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May the living tradition of Guru Padmasambhava, Bodhisattva Śāntarakṣita and the Dharma King Tri Songdetsen,
Spread throughout the world in all directions!
May the Buddha, Dharma and Saṅgha be present in the minds of all,
Inseparably, at all times, bringing peace, happiness and well‑being!
Texts related to the Nyingma School of Ancient Translations (snga 'gyur rnying ma), the oldest tradition within Tibetan Buddhism:
- The Jewelled Garland: An Aspiration for the Spread of the Teachings of the Omniscient Father and Son, Masters of the Teachings of the Ancient Translations by Amdo Geshe Jampal Rolwé Lodrö
This prayer for the spread of the teachings of the great Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjam (1308–1364) is also an extensive panegyric on the qualities of those teachings. It is unusual in that the author was himself a Gelugpa — albeit one who studied with Nyingma teachers and wrote on Dzogchen.
- Words to Delight the Sovereigns of the Dharma: A Prayer of Aspiration for the Flourishing and Spread of the Ancient Translation Tradition by Mipham Rinpoche
This famous prayer for the spread of the teachings of the Nyingma tradition is among Mipham Rinpoche's most famous compositions. It is recited daily at the annual Monlam Chenmo festival and was the subject of a major commentary by Mipham's student and lineage-holder, Shechen Gyaltsab Pema Namgyal (1871–1926).
Based on the writings of Patrul Rinpoche, this brief survey summarises each of the nine successive vehicles leading to enlightenment in terms of their entry point, view, meditation, conduct and results.