Offering Devotion and Receiving Blessings

His Eminence Yangton Menri Lopon Rinpoche presents the butter lamp offering.

On November 4, 2017, on the 15th day of the 9th Tibetan month, Tashi Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India held memorial events to mark the 49th day after the passing into liberation of the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpé Nyima Rinpoche. By invitation of His Eminence Menri Lopon Trinley Nyima Rinpoche, the tulkus, professors, geshes, and monks assembled in the temple. There, before the precious cremation bones, ash and relics of the 33rd Menri Trizin Rinpoche, with a feeling of intense longing, they prostrated and recited the Prayer to the Victor Bön, His Holiness Lungtok Tenpé Nyima Rinpoche.

L-Holy cremation ash C-Holy ringsel R-Holy cremation bone

Following that, the Praise of the Twelve Deeds of Shenrap Miwo Künlé Nampar Gyalwa was recited. Having formally presented the precious cremation bones, ash and relics to His Eminence Menri Lopon Rinpoche, he gifted each member of the monastic community with the actual accomplishment of the support for blessings, a majestic and empowered cremation bone.

Nuns of Menri perform the Tsewang Bo Yulma Tsok.

In the afternoon, the Menri community of nuns gathered and performed the Feast Offering of the Tséwang Bö Yulma. During this time, other monastic colleges within Menri Monastery performed various practices and rituals as well. Later, everyone gathered outside in the courtyard and again recited the Praise of the Twelve Deeds and the Prayer to His Holiness Lungtok Tenpé Nyima Rinpoche.

L-Cremation tsa tsa containing holy cremation bone. R-Public receiving a tsa tsa.

From then until midnight, both the monastic community and the public offered butter lamps, prostrations, and circumambulated the lama residence where the 33rd Menri Trizin had lived. At midnight, the public were invited to come before HE Menri Lopon Rinpoche and to receive a holy tsa tsa containing a majestic cremation bone inside. All of these holy relics, which are imbued with extraordinary power, are objects of support for the faithful to receive unlimited blessings and to develop profound devotion.

The Yungdrung Bon community chanting in the courtyard.

Once everyone had received a holy tsa tsa, they gathered outside where HE Menri Lopon Rinpoche led the presentation of the five offerings, the recitation of Offerings to the Lama, and the Prayer to His Holiness Lungtok Tenpé Nyima Rinpoche.

The Light of Awakening

Menri Monastery draped in lights after the passing into liberation of HH 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpa’i Nyima Rinpoche. Photo credit: Menri Monastery

Receiving Blessings on the 49th Day

Placard handed out at Menri Monastery on the occasion of HH 33rd Menri Trizen’s cremation. Photo credit: Raven Cypress Wood

November 4th, 2017, the full moon day of the 9th Tibetan month, will mark the 49th day since the passing into liberation of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Lungtok Tenpa’i Nyima Rinpoche. Although His Holiness has liberated and therefore has no need for traveling through the experience of the six realms of cyclic existence in the bardo, these 49 days are marked as an auspicious time to make offerings and perform virtue in order to generate powerful benefit for both ourselves and others. For ordinary beings who have died, we make offerings and perform ritual in order to support them. In this case, we make offerings and perform ritual to generate merit which we dedicate for the benefit of all suffering beings. This is also a powerful time to connect with the presence of His Holiness, receive his blessings, renew commitments made to him, and to remember the teachings and guidance that he offered.

At Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India the prayer Offerings for the Lama has been recited regularly since the passing of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche. This prayer will be one of the prayers offered on the 49th day. It is also appropriate to offer butter lamps or candles, perform the prayer specific for His Holiness, perform guru yoga emphasizing the presence of His Holiness, or abide in the natural state of the mind.

Butter lamp offerings at Menri Monastery. Photo credit: Menri Monastery

Offerings for the Lama

 EMAHO!

Within a completely pure and unchanging manifested realm,

is the spiritual master, the essence of the Enlightened Ones of the three times.

In order for the migrating beings of the six realms to cross the ocean of cyclic existence,

please remain seated upon the jeweled throne, on faultless cushions of a radiant lotus, sun and moon

within an unsurpassed palace of the immeasurable three places.

AH OM HUNG CHI PAR RAYNA TA TSEN RA YO DZA

 

Prostrations

EMAHO!

To the lama who is the embodiment of all of the Victors and spiritual masters,

who acts principally through the accomplishment of Bön for sentient beings who are as limitless as the sky,

I offer prostrations with my body,

prostrating with my arms, legs and head!

