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Minling Terchen Rigdzin Gyurme Dorje

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In this sūtra (Toh. 311) the Buddha teaches eleven perceptions to be cultivated at the time of death to the assembled monks as his final testament.

The famous three lines spoken by Garab Dorje as his last testament to Mañjuśrīmitra.

One of three final testaments included in the Khandro Yangtik collection, this is the longest and most famous. It includes a series of similes that illustrate the key themes of the general teachings and concludes with Longchenpa's declaration of delight at the prospect of his own death.

These four lines, which Terdak Lingpa Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje is said to have pronounced before passing into parinirvāṇa, are commonly recited as a prayer of aspiration. The great Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo reportedly recited them himself before his own passing.

Dating from 1932, this response to a plea for longevity has come to be regarded as the Thirteenth Dalai Lama's final testament, in which he offers stern advice and a prophetic warning of what might befall Tibet.

This final testament, which succinctly expresses the view, meditation, action and fruition of the Great Perfection, was transmitted to Lama Rigdzin Nyima (b. 1931).

Aspiration Prayers



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