Translations by Sean Price
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Sean Price (Gelong Tenzin Jamchen) is the Director of Tibetan Publications for the Tsadra Foundation. As a translator, he has published The Supreme Siddhi of Mahamudra: Teachings, Poems, and Songs of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage (Snow Lion Publications, 2017) and The Emanated Scripture of Manjushri: Shabkar's Essential Meditation Instructions (Snow Lion Publications, 2019).
Texts translated into English by Sean Price (Tenzin Jamchen)
Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje
Crucial advice on how to eliminate three types of obstacle that may imperil beginning-level practitioners of meditation.
Alak Zenkar Pema Ngödrup Rolwe Dorje
A short, eight-line prayer to Tārā in the recognition that she and her twenty-one forms are none other than pure awareness and its manifestations.
An eight-line prayer to Guru Padmasambhava that incorporates the shortest possible summary of his life and an aspiration for rebirth on the Glorious Copper-Coloured Mountain.
Tārā herself is credited with composing this short praise, through which Atiśa, who had fallen sick in Nyethang, recovered his health.
Chöying Tobden Dorje
A brief prayer to noble Tārā requesting protection from fear and the fulfilment of aspirations.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
This devotional song of calling the guru from afar (bla ma rgyang 'bod) in five verses was composed at the request of a lama from Neudong Bentsang Monastery.
- Concise Offering of the Body from the Root Text of the Heart Accomplishment of the Guru Tukdrup, The Essential Manual of Oral Instructions (Shaldam Nyingjang) by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
A simple practice of Chöd ('severance') extracted from the Essential Manual of Oral Instructions (zhal gdams snying byang), which is part of the Chokling Tersar, and supplemented by verses of introduction and conclusion composed by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
A three-verse prayer for the long life of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche composed at the request of Sherab Gyaltsen.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche composed this 16-line prayer to the great Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjam (1308–1363) based on the writings of Ju Mipham.
A three-verse prayer to Milarepa, which arose, the author says, out of his oceanic faith for the great yogin.
- Supplication to the Lineage of the Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse compiled by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
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 short prayer to Guru Padmākara, written at the request of the late Sharpa Tsenam, who played an important role in the construction of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche's Zandokpalri Monastery in Kalimpong.
- The Quintessence of the Profound Path: A Concise Guide to the Stages of Visualization for the Guru Yoga of the Seven-Line Supplication, A Shower of Blessings by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
A detailed guide to practising Mipham Rinpoche's famous guru yoga based on the Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, The Shower of Blessings.
- True Words to Accomplish Immortality: A Longevity Prayer to the Tulku of Jamyang Khyentse, Thupten Chökyi Gyatso by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
This three-verse prayer for the long life of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche was composed in Bodhgayā, India, in 1991.
- Wisdom's Melody: An Aspiration to Realize Madhyamaka, Mahāmudrā, and Mahā Ati by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Written in Sikkim, this is an aspiration to realize the view of the Middle Way (Madhyamaka), the meditation of the Great Seal (Mahāmudrā), the conduct of single-taste, and the fruition of Dzogpachenpo, the Great Perfection.
Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima
- The Adamantine Magical Wheel: Invoking the Profound Pledge of Padmākara, the Glorious Victor, to Avert the Final War by Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima
This prayer of invocation, which was written by the Third Dodrupchen Rinpoche during a period of political unrest, calls upon Guru Padmasambhava to protect Tibetans from aggressors and the ravages of war. More recently, it was redistributed at the behest of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, who recognized its continued relevance amid the turmoil of the twentieth century.
Drikung Kyobpa Jikten Sumgön
Jigten Gönpo composed these seven verses of supplication following a visionary experience in which he saw seven different forms of Tārā. The prayer became known as the 'sevenfold refuge' (skyabs bdun ma), and is renowned for the extraordinary blessings it conveys.
Garwang Chökyi Gyaltsen
- A Prayer to Guru Rinpoche That Spontaneously Fulfils All Wishes (from the Extremely Secret Assembly of Sugatas) by Garwang Chökyi Gyaltsen
This supplication to Guru Padmasambhava, revealed as a treasure (terma) by the Fourth Shechen Rabjam, has been recommended by the current Rabjam Rinpoche for its special potency in times of crisis.
Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye
A brief six-line supplication to the guru, indivisible from Ārya Tāra, mother of all the buddhas, written at the behest of Jampal Tendar and other devoted disciples.
Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
This simple advice covering the entire Buddhist path was composed at the request of Degyal Rinpoche (b. 1937).
A short prayer written at the request of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (1931–2011).
Pithy and practical, this advice — composed at the request of Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche, Jamyang Döndrup (1928–2019) — summarizes the key points of the path of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection.
A simple daily sādhana focused on Yamāntaka, the wrathful manifestation of Mañjuśrī.
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
- 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.
- 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.
- Wisdom's Bestowal: A Way to Accumulate the Recitation of the Tantra 'Chanting the Names of Mañjuśrī' (Mañjuśrī Nāmasaṅgīti) by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
For this 'means of recitation' (bklag thabs), which provides additional prayers and practices to be said before and after the root text of Chanting the Names of Mañjuśrī (Mañjuśrī-nāmasaṅgīti; 'jam dpal mtshan brjod), Khyentse Wangpo relied upon and adapted the writings of the great Sakya patriarchs Jetsün Drakpa Gyaltsen and Sakya Paṇḍita.
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.
A brief liturgy to accompany the offering of sang (bsang), or fragrant incense smoke, to the goddess Tārā and her retinue.
Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok
The first part of the Tidro (ti sgro) cycle to be revealed, this Kurukullā practice is—in Khenchen's own description—not entirely terma yet not entirely his own composition either.
- The Cintāmaṇi (Wish-Fulfilling Jewel) Instruction: A Sādhana of the Glorious Vajrasattva, a Method of Purification and Accomplishment for Both Self and Others by Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok
This short Vajrasattva sādhana, which incorporates the four powers as a means of purifying negative actions, obscurations and breakages of samaya, was composed spontaneously in April 1997. The translation also includes additional verses for refuge, bodhicitta, dedication and aspiration, as recited in Larung Gar.
- The Sun of Samantabhadra’s Realm: The Quintessence of Oceanic Prayers of Aspiration by Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok
Composed in Bodhgayā, this is a bodhisattva's aspiration to emulate the buddhas of the past, such as Śākyamuni, serve the remaining buddhas of this fortunate age, and lead all beings to awakening. The prayer was recorded and transcribed by Khenpo Sodargye.
Khenchen Tashi Özer
In this brief, practical instruction written for a disciple, the great Khenpo Tashi Özer explains the root of meditation, which he describes as "mind looking into itself".
Khenpo Chime Rigdzin
- A Lament of Faith: A Short Remembrance of, and Prayer to, My Guru, the Wish-Fulfilling Jewel by Khenpo Chime Rigdzin
This celebrated prayer extols the benefits of guru devotion in general and praises the qualities of Khenchen Jikme Puntsok Rinpoche (1933–2004) in particular, invoking his inspiration and blessings as a means to progress along the path.
This short song on the view and meditation of the Great Perfection was composed by Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol (1781–1851) but has recently been misattributed to Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo.
Khenpo Gangshar describes this pithy advice on how to be truly happy by settling into realization of mind's essential nature as "insane ramblings", but it will surely be of great benefit to practitioners.
- From the Mahāmudrā Preliminary Practices: Continuous Integration with Ground, Path, and Fruition by Khenpo Gangshar
Basic instructions on the preliminary contemplations of the rarity of the freedoms and opportunities, impermanence, karma and the sufferings of saṃsāra, followed by a simple explanation of the ground, path and fruition according to Mahāmudrā.
This short, unelaborate guru yoga is written from an absolute perspective, according to which clear, empty awareness is the very nature of the guru, and the practice is simply to remain in such a state.
- Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet: A Concise Instruction for Realizing the Nature of Mind by Khenpo Gangshar
A concise instruction pointing out the nature of mind, which Khenpo Gangshar offered to the students of Thrangu Shedrup Dargye Ling in 1957.
- Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet: Instructions to Guide You along the Profound Path by Khenpo Gangshar
Perhaps Khenpo Gangshar's most famous work, this pithy guide to Dzogchen practice includes instructions on the uncommon preliminaries, the analytical meditations of a paṇḍita, and the main practice, which is the resting meditation of a kusulu, as well as how to integrate the practice.
