A Tibetan Monk captured the AH syllable appearing on Ah Song Tulku Rinpoche’s forehead in 2013 during the Amitabha puja.
Light body manifested during Nyingthig Yabzhi Empowerment in 2002. Achuk Lama Rinpoche commented that this was because of the actual blessings of Arik Tulku Rinpoche (Achuk Lama Rinpoche’s root Guru) entering the mind of Ah Song Tulku Rinpoche which caused him to temporarily manifest the form of Arik Tulku Rinpoche
When Ah Song Tulku visited Dechen Rinpoche in 2011, he manifested this rainbow body in which mandalas of deities were apparent
Amitabha Puja Teachings 2013
(During the Amitabha puja 2013) Yesterday afternoon, five or six laypersons who had never been to Yachen before came for the initiation, the initiated deity not only manifested directly but was realized to be inseparable from their minds, they also realized the actual meaning of the empowerment. This is due to having faith and pure view. This is the true direct perception of Amitabha. This is something that our ordinary eyes cannot perceive. — Ah Song Tulku Rinpoche
Another excerpt from the Amitabha Puja by Ah Song Tulku Rinpoche:
Our minds are like a mad person, running around wildly every now and then, do not give up though, you should be even more cautious and guard your mind well. This Amitabha puja is a Amitabha puja of the highest tier. Those of the highest capacity will perceive Sukhavati pureland and Amitabha directly; those of middling capacity will perceive it when they are passing away from this life; those of lowest capacity will perceive it when they are reborn in the pureland.
When hearing pleasant words or praise, do not be too happy, one should remedy one’s pride; when hearing unpleasant words, do not give rise to anger; when hearing about a painful or disappointing situation, do not feel anguish; the practitioner should always watch his mind and apply the antidotes to the mental afflictions at the precise moment. Whether it is good or bad, joy or suffering, one should be able to forbear and accept it. — Ah Song Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever You Call
To those people with faith, Guru Rinpoche has never gone anywhere but is before your door, without ever being apart. The Guru is the same. If you are dying in a foreign country, pray to Guru, then Guru will also be in that foreign country. If you are going through an operation, pray to Guru, the Guru is also present. The Guru is omnipresent and omniscient. He knows everything. One should not have doubt in the mind, if one has doubt then there is no way to obtain any blessings. Pray to the Guru free from doubts. — Ah Song Tulku Rinpoche
No practice besides Guru
We will all die one day, but there is no knowing when death will arrive. If we have not practiced and accomplished the teachings by then, it is the same as not having practiced at all. When death comes, recall the Guru. This is the most important practice in our entire life. To rely on the Guru is very very important!! Apart from recalling the Guru, is there another practice to do? Is there another deity/yidam to practice? Practicing the deity/yidam is equivalent to practicing the Guru; apart from the Guru, there is no deity. All the teachings and practices can be encompassed within the Guru Yoga. Practicing the Guru Yoga is very good!! ~ Ah Song Tulku Rinpoche
When some people practice the Dharma, it seems as if their sicknesses increase, their possessions and wealth dwindle, their reputation with others also suffer. This is due to negative karma ripening. When these negative circumstances arise, you should not think, “I am practicing the authentic Dharma, why are these negative situations occurring?” Instead, you should have a deeper conviction that cause-and-effect doesn’t fail. This is the maturation of past negative karma in this life, now a single headache can take the place of countless eons of suffering in the three lower realms. ~ Ah Song Tulku Rinpoche
Teaching by Ah Song Tulku 27 Aug 2012 on Achuk Lama Rinpoche’s Body Mandala and the nature of Pure Visions:
Amongst those students present, there are many people who were not able to see Lama Rinpoche’s body mandala when Lama Rinpoche was still healthy and alive. Their minds may have the doubt, “Is Lama Rinpoche’s body mandala true or not?” There are already more than hundreds of thousands of students who have actually seen Lama Rinpoche’s body mandala, this is the truth. But why is it that these disciples are not able to see Lama Rinpoche’s body mandala? This is due to the heaviness of one’s own karmic obscurations and the lack of faith. If you wish to have direct perception of pure visions, how should you practise? You should focus on diligently practising the Guru Yoga in a manner that is not too tight nor too lax. Supplicate the Guru one-pointedly and you will naturally be able to have a direct perception of the pure visions and also directly realise the ultimate view.