I prostrate with my speech,

chanting with a joyous and inspired melody!

I prostrate with my mind,

prostrating with single-pointed motivation and devotion!

May the negative actions and defilements of my three doors become purified!

AH OM HUNG CHI PAR RAYNA KO PUNG AKSHO TRI TSE GU DÜN HRUN

 

Admission of Wrongdoing and Purification

Before a supreme object of refuge, in the presence of my principal lama,

from the beginning until today,

I admit my actions of wrongdoing and non-virtue.

I admit corrupting the three vows and defiling the promises that I’ve made.

I admit my pretension even though not understanding the nature of mind.

Please bestow complete purification and the supreme attainment!

AH OM HUNG CHI PAR RAYNA KO PUNG AKSHO TRI TSE U DUK SHA YA NI SOHA

 

Mandala

EMAHO!

To the great, unmatched lama possessing characteristics,

I present unequaled external, internal, and secret offerings.

Externally, I offer the environment and the beings within it.

Furthermore, I offer my own body and its vitality as an ornament.

I present these offerings with non-attachment.

Internally, I offer the arising of my mental and physical aggregates.

I offer my accumulated realization that whatever arises as a subject and object is illusory.

Furthermore, I present these offerings within the vast space of self-liberation.

Secretly, I offer the natural radiance of my unborn mind,

which is unceasing, and understands whatever arises as enlightened manifestation and wisdom.

Furthermore, I present these offerings within a completely vast and all-pervasive space.

AH OM HUNG CHI PAR RAYNA ZUR NAM DÉ SHO HA RA TIM TIM YÉ SOHA

 

The Five Offerings

EMAHO!

Free from extremes and unchanging is the container of my mind.

Free from elaborations, I establish the wick of great self-liberation.

I fill the lamp of authentic, completely pervasive great bliss.

To the One who has characteristics, I present this butter lamp to look upon with the eye.

This unmoving and naturally clear incense burner

is filled with the non-grasping, radiantly clear light of pure incense.

The fresh and continuous smoke permeates everywhere.

I present this incense to the Protector of beings.

This unfabricated and self-clear water offering bowl

is filled with unobstructed, playfully self-arising offering water.

Including various ornaments of non-attachment such as nectar and medicine,

I present this offering water for the enjoyment of the Dimension of great kindness.

The primordial Buddha of the conch shell of the mind

is filled with manifested experience and realization like the utpal flower.

Radiating the wonderful light of spontaneously benefitting others,

I present this flower of enlightened activity to the Heart of great kindness.

AH OM HUNG NÉ TING SHIM PÖ DANG RA BONG NGÉ NÉ RA ZUR NAM DÉ SHO HA RA TIM TIM SOHA

 

Praise of the Enlightened State

EMAHO!

At the crown of my head, the changeless palace of great bliss,

abides the state of Künzang, completely equipoised and free from extremes.

I pray to the dimension of the Bön lamas,

please hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

At the neck, the space of the palace of Ogmin,

are the peaceful and wrathful deities who have the major and minor characteristics.

I pray to the dimension of lamas of the Dzok ku,

please hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

At the center of the heart

is the realm of the manifested subduer of migrating beings,

the One who teaches whatever is needed and performs a variety of enlightened activity.

I pray to the dimension of manifested Lamas,

please hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

To the collective of all the victorious Lamas who have the endowments of leisure and fortune,

who teach the entire collection of scripture with completely pure speech,

who have the extensive wisdom of knowledge and kindness, and a mind free from elaboration,

who protect migrating beings like their own children with the exalted qualities that arise,

and who have spontaneous enlightened activity as limitless as the sky,

I pray to these unrivalled Lamas,

please hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

I pray to Those who are unrivaled and who have perfected the Three Bodies,

please hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

I pray to Those whose speech is an ornament of the world,

please hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

I pray to Those who blaze like the incomparable udum flower,

please hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

I pray to Those who are free of defilements and have the two kinds of knowledge,

please hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

 

Receiving the Accomplishments

You, my Lama, who has brought cyclic existence and nirvana under your power,

I, and your other followers, pray

please bestow benefits that are as limitless as the sky to migrating beings!

Please grant our wishes to be continuously without separation from your presence!

Continuously hold us with your unequalled compassion!

 

Aspiration Prayer

Until I obtain complete enlightenment,

not born into a negative place,

may I obtain a body of renunciation with the advantages of the leisures and fortunes.