Gangshar Wangpo tells us that he based these verses—which explain how to eliminate obstacles to practice and sustain realization of mind's essential nature—on scripture, the oral instructions of his guru, and his own experience.
- Vomiting Gold: A Pith Instruction in the Form of Advice for the Diligent Practitioner, the Excellent Atsang by Khenpo Gangshar
The famous yogi Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo likens his composition of this short text of advice on renunciation and the practice of maintaining awareness to an old dog suddenly vomiting gold.
Könchok Tenpe Drönme
- A Song to Aid the Recollection of Parental Kindness and Encourage the Recitation of the Maṇi Mantra by Könchok Tenpe Drönme
A moving song to inspire compassion for our parents from the present life and, more broadly, for all beings who have been our parents in the course of our innumerable lives in beginningless saṃsāra.
In this famous poem Könchok Tenpe Drönme offers a powerful and moving contemplation on impermanence and mortality, inspiring the reader to focus on Dharma practice without delay.
A four-line prayer to accompany an offering to the protectress Durtrö Lhamo (dur khrod lha mo), Mistress of the Charnel Ground.
A four-line liturgy to accompany offerings to the male protectors, especially Mahākāla in his various forms.
Mipham composed this simple practice of guru yoga focussed upon the red magnetizing goddess Kurukullā (rig byed ma) in 1891.
Written in 1906, this short text contains the most profound instruction on the practice of śamatha, or calm abiding, in which mind is turned upon itself.
A four-line verse to accompany the offering of sang (bsang), or fragrant incense smoke, to Kurukullā and her retinue.
A four-line liturgy to accompany the offering of torma to Kurukullā, goddess of magnetizing.
This visualization and mantra recitation for the Wrathful Guru in dark blue form and mounted upon a wild boar is extracted from the collection called Profound Fierce Mantras to Subdue All Infectious Disease (nad rims kun thub sngags rgod zab mo).
In this verse summary of a teaching from the Bodhisattva Piṭaka, the Buddha explains the importance of sentient beings and how pleasing them is the greatest form of offering.
In this short text, the celebrated Dzogchen teacher Nyoshul Lungtok Tenpe Nyima offers a prayer to the root and lineage gurus and all the buddhas and bodhisattvas requesting their blessings and inspiration so that we might perfect the cultivation of bodhicitta in all its aspects.
This popular liturgy, attributed to Padampa Sangye, consists of thirty short aspirations related to the Mahāyāna path in general and the Vajrayāna in particular.
A popular practice of Avalokiteśvara in his four-armed form, this sādhana was discovered by Rigdzin Gödemchen Ngödrup Gyaltsen as part of the Northern Treasures (byang gter) revelation.
- A Concise Meditation and Mantra Recitation of Sarasvatī from the Heart-Essence of the Ḍākinī of Suchness (Chönyi Khandrö Tuktik) revealed by Sera Khandro
A simple practice of Sarasvatī including refuge, bodhicitta, deity visualisation, mantra recitation, praise and dedication of merit.
A short, two-verse prayer to noble Tārā in her twenty-one emanations, composed (or revealed) in response to a request from a monk-physican named Samten.
Seventh Dalai Lama
- Rain of Accomplishments: A Song that Incorporates the Four Mindfulnesses from an Instruction on the View of the Middle Way by Seventh Dalai Lama
This famous song summarizes four forms of mindfulness, which Mañjuśrī taught to Tsongkhapa: 1) mindfulness of the guru; 2) mindfulness of bodhicitta; 3) mindfulness of the body as a divine body; and 4) mindfulness of the view of emptiness.
Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol
In this short song the famous yogi Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol explains the essence of all practices, from the contemplations of the outer preliminaries to the practices of the inner preliminaries, and the main practices of the generation and perfection stages.
This short song of experiential instructions on the Dzogchen view and meditation is rich in imagery and direct in tone. It has recently been misattributed to Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo (1925–1958/9).
An elaborate practice of supplication or prayer to the great poet-yogi Milarepa, preceded by practices for taking refuge and generating bodhicitta.
Shechen Gyaltsab Gyurme Pema Namgyal
Pithy verses of counsel covering the entire path, which Shechen Gyaltsab composed for the bhikṣu Jampa Dargye at Lhodrak Kharchu.