At present, there are many Tibetan and Chinese students who are able to see the image of the mandalas of Lama Rinpoche or Vajradhara etc in the light emanating from my body. Are these pure visions fake? Some people have such doubts in their minds. Why is it not possible to see them then? The reason is that they have yet to purify their two obscurations. If the two obscurations are purified, then naturally the pure visions will appear naturally. How can one see (these visions)? You should pray to the Guru and receive the four empowerments, with respect and devotion and pure perception, progressively one will naturally see the pure visions directly.
Through the blessings of the lineage of the unsurpassed, extremely secret sublime clear light Dzogchen path, when Lama Rinpoche was alive, many disciples realised the view. And this lineage is unbroken and continues to this day. Presently, there are still many people who have received the uncommon blessings of this lineage and realised the view.
Due to the unbroken flow of the lineage and blessings, and because these blessings and lineage have not been subverted in any way, therefore when Lama Rinpoche was still alive, many people could directly behold the pure visions and till now, there are still many people who can witness these pure visions.
What is the purpose of expounding on this?
I hope that students with the karmic affinity will have faith and pure perception. Now, Lama Rinpoche’s lineage is still unbroken and pure, the Lineage’s blessings have never ceased. At the same time, in order to help everyone develop great joy and delight in Lama Rinpoche’s lineage, i am explaining this here for everyone.
Anyone who makes connection with Lama Rinpoche will all take rebirth in the Copper-colored Glorious Mountain. Lama Rinpoche is our uncommon Guru, his teachings are the extraordinary uncommon pith instructions, we should not be lazy or procrastinating, forgetting our mindfulness. We should be like a coward who holding onto a snake, or a beautiful lady whose hair is set on fire, at six times of the day incessantly praying to Guru for blessings, regarding all suffering, joy, good and bad as the manifestations of Guru.
Why do we have to build 16 levels for (Achuk) Lama Rinpoche’s stupa? This is because Lama Rinpoche is an ancient Buddha who returned here through his vows and aspirations. This body that He manifested accomplished the fruition of sixteen Bhumis. We are following the tantras and the Buddha’s teachings on the specifications of building stupas to construct a 16-storey Great Vajradhara stupa. This kind of stupa is rare even in Tibet. This is different from the kind of 13-storey stupas we construct for a person who has attained Buddhahood in his present body and life.
Q: How should we pray to Guru?
A: Just reciting or chanting with the mouth the prayer to Guru several times does not constitute truly praying to Guru. When we are reciting the supplication prayer, we should at the same time be imploring and praying to the Guru from our depths of our heart. This is true prayer to Guru.
Q: When should we pray to Guru?
A: When meditating, if our visualisation of Guru is unclear, or if our thoughts are proliferating, we should pray to Guru. The method is: Visualise the Guru in the space above and recite the prayer to Guru, say aloud however you wish to pray (without affecting other practitioners nearby) : “The Guru Knows! (Lama Khyenno) Please bless this foolish disciple compassionately, I am unable to clearly visualise you, please take pity on me, please look after me, please bless me to clearly visualise you. The Guru Knows! ” If we pray this way one-pointedly, with our mind in tandem with our spoken prayer, and with sincerity, then this is praying to Guru. If we are simply reciting the prayer and our mind is galloping around elsewhere, with profuse thoughts and distracted by ‘what should I eat today’ or ‘what should i say today’ etc, this is not praying to Guru.
