spoken by Guru Padmasambhava when revealing the Vajradhātu maṇḍala in the temple of Samye. The text was revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa and transcribed by Jamgön Kongtrul. Generally, it is known as Mönlam Chokchu Düzhima (Aspiration of the Ten Directions and Four Times), a name which derives from the prayer's first four syllables.
This famous four-line aspiration for the propagation of the nonsectarian lineage of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo was composed by the master himself.
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.
A single four-line verse for the auspiciousness of the attainment of immortality by means of the three long-life deities Amitāyus, Uṣṇīṣayavijayā and White Tārā, 'Wish-Fulfilling Wheel'.
- A Few Words of Commentary to Clarify The Essence of Nectar: Graduated Stages of the Path—Advice for Renunciant Meditators by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
Khyentse Wangpo composed this commentary to The Essence of Nectar: Graduated Stages of the Path (lam rim bdud rtsi'i snying po) at the request of Chöying Palden, who had also requested the original root verses. The text covers every stage of the paths according to the vehicles of the transcendent perfections (pāramitā) and secret mantra.
This version of the famous confession, revealed as part of the Tukdrup Barché Kunsel (thugs sgrub bar chad kun sel) cycle, differs slightly from the eleventh chapter of the Immaculate Confession Tantra, with minor variations throughout and an additional two lines at the very end.
- Damchen Chitor: A Brief Practice of Torma Offering to the Oath-Bound Guardians by Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje
This rite for offering to the dharma protectors, headed by Mahākāla in various forms, is among the most popular liturgies in the Nyingma tradition.
A simple guide to the seven types of authoritative transmission (bka' bab bdun) received by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892): oral teachings, earth treasures; rediscovered treasures; mind treasures; recollected treasures; pure visions and aural lineages.
- Prayer to the Lineage of the Supreme Hayagrīva Emanation from the Aural Transmission by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
A lineage prayer for the Heart-Essence of the Supreme Hayagrīva Emanation (rta mchog rol pa'i snying thig) cycle, received as an aural transmission (snyan brgyud) by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
- The Beautiful Garland of Lotuses: A Prayer to the Lineage of the Rediscovered Treasure, Five-Deity Subjugative Hayagrīva by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
A supplication to the lineage of the healing practice known as The Five-Deity Subjugative Hayagrīva (rta mgrin gnyen po lha lnga), a treasure originally revealed by Rigdzin Chokden Gönpo (1497–1557) and later rediscovered by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
- The Bestowal of Supreme Immortality: A Prayer to the Lineage of Mitrayogin’s White and Red Amitāyus by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
A prayer to the lineage of Mitrayogin's Amitāyus practice, part of the Heart-Essence of the Mahāsiddha Mitra (grub chen mi tra'i snying thig) cycle, revealed as a pure vision by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
- A Shower of Great Bliss: A Lineage Prayer for the Guru Yoga based on Vajrasattva by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
A lineage supplication for the Vajrasattva guru yoga known as Dorsem Ngön-ga (Abhirati Vajrasattva), which is part of the Longchen Nyingtik revelation.
- The Rain of Enlightened Activity: A Prayer to the Gurus of the Lineage of the Vital Essence of the Aural Transmission Kīla by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
This brief prayer to the lineage of The Vital Essence of the Activity Kīla of Aural Transmission (snyan brgyud phrin las phur pa’i gnad tig) was composed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and supplemented by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
- The Shower of Blessings: A Prayer to the Lineage of The Sealed Quintessence, the Innermost Secret Guru Practice by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
A supplication to the lineage of the Longchen Nyingtik's innermost secret guru practice, the Sealed Quintessence or Tikle Gyachen (thig le'i rgya can).
- The Offering Clouds of the Indestructible Ladies of Sound: Concise Garland of Offerings of the Sixteen Vajra Goddesses by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
This concise offering practice in just four verses is a supplementary text for the guru practice of the Longchen Nyingtik.
