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Deities of the Longchen Nyingtik

Texts related to the Longchen Nyingtik (klong chen snying thig, Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse) cycle revealed by Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa (1729/30–1798):

Aspiration Prayers

Written in Nepal at the then newly-built Shechen monastery during a great accomplishment (sgrub chen) ritual of Tsokchen Düpa, this is an aspiration to accomplish the entire Longchen Nyingtik path, from the preliminaries through to the generation and completion stages and the practices of the Great Perfection.

This series of aspirations for future rebirths is tailored, Jigme Lingpa says, to the sorrow-inducing nature of this final age of degeneration, or kaliyuga.

An aspiration to perfect bodhisattva aspirations, bring all sentient beings to maturity and purify the world and its inhabitants into a buddha realm. The text is included within recent editions of the Rinchen Terdzö, or Treasury of Revelations.

This popular prayer by the vidyādhara Jigme Lingpa includes aspirations related to every stage of the path, from gaining a precious human rebirth and following a qualified teacher through to accomplishing the most advanced practices of Dzogpachenpo and, thereafter, working for others' benefit.

This prayer of aspiration to be reborn in Guru Padmasambhava's heaven of Zangdok Palri (zangs mdog dpal ri), the Copper-Coloured Mountain of Glory, includes detailed descriptions of its wonderful features and extraordinary qualities. The text is a terma (gter ma) revelation and part of the Longchen Nyingtik cycle.

This famous aspiration to realize the ground, path and fruition of the Great Perfection (rdzogs pa chen po) is part of the Longchen Nyingtik revelation of Jigme Lingpa.

An aspiration prayer to recognize the various phases of the four intermediate states, or bardos—the natural bardo of this life, the bardo of dying, the bardo of dharmatā, and the bardo of becoming—and apply the techniques and practices that will bring about realization.

Jigme Lingpa himself describes this text as "a prayer invoking and imploring Guru Rinpoche, coupled with an aspiration prayer suitable for daily recitation based on the root words of the way to attain liberation through the experiences of the bardo states." It was inspired by a sense of sorrow and renunciation when, one morning during a retreat near Samye, Jigme Lingpa glimpsed Mount Hepori in the distance and thought about the great events that had taken place there during Padmasambhava's lifetime, little or no trace of which remained.


This brief explanation of the Fourfold Heart-Essence (Nyingtik Yabzhi) corpus and Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse (Longchen Nyingtik) revelation was written in Seattle in the early 1960s in reply to a question from E. Gene Smith. Dezhung Rinpoche consulted Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, who clarified some points and added further notes. The text is thus included among the collected writings of both masters.

The author offers a concise yet complete overview of the entire path according to the Longchen Nyingtik, applicable to monastics and lay tantrikas alike. Using the structure of virtuous beginning, middle and end, he covers the common and uncommon preliminary practices, the generation and perfection phases, and the practices of Trekchö and Tögal.

In this brief commentary Gemang Khenpo Yönten Gyatso explains the meaning behind every word of Jigme Lingpa's famous revelation, The Prayer of the Ground, Path and Fruition (gzhi lam 'bras bu'i smon lam).

An explanation of The Vajra Verses on the Natural State, a revelation of Jigme Lingpa, which describes the pure awareness that is the natural state of the mind and how all the qualities of the path and fruition are complete within it.


Descent of Blessings

Dharma Protectors

A brief text for making offerings to the dharma protectors, especially Ekajaṭī, Gönpo Maning, Vajrasādhu (alias Dorje Lekpa), Rāhula, Durtrö Lhamo (Goddess of the Charnel Ground), Tseringma and the sisters of long-life and Dorje Yudrönma (Goddess of the Turquoise Lamp).

This short request for the fulfilment of wishes and entrustment of activity to the protectors of the Longchen Nyingtik is often added to the preliminary torma offerings and recited during dharmapālas practices.

This concise, daily fulfilment practice for Gönpo Lekden, protector of the tantras, is found in the Longchen Nyingtik core texts collection alongside the longer fulfilment practice of which it is an abridgement.

A simple rite of confession to amend any impairments and breakages of samaya and to purify actions that upset the dharma protectors.

A well-known text for entrusting activity to the Dharma protectors, so that they may ensure the flourishing of the Buddhadharma, especially the Vajrayāna, and protect practitioners from every form of harm.

This three-verse exhortation to the dharmapālas, which is regularly recited by followers of the Longchen Nyingtik tradition, was composed for Tsamtrul Rinpoche, the incarnation of Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu, when he was about to travel through the bandit-plagued land of Golok.




Guru Rinpoche Prayers

Guru Yoga


Lineage Prayers

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche added several verses to an original prayer composed by one of Jigme Lingpa's direct disciples, in order to complete the list of lineage masters—from whom, as he says, he received great kindness—up to and including to himself.

A collection of short prayers to all the key figures in the lineage of the Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse (Longchen Nyingtik) compiled by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche for regular recitation in conjunction with any practice from the Longchen Nyingtik cycle.

A lineage supplication for the Longchen Nyingtik practice of Siṃhamukhā, the Lion-Faced Ḍākinī, which is the secret, wrathful aspect of Yumka, including additional verses by the Third Dodrupchen.

In these addenda to the standard lineage prayer for Longchen Nyingtik (klong chen snying thig), which is known as The Continuous Shower of Blessings, Jamyang Khyentse highlights two versions of the lineage received by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo: the full transmission from Khenpo Pema Vajra and the transmission of realization from Jigme Gyalwe Nyugu.

A lineage supplication for the Vajrasattva guru yoga known as Dorsem Ngön-ga (Abhirati Vajrasattva), which is part of the Longchen Nyingtik revelation.

This prayer to the lineage of Longchen Nyingtik is part of the original revelation and was supplemented by later authors. It includes an aspiration for successfully following the path.



Root Tantra



Supplementary Texts

This liturgy for blessing the activity vase (las bum) by means of the deity Ucchuṣma follows the tradition of Dodrupchen Monastery.

General mantras for blessing the vajra and bell followed by text for the invoking the fields of merit according to each of the main Longchen Nyingtik sādhanas: Rigdzin Düpa, Palchen Düpa, Yumka Dechen Gyalmo, and Dukngal Rangdrol.

Mantras and verses to be recited when offering a torma for the eight classes of spirits as part of a drum rite (rnga chog) according to the Dodrupchen Monastery tradition.

General mantras for blessing the rosary (Skt. mālā) followed by verses specific to the mantra recitations of the major Longchen Nyingtik sādhanas: Rigdzin Düpa, Palchen Düpa, Yumka Dechen Gyalmo and Dukngal Rangdrol.

Text for the concluding sections of the various Longchen Nyingtik sādhanas, beginning with the blessing of the tsok, arranged according to the tradition of Dodrupchen Monastery.

The mantras and liturgy recited in the Dodrupchen tradition when offering the torma for obstructing forces (bgegs gtor) as a preliminary to the sādhanas of the Longchen Nyingtik.

A liturgy to be recited in the Dodrupchen tradition when offering the white torma (dkar gtor) as a preliminary to bell rites (dril chog) in the Longchen Nyingtik.


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