Brief Teaching on ‘A Rainfall of Blessings’

Teaching from a recent authentic Terton who is extremely renowned in Tibet, Nyanlung Rinpoche (Namtrul Jigme Phuntsok).  He has displayed many miracles and retrieved termas with the help of his consort Tare Lhamo – an emanation of Yeshe Tsogyal.  I was very much moved by Tare Lhamo although I have never met her before. I guess it is in the nature of such great beings that all who see them somehow partake of the vast mind of love and Bodhichitta they possess.  Tare Lhamo has passed into parinirvana in 2002. More can found about her here:

http://buddhistwomen.pbworks.com/w/page/7886544/Khandro-T%C4%81re-Lhamo

http://www.thebuddhadharma.com/web-archive/2007/12/1/the-many-lives-of-yeshe-tsogyal.html

On 7 Nov 2011, Nyanlung Rinpoche passed into parinirvana. Hence I share his commentary on the Guru Yoga of Padmasambhava ‘A Rainfall of Blessings’ (composed by Mipham Rinpoche) here to remember him and to celebrate his vast enlightened activities to benefit all beings which will undoubtedly carry on into the future… May these two great Tertons quickly return to benefit countless beings!

(This was obtained from an email forwarded to me.  With deep thanks to the original source. Photo from http://buddhistwomen.pbworks.com)

A brief Teaching on the Guru Yoga in reliance upon the Seven Lines Vajra Verses: “A Rainfall of Blessings”

First, the preliminaries, Refuge means:

For the sake of rescuing each and every sentient being from the great fears of cyclic existence in general and the three lower realms in particular, one should take refuge from this moment until Enlightenment in the Guru who is not differentiated from the Great Victorious Urgyen, who is the union of all the Buddhas of the ten directions and past, present and future.  Recite thrice bearing this meaning in mind.

Aspiration means:

Among all the sentient beings limitless as the vast expanse of space, there is not even a single one who had not been our parents in the past.  These sentient beings are currently bound within the six realms of cyclic existence, experiencing uninterruptible sufferings without any end in sight.  Therefore I must attain the state of the Great Urgyen (Buddhahood) and place all sentient beings into the peace of the state of perfect Enlightenment.  Contemplate in this manner, and give rise to the thought for Enlightenment, recite thrice bearing the meaning in mind.

And now, the main practice:

In the space in front of oneself within a tent composed of rainbow rays, on top of a lotus and moon disc cushion, the object of our visualisation Urgyen Vjaradhara should be clearly understood as non-dual from our Root Guru.  His aspect is that of Urgyen Vajradhara ‘The Lotus Born’.  The body of ‘The Lotus Born’ is white in colour with a tinge of red, and the tinge of red is also suffused with white.  He has one face and two arms.  His right hand in wrathful mudra is waving a five pronged golden vajra, while his left hand which is resting in the mudra of equanimity holds a skull cup mixed with wisdom nectar.  In the crook of his left hand a three pronged Khatvanga staff rest tilted.  He wears a gown, Dharma robes and brocade cloak.  On his head he wears the lotus crown of liberation through sight, the tip of that crown is adorned with a halved five prong vajra and a vulture feather.  His facial expression is extremely joyful, smiling but also wrathful at the same time.  His feet is in the playful royal posture.  Around him are an oceanic host of the Three Jewels and the Three Roots, immeasurable in numbers.

His body should not been seen like solid statutes of metal or clay, or as an imperfect body composed of flesh and blood, but rather should be visualized as an illusion like rainbow body.  Although appearing, yet in reality without any self nature.  While being extremely clear and vivid, it is at the same time beyond grasp, abiding in ‘self nature’ that is like the illusive rays of rainbow.  The negativities of one’s body, speech and mind should not be merely confessed through mere words from one’s mouth, but with deep conviction that whatever happiness or suffering, goodness or negativities that one experiences up to the attainment of Enlightenment are all known to one’s Guru.  From the bottom of one’s heart, sincerely supplicate with reverence and prostrations.  The hair of one’s body standing on end, and tears welling in one’s eyes.

