A Word by Word CommentaryLongchen Nyingtik Preliminary Practices Textby Chökyi Drakpa
Empty in essence, expansive like space and free from the limits of conceptual elaboration, is theDharmakaya.With the nature of clarity, blazing brightly like the sun and ornamented with thesigns and marks, is the Sambhogakaya.The display of compassionate energy, manifesting in various ways out of compassion, is the Nirmanakaya. At the feet of the Lama, inseparable from the three kayas, I make heartfelt prostrations, my body, speech and mind filled with devotion.The rivers of the mind-direct, sign and aural transmissions, All come together and converge in Jikmé Lingpa,His wisdom-mind treasure was the Heart-Essence of Nyingtik, And it is to the recited words of its preliminary practices,That I now compose this commentary.
Blessing the Speech
Firstly there is the blessing of the speech. The syllables OM, AH and HUNG are theessence of the enlightenedbody, speech and mind. They purify obscurations of speechand bless your own ordinary body, speech and mind with the enlightened body, speechand mind. Upon your tongue faculty is a bright syllable RAM, from which arises a fire,consuming all defilementsand obscurations of speech. The fire transforms into a three-spoked Vajra of red light. In its centre, or belly, are the vowel and consonant mantras,and around them is the Essence of Dependent Origination. The syllables are like a stringof pearls. From them stream out five-colored rays of light with countless offeringsubstances at their tips, to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions, therebypleasing them.