Having practiced the three trainings and loosened the mind stream, and having traveled the paths and the grounds,

from the state of complete Buddhahood,

may I accomplish benefit that is equal to the vastness of the sky!

Translated from the Tibetan by Raven Cypress Wood on the occasion of the passing of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Lungtok Tenpa’i Nyima Rinpoche

Raven Cypress Wood ©2017 All Rights Reserved. No other distribution or publication allowed.

 

The Wise and the Young

HE Menri Lopon Rinpoche talks with young students at Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India.

Sacred Ground

Yungdrung Bon lamas preparing the mandala base of a Nampar Gyalwa Fire Offering. Photo credit: Raven Cypress Wood

Incinerating Negativity: The Fire Ritual of Nampar Gyalwa

In celebration of nearing the completion of their new building as well as 25 years of operation, Ligmincha International is sponsoring The Thousand Offerings to Nampar Gyalwa and the Nampar Gyalwa Fire Ritual. The ritual is being led by the master ritualist and Yungdrung Bön lama Geshe Nyima Künchap Rinpoche and assisted by a number of monks and geshes.

R-Geshe Kunchap Rinpoche sprinkles the shrine with the Six Excellent Substances. L-Geshe Takla prepares the incense offering. Photo credit: Raven Cypress Wood

In order to protect the construction of a temple, the enlightened Lord Tönpa Shenrap Miwo manifested in a wrathful manner in the form of Nampaor Gyalwa. See previous post: https://ravencypresswood.com/2016/12/25/buddha-tonpa-shenraps-eighth-deed-the-deed-of-being-completely-victorious/  

Therefore, although there are many fire rituals within the Yungdrung Bön tradition, the fire ritual of Nampar Gyalwa is especially powerful for the consecration of new buildings and increasing prosperity. During any fire ritual, all of the deities are invited to manifest through the wisdom fire. A great variety of offerings is then given to the fire such as the five grains, the three sweets things, the three white things, and representations of things such as music, coats of armor, and jewels etc.

Some of the fire offerings.

We imagine that through making these offerings to the wisdom fire of the deities, we generate great merit and all of our negativity such as the five poisons including ignorance and lack of awareness, karmic potentialities, contamination due to desecration of our vows, obstacles, dangers, illness, bad omens and dreams, bad astrological influences, and any other negativity is completed and utterly incinerated. In this way, we become completely victorious over obstacles and clear the way for blessings,prosperity, success and spiritual development to manifest.

Fire ritual offerings. Photo credit: Raven Cypress Wood

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May the Wheel of the Yungdrung Bön Turn Forever!

Monks at Menri Monastery during the commemoration time for His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche. Photo credit: Unknown

 

Fire Offering for the Holy Physical Remains of a Realized Being

Some of the many Fire Offering Ritual items to be burned with the holy remains. Photo credit: Menri Monastery

During the early morning hours of October 2, 2017, the holy physical remains of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Lungtok Tenpé Nyima Rinpoche will be cremated during an elaborate fire offering ritual at Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India. For the past five days, concluding at 3:30 a.m. prior to the beginning of the actual cremation ceremony, the monks have been performing the Kün Rik Le Zhi Gyü Nga, The Full Cycle of the Four Activities and the Five Tantras with cycles for each of the four kinds of enlightened activity which are classified as peaceful, expansive, powerful and wrathful.

Cremation chorten for HH 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche at Menri Monastery. Photo credit: Lee Hartline

In preparation for the cremation, a special cremation chorten has been constructed near the gompa and the butter lamp house. This cremation chorten (Sanskrit: stupa), built under the guidance of Khedup Gyatso who is a treasure of knowledge in the Yungdrung Bön community and a relative of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche, will be where the holy remains will be taken for cremation. This chorten has been constructed exactly to the dimensions of the sand mandalas of the Kün Rik cycle that will be burned with the holy remains. After the cremation ash has been collected, this chorten will be torn down.

Extensive offerings for the fire offering ritual for HH 33 Menri Trizen Rinpoche. Photo credit: Menri Monastery

The Kü Dung, or holy physical remains, will take up to three hours to burn. After that, it will take an additional day to offer and burn the vast array of offerings that are housed inside the gompa at Menri Monastery. Everything is made clean through prayer, and cleansing with pure water and incense. Among the many offerings are prayers of aspiration that have been written in pure gold and silver and placed upon tall wooden boards that will be read aloud and then offered to the sacred fire. This vast array of offerings are not given as a support for His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche.  Rather, his sacred activity of having attained realization is taken as an auspicious opportunity to generate great benefit for all sentient beings.

