The Staircase that Leads to Liberation: An Extraordinary Guru Yoga Relying Upon Chintamani Tara

Chintamani - Tara 2 by FWBO photos.

 

DAG LUE T’HA MAL CHI BOR PAY DAY TENG

I am in my ordinary form. Above the crown of my head, there is a lotus and moon.

T’HUG JEY TER CHHEN GYAL YUM DROEL MA DANG

Above this is the great treasury of vast compassion, Tara, the mother of all Victorious Ones,

YER MEY DRIN CHEN TSA WAY LA MA NI

inseparable the supremely kind Root Guru.

KU DOG KAR MAR TS’HEN PEY LANG TS’HOR DEN

Her exalted form is the color white with a tinge of red, and is endowed with the youthful splendor of the auspicious marks of perfection.

CHAG YAY CHHOE CHHAY DOR JE PAY KAR DANG

Her right hand is in the gesture of explaining the Dharma, and holds a vajra and white lotus.

YOEN PAY DRIL BU DANG CHAY PAYMA KAR

In her left hand is a bell, together with a white lotus.

DZIN PAY CHU KYEY NYEN T’HANG DAB MA GYAY

The water-born lotus that she holds has petals that bloom beside her ears.

CHHOE GOE SUM SOEL SER DOG PAN ZHEY DZEY

She is garbed in the three Dharmic robes, and is beautified by golden medicinal herbs.

DOR JEY KYIL TRUNG OED GUR UE NA ZHUG

In the vajra posture, she abides in the center of a tent of light.

T’HUG KAR LHAG PA’I LHAMO MAR GAY DOG

In her heart-center is the presiding goddess, the color of emerald,

CHHAG YAY CHHOG JIN YOEN PAY UTPALA

her right hand in the mudra of supreme generosity, her left holding an utpala flower,

KOEN CHHOG SUM TSHOEN CHAG GYAY T’HUG KAR DZIN

and is in the mudra which demonstrates the Three Jewels at her heart-center.

DAR DANG RIN CHHEN GYEN GYII DZEY PAR LUB

She is beautifully covered with silks and precious jewels.

YAY KYANG YOEN KUM OED GUR ZHUG PAY

Her right leg stretched out, her left leg drawn in, she abides in a tent of light.

T’HUG KAR TAM YIG JANG GU OED ZER BAR

In her heart-center, the letter TAM blazes with green light.

SEM PA SUM GYI DAG NYID CHEN GYUR PAY

She has the very identity of the samayasattva, jnanasattva, and samadhisattva,

NAY NGAR OM AH HUNG DANG SO HAY TS’HEN

and her five places are marked with OM, AH, HUNG, and SVA HA.

NANG TONG YE SHEY RANG NANG RIG TSEL SEL

She shines with appearing yet empty atemporal wakefulness, the self-manifesting dynamic play of awareness.

T’HUG KAY OED KYI KYAB NAY MA LUE PA

At her heart center, light invites all the sources of refuge without exception,

CHEN DRANG T’HIM PAY KUN DUE DAG NYID GYUR

who dissolve into her, and she comes to embody them all, becoming their very epitome.

CHI TSUG NOR BUR JANG CHHUB BAR DU ZHUG

She abides as a gem above the crown of my head until enlightenment.

GO SUM GUE PAY YID KYII CHAG TS’HAL LO

In my mind, with respectful three doors I prostrate.

NGOE SHAM YID TRUL CHHOE PA MA LUE BUL

I arrange items with the emanational capacity of my mind, and present all offerings without exception.

T’HOG MEY NAY SAG DIG TUNG T’HAM CHAY SHAG

I confess all negative actions and downfalls accumulated since beginningless time.

KYE P’HAG GE WA KUEN LA JEY YI RANG

I rejoice in all the virtue of ordinary and exalted beings.

ZAB CHING GYA CHEY CHHOE KHOR KOR DU SOL

I request that you turn the Wheel of the profound and vast Dharma.