If our practice is going smoothly and our meditation has improved, then we should also pray to Guru, “The Guru Knows! I am grateful to the Guru for your compassionate blessings! My practice today is very stable and peaceful, with no distractions. This is only due to your compassionate blessings and kindness. May the Guru continue to bless me as you have done in the past!” Whether meditation is good or bad, whether our body is healthy or sick, the mind should always pray to Guru whole-heartedly. Also, rely on the four empowerments, visualise the white OM at the Guru’s forehead, red AH at the throat, blue HUNG at the heart and lights streaming forth and absorbing into one’s three places, receiving the vase, secret, wisdom and word empowerments, purifying one’s body, speech and mind and all its defilements/obscurations and habitual tendencies, attaining the four kayas (Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, Nirmanakaya, Svabhavaikaya) The beginner should visualise clearly and step-by-step.
Here i should emphasize, as a practitioner of gradual capacity, the basics are to practice the Guru Yoga based on the outer Guru, visualising the Guru in the space above, facing oneself. But for the ultimate view, it is said,”In the primordially self-appearing Guru, I take refuge free from negating or positing.” (Refuge verse from Lama Rinpoche’s Guru Yoga) The Guru and one’s own mind are originally (inseparable) oneness, without inner or outer, without the distinction between subject or object. Therefore, practitioners should diligently practice, praying to Guru deeply and gradually enter the ultimate view. This is a very important point!
Last year i was teaching Yeshe Lama, in a clear light dream i went to Lama Rinpoche’s Copper-colored Glorious Mountain (Guru Rinpoche’s pureland, ie. Lama Rinpoche is Guru Rinpoche himself). Lama Rinpoche compassionately accepted me in his wisdom body and taught all the maturing sublime teachings on Trekchod and Togal. This is what I am teaching for everyone today.
Two or three days ago, at dawn, between 4am to 5.07am, i i went to Lama Rinpoche’s Copper-colored Glorious Mountain in a dream and listened to the maturing initations and liberating pith instructions and such sublime dharma-essentials. Today, what i am teaching to everyone were such sublime fruits obtained from the dream. This matter has not been told to the Chinese disciples before, but i told the Tibetan disciples before. But if i were to go into details, it will not finish even with a whole day.
At that time, in the state of clear light dream, i went to Lama Rinpoche’s Copper-colored Glorious Mountain, Lama Rinpocche compassionately accepted me and bestowed blessings and gave me the maturing wisdom empowerment and all the teachigns. At the same time, i reported to Lama Rinpoche that I had some questions in the midst of teaching his Autobiography. For instance, some of the contents were not authored by Lama Rinpoche himself, some phrases were erroneous and there were some parts i didn’t understand etc. Lama Rinpoche directly and in actuality clarified my doubts and all the results from this dream, i now teach to everyone.
Vital point for liberation and rebirth in pureland
I have explained to Tibetan and Chinese students before. If all the disciples’ precepts/vows are kept pure without no violation of samayas, practising diligently and sustaining the vows, without needing to wait for the next life, in this body, one can go to the Copper-colored Glorious Mountain (Guru Rinpoche’s pureland). There is no doubt about this point!! In Copper-colored Glorious Mountain, there is a similar crowd of beings surrounding Lama RInpoche as there are here surrounding the Guru. I hope that everyone will keep pure vows and not degenerate your samayas, maintaining faith and pure view, practise diligently, and in actuality, the present moment will manifest as the Copper-colored Glorious Mountain pureland. Don’t think that this place is not the pureland. It is now in actuality already the pureland.
2 cases of not being able to take rebirth in the pureland
In my state, it appeared as such: At that time, in the Copper-colored Glorious Mountain pureland of Lama Rinpoche, among the huge assemblies around Lama Rinpoche were two nuns who manifested turning back from the pureland. Besides them, all the other people remained in the pureland.
What was the reason for these 2 people to turn back? It was because they had wrong views about Lama Rinpoche and had wrong views about the Dharma, and gave rise to wrong views about Dharma friends and were entangled in desire, aversion and ignorance, therefore they appeared to be turned back from the pureland and ended up in the hell realms.
