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T'UG DRUB DE CHEN NYING PO LE K'UL DU CH'UNG WA
MAR ME MN LAM
The Lamp Prayer
TAKEN FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE HEART PRACTICE
Essence of Great Bliss


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HUNG HRIH TN PA KN ZANG CH KYI DAG PO YI
For the benefit of his disciples, the Buddha Samantabhadra, Lord of the Dharma,
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DL JA'I DN DU KA' SANG ME DU JUNG
Expounded the extraordinary secret teachings
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YANG SANG LA ME TS'OG KYI KYIL 'KOR SUNG
On the utterly secret mandala of the feastgathering
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RIG 'DZIN GY KYI GONG PE TEN LA P'AB
And these were codified by the enlightened wisdom of the lineage of masters of pure
awareness.
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LHA WANG GYA JIN GYL PO DZA YI NE
In the realms of Indra, King of the Gods, and of King Indrabhuti,
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LU GYL ' JOG PO LHA LU MI'I NE SU
Of naga king Takshaka and in the abodes of gods, nagas and men
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RIG SUM GN P TS'OG KYI KYIL 'KOR DZE
Feastgatherings were performed by the Lords of the Three Families
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1. Avalokita, Majushri and Vajrapani.
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TS'OM BU 'BUM CHE ' L NGN SANG GYE
Sole embodiment of the enlightened intention of all masters of pure awareness
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RIG 'DZIN NAM KYI GONG PA CHIG D PA
And the perfect buddhas along with their hundredthousandfold mandalaclusters of
bodies of light,
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TS'O KYE LA MA DOR JE 'CHANG CHEN GYI
In the great practiceplaces of India and Tibet,
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'PAG P DRUB PA'I NE CHEN T'AM CHE DU
The great, vajrawielding Teacher Born from a Lake
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SANG NGAG LA ME TS'OM BU'I KYIL 'KOR DU
Brought to maturity, liberated and dissolved his closest disciples into bodies of light
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T'UG SE DL JA MIN DRL ' L YEL
Within the mandalaassemblies of the peerless Secret Mantrayana.
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SI TA'I BAR DU 'DRO WA DRL WA'I LE
So that living beings may be liberated until such time as cyclic existence comes to an
end,
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DRL WA SHI DEN ZAB TER PA YE BE
He concealed countless profound treasures concerning the four aspects of liberation
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,
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KU SUM SHL TS'AB SANG NGAG LUNG DU TEN
And, as regent of the three kayas
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, gathering together the authoritatively expounded
Secret Mantra teachings,



2. Liberation as it arises, inherent liberation, naked liberation and liberation from the very start. Sometimes this last is replaced by the
idea of evenly balanced liberation
3. The three enlightened dimensions or facets of absolute reality, rejoicing in enlightened qualities and manifest appearance.
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'DU SHING 'TSOG PA'I KYIL 'KOR RAB 'JAM 'DIR
Brought the tantras and scriptures of the genuine secret mantras to perfection
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SANG NGAG DEN DRUB GY LUNG SANG NGAG DZOG
In this infinite mandala of offering.
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GYL WA KN GYI TR'IN LE DAG GI JE
Grant your blessing that the enlightened activities of all buddhas be accomplished by me
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NGN TS'E MN LAM SHIN DU JIN GYI LOB
In accord with my previous prayers and aspirations.
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DOR JE GYL PO GYL TS'AB RIG MA DANG
I make concerted and singlepointed prayer
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GYL T'EB RIG SHI 'D PA 'KOR YOG DRN
That the vajra king, his regent, consort,
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'OG MIN SANG WA CHOG GI KYIL 'KOR DU
His sphere of influence and the four castes all together along with his retinue, servants
and commoners
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MI 'DRL TSE CHIG 'TSOG PA'I MN LAM 'DEB
Never become separate from the supremely secret mandala of Akanishtha.
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SI PA TEN 'DREL CHU NYI KONG BU RU
In the cupshaped holder of the twelve links of worldly conditioned coproduction,
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LE DANG NYN MONG TING ZAB SHN PAR 'KYIL
Is the deep and swirling clarified butter of the karmic and emotional obscurations.


