On “Last Words” of Terdak Lingpa

One day John Ward, one of senior American disciples of Penor Rinoche in NYC pointed out to me that in our prayer books exist two varying translations of Chögyal Terdag Lingpa (1646 – 1714) famous “Last Words” also known as “Prayer to Three Vajra States”. So I asked around and looked up some available resources, here is what I seen so far. The two translations:

One commonly seen:

Deity, mantra and Drarmakaya are the nature of appearance, sound and awareness,
The pervasive kaya and wisdom display of the Buddhas.
May practitioners of the profound and secret Great Perfection,
Remain inseparable from the innermost, one-state awareness of wisdom mind.

And again:

May appearance, sound and awareness in the state of deity, mantra and Dharmakaya
Merge boundlessly as the display of kayas and wisdoms,
In the profound and secret practice of Great Yoga,
And may they be of one taste, indivisible with the essence of wisdom mind.


A quote and small talk about: “Counsels from My Heart” by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche

”   It is thanks to the blessings of the Lama that realization will dawn. Therefore pray to him, mingling your mind with his. If you do, there will come a moment when you will see that what is called the Buddha is not different from your own awareness, and that there is nothing to subdue or master other then your own thoughts. The sign that your meditation has hit the mark is that your devotion to the Lama will deepen and your compassion for beings will gain in strength. You will be your own witness and you will gain great confidence in the practice.
If you gain control over your mind, then even if you are at the point of death, you will understand that it is only because of a particular thought that there is an impression of dying-but that the nature of the mind is utterly beyond both birth and death. It would be excellent if you could gain this confidence.
So keep this little, essential, instruction in your hearts. This conviction and confidence is what we call Dharma-the inner qualities that you gain. If you vacillate and think of Dharma as something extraneous to you, thought up by somebody else, you will not benefit from it. Instead, do yourself a favor and get out of samsara! Be convinced that your mind must separate from samsara, with its karma and defilements, If you do, everything will be fine. Please practice. Pray constantly that you will have no obstacles on your path and that you might be able to capture, in this very life, the primordial citadel. And I will add my prayers to yours.”

Above quotation is from: Counsels from My Heart by Dudjom Rinpoche, translated by Padmakara Translation Group 2001, published by Shambhala 2003, quoted without permission from the publisher. Pages 24-25. It is a small pocket size book of only 122 pages.

It includes the following:
*Preface by Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche
*Translator’s Note
[Following discourses by Dudjom Rinpoche:]
*The Buddhadharma
*The Essence of the Path
*The Long Oral Lineage of the Nyingmapas
*Practicing the without Sectarian Bias
*An Introduction to the Bardo
*Magical Nectar
*Heart Jewel of the Fortunate
*An Aspiration to the Great Perfection
*The Life story of Dudjom Rinpoche – As Told by Himself

This book proved to be inexhaustible treasure for contemplation for myself. I pray that one day I will know this advice not to be wasted on me. I recommend it to others whenever it feels right. Most people can easily find it on sites like http://www.abe.com be it 2nd hand copies or brand new for less then $10 inclusive of shipping charge. How marvelous!

Losar at NPDC in New York City

Starting at about 10:00AM we started welcoming New Year of Fire Dog with 3 recitations of 8 Noble Auspicious Ones and Guru Rinpoche Vajra Seven Line Prayer. Following with The Blessing Treasure, A Liturgy of the Buddha by Ju Mipham Rinpoche, Riwo Sangcho -the smoke offering. After which we all offered katas to the image of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche. Then in good cheer we had New Year’s tea and rice. After a short break we went on with Shower of Blessings a Tsog offering. Khenpo Tenzin Norgey and Lama Wangchuk lead all the ceremonies and chants.

Khenpo Norgey out of great kindness answered many questions all in very good spirits, encouraging us in our practice, without his presence we are unlikely to have had such a successful event as we did.

After completing all the ceremonies many people went to see a Thangka exhibit 2 blocks away and had a Tea break at a local Tea House on Mott Street.

