Courtesy of Jurek Schreiner
A selection of prayers or supplications (Skt. adhyeṣaṇa; Tib. gsol 'debs):
- A Prayer to the Precious Teacher of Incomparable Kindness, Jamyang Lungtok Gyaltsen by Akhyuk Rinpoche Lungtok Gyaltsen
Akhyuk Rinpoche says that he composed this prayer to himself in order to increase the pure perception of his disciples. In it he lists some of his previous incarnations: the mahāshiddha Śāntipa, Drokmi Palgyi Yeshe, Langdro Lotsāwa, Gyalwa Chokyang, Longchen Rabjam, and Longsal Nyingpo (1625–1692).
A short supplication to Guru Padmasambhava combined with an aspiration based on the so-called Four Dharmas of turning one's mind toward the Dharma, making progress on the path, clarifying confusion, and allowing confusion to dawn as wisdom.
- 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.
This prayer to the extraordinary Gyarong Khandro Dechen Wangmo, who was considered to be an emanation of Mandāravā, was written by Jamyang Khyentse at the request of Khandro Tsering Chödrön (1929–2011).
- The Treasury of Blessings: A Prayer to Recall the Sublime Masters who Showed Great Kindness to the Land of Snows by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
A non-sectarian prayer invoking many of the greatest luminaries in Tibetan Buddhist history, from King Trisong Detsen and the twenty-five disciples of Guru Padmasambhava down to Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrul.
Jamyang Khyentse wrote this twelve-line prayer to Patrul Rinpoche during the festival of Chökhor Düchen in 1860. The text identifies Patrul as an emanation of Śāntideva and the early Dzogchen adept Aro Yeshe Jungne, and praises his qualities of renunciation, bodhicitta and wisdom.
- A Prayer Recalling the Life and Liberation of the Great Perfection Adept Rangjung Dorje (‘Naturally Arisen Vajra’), Jigme Lingpa by Jigme Lingpa
Jigme Lingpa wrote this prayer recalling his own life and liberation at the request of the First Dodrupchen, Jigme Trinlé Özer (1745–1821). The prayer includes a summary of his previous lives, as well as his most important accomplishments and qualities, when—as he puts it—he emphasized the positive.
- A Prayer to Jowo Rinpoche combined with Aspirations and a Means to Receive the Four Empowerments by Jigme Lingpa
Jigme Lingpa wrote this prayer for a student who was accumulating prayers before the famous Jowo Rinpoche statue in the Jokhang temple in Lhasa. It is not only a prayer to Śākyamuni Buddha, but also a means to receive the four empowerments: vase, secret, wisdom-knowledge, and the supreme empowerment of great rays of light.
This devotional prayer to invoke the blessings of the guru is one of Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok's best known compositions. It was written in 1987 at Mount Wutai (Wutai Shan) at the request of an elderly disciple, Lama Rigdön.
- A Prayer Recounting the Lives and Liberation of the Exalted Ḍākinī Mandāravā revealed by Samten Lingpa
Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, one of the pioneers of Tibetan Buddhism in America, composed this short prayer to Khandro Tsering Chödrön, the spiritual wife of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, shortly after her parinirvāṇa in 2011.
For this prayer from the Vajrakīla cycle known as Yang Zab Nyingpo (Deepest Heart-Essence), the practitioner assumes the form of the deity Vajrakīla and prays to Guru Padmākara and consort, who are visualized above the head.
This short prayer invokes the figures of the Dzogchen lineage from Buddha Samantabhadra onwards, including the peaceful and wrathful deities, calling upon them all to grant their inspiration and blessing, so that the practitioner might perfect the four visions and attain the rainbow body.
- The Pure Three Kāyas Ablaze in Perfect Splendour: A Prayer Based on the Meaning of the Great Perfection by Longchen Rabjam
This prayer invokes the blessings of all the three-kāya gurus, yidam deities, ḍākinīs and dharmapālas to inspire recognition of the ultimate nature of the Great Perfection (Dzogpachenpo), which Longchenpa describes in evocative detail.
Prayers to Previous Incarnations
- The Beautiful Garland of Uḍumbara Flowers: A Prayer to the Previous Incarnations of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö himself composed this prayer to the 'garland' of his own previous incarnations (skye phreng gsol 'debs), from the Buddha Mañjuśrī down to his immediate predecessor, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892).
- Prayer to the Successive Lives of the Great Trulshik 'Destroyer of Delusion' by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu
- Gateway for the Faithful: A Supplication Recalling the Lives and Liberation of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, Ngawang Chökyi Lodrö by Trulshik Rinpoche
As Dudjom Rinpoche himself explains, this is simultaneously a supplication, confession, and aspiration prayer. It involves the invocation of one's gurus, contemplation and confession of one's faults, and aspiration to overcome such flaws and realise the nature of the guru.