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A Mahakala Practice
An Offering to the Dharma Protectors


Mahakala
(Tib. Nakpo Chenpo)

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A Mahakala Prayer
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OM MA DAG NÖ CHÜ TONG PAR JANG
OM The impure world and beings are purified into emptiness.
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TONG PAY NGANG LE YE SHE KYI
From emptiness appears wisdom’s wind,
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LUNG ME THÖ GYE TENG NYI DU
Fire, and hearth-stone skulls.
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THÖ PAR SHA NGA DÜ TSI NGA
Upon them is a kapala containing the five meats and five amritas.
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LUNG ME KOL WAY DAM TSIK PAY
The air and fire cause the samaya-amrita to boil;
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DÜ TSI RAB BAR Ö NYI DE
It shines with intensely bright light
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YE SHE DÜ TSI CHEN DRANG NE
That invites the jnana-amrita.
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YER ME OM DANG AH HUNG GI
The amritas become inseparable, are blessed by OM AH HUNG,
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JIN LAB DRI RO TSUNG ME GYUR
And have an unequaled flavor and aroma.
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TSA GYU LAMA YIDAM HLA TSOK DANG
The root and lineage gurus, the yidam deities,
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PAWO KHANDRO CHÖ KYONG TSOK CHEN DRANG
The dakas, dakinis, and dharma protectors are invited.
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DÜN GYI NAM KHAR TRIN ZHIN TIB PAR GYUR
They gather as thick as clouds in space before me.
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YIDAM KÜN DÜ TSA WAY LAMA CHÖ
I offer to the root guru, who is the union of all the yidams;
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KÖN CHOK KÜN DÜ TSA WAY LAMA CHÖ
I offer to the root guru, who is the union of the three jewels;
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CHÖ KYONG KÜN DÜ TSA WAY LAMA CHÖ
I offer to the root guru, who is the union of all the dharma protectors;
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CHE PAR CHÖ KYONG BER GYI NA ZA CHEN
I offer, in particular, to the dharma protectors who wear a cloak (Mahakala)
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PALDEN LHAMO RANG JUNG GYALMO NI
And to Palden Lhamo Rangjung Gyalmo (Mahakali).
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CHE CHAM KHOR DANG CHE PA CHÖ PAR GYI
To this Mahakala and Mahakali, and to their entourage,
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GYALPO NAM MANG THÖ SE NGAG KYI DAG
King Vaisravana, who is king of the northern direction and Ngadak,
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DORJE LEG PA SIN GÖN ZHING KYONG DANG
Dorje Legpa, Singon, and Shing-kyong,
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KAR NAK DORJE GYALPO LA SOG PAY
Karnak Dorje Gyalpo, and all the others
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KARMAPA YI TEN PA KYONG NAM LA
Who protect the teachings of the Karmapas,
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ZAG ME SHA NGA DÜ TSI NGA CHOK GI
Receive this offering of the supreme torma
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TORMA TSA GYE PENTSA AMRITA
Of the immaculate five meats and amritas,
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DZA GE RAK TAY YÖN CHAB CHÖ PAR ZHE
The living five amritas
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DÖ YÖN NGA DANG SANG WAY CHÖ PA DANG
With eight principal ingredients, and the liquid offering of rakta.
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DE KHO NA YI KÜN ZANG CHÖ PE CHÖ
I make the Samantabhadra offering of the five sensory pleasures,
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CHÖ KYI KYÖN DAG YÖN TEN DZOG PA DEY
The secret offerings and the “thatness” offering,
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NE TSUL JI ZHIN TOK PAY GO SUM GYI
With a true understanding of the actual nature of your perfection of qualities and your
faultlessness,
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TÖ PA MA LU PA YI TÖ PAR GYI
I praise you with every single praise that can be made by body, speech, and mind.

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KHYÖ LA DÖ DÖN SOL WA TAB PA NI
I pray to you for the fulfillment of my wishes.

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DAG SOG KÜN LA CHOK DANG THUN MONG GI
Bestow upon me and all others as I sit upon this seat,
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NGÖ DRUP TEN THOG DI LA TSÖL WA DANG
The supreme and the common siddhis.
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KHYE PAR TSE RING NE ME PAL JOR GYE
I pray in particular for the increase of our life spans, health, prosperity, and wealth.
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YI LA SAM TSE KE CHIK TSAM NYI LA
I pray that all I wish for in my mind will be instantly accomplished,
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DRUP NE KARMAPA YI ZHE PA KÜN
So that I will quickly accomplish every teaching of the Karmapas.
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DA GI MA LU NYUR DU DRUP PA DANG
I pray that you grant me, in this very moment,
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KARMAPA YI TEN LA NÖ CHE NAM
The powers that will enable me
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DAG GI THAL WA ZHIN DU LOG PA YI
To destroy into dust
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NÜ PA DA TA NYI DU TSAL DU SOL
All those who harm the teachings of the Karmapas.
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DE TAR CHÖ TÖ DE PAY GEWA DE
I dedicate the positive power of my offering, praise, and faith

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MA GYUR DRO WA SEM CHEN THAM CHE KÜN
To all beings, who have all been my mother,
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DZOG PAY SANG GYE GO PHANG THŌB CHIR NGO
So that they will obtain the state of complete Buddhahood.



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Composed by Jetsun Mikyo Dorje, The Eighth Karmapa (1507-1554), in answer to the supplication made
by Rinchen Palmo.


Mahakala’s Mantra:
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OM SHRI MAHAKALA YAK KHYA BETALI HUNG DZA








Translated by Peter Roberts, Scotland, 1990


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