Prayers of aspiration written in precious gold and silver.

During the time of the Fire Offering Ritual, lay people continuously circumambulate the sacred site. It will take many days for the cremation ashes to cool. At that time, the monks will collect the sacred ash and also look for kü dung ringsel. These kü dung ringsel, or relics of the holy physical remains, can appear in the cremation ash of realized beings and take many forms including the appearance of sacred images on small bone fragments or small, pearl-like spheres. The cremation ash will be made into tsa tsa and placed within a special memorial chorten dedicated to His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche.

Some of the many offerings for the Fire Offering Ritual dedicated to His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche. Photo credit: Menri Monastery

Offerings For the Lama

Ku dung khang, or house of the holy physical remains, for HH 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche

 

“EMAHO!

To the lama who is the embodiment of all of the Victors and spiritual masters,

who acts principally through the accomplishment of Bön for sentient beings who are as limitless as the sky,

I offer prostrations with my body,

prostrating with my arms, legs and head!

I prostrate with my speech,

chanting with a joyous and inspired melody!

I prostrate with my mind,

prostrating with single-pointed motivation and devotion!

May the negative actions and defilements of my three doors become purified!

AH OM HUNG CHI PAR RAYNA KO PUNG AKSHO TRI TSE GU DÜN HRUN

 

EMAHO!

To the great lama who has no equal and possesses characteristics,

I present unmatched external, internal, and secret offerings.

Externally, I offer the environment and the beings within it.

Furthermore, I offer my own body and its vitality as an ornament.

I present these offerings with non-attachment.

Internally, I offer the arising of my mental and physical aggregates.

I offer my accumulated realization of whatever arises as subject and object as illusory.

Furthermore, I present these offerings within the vast space of self-liberation.

Secretly, I offer the natural radiance of my unborn mind, which is

unceasing and understands whatever arises as enlightened manifestation and wisdom.

Furthermore, I present these offerings within a completely vast and all-pervasive space.

AH OM HUNG CHI PAR RAYNA ZUR NAM DÉ SHO HA RA TIM TIM YÉ SOHA

 

EMAHO!

At the crown of my head, the change-less palace of great bliss,

abides the state of Künzang, completely equipoised and free from extremes.

I pray to the dimension of the Bön lamas,

hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

At the neck, the space of the palace of Ogmin,

are the peaceful and wrathful deities who have the major and minor characteristics.

I pray to the dimension of lamas of the Dzog ku,

hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

At the center of the heart is the realm of the manifested subduer of migrating beings,

the One who teaches whatever is needed and who performs a variety of enlightened activity.

I pray to the dimension of manifested lamas,

hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

To the gathered Victors of the dimension of leisure and fortune

who teach the entire collection of scripture with completely pure speech,

who have the extensive wisdom of knowledge and kindness, and a mind free from elaboration,

who protect migrating beings like their very own children with the exalted qualities that arise,

To Those who have spontaneous, enlightened activity as limitless as the sky,

I pray to the unequaled lamas,

hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

I pray to those who are unrivaled and who have perfected the Three Bodies,

hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

I pray to Those whose speech is an ornament of the world,

hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

 

I pray to Those who are free of defilements and have the two kinds of knowledge,

hold the migrating beings of the six realms in your compassion and loosen the mind-stream!

 

You, my lama, who has brought cyclic existence and nirvana under your power,

I, and your other followers, pray,

please bestow benefits that are as limitless as the sky to migrating beings !

Please grant our wishes to be continuously without separation from your presence!

Continuously hold us with your unequalled compassion, we pray!

 

Until I obtain complete enlightenment,

not born into a negative place,

may I obtain a body of renunciation with the advantages of the leisures and fortunes.

Having practiced the three trainings and loosened the mind stream, and having traveled the paths and the grounds,

and from the state of complete Buddhahood,

may I accomplish benefit that is equal to the vastness of the sky!”

~Excerpt from prayers offered at Menri Monastery during the time after the passing of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Lungtok Tenpé Nyima Rinpoche

Translated by Raven Cypress Wood ©2017 All Rights Reserved

Prayers for the Master

Monks offering prayers and butter lamps after the passing of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche September 2017. Photo credit: Unknown

When the Lama Passes Beyond: A Brief Explanation

On September 14th, 2017, the spiritual leader of all Yungdrung Bön and head of Tashi Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India, His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Lungtok Tenpé Nyima Rinpoche entered into a state of tukdam at his lama residence at Menri Monastery. In general, tukdam refers to a state of meditative stability attained by meditation masters that continues after the external breath of their body has ceased but the internal breath, or winds, remain.  Therefore, the subtle channels through which these winds move remain stable. The area of the body containing the heart chakra remains warm to the touch.  The skin remains soft, and the face retains a glow of vitality.  Often, the master is sitting in meditation posture, but can also be in the yogic posture of the “sleeping lion” lying upon the right side of the body, knees together and slightly bent with the right hand under the head and the left arm resting upon the body.  During this time, great care is taken to not disturb the body or interrupt the state of mediation.   Great blessings can be received by connecting with the master during this important time.

