The Hundred-Syllable Mantra

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The Meaning of the Hundred-Syllable Mantra
The mantra is a prayer evoking Vajrasattva’s promise. Here are the words with their equivalent meanings.

Most highly praised,

Vajrasattva! The sacred link between us—

Guard it closely. O Vajrasattva,

May you remain firmly with me.

May you completely satisfy me.

Make me blossom fully.

May you always be loving toward me.

Bestow on me all accomplishments.

In all my actions

Make my mind most virtuous.

HUNG (The vital seed syllable of Vajrasattva.)

HA HA HA HA (Syllables indicating the four boundless attitudes, the four empowerments, the four joys, and the four bodies.)

HO (A laugh of pleasure at those.)

O Victorious, Virtuous, and Transcendent One of all the Tathagatas,

You are the diamond—do not forsake me.

Make me a diamond holder.

O great being of the commitment,

May I be inseparably united with you.

This entails performing positive actions as antidotes to negative ones. In this case, it refers to the essential points of visualizing the deity, reciting the mantra, concentrating on the negative actions and obscurations being washed away, and so on.

This is to give rise to intense remorse for the negative actions one has performed in the past—as if one had taken poison.

This is the firm resolution to refrain from negative actions in the future, even if one’s life is at stake. These last two powers are complete when at the end of reciting the mantra, one verbalizes one’s parting, in verse or as prose, with such prayers as “In ignorance and confusion . . .” Even if one cannot do this, giving rise to true regret and recognizing the fault in future wrongdoing will automatically produce the resolution to refrain. There is not one of us who has not entered the door of the Secret Mantra Vehicle. And once we have done so, if we do not subsequently keep the commitments, we will go to hell; if we do keep them, we will attain Buddhahood. There is no other destination than these two. The Secret Mantra Vehicle commitments are very subtle, numerous, and difficult to keep. Even Lord Atisha said that after he had entered the Mantra Vehicle, he committed fault after fault in rapid succession. So for us who have few antidotes, weak mindfulness, and no vigilance (we do not even know the different categories of vows, nor the point at which we break the precepts), there can be no doubt that breaches of our vows are falling on us like rain. We should therefore do the practice of Vajrasattva every day and recite the hundred syllables twenty-one times. By doing so, our downfalls will be blessed and their fully ripened effect will be prevented from growing greater. And by reciting the hundred-syllable mantra one hundred thousand times, all our downfalls will be eradicated, as the Ornament of the Essence says:

Clearly visualize Vajrasattva Enthroned on a white lotus and moon: By reciting twenty-one times The hundred syllables according to the ritual, Downfalls and the like will be blessed And therefore not grow greater. Thus the greatest accomplished beings have taught, So do this practice constantly. If you recite it one hundred thousand times, You will become the very embodiment of total purity.

Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom
Complete Instructions on the Preliminary Practice of the Profound and Secret Heart Essence of the Dakini
By Dunjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje 
Translated by the Padmakara Translation Group
Shambhla Boston & London 2011

We offer these words of advise to our sangha as we remember and pray for Venerable Dhomang Gyatrul Rinpoche who entered Parivirvnan on April 8th.

As Lama Tharchin Rinpoche said, in speaking of Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s parinirvana:

“It is like doing one mantra on a holy day where the merit multiplies by millions. During this time, we can remember Rinpoche’s wisdom, his kindness, how much that has penetrated our mind, how our lives would be inconceivable without him … We can come together and pray, make aspiration prayers together that immediately this life has set we can be reborn in the Pureland, that we can practice together and attain fully enlightened Buddhahood always together. Then we don’t have any separation, from life to life.”  

See Orgyen Dorje Den for Parinirvana of Venerable Dhomang Gyatrul Rinpoche Puja Schedule and Swift Rebirth Prayer


Dudjom Rinpoche on Guru Yoga and the Essence of Practice

HH Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje

This is the essence of practice:

Pray to your Lama and, while praying, blend your mind inseparably with your Lama’s wisdom mind.
Having merged inseparably, settle in the state of naturalness, the nature of mind.

To be settled in the state of naturalness, this fresh knowing
Uncontrived and unaltered, is luminous naked awareness.
When thoughts arise within that nature,
Recognize them on arising, and relax within that recognition.
Their arising and liberation occur simultaneously, like a drawing on the water’s surface.

When thoughts do not arise, that is non-meditation free from thoughts.
Emptiness, beyond meditator and object of meditation,
Is called ultimate wisdom present from the beginning.
Give up hope and fear; hold to the natural state of awareness.

Thoughts are delusion; stop following after them.
Hope and fear are obstacles; don’t go to greet them.
If you can rest within the nature that is beyond intellect and activity,
You will definitely discover the dharmakaya in your own heart.


Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje ~
Wisdom Nectar – Shambhala Publications

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Cloud Banks of Blessings

The Prayer for Calling the Guru from Afar, Cloud Banks of Blessings, was written by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche III  Sangye Pema Shepa. It is a supplication for Dudjom Lingpa, Dudjom Yeshe Dorje and Dudjom Sangye Pema Shepa of the three Kayas to ripen our mind and to be liberated through the blessed nectar of the four empowerments.

From the colophon:

“Many years ago, Sangye Gyalmo requested me for such a supplication. I, however, felt it unnecessary at the time and left it. She persisted and so as not to refuse her earnest requests, I reflected on the teaching that the common and uncommon spiritual accomplishments result from supplicating the guru as inseparable from one’s own mind – the indivisible three kayas – and wrote this on New Year’s Day, the Year of the Metal Ox. (Feb 12, 2021).”

Cloud Banks of Blessings A Prayer for Calling the Guru from Afar

Khandro Chime Chants the Cloud Banks of Blessings
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January 9, 2023 marks the 36th Dechö Anniversary of His Holiness Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje.

Livestreaming from Pema Osel Ling with Tulku Thadral Rinpoche 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Pacific

We will be reciting the Ka Ter Dorsem (Vajrasattva). There will be an online viewable text for this puja. This text is also available for purchase as part of  “Vajrasattva Practices for the Time of Death” in digital format here or physical format here.