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).”
We will be reciting theKa 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.
119th Anniversary of Dudjom Lingpa’s Mahaparinirvana (Dechöd) is on the 8th day of the 11th month,. This year, 2022 of the Western Calendar, it falls today, December 30th.
Traktung Dudjom Lingpa was a mystic with great power and wisdom. He was born in 1835 – just before steamships started crossing the Atlantic Ocean – in Golok, in eastern Tibet. His birthplace was a land known for its wild and pure landscapes, its fierce bandits, and its uncompromising and realized Dharma practitioners.
Never recognized as a tulku or reincarnated master, Dudjom Lingpa did not receive formal training in a monastic environment. His education came principally through direct teachings from wisdom teachers encountered in his rich and vivid visionary life. He was a yogi, a lay practitioner and family man with eight sons and four daughters. His life was characterized by material poverty and hardship, intrigue, and unwavering confidence in the tantric teachings. Direct encounters with wisdom deities and fearsome spirits were part of his daily experience.
As a terton or Treasure-revealer, Dudjom Lingpa had the fortune to discover a vast storehouse of sacred teachings. These had been hidden and sealed centuries earlier by the Buddhist master Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet. The spiritual practices and instructions that Dudjom Lingpa revealed – contained within twenty-one volumes and
over 20,000 pages of scripture – form the basis of the Dudjom Tersar lineage. They are unsurpassed in their potency to lay bare the true nature of reality, directly and swiftly, for those who practice them correctly.
During Dudjom Lingpa’s lifetime, a series of events amazed people all over Tibet and brought renown to his Treasure lineage. More than thirteen students manifested the ultimate sign of complete enlightenment: the achievement of a rainbow body. This is the fruition of the path of Dzogchen, Great Perfection, where the physical body dissolves into its pure nature of wisdom light.
Since Dudjom Lingpa himself departed the world in 1904, his spiritual heritage has spread throughout the east and west. Up to the present day, vibrant communities of Dudjom Tersar practitioners committed to awakening continue to demonstrate high levels of spiritual realization among their members. The Dudjom tradition is alive and well, thriving with the warm breath of the dakinis as one of the most important Early Translation Nyingma lineages in the history of Tibetan Buddhism
Before we begin our daily meditation, we should clean our room and prepare our altar by cleaning it and making offerings. If we have no altar, we do not need to worry, we can simply visualize Padmasambhava in front of us.
The offerings which we make on the altar are symbolic. In our minds, we offer all pleasant things that we see, hear, taste, smell, and feel. We offer the light of the sun and the moon, all fresh flowers, all pleasing smells, all delicious food, and so forth, everything wonderful. Since these offerings are made to the Three Jewels and the Three Roots, who do not have any greed or desire for these offerings, they are made for the benefit of all sentient beings. After we have prepared our room and our altar, we begin our meditation with the common outer practice which is the four thoughts to turn the mind.
These are: 🔸The preciousness of human birth, 🔸 Impermanence and death, 🔸the cause and effect of karma, and 🔸The suffering of saṃsāra. By meditating on these four thoughts, the mind is subdued and one is led to renounce saṃsāra.
Then we do the extraordinary inner preparation, which is the preliminary practice. Within the Ngondro, there are: 🔸going for refuge, 🔸generating Bodhicitta, 🔸Vajrasattva purification, 🔸maṇḍala offering, 🔸and the prayer of Guru Yoga
Making the Seven Shrine Offerings Water for drinking (Argham) Water for washing hands and feet (Padyam) Flowers for adorning the head or hair(Pushpe) Incense for smelling to please the nose (Dhupe) Light: candlelight, butterlampsfor seeing to please the eyes (Aloke) Perfume water to sprinkle on the body to refresh it(Ghande) Food to please the taste (Naividya) Music can me an eight offering to please the ears (Shabda)
Download the Water Offering written by Traktung Dudjom Lingpa called An Ocean of Blessings from Pure Vision with compliments from Bero Jeydren Publications. This prayer was translated and published
by Bero Jeydren Publications.
To make the water bowl offering, begin by wiping each bowl with a clean cloth and place the offering bowls face down on the shrine.
When “opening the shrine” fill the offering bowls beginning from the left hand side to the right side for the peaceful water offerings and from right hand side to the left side for the wrathful offerings. At the end of the day, “closing the shrine”, you will start emptying the offering bowls beginning from the right side moving to the left side for peaceful offerings and the opposite for wrathful offerings, emptying, wiping dry and placing the offering bowls face down on the shrine. Note: It is very inauspicious to have an empty offering bowl face up so remember to keep them face down when they are empty.
Water Offering Prayer written by Traktung Dudjom Lingpa called An Ocean of Blessings from Pure Vision with compliments from Bero Jeydren Publications. This prayer was translated and published by Bero Jeydren Publications.
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