In Lama Rinpoche’s pureland, Lama Rinpoche was seated on the dharma throne, i was seated beside Lama RInpoche. Many Tibetan and Chinese as well as foreign students were surrounding Lama Rinpoche. This Chinese female disciple was in front but she turned back. I made an observation and realised that the reason for her retreat was that she had given rise to wrong views about the Guru, Dharma or Dharma friends. She had not only slandered the Guru with her speech but also had deep wrong views in her mind. At that time, my mind very clearly observed all those thoughts in her mind and gave rise to compassion, ‘how great it would be if she did not fall to such depths”
This chinese female disciple was a nun. I even know her name and recognise her thoughts clearly. Now, i can even point out who she is.
There was another Tibetan female disciple. She was an aged nun, of a large girth. There is a flesh mole on the left side of her face and she was spinning a prayer wheel. But in her mind, she has never given rise to faith in the Guru Triple Gems and never practised the dharma, only watched TV and recordings. Although i do not know her name, but i recognise her appearance, and i know where she is. But considering the other party’s shame, i do not want to publicly reveal her name or point her out.
Speaking of these 2 cases, I am not trying to proclaim my omniscience or make myself out to be amazing. But it is to strongly emphasize the need to not transgress your vows and to not give rise to wrong thoughts about the Guru, about the Dharma and about Dharma friends. To have faith and pure vision of the Guru and Dharma friends, in this life you will definitely be able to take rebirth in Lama Rinpoche’s pureland. Lama Rinpoche’s compassionate care has never ceased and due to this, i am speaking to everyone like that.
Everyone present should give rise to faith and pure vision of the Guru properly. You should have faith and pure perception of your Dharma friends. Don’t underestimate just because you are ignorant or don’t know how to do it. You should not be like this. One should practise as it is taught. Everyone will definitely be able to take rebirth in Lama Rinpoche’s pureland. This is Lama Rinpoche’s personal declaration. This is also Guru Rinpoche and Sera Yangtrul Rinpoche’s prophecy. This is not just what i myself am saying today.
Mind training is fundamental, practice is secondary
And there was a long bearded Tibetan layman between 40-50 of age, i know where he is from. His main practice is recitation, and he did not regard mind-training as the core of his practice. He did not have much faith in the Guru Triple Gems. Although in this life, he will not be reborn in the 3 lower realms or the hells, but he will also not get liberated and remain in samsara. I thought that if i have a chance to meet him, i would advise him to do more practice on the preliminaries to train his mind.
Yesterday afternoon, there was a layperson who heard of me explaining this casestudy. He felt that he was in the same situation as the casestudy, his main practice was recitation and never really meditated or practised. He asked me for a teaching and advice. I said to him, “Start doing the preliminaries and five foundations. You will be able to go to the Copper-colored Glorious mountain pureland.”
Today all these sublime dharmas are not my own mental creations or inventions, spoken with a selfish mind for self benefit. These are sublime dharma-meanings, they are ripening empowerments and liberating instructions bestowed by the wisdom bodies of Lama Rinpoche and the lineage teachers. Today i teach to everyone this dharma.
These sublime instructions are the marvellous nectar come through the compassionate concurrence of the wisdom bodies. Excellent instructions should be given to people with suitable capacities. Just as exalted Milarepa said, “My teachings are just like the snowlion’s milk, if the vessel is inferior, like an ordinary container, it will crack and the essence will leak away. In the same way, the sublime nectar-like instructions, if given to a student lacking the requisite capacity, whose mindstream is devoid of faith and pure view, such excellent instructions will only lose its efficacy.
What is important if one is practising Dzogchen is that one’s mind should never be distracted like a normal person. In your life, maintain mindfulness, guard your mind, observe yourself always, “Is my mind thinking wantonly? Is this something I should do or something i should avoid? Is this positive karma or negative karma?” On discovering it is negative, one should confess and aspire to break this negativity, pray to the Guru to purify one’s karmic obscurations. If it is a positive thought, one should also pray to Guru to increase one’s good roots. Practitioners must protect your own mind well, not falling into distractions, even if living in the world, one should not indulge in desire, aversion, ignorance and the other mental afflictions. The main point of practising the Dharma is taming the mind. The mind is of the utmost importance!! The positive mind is the boat to liberation, the negative mind anchors you to samsara. If the mind is always involved in afflictions, even if you go into retreat for your whole life, it is useless!