Next, manifest all things wondrous and desirable to the five senses of form, sound, smell taste and touch along with the outer, inner and secret offerings, all replete with the aspect of Samantabhadra’s offering clouds; these are presented in offering.  After this, gather forth all virtues that one has accumulated in the three times, present it sincerely in front of ‘The lotus Born’ and think that one is thereby accumulating merits.  Following this, recite: “All negativities committed through the three doors of myself and all sentient being since beginningless time up to the present, the vows that are broken or transgressed, we lay bare regretfully and confess before you, Lord of Secrets.  Now I make this vowed aspiration: ‘From this moment onwards I shall never commit any negativities, may those that I have committed not become the negative karma of this life or the obstacles in future lives.  Please grant the most excellent of purifications.’”  This is the purification of negativities, our aspiration should be that this accumulation of merits and confession gladdens the Guru, the Great Urgyen.  From now until Enlightenment is reached may we come under your compassionate guidance and care.  Please bestow the complete attainments of body, speech and mind even now upon this seat!  While contemplating thus, 5 coloured rays emanate from the Guru’s heart and dissolve into one’s heart.  Visualised that one’s mental continuum is blessed by the Guru, recite the Seven Lines Vajra Verses as much as one can, singe pointedly without any distraction.

The Tsog Offering at the end of the session is as follows:

Set up and display all food, drinks and other offerings of wisdom and merit that is in one’s possession, recite the hundred syllable of Vajrasattva 7, 21 or 108 times as in the ‘Stainless Confession Tantra’.  After that according to the time that is available, practice the ‘Four Articles rectifying Omissions’ and ‘Tsog’.  As this fulfils the need fo amassing vast merits and virtues, it is very important to practice at least once a day, or as many times as possible.

Regardless however, at the end of the meditation session, visulaise that from the white ‘OM” at the Guru’s forehead, light rays shine forth and when it melts into one’s head it purifies the negativities of one’s body such as killing, stealing sexual misconduct and the blockage of veins.  Ones gains the vajra body blessing of the Guru and obtain all the attainments of this empowerment.

Next, from the red “AH” at the Guru’s throat light rays issue forth and melts into one’s throat, purifying all speech negativities such as lies, divisive speech, harsh speech and idle talk, as well as the tantric obstacles of winds.  Ones gains the blessing of the vajra speech blessings of the Guru and obtain all the attainments of this empowerment.

Then, from the blue “HUM” at the Guru’s heart light rays issue forth and melts into one’s heart, purifying all negativities of the mind such as attachment, aversion and ignorance, as well as the tantric obstacles of the charkas.  One obtains the vajra mind blessing of the Guru and obtain all the attainments of this empowerment.

Finally, from the four places of the Guru: forehead, throat, heart and navel, the four syllables “OM, “AH”, “HUM” and “HRIH” four different colours of light emanate, white, red, blue and green respectively.  This dissolves into the corresponding places at one’s body and arouses the wisdom of the four joys in our mental continuum.  The four Empowerments are obtained, the seed of the four Awareness Holdings are planted, and the causes for obtaining the four bodies of a Buddha is placed into one’s mental continuum.  After this, the Guru dissolves into light and melts into one’s heart and at that moment one remains in the ‘self abiding’ state without alteration of a single thought, and within that it is without any thoughts.  Abiding in the ‘mind’ without discriminations, within calm abiding equanimity.  Abiding in such a state without any departure is the same as being one with the wisdom of all the Buddhas, one should know this.

For those who are able to practice this Guru Yoga constantly and diligently, they will in this temporal world possess long life, good health and accomplish all their wishes in accordance with the Dharma.  Their merits will increase like the waxing moon, and in the next life they will be reborn into the pure realm of the Dakinis.  There, in the presence of the Guru ‘The Lotus Born’ they will without doubt become a teacher who can lead and guide all the limitless sentient beings.  Therefore, one through diligently exert with courage and perseverance in this Guru yoga.

As this was requested by a faithful disciple for Chinese students who are in need of such a practice, upon repeated requests Jigme Namkha Lingpa wrote it within the joyful sphere of the garden of awareness Holding, may it be auspicious.

The translation from Tibetan to Chinese is completed by Thondup Rinpoche. The translation from Chinese to English is completed by Sengge Dorje of Charitable Assistance Society of Thousand-Arm Chenrezig, Singapore in January, 2007 with the greatest respects and gratitude to the great Namkha Lingpa and Tare Lhamo Tertons .

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