This famous prayer to Guru Padmasambhava for the elimination of all obstacles on the spiritual path is the outer practice of The Guru's Heart Practice: Dispelling All Obstacles on the Path (bla ma'i thugs sgrub bar chad kun sel), a joint revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
- The Prayer to Guru Rinpoche that Spontaneously Fulfils All Wishes (Sampa Lhundrupma) from The Guru’s Heart Practice: The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa’s revelation of the Sampa Lhundrupma (bsam pa lhun grub ma), a famous prayer to Guru Padmasambhava for the spontaneous fulfilment of wishes, forms the outer section of The Guru’s Heart Practice: The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel (thugs sgrub yid bzhin nor bu). The prayer is very similar to Tulku Zangpo Drakpa’s Sampa Lhundrupma prayer, which is counted as the final chapter of the Le’u Dünma or Prayer in Seven Chapters.
- The Melodious Sound of Gathering Auspiciousness: A Prayer Based on the Liberational Life of the Omniscient Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye
Jamgön Kongtrul composed this biographical prayer (rnam thar gsol 'debs) to Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo by extracting verses from a longer prayer to the masters of the Shangpa Kagyü lineage. For this edition, which is found in the Rinchen Terdzö, Jamyang Khyense Chökyi Lodrö composed three additional verses that refer to Khyentse Wangpo's parinirvāṇa and rebirth.
- The Melodious Speech of Samantabhadra: A Prayer to the Glorious Master Jamgön Kongtrul Thaye by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye
This prayer to Jamgön Kongtrul was composed by the master himself at the request of one of his disciples. It contains references to his life and the qualities he considers important, such as—to adopt the words of the text—the pure perception, with which he upheld all Buddha's teachings impartially.
- The Melody of the Auspicious Spiralled Conch: A Prayer Based on the Liberation Life of the Great Emanated Tertön Chokgyur Lingpa by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye
Jamgön Kongtrul’s biographical prayer to Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829–1870) details the master's life and legacy, especially his terma revelations and accomplishments. The text is included within the Rinchen Terdzö collection.
Jamyang Khyentse composed this prayer for perfecting the Seven Points of Mind Training (blo sbyong don bdun ma) when he was in the presence of the famous Atiśa statue at the Tārā Temple in Nyethang (snye thang). The section headings were added by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
- The Chariot of the Vidyādharas: An Aspiration Prayer for Travelling to the Realm of Lotus Light by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
This poetic prayer relates the Lotus Light (padma 'od) pure realm of Guru Padmasambhava to the four visions of Dzogchen practice and contains the aspiration that we may all be reborn there, to advance through the four stages of a vidyādhara and swiftly reach the level of the Lake-born Guru himself.
- The Sweet-Sounding Song that Fulfils All Aims: A Prayer to Noble Tārā Combined with Her Root Mantra by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
This brief supplication to the saviouress Tārā incorporates and expands upon the literal meaning of the syllables of her root mantra (oṃ tāre tuttāre ture svāhā).
- The Rain of Virtue and Goodness: A Short Practice for Consecrating Representations of Enlightened Body, Speech and Mind by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
This popular rite of consecration (rab gnas) includes the standard elements of bathing, drying, and dressing (for which it draws upon the Bodhicaryāvatāra), before inviting the wisdom deities, sealing them within the image, empowerment, opening of the eyes, transformation, offering and praise, and prayers to remain until the very ends of the aeon.
A short daily practice of Yangdak Heruka composed in Lhodrak Kharchu at the request of a young Sogyal Rinpoche (1947–2019).
- The Accomplishment of Supreme Enlightened Activity: A Recitation Manual for The Vajrakīla Root Tantra Section by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
Jamyang Khyentse wrote this recitation guide (bklags thabs) for the Vajrakīla Root Tantra Section (phur pa rtsa dum) at the request of his master of ceremonies, Lama Chokden.
- The Sealed Quintessence: The Innermost Secret Guru Practice of the Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse by Jigme Lingpa
The innermost secret guru practice of the Longchen Nyingtik cycle focuses on Longchen Rabjam and is considered an indispensable preliminary to Dzogchen practice. Jigme Lingpa revealed the practice some time around 1761, during his second three-year retreat, then kept it secret for five years.