The Biography of the Great Orgyen that Naturally Liberates On Sight From The Profound Secret Heart Essence of the Ḍākinī Chapter 3

Wheel of Life Thangka

The Biography of the Great Orgyen that Naturally Liberates On Sight From The Profound Secret Heart Essence of the Ḍākinī revealed by Dudjom Lingpa

Due to the length of the text, we will post each day with the final part posting on Guru Rinpoche’s Birthday, July 9th, which is the 10th Tibetan Day of the lunar calendar.Translated by Nick Schmidt, with the assistance of Samten, Stefan Mang, Ben Ewing, Lowell Cook, and Jordi Roig, 2017. Edited by Libby Hogg and Susanne Fairclough, 2018. 

Chapter 3

“One day, at the eastern gate of the palace,
was entertained Byḍākasandḍākinıs̄ of the field of timeless awareness.
Conjuring up a great magical city,

They displayed the many permutations of the sufferings of beings
Such that I became weary of domestic life.

“Later, a spectacle occurred at the southern gate:
I saw many manifestations of sick and ailing people.
By seeing the fleeting nature of joy and happiness
I realized the vital point of impermanence, and that the body lacks an inherent nature.

“That same day, I went to the western gate,
Where I saw signs of old age and poverty.
I saw that the activities of saṃsāra have no essence,
And since even the youthful and powerful end up this way,
I was sure that such suffering would fall upon us all.

“When I went to the scene at the northern gate,
I saw many expressions of dead and dying people.
In life there is no certainty; death is the sole authority.
I understood the signs

Of the need to cut my holding
To temporary, dream-like appearances as permanent.

“Then, when I disobeyed the King’s laws
And killed a minister’s son
The King and subjects were cast into distress
And could not agree on whether I should be sent into exile.

“When the King and the hosts of ministers all assembled,
The minister named Zangden [16] said,
“The king, ministers, and subjects unanimously agree
That you have repeatedly broken the royal laws.
Because you act against the law and misbehave like this,
You are unfit to rule and must be exiled!

“‘Even though Uḍḍiyāna would soon be without a king,
Some suggest you be killed, others that you be jailed.
Still others say you must be banished to terrifying lands.
Finally, those who agree with me
Ask where you will be sent to live in exile.’

“In response, I said,
‘Listen, O King, ministers, and upholders of the law!
Where will I go? To the purelands!
Though banished to terrifying places,
I have no fear.

The vajrakāya knows neither birth nor death;
I am not afraid of you killing me.
You may place this apparent body — an illusion of unobstructed awareness —
In a miserable prison, but I will not be subdued.

“‘Whether in the lower realms, on the earth, or in the king’s domain,
All activities are the seeds of suffering.

If I can’t stay here, I will go somewhere else –
To the most terrifying odious Rohakāla. [17]
King and ministers, stay in good health!’

“Then I made preparations to leave, but at my time of departure,
Prabhāvatī said, ‘I must follow you!’

So I then explained to her the unity of view, meditation, and conduct
For one month, and she fully understood it.

“‘Prabhāvatī, you must now remain in the King’s domain.
I am a supreme illusory form of timeless awareness;

I never fear birth or death.
In life, much fear and suffering will come
To this heap of flesh and blood, the basis for the Truth of Suffering.

‘Therefore, why follow in my footsteps?
Don’t despair – we will later meet again.
There is no measure of life besides death, and no stability.
Strive diligently in virtue with your three doors, Noble One!’
With that and other such remarks, I imparted much advice and prophecy.”

This is the third chapter of the biography of Padma that naturally liberates on sight, on the skillful way he left the kingdom.


16.Zangden (bzang ldan)

17. Rohakāla (ro ha ka la)


Continues with Chapter 4 tomorrow.


The Biography of the Great Orgyen that Naturally Liberates On Sight From The Profound Secret Heart Essence of the Ḍākinī Chapter 2

The Mahasiddha Indrabuti —The Enlightened Siddha-King

The Biography of the Great Orgyen that Naturally Liberates On Sight From The Profound Secret Heart Essence of the Ḍākinī revealed by Dudjom Lingpa

Due to the length of the text, we will post each day with the final part posting on Guru Rinpoche’s Birthday, July 9th, which is the 10th Tibetan Day of the lunar calendar.Translated by Nick Schmidt, with the assistance of Samten, Stefan Mang, Ben Ewing, Lowell Cook, and Jordi Roig, 2017. Edited by Libby Hogg and Susanne Fairclough, 2018. 