After an indeterminate number of days, the internal winds cease, the channels collapse, the physical body slumps, and the warmth dissipates from the heart center. For His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Lungtok Tenpé Nyima Rinpoche, he ended his state of tukdam after five days on September 18th, 2017. At that time, chants related to the cleansing of the sacred body are recited while the physical remains are ritually bathed with water mixed with special herbs.  Sacred seed syllables are then written on the body and the body is wrapped in a pure white cloth. Disciples who connect with the lama during this time either by being near the sacred remains or at a distance, can receive great blessings.

Tsok offerings after the passing of His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche. Photo credit: Unknown.

Because the master has attained a state of enlightened realization, the prayers and rituals that are offered during this time are different than that for an ordinary being.  Rather than offering prayers to support their experience of death, disciples focus upon practices to honor the teachings of the master.  These prayers and practices include performing acts of virtue to benefit all beings, reciting aspirational prayers such as the Tséwang Monlam found at this link https://ravencypresswood.com/2017/09/14/tsewangs-precious-mala-of-meaningful-aspiration-prayers/, and practicing guru yoga in a pure and fervent way.  Additionally, the monastic community offers many tsok, or sacred feast offerings. At the time of cremation, an elaborate fire ritual called Kün Rik is performed during which a wide variety of offerings are presented to the entire cycle of deities.

An example of Kun Rik offerings from 2014. Photo credit: Geshe Nyima Kunchap Rinpoche

Although the master has attained the ultimate state of realization and therefore does not experience the 49 days of transiting the bardo, the 49 day period is still observed as a time to continue with prayers, spiritual practice, renewal of vows, and acts of virtue in order to honor the teachings and spiritual guidance of the master.

Prostrations to the Root Lama!

Offerings outside the lama residence at Menri Monastery after the passing off His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche.

Tséwang’s Precious Mala of Meaningful Aspiration Prayers

In response to the passing of HH 33rd Menri Trizen Rinpoche, I am providing this aspiration prayer for the Yungdrung Bön community to recite.  I apologize that it is currently only in the English language.  Although I am providing it for everyone’s use, please respect my copyright and do not publish or distribute.  However, share the link to this page.  What follows is the translation of the Tibetan.  The portion that is to be recited is within quotation marks.

Now, this “Precious Mala of Meaningful Aspiration Prayers”, words from the mouth of Tséwang, was composed within the meditation cave of Tong Gyung on the island within Lake Namtso  The oral transmission was given to the shepherd, Rikpa Rangshar himself, and is for the benefit of many life-times.

“At the crown of my head, upon a throne of a sun, moon, and lotus, is a divine gathering of lamas, enlightened beings and yidams.  I meditate steadfastly upon the assembly of the three supports, the shenrap lamas, buddhas and bodhisattvas, whose bodies are radiant and made of light.

(Say this in order to confidently generate devotion towards that divine assembly of refuge.)

ÉMAHO!

From within an infinite realm of completely pure space, is the divine assembly of lamas, enlightened beings, and yidams;

and an assembly of the three supports: the shenrap lamas, buddhas and bodhisattvas.

Although they are never separate from the space of self-nature,

I, and all other sentient beings pray to the lama seated upon a lotus throne at the crown of the head, please hold us with your compassion.

I, and all other sentient beings respectfully prostrate to all these powerfully wise and compassionate places of refuge.

I openly admit and confess my non-virtuous and negative activities.

I present the external world along with its internal contents as a pleasing offering. Please bestow the supreme attainment of non-conceptual wisdom.

Whatever acts of virtue that I have done during the three times,

I dedicate completely for the welfare of all sentient beings who are as pervasive as the sky.

May all beings realize the true nature of their own mind!

Homage! 

Wise and compassionate places of refuge abiding in un-manifested space,

please pay heed to me and listen without missing anything.  Because I offer this aspirational prayer of devotion,

Accordingly, I pray that what I have asked will be accomplished.