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RIG PA JANG CHUB SEM KYI DONG BU TSUG
May the flame of the five primordial awarenesses that make up selfcognisant pure
wakefulness
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RANG RIG YE SHE NGA YI ME PAR WE
Rising from the wick of the mind of pure and perfect awareness
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'KOR WA'I GYAM TS'O TING NE KEM PAR SHOG
Dry up the ocean of cyclic existence from its very depths.
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MAR ME NYI CHE CHIG LA T'IM PA TAR
Like two lamp flames dissolving into one,
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'OG MIN PL CHEN T'UG DANG SEM RIG 'DRE
May the great and glorious enlightened mind of Akanishtha and the awareness of my own
mind merge
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KN ZANG LA MA CHOG DANG RO CHIG SHOG
And become of one taste with the Supreme Teacher, Samantabhadra.
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SHE DANG LE KYI NYL WA'I SEM CHEN NAM
May all sentient beings in the hell realms due to the karma of anger and hatred
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ME LONG YE SHE YING SU SANG GYE SHOG
Attain pure and perfect buddhahood in the expanse of the mirrorlike primordial
awareness.
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SER NA'I WANG GI YI DAG SEM CHEN NAM
May all sentient beings who, by the power of meanness and avarice, have become
famished spirits



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NYAM NYI YE SHE YING SU SANG GYE SHOG
Attain pure and perfect buddhahood in the expanse of the primordial awareness of
essential sameness.
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TI MUG LE GYUR D DRO'I SEM CHEN NAM
May all sentient beings who have become animals as a result of mental darkness
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CH YING YE SHE YING SU SANG GYE SHOG
Attain pure and perfect buddhahood in the expanse of the primordial awareness of the
primal space of absolute reality.
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'D CHAG LE GYUR KYE WA NE SHI'I MI
May all sentient beings who, because of attachment and desire, have taken the four kinds
of human birth
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SOR TOG YE SHE YING SU SANG GYE SHOG
Attain pure and perfect buddhahood in the expanse of the primordial awareness of
discriminating detail.
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TR'A DOG LE KYI LHA MIN 'DRO WA NAM
May all sentient beings who, from envy and jealous desire, have been born as asuras
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JA DRUB YE SHE YING SU SANG GYE SHOG
Attain pure and perfect buddhahood in the expanse of the primordial awareness of
perfected activity.
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NGA GYL WANG GI LHA YI 'DRO WA NAM
May all sentient beings born as gods because of arrogance and pride
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TONG SL YE SHE YING SU SANG GYE SHOG
Attain pure and perfect buddhahood in the expanse of the primordial awareness of
emptinessclarity.

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MI 'DRL DAM TS'IG ZUNG KYI 'DREL WA YI
Never losing connection with the power of the tantric oaths and pledges,
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D SUM RIG 'DZIN NAM KYI SHL TS'N TE
Which has been pointed out as the path by all masters of pure awareness throughout the
three times,
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RAB TU GA' WA'I SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the level called Perfect Joy
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.
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GYU DRUG YE SHE TR'O GYL SHL GYI NGUB
Drawing breath in the form of the wrathful wisdom king of the six causes
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,
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DRI ME ' KYI SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the level called Immaculate Light.
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DN 'DL YE SHE MA RIG D TL NE
Subduing the marademon of ignorance with the primordial awareness that tames all
demons,
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' DU JE PA'I SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the level called Radiant.
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TOG 'JOM YE SHE 'KOR WA'I NAM TOG CHOM
Subduing samsaric thoughtpatterns with the primordial awareness that overcomes
discursive thought
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' ZER 'TRO WA'I SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the level called Radiating Light Rays.



