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Orated by Jamyang Dorje Rinpoche of the Taipei Padmakara Buddhist Society Recorded by Pema Tsering on 22 Aug 2007 with due respect Translated from Chinese into English and editted by Jigme Sherab with due respect Homage to Padmasambhava and Pema Norbu Rinpoche May 2006 – In the holy land of Padmasambhava, Bhutan, a blind accomplished master knew his time of his death in advance and sat in crossed vajra posture while passing into parinirvana. As the author was afraid of gradually forgetting the details of this master’s liberation story over the passage of time, the sublime details of it were committed to paper with one’s own inadequate literary skills. It is hoped that all those who see, hear or are acquainted with the facts of this history will be filled with deep faith and devotion to Padmasambhava, thereby receiving blessings and accomplishments. 1
It is well known that prayer-wheels contain dry paper rolls and it is impossible for water to drip from it out of thin air. but instead continued to recite the mantra diligently. yet his prayer-wheel began to manifest such a strange phenomenon. his faith in Padmasambhava began to ripen and increase. in a dream-like state. praying to Guru Rinpoche with great faith. which the blind “Benza Guru Drubtop” made himself 2 .” Thus “Benza Guru Drubtop” was not able to recover his eyesight even though he had seen the Guru Rinpoche. people mostly addressed him as “Drubtop” which means someone who has attained realisation. With no other resort. Moreover. At that time. Due to his blindness. This demonstrated the authencity of the results of “Benza Guru Drubtop”’s practice and also showed how wonderful Padmasambhava’s blessings were. he was also called. Finally. “Benza Guru Druptop” was not born blind. was previously a visually handicapped beggar who lived in the peripheral slums of Bhutan. “Drubtop”’s prayer-wheel. he was just a common farmer who belonged to the Bon religion. he personally met the Lotus-Born Guru and received a prophecy. he did not slow down. “If you live on for 7 more years. and eventually he went on to achieve an astounding level of realisation. he listened to some masters’ advice and decided to start reciting the Vajra Guru mantra (OM AH HUNG BENZA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUNG). meaning “The Vajra Guru Siddha” This accomplished master “Benza Guru Drubtop”. your eyesight will be recovered. thereby attaining an inconceivable level of realisation. causing confused inter-dependent phenomenon to arise. When “Drubtop” started to recite the Vajra Guru mantra. In the mysterious state. After that. this accomplished master who had went through a difficult life (but with equanimity) was invited to the monastery where they looked after him as a offering to a most unsurpassed field of merit. When he was alive. you had disparaged and despised (noble beings). Guru Rinpoche also asked “Benza Guru Drubtop” to make a special dharma hat as a auspicious interdependent-arising. Now although you have seen me. due to the help of Urgyen Lama (of Sangngak Thegchog Osel Ling Monastery) and Jamyang Dorje Rinpoche. Padmasambhava told “Benza Guru Drubtop”. the farmer did not understand the vast qualities of Padmasambhava and had even entertained sacrilegious views towards Guru Rinpoche and slandered him with negative speech.This accomplished adept is a Bhutanese. the farmer had approached many doctors who were unable to help. When he completed a hundred million recitations. The reason for you having lost sight in both eyes is that you previously believed in the Bon religion and especially. internally. Later. day or night was not much difference to him and he began to recite the mantra diligently day and night without distinction. When “Benza Guru Drubtop” had completed the mantra 300 million times. was extraordinarily free and liberated. “Benza Guru Drubtop”. you will not be able to immediately regain your eyesight. To recover his sight. he asked several spiritual friends and masters for advice on what spiritual practice to do in order to recover his sight. Before he went blind. This was the reason that the last 10 years of his life was relatively peaceful and safe. due to that karmic obscuration. whose external appearance was dirty and unkempt but who. began to drip inconceivable nectar. relying on it as his sole practice. which he rotated as he recited the mantra. It is said that his visual impairment was the result of curses wrought by mantras which his enemies had inflicted upon him. due to the fact that he attained realisation and liberation through the recitation of the Vajra Guru mantra.