DAG ZHEN GE WA JANG CHUB CHHEN POR NGO

I dedicate the virtue of myself and others towards supreme enlightenment.

T’HUG KAR TING DZIN SEM PAY T’HA KOR DU

In her heart center, around the circumference of the samadhisattva,

YI GE CHU PAY NGAG KYII KOR WAR GYUR

the mantra of ten syllables begins to revolve.

Thinking this, recite OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA as much as you are able. Finally, in the manner of your prayers, recite the mantra of the Guru one hundred or twenty-one times.

DUNG SHUG DRAG POE SOL WA TAB PAY T’HUE

Through the power of supplicating with intensely fervent devotion,

LA MAY KU SUNG T’HUG LAY OED ZER NI

from the Guru’s body, speech, and mind, come rays of light

KAR MAR T’HING SUM RANG GI NAY SUM T’HIM

in a triad of white, red, and deep blue, which dissolve into my own three places.

DIG DRIB KUN JANG BUM SANG SHER WANG T’HOB

All negative karma and obscurations are purified, and I attain the vase, secret, and gnosis empowerments.

LAR YANG SO HA NYI LAY NA TS’HOG OED

Once again, from the diad of SVA and HA, multicolored light

T’HROE TE RANG GI NAY NGAR T’HIM PA LAY

radiates out, and as it dissolves into my five places,

WANG ZHI T’HOB CHING KU ZHI DRUB NUE ZHAG

I attain the four empowerments, and am placed in the capable accomplishment of the four kayas.

PAL DEN TSA WAY LA MA RIN PO CHHE

Glorious Root Guru, Precious One,

DAG GI CHI WO’I PADMO’I TENG ZHUG LA

abiding on a lotus above the crown of my head,

TREN CHHEN PO’I GO NAY JEY ZUNG TE

as I am extremely destitute, take me under your care,

KU SUNG T’HUG KYI NGOE DRUB TSAL DU SOL

and I pray, grant the spiritual powers and realizations of your awakened body, speech, and mind!

Thus, practice the receiving of the four empowerments, and the visualization of the absorption into the heart.

This Guru Yoga is the central axle of the path, and there is no other one like this ‘Staircase that Leads to Liberation’. As all blessings and spiritual accomplishments arise in dependence upon the Guru, you must definitely practice this.
Translated by Erick Sherab Zangpo.

(author unknown, from sdrol ma’i bstod pa khag dang sgrol ma’i rgyud kyi ‘byung khungs lo rgyus gsol ‘debs smon lam bgyis pa’i phan yon bcas bzhugs so [Some Praises to Tara, the Origin of the Lineage of Tara, Her History, and the Benefits of Performing Supplications and Prayers to Her], a collection of Tara texts published in 2007 by a Tibetan women’s association, the Poe kyi Buemey Lhentsog {bod kyi bud med lhan tshogs} Any information about the author would be greatly appreciated by the translator. It seems to be in an 1800s style, and quite possibly by a Nyingma master. The title of this text is sgrol ma tsinta ma ni la brten pa’i thun mong ma yin pa’i bla ma’i rnal ‘byor thar par bgrod pa’i them skas zhes bya ba bzhugs so. email: emptyelephant@yahoo.com)

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2 thoughts on “The Staircase that Leads to Liberation: An Extraordinary Guru Yoga Relying Upon Chintamani Tara

  1. Tashi Delek and Thank You for translating and posting this most precious practice. It is sublimely easy to understand and recite – and appears to be quite complete, based on my limited knowledge.

    Please continue.

    Peace & Blessings in the Dharma,
    Jatson 😀

  2. Hi Eric,
    this is not Nyingma, it is a Geluk practice which comes from Takphu Rinpoche and Phabongkhawa! It is the daily guru yoga commitment practice which is a section of a longer sadhana. Your translation uses the feminine for the description of the Guru and is usually male. Also at cho gu sum sol ser dog…. this is not medicinal herbs, it is ‘beautified by a golden yellow Pandita’s hat.

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