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A Prayer Song to Mother Labkyi Drönma

Topics: devotion, four reminders, guru yoga, Mahamudra.
Namo guru dakiye

Above my head, a foot above Is a three-tier seat, lotus, sun and moon, Rainbow light forms a canopy: Inside it is the teacher I trust Essentially identical with the mother of the four noble ones, [1] Mother Labkyi Drönma, white in form. Her silken black hair flows down her back, Her face is peaceful and smiling, her three eyes look into the sky. Her white silk blouse with long sleeves flutters in the breeze, Her red silk skirt is bound with a sash at her waist. She sits in the vajra posture. In her heart is a moon with the syllable ah above it, surrounded by the mantra. [2] Her right hand holds a gold drum, Its beat resounds through the universe. From the supreme domain of awakening, the realm of totality, Her offspring gather, awakened ones, awakening beings, and masters, Coming like flower petals swirling in the wind. All of them are absorbed into Only Mother’s body. [3] Her left hand holds a silver bell. Its ringing fills the ten directions. The dakinis of the twenty-four places gather,Coming like snowflakes in a storm. All of them are absorbed into the Great Mother’s body. [4] Only Mother Labkyi Drönma, union of all refuges, I pray to you from the bottom of my heart.

Give me energy to trust them. the lord of death. look inwards. As water is poured into water. The power of my prayer makes The Great Mother dissolve into light: she is absorbed into me. can come at any time. look at the essence of bliss. The three jewels are the reliable and definite refuges. When you look at mind. no substance. This is the mahamudra of non-thought experience.This precious human form is difficult to obtain and embodies opportunities and resources. look at the essence of clarity. look at your mind. Give me energy not to take birth in these states. The pristine awareness that knows experience is your mind. If you experience clarity. nothing is seen. If you experience emptiness. Join with mine and become one And through this connection bring great peace. May the body. Give me energy to realize its potential. Give me energy to live a life of no regret. anything can arise. This is the mahamudra of empty bliss experience. Give me energy to live without shame. If you experience bliss. look at the essence of emptiness. Give me energy for loving kindness and compassion. Suffering is present in all six realms. This is the mahamudra of empty clarity experience. The six kinds of beings are as kind as my parents. Now. This emptiness of experience is your own mind. The ultimate foe. . My mind drops into naked simplicity. speech and mind of Mother Labkyi Drönma. The laws of the way things are [5] work internally. It’s not that there is no mind. Give me energy to attain this stable understanding. In the end my mind is bare being as truth.

order or chaos. This is the instruction for the spontaneous freeing of the five poisons. This is the experience of appearance and existence spontaneously arising as enchantment. The point is to attain stability in your mind. Whatever appearances of happiness and suffering arise. And the mind of all beings is in essence one. the Kadampa and the Mahamudra. This is the holy instruction of the great middle way. they are in essence empty. Whatever the various disturbing and frightening appearances. . This is the holy instruction of the great completion. This is the mahamudra of the cutting ground. Look at their essence and they will spontaneously subside. There is no experience that is not complete in the mind. [7] Whatever appearances of suffering arise.When you look inwards. everything is like rainbow: While forms are clear. This is the holy instruction of calming suffering. Place your mind without looking or something looked for: This is the practice of mahamudra. To keep practice. there is nothing to be seen. Whatever thoughts of the five poisons [6] arise. Looking outwards. outlook. [8] Mind is free from existence or non-existence. Experience drops into naked ordinary knowing. Place your mind without trying to cultivate something: This is naked ordinary knowing. and activity clean And to protect your commitments as you do your eyes Combine the two rivers. The mind of the victorious one and your own mind. Look at their essence and they will spontaneously subside. Look at their essence and they will spontaneously subside. [9] This is the view that samsara and nirvana are inseparable. Look at their essence and they will spontaneously subside. This is the mahamudra of making all tastes equal.

This is the fruition of the secret enchantment tradition. means “great mother”. For both translation and spiritual reasons. as there is only one kind of water. pride. bodhisattvas. Machik means “the one mother” which I have here translated as Only Mother. It was translated by Ken McLeod for a student who has a special interest in this practice. and jealousy. I’ve chosen to render this phrase with this internal interpretation. It is. the “mother” of all buddhas. The four noble ones or four aryas are the sravakas. stupidity. More usually known as Chö. In Tibetan. this refers to the perfection of wisdom. [10] This prayer was written down on paper for the hermit Jomo by Raga Asya in a camp on Dharma Mountain in Tö. In contrast to Machik. The mantra associated with the Perfection of Wisdom:om gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha [↩] 3. pratyekabuddhas. 1. Since mantra means spell and has the idea of enchantment in order to protect. [↩] 5. and buddhas. The laws of the way things are refers to the working of karma. [↩] 4. somewhat like the force of gravity. but that there is only one kind of mind. or Yum Chenmo. A good way to regard karma is that it is a natural process in the universe.The point is to attain stability in your mind. of course. a devotional term and refers to the manifest historical person. [↩] 6. [↩] 10. [↩] 2. Yum. aversion. The experience of all beings evolves according to the workings of karma in the same way that motion of bodies in space are shaped by the law of gravity. this practice is called Shi Jé. . This phrase is usually translated as “secret mantra tradition” but I wanted to avoid the use of the word mantra. This doesn’t mean that there is one big mind. This translation by Ken McLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3. This is called the fruition. The five poisons are attraction. I went with this rendering. [↩] 7.0 United States License. [↩] 9. [↩] 8.