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A Prayer Song to Mother Labkyi Drönma

Now, look inwards, look at your mind.
When you look at mind, nothing is seen, no substance.
This emptiness of experience is your own mind.
It’s not that there is no mind; anything can arise.
The pristine awareness that knows experience is your mind.

If you experience bliss, look at the essence of bliss.
This is the mahamudra of empty bliss experience.

If you experience clarity, look at the essence of clarity.
This is the mahamudra of empty clarity experience.

If you experience emptiness, look at the essence of emptiness.
This is the mahamudra of non-thought experience.

When you look inwards, there is nothing to be seen.
Experience drops into naked ordinary knowing.
Looking outwards, everything is like rainbow:
While forms are clear, they are in essence empty.
This is the experience of appearance and existence spontaneously arising as enchantment.

Whatever thoughts of the five poisons [6] arise,
Look at their essence and they will spontaneously subside.
This is the instruction for the spontaneous freeing of the five poisons.

Whatever appearances of happiness and suffering arise,
Look at their essence and they will spontaneously subside.
This is the mahamudra of making all tastes equal.

Whatever the various disturbing and frightening appearances,
Look at their essence and they will spontaneously subside.
This is the mahamudra of the cutting ground. [7]

Whatever appearances of suffering arise,
Look at their essence and they will spontaneously subside.
This is the holy instruction of calming suffering. [8]

Mind is free from existence or non-existence, order or chaos.
This is the holy instruction of the great middle way.

There is no experience that is not complete in the mind.
This is the holy instruction of the great completion.

The mind of the victorious one and your own mind,
And the mind of all beings is in essence one. [9]
This is the view that samsara and nirvana are inseparable.

Place your mind without trying to cultivate something:
This is naked ordinary knowing.

Place your mind without looking or something looked for:
This is the practice of mahamudra.

To keep practice, outlook, and activity clean
And to protect your commitments as you do your eyes
Combine the two rivers, the Kadampa and the Mahamudra. The point is to attain stability in your mind.

The point is to attain stability in your mind.
This is called the fruition.
This is the fruition of the secret enchantment tradition. [10]

This prayer was written down on paper for the hermit Jomo by Raga Asya in a camp on Dharma Mountain in Tö. It was translated by Ken McLeod for a student who has a special interest in this practice.


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  1. The five poisons are attraction, aversion, stupidity, pride, and jealousy. []
  2. More usually known as Chö. []
  3. In Tibetan, this practice is called Shi Jé. []
  4. This doesn’t mean that there is one big mind, but that there is only one kind of mind, as there is only one kind of water. []
  5. This phrase is usually translated as “secret mantra tradition” but I wanted to avoid the use of the word mantra. Since mantra means spell and has the idea of enchantment in order to protect, I went with this rendering. []

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