Now, may I obtain a pure human body in order to reach to the limit of virtuous activity of my three doors.

Having cleansed all defilements of the conceptual mind,

May non-conceptual wisdom arise within my mind-stream!

Having pacified all obstacles of virtue and all adverse circumstances,

May I accomplish all my wishes and complete the ten virtues!

Having spread the teachings and lived a long time,

May I benefit all sentient beings who come into contact with me!

When the great time of impermanence arrives at the moment of death,

May the illness and pain of the body be pacified, And having cleared away the clouded visions of dullness and lethargy,

May unobscured, unimpeded innate self-awareness appear!

Because of hope, may I not have desire and attachment towards performing the deluded activities in this world!

Having completely pacified terror, misery, and the afflictive emotions,

May I abide in the unmoving state of the natural mind!

When fear arises in this mass of flesh and bones, this illusory body,

And deluded visions arise from the five lights,

Having recognized them as a magical display of the mind, the self’s expressive energy,

May I liberate to the five Enlightened Bodies and the five wisdoms!

When the life-force has come together into the center of the consciousness,

Having liberated the deluded visions of sound, light, and rays into themselves,

And having recognized the three Enlightened Bodies,

May I escape from the deluded vision of the narrow passageway of the bardo!

Having sent out the essence of the natural mind, which has the characteristics of AH, from the central, dark-blue channel of bliss,

And having dissolved into the dimension of Küntu Zangpo at the crown of my head,

May I become perfectly enlightened in the space of absolute reality!

If, due to the power of karma, I take a rebirth,

Having renounced all negative places of the hell-beings, hungry ghosts, animals, gods and humans, as well as savage places that have lost morality,

May I be born in the middle upon the victorious southern continent!

Having renounced all impure doors of birth into negative families such as being born a predatory animal, a bird, a beast of burden, a wild animal, a slave, a human who has a bad influence, a military person, or a butcher,

May I obtain a human body in an honorable and wholesome family!

Not born into a body that is crippled, deaf, mute, blind or with incomplete sense organs,

And having perfected the characteristics of a positive and beautiful form,

May I be a proper vessel of truth, a speech emanation!

Renouncing the world of deluded leisure activities and non-virtue,

And having met with strong devotion towards virtue which has the three kinds of faith,

As well as having met together with a lama who has the three kindnesses,

May I have perfect renunciation when I am young!

Having pacified the demons and the eight classes of beings,

As well as the mind of delusion, the mind of malice and the mind of suffering,

May I be surrounded by loyal helpers and have an abundance of favorable circumstances of virtue!

Having generated an intense, tireless zeal and forsaking laziness as well as the distraction of amusement,

And having purified my three doors and the phenomena of my mind-stream,

May I skillfully perfect the three trainings!

Then, having renounced all pride of cleverness and knowledge,

Essentializing words for the benefit of not following speech,

And having purified the view of yogic power,

May I have an experience of the profound, great vehicle!

Having produced within my mind-stream a lack of desire or attachment towards this world, Toward friends or enemies, material things or property and wealth,

And having liberated the knots of greediness regarding subject and object,

May I abide in the state of the unmoving, nature of mind!

Self-liberating in their own places the truth-less vision of the external six senses, the ego as well as subject and object,

And being free from the reference point of any graspable, substantial entity,

May I realize the magical illusion of all the various visions!

Having cleared away inner conceptuality, the movements of the intellect,

Into a state of non-attachment that has been pure since the beginning,

And having increased insight arising from non-deluded meditation,

May I attain the state of enlightenment for myself!

Having liberated dullness and lethargy, anger, agitation, doubt, hope and fear into the inseparable, luminous state,

And having recognized my own self-nature as the manifestation of the three Enlightened Bodies,

May deep certainty and confidence be produced!

Having attained the signs of accomplishment of the outer, inner and secret paths,

As well as the power of both ordinary spiritual accomplishments as well as illusory emanations,

And having completed the stages of the intellectual paths and grounds,

May I perceive myself the same as the equal taste of the natural state!

Not being separate from non-conceptual wisdom,

But having been separate from the essential taste of experience and realization,

May the supreme accomplishment of omniscience be accomplished!

Having attained the primordially empty and rootless state of equanimity as regards external existence, outside and inside, cyclic existence and all phenomena,

And having completed these multiple and diverse things all at once,

May I arrive at the level of the inexpressible, Bönku!

From the faith and devotion of all transmigrating beings,

Manifests the four immeasurables within the state of the Enlightened Mind,

And the darkness of the minds of sentient beings is cleared away.

