Pith Instructions

Pith Instructions

16th Karmapa

 

Here, in the thick darkness of deluded ignorance,
There shines a vajra chain of awareness, self-arisen with whatever appears.
Within uncontrived vividness, unimpeded through the three times,
May we arrive at the capital of nondual, great bliss.
Think of me, think of me; guru dharmakaya think of me.

In the center of the budding flower in my heart
Glows the self-light of dharmakaya, free of transference and change,
that I have never been separate from.
This is the unfabricated wisdom of clarity-emptiness, the three kayas free of discursiveness.
This is the true heart, the essence, of the dharmakaya, equality.

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The Three Principal Aspects of the Path

The Three Principal Aspects of the Path

Je Tsongkhapa

 

Tibetan title: lam gyi gtso bo rnam pa gsum
 

Homage to the most venerable teachers!

I shall explain here to the best of my ability:
The essential points of all the scriptures of the Conqueror;
The path acclaimed by all excellent bodhisattvas;
The gateway for the fortunate ones aspiring for liberation.

Those who are not attached to the joys of cyclic existence,
Who strive to make meaningful this life of leisure and apportunity,
And who place their trust in the path that pleases the Conquerors –
O fortunate ones, listen with an open heart.

Without pure renunciation there is no means to pacify
The yearning for the joys and fruits of samsaric ocean;
And as craving for existence chain us thoroughly,
At first search for a true renunciation.

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The Melody of Great Bliss

The Melody of Great Bliss:
A Supplication to the Wisdom Dakini Sukhasiddhi

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

 

Bestower of uncontaminated, coemergent bliss;
Radiant with the full splendor of sixteen-year-old youth;
Leader of every assembly of dakinis in the three locations—
Venerable Accomplishment of Bliss [Sukhasiddhi], to you I pray.

You manifested in a pauper’s home in Kashmir
And trained in realization on the path.
Having completed the force of faith and great compassion,
You diligently gave gifts without attachment; to you I pray.

Millions of eons ago, you perfected the cultivation of merit and wisdom
And the result of your training manifested.
The awakening of your karmic connections
Made you renounce home life; to you I pray.

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Maha Ati

Maha Ati

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

 

The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions, and to all people, experiencing everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralizes into oneself.

This produces a tremendous energy which is usually locked up in the process of mental evasion and a general running away from life experiences.

Clarity of awareness, may, in its initial stages, but unpleasant or fear inspiring; if so, then one should open oneself completely to the pain or the fear and welcome it. In this way the barriers created by one’s own habitual emotional reactions and prejudices are broken down.

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Growing up a Lotus

Growing up a Lotus by Donna Farhi Schuster is a set of easy to understand stretching exercises designed to improve your sitting posture. This set of drawings and explanations was originally posted on

http://zenmontpellier.voila.net/eng/lotus/lotuseng.html

Not explicit dharma nevertheless hopefully helpful for your practice.
 

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Dorje Chang Thungma


Dorje Chang Thungma
Supplication to the Dakpo Kagyü

 

DOR JÉ CHANG CHEN TE LO NA RO DANG
Great Vajradhara, Tilo, Naro,

MAR PA MI LA CHÖ JÉ GAM PO PA
Marpa, Mila, Lord of Dharma Gampopa,

DÜ SUM SHÉ JA KÜN KHYEN KAR MA PA
Knower of the three times, omniscient Karmapa,

CHÉ ZHI CHUNG GYÉ GYÜ PA DZIN NAM DANG
Holders of the four great and eight minor lineages:

DRI TAK TSAL SUM PEL DEN DRUK PA SOK
Drikung, Taklung, Tsalpa, glorious Drukpa, and so on,

ZAP LAM CHAK GYA CHÉ LA NGA NYÉ PÉ
Masters of the profound path of Mahamudra,

NYAM MÉ DRO GÖN DAK PO KA GYÜ LA
Peerless protectors of beings, the Dakpo Kagyü,

SÖL WA DEP SO KA GYÜ LA MA NAM
I pray to you, Kagyü Gurus; I hold your lineage.

GYÜ PA DZIN NO NAM TAR JIN GYI LOP
Grant your blessings that I may follow your example.

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A Chenrezig Sadhana

The Recitation for the Chenrezig Meditation

 

This book contains the recitation for the meditation of the Great Compassionate One called For the Benefit of All Beings as Vast as the Skies.

First refuge and raising Bodhicitta

SANG GYE CHÖ DANG TSOK KYI CHOK NAM LA
Until I reach enlightenment, I take refuge in all the

JANG CHUP BAR DU DAK NI KYAP SU CHI
Buddhas and in the dharma and all the noble Sangha.

DAK GI JIN SOK GYI PAY SÖ NAM KYI
By the merit of accomplishing the six perfections.

DRO LA PHEN CHIR SANG GYE DRUP PAR SHOK
May I achieve Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Repeat three times
 

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Mind’s ultimate nature

Mind’s ultimate nature

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

 

Mind’s ultimate nature, emptiness endowed with vividness,
I was told is the real Buddha.
Recognizing this should help me
Not to be stuck with thoughts of hierarchy.

Mind’s ultimate nature, its emptiness aspect,
I was told is the real Dharma.
Recognizing this should help me
Not to be stuck with thoughts of political correctness.

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Heart Sutra

Heart Sutra

 

The Blessed mother, the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom.
In Sanskrit: Bbagavati Prajna Paramita Hridaya

 

Thus have I once heard: The Blessed One was staying in Rajgriha at Vulture Peak along with a great community of monks and a great community of bodhisattvas, and at that time, the Blessed One entered the meditative adsorption on the varieties of phenomena called the appearance of the profound. At the time as well, the noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being, clearly beheld the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom itself and saw that even the five aggregates are empty of intrinsic existence.

Thereupon, through the Buddha’s inspiration, the venerable Shariputra spoke to the noble Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being, and said,”How should any noble son or noble daughter who wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom train?”

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Calling the Guru From Afar

Calling the Guru From Afar:
A Supplication to Pierce Your Heart with Devotion

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

 

Namo Guruve
 

This style of supplication called Calling the Guru from Afar is known by everyone. Nevertheless, the key point for invoking the guru’s blessing is devotion inspired by disenchantment and renunciation, not as mere platitude but from the core of your heart, from the very marrow of your bones. Chant the song melodiously with the confidence of having resolved that your own guru is none other than the Awakened One.
 

Guru, think of me.
Kind root guru, think of me.

Essence of the Buddhas of the three times,
Source of the sublime Dharma of statements and realization,
Sovereign of the sangha, the assembly of noble ones,
Root guru think of me.

Great treasure of blessings and compassion,
Source of the two siddhis,
Enlightened activity that grants all wishes,
Root guru think of me.

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