4. First of the spiritual levels of the bodhisattva. What follows is the remaining nine stages plus the eleven levels of distinction within
the enlightened state itself.
5. Principal cause; enabling cause, simultaneous cause, ripening cause, concomitant cause, omnipresent cause and associated
congruent cause
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LHN DRUB YE SHE NYI SU ME PAR T'IM
Dissolving inseparably into the primordial awareness of spontaneous perfection,
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JANG PAR KA' WA'I SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the level called Difficult to Conquer.
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ZIL NN YE SHE DUG NGA'I DUG NGL CHOM
Completely overthrowing the sufferings of the five poisons with the primordial
awareness that subjugates by splendour,
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NGN DU GYUR WA'I SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the level called Perfectly Manifest.
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GY DRUG NAM DAG 'KOR WA'I DUG NGL CHOM
Overthrowing the sufferings of cyclic existence by utterly purifying the six realms,
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RING DU SONG WA'I SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the level called Reaching Far.
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'DR JE T'AB K'E DRIB NYI TA' SL NE
Knowledgeable in means and procedures, having dispelled the extremes of the two kinds
of obscuration
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,
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MI YO WA YI SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the level called Unshakeable.
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DUR TR' 'JOM JE NE YL RAB JANG NE
Having perfectly purified the region by means of the magic formula of the charnel
ground,
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LEG PA'I LO DR SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the level called Perfect Intelligence.

6. The obscuration of conflicting emotions and of that which concerns the knowable.
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KY'EN PA'I YE SHE T'IG LER RAB JANG NE
Having perfectly purified it as a bindu with the knowing quality of primordial awareness
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CH KYI TRIN GYI SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the level called Cloud of Dharma.
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J NN 'KOR WA'I GYAM TSO'I SHER NN NE
Controlling speech and having brought under control the socalled ocean of cyclic
existence,
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KN TU ' KYI SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the stage called Constant and Universal Illumination.
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NGN PAR SANG GYE 'JIG TEN RAB JANG NE
Having perfectly purified the ordinary world into the state of manifest buddhahood,
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PE MA CHEN GYI SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the stage called LotusEndowed.
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'JIG TEN KN KY'AB MA CHAG RAB JANG NE
Completely purifying allpervading worldsystems by means of nonattachment,
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YE SHE 'KOR LO TS'OG CHEN SAR CH'IN SHOG
May we reach the stage called Vast Assembly of the Mandala Circle of Primordial
Awareness.
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D SUM SANG GYE 'DRL ME RAB JANG NE
Perfectly purifying nonseparation from the buddhas of the three times,
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DOR JE YING KYI SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the stage called Indestructible Ultimate Space.


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NAM KY'EN NGN JANG PONG WA'I TA' SL NE
Actually awakening omniscience and perfectly clearing away the extreme of anything to
be abandoned,
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TUG PO K PA'I SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the stage called Densely Arrayed.
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DRIB JANG CHEN P DRIB NYI RAB JANG NE
Perfectly cleansing away the two veils by means of an allembracing purification of
obscuration ,
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TUG PO GYN GYI SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the stage called Densely Ornamented.
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NGAM JI NANG SI CH NYI RAB JANG NE
Perfectly purifying the magnificent and aweinspiring world of appearances and
possibilities in the ultimate nature of reality,
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DOR JE 'CHANG GI SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the stage of a Wielder of the VajraSceptre.
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PL JI CH NYI GYN DU RAB JANG NE
Continuously purifying the glorious ultimate nature,
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DE WA CHEN PO'I SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the stage called Great Bliss.
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'BAR 'TRO CHEN PO'I ' DU RAB JANG NE
Perfectly purified into a vast and blazing radiant luminosity,
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KN TU ZANG PO'I SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the stage of Samantabhadra.
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TRL KU YE SHE NANG SI JANG CHUB SEM
Enlightened embodiment the purified and perfected phenomenal manifestation of
primordial awareness,
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DZOG PA CHEN PO LHN DRUB SAR CH'IN SHOG
May we reach the stage of a Spontaneously Realised AllEncompassing Perfection.
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TR DRL YE SHE CH NYI DL KY'AB JANG
Uncontrived primordial awareness purified as the allencompassing ultimate nature of
reality,
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YE SHE LA MA'I SA LA CH'IN PAR SHOG
May we reach the stage of Unexcelled Primordial Wisdom.
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TA' YE YN TEN SA LAM KN DZOG NE
Having brought to perfection the paths and levels of boundless enlightened qualities
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' SL CHEN PO RANG RIG NGN DU GYUR
Intrinsic awareness actually manifests as vast and allencompassing luminosity.
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GYL WA RAB 'JAM SHING DU SANG GYE SHING
Attaining buddhahood in the pure realms of the infinite Victorious Ones,
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DE SHEG TONG DANG TR'IN LE NAM PAR SHOG
May we realise the emptiness and the enlightened activity of the sugatas
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to be one and
the same.
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DUG NGA NAM DAG YE SHE ' NGAR 'DRIL
Completely purifying the five poisons, essentialising them as the five coloured lights of
primordial awareness