May the wheel of the Yungdrung Bön turn!

Having subdued obstacles, and fully developed and spread the teachings,

And having transformed into each protector and object of refuge in order to

Suppress the brightness of the opponent’s appearance,

May I, myself, possess the four kinds of compassion!

From great compassion and skillful means,

Without weariness and for the benefit of sentient beings,

May I, myself, quickly and compassionately guide all sentient beings of the six realms, without exception!

Through the capacity and power of compassionate blessings of knowledge and kindness from the places of refuge, as well as the devotion of my three doors,

Having quickly and fully accomplished this completely pure aspiration prayer,

May all of cyclic existence be shaken from the depths!

The places of refuge, the sugatas, the assembly of outer and inner deities,

As well as myself and other beings of the six realms who are as limitless as the sky,

From the equanimity within the state of the single taste of the varied phenomena,

May we be liberated into the space of inexpressible absolute reality!

AH OM HUNG     A AH KAR SA LÉ Ö TRI DUR RU TRA  NAKPO ZHI ZHI YÉ SO HA”

Thus, recite this three times.  As for this “Precious Mala of Meaningful Aspiration Prayers”, the great TséwangRikdzin, composed these words for the benefit of many lifetimes while in a secret cave upon an island in Lake Namtso  The oral transmission was given to the shepherd, Rikpa Rangshar himself. In order to manifest into the liberated family of Tséwang, don’t forget the benefits of this!  Morning and evening on auspicious days, make this aspiration prayer again and again in an unbroken way.  Thus, Tséwang spoke this from his mouth.

Pé!  By offering this single, powerful sound, my consciousness dissolves into the heart of Tséwang.  Tséwanghaving dissolved into light, dissolves into the heart of Küntu Zangpo.

Make this aspiration for both one’s self and others.  Having the three extraordinary supports, and in the presence of the excellent lama, and having extraordinary abiding during the time that the sun or moon is eclipsed, or at the [anniversary] of the victor Shenrap taking birth or passing away, or the time of one’s benevolent parents passing away, or at the time of one’s root lama passing away, offer this aspiration prayer.  After a long period of veneration, perform the yidam practice.  From that, if you perform a yidam practice, guard your discipline even for a single generation stage.  If you make a commitment regarding this very aspiration prayer, in the future, it is said that you will be reborn into the presence of Tséwang.

Auspiciousness!

This prayer was translated by Raven Cypress Wood ©All Rights Reserved.

Do not copy, publish, or distribute in any manner without permission.

May the protectors forgive any errors!

May countless beings benefit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lama Returns

His Holiness 33rd Menri Trizen returns to Menri Monastery August 13, 2017. Photo credit: Unknown

Sacred Signs

Handprint in stone of the one known as the Second Buddha, the 1st Menri Trizen, Nyamme Sherab Gyaltsen. Photo credit: Unknown

The Field of Accumulation: The Yidams

Tsok zhing according to Menri

Tsok zhing according to MenriThe Yungdrung Bon Merit Field of the Menri Tradition

In the Yungdrung Bön tradition, the place where the deities and objects of veneration are gathered is called the “Tsok Zhing”, the “Field of Accumulation”.  It is also sometimes translated as the “Field of Merit” or the “Merit Field” because what is being accumulated by paying homage and making offerings to this place is merit, or virtue.  This is the Merit Field according to the Menri Tradition from a drawing done by the great master and scholar HE Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.

Yidams are deities who have their own individual cycles of practice with the aim of acquiring the qualities and blessings of the yidam being meditated upon.  In general, these cycles of practice are centered around an individual retreat in which the practitioner focuses upon self-transformation into the deity, recitation of the deity’s mantra, along with any other ritual or meditation specific to the deity which support the attainment of the deities qualities and blessings.  There are yidams specific to a family lineage, to monastic lineages as well as personal yidams.  Some of the vows associated with yidam practice are general to all, and some vows are specific to each yidam.  Some yidams are represented more than once to signify their different tantric cycles.