CHAPTER 2

“Then, I saw that the human realm was ready to be tamed.
I saw the protector of the dharma, King Indrabhūti
Endowed with the power of merit in the human realm
In the land of Uḍḍiyāna, one of the thirty-two countries of the world.

“Like stars amassed in the sky
Foreign and domestic ministers and hosts of soldiers
Surrounded the master and commander, the great King.

“The King, the dharma protector, was wealthy but blind. He lamented:
‘I have one hundred queens, yet not a single son —

And this despite all that has been done by dharma practitioners,
Mediums, astrologers, and dream-workers.

“‘Likewise, I myself have done whatever rituals and virtuous deeds could be done.
When I asked all of them,

‘Is there not some method for producing a son to rule the kingdom?’
They all said, ‘If you distribute alms impartially, a son will be born.’

“Then, the blind wealthy King
Assembled the hosts of ministers, foreign and domestic, and royal consorts
Within a pleasure grove and settled on a high throne.

“At the head of the rows and ranks of ministers and queens,
A great minister named Natha Vajra [10] asked,
‘The edict of the Dharma King himself has been issued,
But why are we ministers and subjects gathered?
We will excellently accomplish whatsoever we are commanded.’

“The King said,
‘Though I have no particular commands for you ministers and subjects,
Throughout day and night, I am constantly aware

That in this life, I am without the child I so need.
I do not have the teachings that will be necessary in later lives,
And I do not have the eyes that I need.

“‘Half of my life is over!
When I die, this dominion will have no lord, like an empty cavern.
This wealth will have no owner, like an illusory manifestation.
Conduct will be capricious, like childish play.
The subjects will have no ruler, like tea-leaves without tips.
The land will have no ruler, like a city of gandharvas.
When the land is held by this dead man’s widow, the realm will decline.

“‘When I wander alone to the far shore,
My suffering will be a private burden.
Consorts, lords, subjects, property, wealth, enjoyments — none can be preserved.
Early in life, men hang around with friends,

Later, men chase after them like a house full of sparrows.
Thinking of this again and again, desolation fills my mind.

“‘Now, I must try to find
A method for producing
A worthy son to hold the kingdom.

When I ask scholars for divination, calculation, and clairvoyance,
They say, ‘If you distribute alms impartially, a son will be born.’
So now, in all directions,

We must give alms to the destitute —
Gather and spread the news to all those in need.’

“All of the ministers and subjects assented,
And in all directions it was proclaimed:
‘Gather the hosts of the poor, the destitute, and the beggars!’

“After many years of generous giving to whoever was lacking,
The royal treasury eventually emptied.
The source of the generosity was exhausted, but the begging persisted.
Then, the King thought to himself,

‘The causes of generosity are no longer present,
So I must venture to the island in the ocean to get some jewels.’

“Then I, as the emanation of Amitābha,
Imparted this thought to the Nāga Lady Changchub Drolma: [11]
‘When the truth is invoked, give what they request.’

“The principal attendant responsible for clearing obstacles on the road
Assembled five hundred Buddhist and non-Buddhist masters.

Many attendants were commanded to give protection and avert obstacles.
The merchant Karma Zangpo [12]
Was instructed to prepare all requisite provisions
And five royal ministers embarked on a boat
Bound, with the merchant, to retrieve jewels from the ocean.

“On the tenth day of the first month of summer in the monkey year,
In the middle of the limpid milky ocean, [13]
They saw a white child adorned with the major and minor marks,
Handsome and exalted,
Sitting on an opened lotus with one hundred multi-coloured petals
Within an expansive pavilion of five-coloured rainbow light.

“Upon seeing me, the merchant and royal ministers
Relayed what they had seen to the King.

Immediately after hearing of this,
His eyes were opened, as though waking from a dream.

“Joining his palms with delight, he respectfully asked,
‘How wondrous! A supreme embodiment of the Buddhas of the three times!
What is your homeland and lineage? 

Who are your father and mother?
What is the purpose of your arising here?
To which domain do you want to go now?
I ask you to kindly tell me!’