A very simple practice of guru devotion focused on Longchen Rabjam (1308–1364), referred to here as Kunkhyen Chenpo, the Great Omniscient One.
This is an extremely concise version of a longer liturgy for appeasing the mamos (mātṛkā) and overcoming the environmental disturbances and disease that they can create. It was composed in 1921.
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
A two-verse prayer for the swift reincarnation of the Fourth Dodrupchen Rinpoche (1927–2022), which Rabjam Rinpoche wrote by adapting the words of a prayer previously composed by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Rabjam Rinpoche adapted the text of 'A Short Remembrance of, and Prayer to My Master, the Wish-Fulfilling Jewel entitled, A Lament of Faith,' which was composed by Khenpo Chimé Rigdzin and addressed to Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok (1933–2004), in order to create this moving supplication to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–1991).
- A Supplication for the Longevity of the Peerless and Sublime Tulku, Dzongsar Khyentse, Thupten Chökyi Gyatso by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
This supplication was composed in time for Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche's sixty-first year, a potential period of obstacles according to Tibetan astrology.
Rabjam Rinpoche composed this devotional song of calling the guru from afar (bla ma rgyang 'bod) during ceremonies held to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's passing into parinirvāṇa
Rabjam Rinpoche composed this brief three-verse prayer to Padmasambhava when visiting the hidden land of Pemakö, sacred to the Guru.
- The Lotus of Faith: A Supplication to the Successive Lives of Shechen Rabjam by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
Rabjam Rinpoche composed this prayer to the various masters in his own incarnation line at the request of Tulku Kunga, who had transcribed the list of names from a handwritten note by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
- The Potent Nectar of Accomplishment: A Prayer and Supplication to the Vidyādhara Gurus of the Three Lineages by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
Rabjam Rinpoche composed this prayer and aspiration in October 2020, at the request of Ven. Lungrik Nyima, after completing the textual arrangements for several of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's mind treasures (dgongs gter).
Tenth Pawo Rinpoche
A simple guru yoga practice focusing on the great poet-yogi Milarepa; it includes the standard elements of visualisation, invocation, mantra recitation, dissolution and dedication.
Tertön Mingyur Dorje
- Offering of the White Torma from the Namchö Treasure Revelation’s Cycle of the Peaceful Guru by Tertön Mingyur Dorje
This liturgy for the white torma (dkar gtor) offering from the peaceful guru cycle of the Namchö revelation was revealed in 1657.
- The Method to Pacify All Epidemics, Illnesses and Pandemics from the Sixty Solitary Forms of Yamāntaka by Tertön Sogyal
The 54th of 60 texts in Tertön Sogyal's revelation connected with the 'solitary hero' (ekavīra) form of Yamāntaka, this is a special method for pacifying and healing contagious disease. It is among the rituals being performed by the monks of Larung Gar as a means to eliminate the coronavirus pandemic of 2020–21.
This prayer to alleviate the terrors of conflict was spoken by the great siddha Thangtong Gyalpo at a time when war ravaged Minyak in eastern Tibet. Such was the power of his words, it is said, the conflict instantly came to an end, and peace and prosperity reigned.
A four-line aspiration prayer for the spread of the terma revelations of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–1991), composed at the request of Lama Jigme of Khawalung Monastery.
- Gateway for the Faithful: A Supplication Recalling the Lives and Liberation of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, Ngawang Chökyi Lodrö by Trulshik Rinpoche
A supplication prayer that recalls Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche's thirty previous incarnations and their major accomplishments, as well as the master's own life and future emanations.
Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche composed this short prayer for the realisation of the ultimate view, meditation and conduct at the request of a devoted student by the name of Changchub Chökyi Drolma.
Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche composed this simple guru yoga, which focuses upon himself, at the request of Khachö Tsering Palmo while he was bestowing the Nyingma Kama transmissions at Shechen Monastery in Nepal.
This simple sādhana, which includes a feast offering, focuses on Ārya Tārā in blue-green form, surrounded by her retinue of twenty other forms.
- The Continuous Rain of Blessing: A Supplication for the Sādhana of the Sublime Lady, Tārā by Tsultrim Zangpo
A lineage prayer to accompany the sādhana of Tārā in blue-green form by the same author.
Simple, pithy explanations of the four uncommon Dzogchen samayas: non-existence (or absence), evenness, spontaneous presence, and oneness.