“Benza Guru Drubtop” knew of a secret method to reverse obstacles which the Lotus-Born Guru had personally transmitted to him. but would be able to know the intentions of the person and be able to speak out the intimate details of the supplicants’ residence. Unlike others. He was also widely acknowledged as “Drubtop” due to this. He did not need the use of any divination apparatus. recovered from their problems without exception. Evidently. a conservative estimate of the number of Guru Rinpoche mantras he had recited in his life amounts to more than 600 million. environment and all other kinds of details. It could swiftly remove all heavy illnesses or urgent calamities befalling a person. This method is special but inelegant. This method is quite powerful. all the people for whom the “Drubtop” had performed this ritual. In spite of “Benza Guru Drubtop”’s inner realisation and his extraordinary clairvoyance due to Guru Rinpoche’s blessings. Thus he wandered around in the region of “Chim” in Bhutan. nor did he require the person to say much. Besides this. and then he must strip naked and while totally nude take the torma to a nearby triple-intersect junction. due to his external visual handicap. reciting the Guru Rinpoche mantra respectfully and so when he passed into parinirvana. including those personal secrets that the person requesting did not want revealed. his way of divination was also different from others. It required that “Benza Guru Drubtop” make a special kind of torma and recite a short ritual. What did not change was that he continued supplicating Guru Rinpoche day and night. he was not interested in promoting his own diligent efforts at practice or his 3 . “Benza Guru Drubtop”’s inner secret realisation did not cause him to try to improve his own living conditions but instead he regarded poverty and suffering as not being any obstacle or problem impeding him. the specifics of it is only known to himself.from bronze pieces without anyone’s help. the “Benza Guru Drubtop” had attained great clairvoyance of knowing others’ minds due to the blessings of Guru Rinpoche. The locals called him “Benza Guru Drubtop”. everytime someone requested the “Benza Guru Drubtop” for any help. no-one was willing to look after him properly.
Seven days later. there is really no death to speak of for me!” Totally unschooled and who had not studied any dharma teachings. ‘“Benza Guru Drubtop” does not want money. thus fulfilling the prophecy that he would “recover his sight”. the usually-deserted monastery was thronged by more than 3000 people trying to pay their respects. After his parinirvana. If someone offered his cash notes or coins. instead “Benza Guru Drubtop” benefitted beings in a spontaneous and extemporaneous way. or he may just bless them and return them to you. The author once requested one of the abbots of the monastery. he would only tell to Urgyen Lama and a few close friends who had faith. he would have no body to obstruct him from going to the Sangdok Palri Pureland to see Guru Rinpoche. sutras or commentaries. a gentle tremor in the earth could be felt. Although he was invited to stay at Sangngak Thegchog Osel Ling Monastery. Most of his secret conduct and responses. if you want to offer food.miraculous responses . apart from those monk-friends who knew about it being worried that “Benza Guru Drubtop” would manifest death. most of the people who knew him did not know how profound his inner realisation was. allowing others to make offerings and making-shift of whatever they offered to wear. because I have realised the dharmakaya. everyday at dawn. it was the same case. but was instead met with laughter from Rinpoche who said. Seven days before he demonstrated impermanence. “Urgyen Lama does not have freedom over birth and death. 4 . but I do. using yellowed and hole-ridden blankets and pillow. Although he was a siddha. With nothing special happening. he did not alter his clothes or appearance. and be able to leave this world with such ease and freedom. before returning them to the offerer. so he may not enjoy what you offer him. At that moment. “Benza Guru Drubtop” passed away exactly 7 years from when he received the vision from Padmasambhava. “Benza Guru Drubtop” sat in crossedvajra posture and impertubably released his intent into the dharmadhatu. yet. he only preferred to live in a dilapidated corner of the monastery and sleep in his own old covers. Because now.” At that time. the author felt deeply that this siddha master was truly without needs or wants and was worthy of respect and veneration. Most people only regarded his external style and occasional obstacle-averting rituals as a sign that he was merely a practitioner with some achievements. with no desire or wish for anything. the “Benza Guru Drubtop” informed the abbot Urgyen Lama. others did not feel that the Drubtop would really be able to predict his own time of death.’ Hearing this. He did not pay much attention to this remark. to make some money offerings. he will recite mantras and blow on them as a blessing. he doesn’t really accept any other food. he may not accept. but remained like a beggar. “Benza Guru Drubtop” then confidently told several monk friends that.”I am going to leave this world to go and see Padmasambhava. After he passed away. These were said to be dakinis paying their respect. He will not understand my meaning… the dharmakaya is beyond death. in the clear gentle light of dawn. This showed that “Benza Guru Drubtop” has already viewed all wealth as nothing. how to make offerings to him? If you want to give him clothings or other things. Thus. he is now provided food by the monastery. “Benza Guru Drubtop” was able to make many such statements that utilised the expressions of the Dzogpa Chenpo realisations. telling him not to use the money but to keep it on the body as a blessed artifact for protection. Apart from his meals. When one offered him a khata. Jamyang Dorje Rinpoche. “Benza Guru Drubtop” would only accept others’ clothing and food. and could have chosen to have better living premises and conditions. the abbot felt that Drubtop was still healthy and thought that he was merely joking. there were three birds flying in to circumambulate his body three rounds before flying off.
He has many names.. ultimately attaining the same state as him. these are just a few of them. Some explanations: Guru Rinpoche = Padmasambhava = Pema Jungne = Lotus Born Guru. 5 . may have some confusion.. if you read article not knowing this.The author wishes that this extraordinary account of a recent Guru Rinpoche siddha would encourage all sentient beings to give rise to faith and supplicate Guru Rinpoche.
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