Rainbows appear


During summer of 2005, If you were lucky enough to have made it to the Palyul Upstate Retreat Center, especially on a day of Namcho Amitabha empowerment, you could have seen rainbows in sky without thick clouds and surely without rain as well as Sun and Moon simultaneously in the same time in the sky on opposite sides as well as on same side. Moments before Amitabha Empowerment Ceremony there was a very bright sunshine and 1st rainbow appeared, it seemed to point in direction of the temple and I have missed most of it’s display so picture that I thought (and when I thought of it) of taking does not reveal much. Second rainbow that appeared at a much later time seemed to point directly towards Kyabje Rinpoche compound and was clearly seen just before Khenchen Pema Sherab arrived to the main temple to give weekend evening teaching.

An observer may think that it is more along the lines of sun shining through the evening sky. However if one were to look at the Dharma wheel mounted on top of porch awning of the temple, then one would see sun glow coming from the right side of the picture. So rainbow appears to be cast in a very wide sphere around the sun.


More 2004 memories

A Garland of Immortal Wish-fulfilling Trees: The Palyul Tradition of Nyingmapa by Ven. Tsering Lama Jampal Zangpo, translated by Sangye Khandro on page 135 states: “Free from the stain of partiality, Thubten Palzang’s activities are like a great ocean of enlightened conduct for the benefit of the doctrine and sentient beings. Thubten Palzang presently resides at and presides over the Palyul monastery in Tibet.”  Venerable Tulku Thubsang led 2004 Summer retreat in Upstate Palyul Center, offering teachings and bestowing following Empowerments: Taphak, Tamar, Sangdu, Namcho Vajrasattva, Namcho Padmasambhava, Kyerim & Dzogrim, 8 Herukas. In New York City Venerable Tulku Rinpoche offered Shi-Tro and Amitayus Form of Guru Rinpoche empowerments.

An offering of aspiration prayer:

I pray for the excellent health of the teacher,
I pray for supreme long life as well.
I pray for the ever-increasing expansion of miraculous activity.
Grant blessings that I may never be separate from the Lama!

[In the picture Tulku Rinpoche talking to a devotee after Long Life empowerment in NYC]

Door to Certainty – quotes

Pleasant words
profound meaning
grand philosophy:
do not exhaust your body or your mind
trying to obtain such dharma.
Trust the teachings you have received
according to your capacities
and practice them.
They will benefit your mind.

Retreat master of the Karmapas, Bokar Rinpoche. In the book: “Opening The Door to Certainty”.

I am going to make this a thread of short quotations i come across, and it should be about same, establishing oneself in certainty 🙂

Do not mistake Understanding for Realization
Do not mistake Realization for Liberation
Do not hope for Realization, but practice (meditation) all of your life
-Often quoted without attributation

Quotations from Glimpse after Glimpse:

Glimpse of March 17th.
“The extraordinary qualities of great beings who hide their nature escapes ordinary people like us, despite our best efforts in examining them. On the other hand, even ordinary charlatans are expert at deceiving others by behaving like saints.”

One of memorable glimpses:
“In a cloudless night sky, the full moon,
“The Lord of Stars,” is about to rise . . .
The face of my compassionate lord, Padmasambhava,
Draws me on, radiating its tender welcome.

My delight in death is far, far greater than
The delight of traders at making vast fortunes at sea,
Or the lords of the gods who vaunt their victory in battle;
Or of those sages who have entered the rapture of perfect absorption.
So just as a traveler who sets out on the road when the time has come to go,
I will not remain in this world any longer,
But will go to dwell in the stronghold of the great bliss of deathlessness.”

On this page one can sign up to receive Glimpse after Glimpse in your Inbox, everyday: http://www.rigpaus.org/Glimpse/Glimpse.php

‘I am present in front of anyone who has faith in me, Just as the moon casts its reflection, effortlessly, In any vessel filled with water.’

‘For those with fervent faith and devotion, My compassion is swifter than that of any other buddha. Until there is an end to beings in these three realms of samsara, There will be no end to Padmakara’s compassion.’

Remaining in the clarity and confidence of Rigpa allows all your thoughts and emotions to liberate naturally and effortlessly within its vast expanse, like writing in water, or painting in the sky. If you truly perfect this practice, karma has no chance to be accumulated, and in this state of aimless, carefree abandon, what Dudjom Rinpoche calls “uninhibited, naked ease,” the karmic law of cause and effect can no longer bind you in any way.
-Sogyal Rinpoche in the “Glimpse After Glimpse”