The Prayer to the Three Kāya Guru

The Prayer to the Three Kāya Guru

from The Prayer in Seven Chapters to the Master, the Second Buddha [Padmasambhava]

(slob dpon sangs rgyas gnyis pa’i gsol ‘debs le’u bdun ma bzhugs so)

A Treasure Teaching (gTerma) of Tulku Zangpo Drakpa and Rikdzin Gödem Chen, Ngödrup Gyelnts’en)

(sprul sku bzang po grags pa, 1315/1326-late 1300s; rig ‘dzin rgod ldem chen dngos grub rgyal mtshan, 1337-1408/1409)

 

Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos

 

 

É-MA-HO

How marvelous!

 

TRÖ-DREL CH’Ö-KYI-YING KYI ZHING-KHAM SU

In the Pure Land of Dharmadhātu, free of elaboration,

CH’Ö-NYIY DÜ-SUM KYÉ-GAK MEY-PA’Y NGANG

Is the state of Dharmatā, beyond arising and cessation throughout the three times;

JA-DREL LHÜN-DZOK DÉ-WA CH’EN-PO’I KU

The Awakened Body of Great Bliss, free of action and spontaneously perfected,

NAM-KHA ZHIN-DU T’UK-JÉ CH’OK-RIY MEY

Compassion devoid of bias, like unto the sky:

LA-MA CH’Ö-KYI-KU LA SÖL-WA DEP

I pray to the Guru, Dharmakāya.

 

DÉ-CH’EN LHÜN-GYIY-DRUP-PA’Y ZHING-KHAM SU

In the Pure Land of Great Bliss, spontaneously accomplished,

KU-SUNG-T’UK DANG YÖN-TEN T’RIN-LAY KYI

Is the Awakened Body of the Sugatas, endowed with the Five Deep Wisdoms

YÉ-SHEY NGA-DEN DÉ-WAR-SHEK-PA’Y KU

Of Awakened Body, Speech, Mind, Qualities and Activity;

T’UK-JÉ JÉ-DRAK NA-TS’OK SO-SOR TÖN

Displaying manifold varieties of compassion individually:

LA-MA LONG-CHÖ-DZOK-KU LA SÖL-WA DEP

I pray to the Guru, Saṃbhogakāya.

 

MI-JEY JIK-TEN DAK-PA’Y ZHING-KHAM SU

In the Pure Land of the purified Sahā world-system,

T’UK-JÉ CH’EN-PÖ DRO-WA’Y DÖN LA JÖN

Arriving for the sake of living beings out of great compassion,

GANG-LA-GANG-DUL T’AP KYIY DRO-DÖN DZAY

Ensuring living beings’ welfare through skillful means which train in every way possible;

DAY DANG MA-JÖN DA-TA DÜ-SUM GYI

Of those throughout the past, future and present:

LA-MA TRUL-PA’Y KU LA SÖL-WA DEP

I pray to the Guru, Nirmāṇakāya.

 

(Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos, late May 2008. Completely revised on July 10th-11th, 2018.)

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