#2-4, 14 & 18: The Five Supreme Embodiments of the Father Tantra (See previous post:https://ravencypresswood.com/2016/06/05/the-five-supreme-embodiments/)

1. Zhiwa Künnang Khyappa: This yidam represents all peaceful yidams

2. Trowo Tsochok Khagying: This yidam is an embodiment of the Enlightened Mind of Buddha Tönpa Shenrap Miwoche.

3. Walsé Ngampa: This yidam is an embodiment of the Enlightened Body of Buddha Tönpa Shenrap Miwoche.

The Yidam Walse Ngampa, Embodiment of the Enl ightened Body

4. Lhago Tokpa: This yidam is an embodiment of the Enlightened Speech of Buddha Tönpa Shenrap Miwoche.

5. Sangwa Ying Rol

6. Tséwang Rikdzin: As a long life deity, this yidam is white in color.

7. Magyü Sangchok Tartuk: This yidam is the principal deity of the Mother Tantra and is also known as Tukjé Galpo.

8. Drenpa Namkha

9. Bumpa

10. Rampa

11. Rolpa

12. Dütsi Yungdrung Khyilwa

13. Takla Pudri Marpo

14. Gekho Sangwa Drakchen:  This yidam is the embodiment of the Enlightened Qualities of Buddha Tönpa Shenrap Miwoche.

15. Trowo Druksé Chempa: This yidam is the Embodiment of the Enlightened Activities of Buddha Tönpa Shenrap Miwoche.

16. Meri Walchen Gekho

17. Chidul Yidam Gyatso Trogyal Raksha Khagying

18. Sangpur

19. Walsé Khyungnak Trowo Karpo

20.Wal Khyung Marpo

Yidams of the Other Tantras

#22-#25 The Four Principal Enlightened Ones (See previous post https://ravencypresswood.com/2016/08/20/the-four-principal-enlightened-ones/)

21. Gyepa Kunnang Khyapa

22. Tönpa Shenrap Miwo

23. Sipa Sangpo Bumtri

24. Lhachen Shenlha Ökar

25. Yumchen Satrik Érsang

26. Shenrap Nampar Gyalwa

27. Namdak

28. Jamma

29. Mélha

30. Kéngtsé Lenmé

31. Sherab Mawé Séngé

The Yidam Mawe Senge

32. Dülchok Tönpa Tritsuk Gyalwa

33. Jamma

34. Namdak

35. Mönlam Taye

36. Menlha

37. Künying

38. Gényen Tékpa Lha

39. Jamden

40. Dükhor

41. Künrik

42. Gyalwa Gyatso

43. Namjom

The Yidam Namjom, aka Nampar Jompa, and his emanations.

Gaining Knowledge

Yungdrung Bon monks during exams at Menri Monastery in Dolanji, India. Photo credit: Unknown

Lung Kar Monastery – Precious Sanctuary for the Teachings of Shenrap

Ye Ta Lung Kar Gon Shenten Rinchen Ling, aka Lung Kar Monastery. Photo credit: Unknown

The full name of this Yungdrung Bön monastery is Ye Ta Lung Kar Gön Shenten Rinchen Ling, Lung Kar Monastery of Ye Ta, Precious Sanctuary for the Teachings of Shenrap.  It is commonly called Lung Kar Monastery and is named for the deity of the region, Lung Kar.  The monastery is located in North Eastern Tibet in a region whose population is predominately Bönpo.  There are about four thousand people living in the vicinity who support the monastery through donations and services.

In 1715, the chief of the Hor lineage in Ye Ta established a hermitage for the local lama to support religious practice and services for the lama and the surrounding community.  However, after the death of the lama, the hermitage was neglected.  In 1808, Yu Lung Monastery was established at the very same location.  The king of all of the Hor families stated that this monastery should be for all of the various lineages in the Ye Ta region.  This monastery began to thrive but was destroyed by an avalanche in 1868.

Years later, the king of the Hor lineages ordered that the monastery should be rebuilt as its destruction by avalanche was seen as quite inauspicious. In 1925 on the 22nd day of the 9th month, according to a prophecy by the 22nd Menri Trizen Yungdrung Wangyal Rnpoche, and with the support of the king and community members, reconstruction of the monastery began.  On this day, many important members of the Bön community were present including the tertöns Sang Ngak Lingpa and Khandro Dechen Wangmo.  (See previous article about this female treasure revealer https://ravencypresswood.com/2016/07/31/modern-day-khandro-treasure-revealer/ )  On that day, Sang Ngak Lingpa revealed a hidden text from the sacred mountain behind the monastery.  He also designated a path to be used by the community for circumambulation of the mountain.

Currently, there are more than fifty monks, teachers and administrators at the monastery.  The monks and lamas meet many times each day to practice meditation and perform rituals.  Additionally, each month has its own ritual cycle that is performed.  For example, during the last month of each lunar year, the complete ritual cycle of the deity Takla Mebar is performed.

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