“Then I replied,
‘Kye! Listen, O Sovereign Dharma King!
My father is Samantabhadra,
My mother is Great Bliss, Samantabhadrī.
My homeland is the pure all-encompasing space of phenomena,
My lineage is the all-pervasive vajra-nature.

My bloodline is great unchanging enlightenment,
And I have come to this world to increase
Welfare and happiness in matters of religion and state.’

“After I gave that response, the King replied,
‘Precious child, emanation of the Buddhas,

I request that you come to my kingdom.’

“In response to the invitation I said,
‘Well then, one yojana1 away from here, on the far shore,
Lies the jewelled castle of the land of the nāgas,
Beautiful, alluring, and elegant.

“‘If you say to the nāga princess Changchub Drolma,
‘Please, give me the jewel that I seek!’
She will give it, and we will retrace the path which brought you here.
Accordingly, the merchant, King, and ministers departed.

Guru Tsokyé Dorje

 

“Upon delivering the message to the nāga Changchub Drolma,
She gave the wish-fulfilling jewel, the provider of desirables.
When they returned,
The King, an emanation of the Buddha,
Said that he had been to the palace.
Seated upon a lotus,
I was then known by the name Guru Tsokyé Dorje.

 

Guru Pema Gyalpo

 

“Welcomed back with much incense and music,
The King invoked from the gem a jewelled throne –
And a lofty throne appeared, becoming and elegant.
“In the year of the thirteenth zodiac house, I was enthroned as royalty.
I lived in the house of Prabhāvatī, the daughter of Dhaha.[15]
I was then known as Guru Pema Gyalpo,
And for five years I remained in the kingdom.” 

 


This is the second chapter of the biography of Padma that naturally liberates on sight, on how he held the kingdom of Uḍḍiyāna.


10. Natha Vajra (na tha badzra) 

11. Changchub Drolma (byang chub sgrol ma) 

12. Karma Zangpo (skar ma bzang po) 

13. Milky ocean (‘o ma can gyi rgya mtsho) 

14. One yojana (dpag tshad) is approximately 7.5-8 kilometers, or 4,000 fathoms.

15. Prabhāvatī (‘od ‘chang ma) and Dhaha (dha ha)


Continues with Chapter 3 tomorrow.


The Biography of the Great Orgyen that Naturally Liberates On Sight From The Profound Secret Heart Essence of the Dākinī Chapter 1

The Biography of the Great Orgyen that Naturally Liberates On Sight From The Profound Secret Heart Essence of the Ḍākinī revealed by Dudjom Lingpa Due to the length of the text, we will post each day with the final part posting on Guru Rinpoche’s Birthday, July 9th, which is the 10th Tibetan Day of the lunar calendar.Translated by Nick Schmidt, with the assistance of Samten, Stefan Mang, Ben Ewing, Lowell Cook, and Jordi Roig, 2017. Edited by Libby Hogg and Susanne Fairclough, 2018.   Chapter 1
“My life story is inconceivable Because the scope of activities undertaken By every type and manner of student is inconceivable — There is not a single fixed parameter. The ground as pure space is the great bliss of the all-encompassing space of phenomena; The ground as appearance is Anantavyūha, [7] the ultimate nature.“On the relative level, for the sake of sincere students, The perfect Buddha Amitābha Manifests from the western Sukhāvatī pure land, To train disciples through compassionate methods. “On the tenth day of the middle month of summer, in the snake year, An emanated mass of light marked with a hrīḥ ཧྲི syllable Entered the womb of Queen Nordzin Tso, The wife of the nāga King Migön Karpo. [8] “After five months, a nāga child named Öd Tro, [9] Exceedingly handsome and charming, Overwhelmed all of the nāgas, nyens, and earth-lords with his melodious voice. In accordance with the body, speech, and mind Of those to be trained, he manifested an illusory dance through skilful means. He taught the dharma, transmitted tantras, gave vows, and bestowed empowerments.” This is the first chapter of the biography of Padma that naturally liberates on sight, on how he took birth in the realm of the nāgas and benefitted beings.
7. Anantavyūha (bkod pa mtha’ yas, Boundless Array).  8. Queen Nordzin Tso (btsun mo nor ‘dzin mtsho) and nāga King Migön Karpo (klu rgyam mi mgon dkar po)  9. Öd Tro (‘od ‘phro) 

Continues with Chapter 2  tomorrow.