7. Sugata, He Who Courses in Bliss
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RIG NGA'I SHING DU NGN PAR SANG GYE NE
And attaining actual buddhahood in the pure realm of the five families,
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KU DANG SHING K'AM DL JA TR'IN LE NAM
May the kayas, pure realms and all enlightened activities for the purpose of taming
beings
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GYL WA RIG NGA'I YN TEN DZOG PAR SHOG
Be perfected as the enlightened qualities of the Victorious Lords of the Five Families.
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'OG MIN LONG GU'I YING SU SANG GYE NE
Awakening into the sphere of the ninefold expanse
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of Akanishtha,
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PL CHEN TR'AG T'UNG GU DANG RO CHIG NE
Becoming of one taste with the Nine Great and Glorious Herukas,
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DZE PA T'AR CH'IN TR'AG 'TUNG GU DANG NYAM
All activity complete and identical in nature with the Nine Herukas,
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SANG WA CHOG GI SHING DU SANG GYE SHOG
May we attain pure and perfect awakening in the pure realm of the Supreme Secret.
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T'IG LE CHEN PO DRA ZUR ME PA YI
The great and sole bindu that has no corners
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NYAG CHIG CH KU RANG RIG DE WA CHE
Is the great bliss of the selfcognisant aspect of the dharmakaya
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8. As defined by Longchenpa, these are: (i) the expanse beyond change and alteration as the view, (ii) the expanse beyond being and
not being as the meditation, (iii) the expanse beyond hope and fear as the fruition, (iv) the expanse beyond establishing and
eliminating as the essence, (v) the expanse beyond restrictions as the nature, (vi) the expanse of liberated appearance and mind as the
characteristic, (vii) the expanse beyond change and alteration as ultimate space, (viii) the expanse of unobstructed arising as the
display and (ix) the expanse of resting imperturbably in primordial liberation as inherent freedom from differentiation
9. The enlightened dimension of absolute reality
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KN ZANG YER ME LONG DU SANG GYE NE
Awakening to pure and perfect buddhahood in the expanse of inseparability from
Samantabhadra,
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' MIN 'GYUR DANG YER ME NGN GYUR SHOG
May we make manifest our inseparability from immutable radiance.
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SHN DN RI ME DL JA PAG YE LA
Sending forth innumerable emanations as many as there are dustmotes in the
universe
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TRL PA RAB 'JAM DL GYI DRANG NYAM PE
In order to impartially train countless beings for the benefit of one and all,
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DRL WA SHI DEN 'DRO WA T'AB KYI 'DL
Taming beings with the skilful means of the four methods of liberation
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,
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'OG MIN SHING DU NGN SANG GYE GYUR CHIG
May we attain perfect buddhahood in the pure land of Akanishtha.

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This is a revealed treasure by the master of pure awareness Orgyen Chemchog Nden
Rlpa'i Dorje.

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10. Through seeing, hearing, remembering and touching





This text was translated by Mike Dickman for the
Drikung Dzogchen Translation Project (DDTP)
under the auspices of Ven. Drigung ntul Rinpoche,
and may be subject to revision at a later date.

May the dkins and dharmaplas forgive any errors or omissions.

May this translation benefit all sentient beings.



2005 Drikung Dzogchen Translation Project