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Devotion Pierces My Heart

Complete knowing Dolpo Sangje, [25] think of me.
Look upon me from the space that is supreme in all respects.
Help me to still the movement [26] energies in the central channel
And attain the vajra body beyond movement.

Noble Taranatha, [27] think of me.
Look upon me from the space of the three messengers. [28]
Help me to tread the secret vajra path without hindrance.
And attain the sky dweller’s rainbow body.

Jamyang Khyentse Wongpo, [29] think of me.
Look upon me from the space of pristine awareness in its two aspects. [30]
Help me to remove the darkness of not knowing
And expand the brilliance of complete knowing.

Ösel Trulpe Dorje, [31] think of me.
Look upon me from the vastness of the five rainbow rays.
Help me to remove the impurities in vitality, energy, and mind,
And awaken in the youthful vase body. [32]

Pema Do-ngak Lingpa, [33] think of me.
Look upon me from the vastness of unchanging empty bliss.
Help me to be able to fulfill completely
All intentions of the victorious ones and their heirs.

Nga-wang Yonten Gyatso, [34] think of me.
Look upon me from the vastness where space and wisdom are one.
Help me to utterly destroy clinging to the reality of appearances
And be able to use whatever arises as the path.

Son of the victorious ones, Lodrö Tayé, think of me.
Look upon me from the state of love and compassion.
Help me to know that all beings are my kind parents
And be able to work sincerely to help others.

Padma Kargyi Wangchook, think of me.
Look upon me from the space of sheer clarity and bliss.
Help me to release the five poisons as the five wisdoms
And destroy my attachment to loss or gain.

Ten-nyi Yung-drung Lingpa, think of me.
Look upon me from the space where existence and peace are balanced.
Help me to give rise to natural devotion
So that understanding and release arise at the same time.

Kind root guru, think of me.
Look upon me from the bliss center, the crown of my head.
Help me to meet what is, natural awareness, face to face,
And awaken completely in this one life.

Alas!
Sentient beings like myself, evildoers with bad karma,
Have wandered in samsara for time without beginning.
Though I continue to suffer endlessly,
I do not experience even a moment’s disillusionment.
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to feel renunciation deep inside.

Even with a free and well-favored birth, [35] I waste this life.
The meaningless activities of conventional life constantly distract me.
When I work at freedom, which is truly important, laziness carries me away.
Because I am turning away from a land of jewels with my hands empty,
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to make my life worthwhile.

No one on this earth has ever escaped death.
Even now, one after another, people pass away.
While I, too, will have to die soon,
I close my heart and prepare to live for a long time.
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to stop useless planning.

I will be separated from each and every person I love.
Others will enjoy the wealth and goods I greedily gathered.
Even this body that I hold so dear, I will leave behind
As my consciousness goes — who knows where — in the intermediate states and samsara.
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to know that I need nothing at all.

The black darkness of terror awaits me.
The violent gales of karma howl behind me.
The Lord of Death’s hideous goons beat and hack me.
As I will have to experience the horrendous sufferings of the lower realms,
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to be free from the ravines of the lower realms.

My faults are huge, like mountains, but I conceal them within me.
Others’ faults are tiny, like sesame seeds, but I publicly condemn them.
Though I have no abilities, I brag about how good I am.
I call myself a practitioner, but I don’t really practice.
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to subdue my self-centered pride.

Within I hide my downfall — the demon of fixation on self.
Every thought is the genesis of a reactive emotion.
Every action produces a non-virtuous result.
Because I’m not going anywhere near the path of freedom,
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to cut this clinging to “I” at its root.

The slightest praise or blame makes me happy or sad.
One harsh word and I lose my armor of patience.
I see destitute people but feel no compassion.
When I have a chance to be generous, greed ties me in knots.
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to mix my mind with the Dharma.

Samsara has no purpose, but I give it one.
To get food and clothing I let go of solid intentions.
Though I have the essentials, I always need more.
I fool myself with insubstantial and illusory experiences.
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to let go of conventional matters.

I can’t endure the slightest physical or mental pain,
Yet I am so stubborn I don’t fear falling into the lower realms.
Though I see the inevitable evolution from seed to result,
I still do not act virtuously but just add to my store of bad karma.
Guru, think of me: look upon me quickly with compassion.
Give me energy to trust karma.

continued on next page, see link below footnotes

  1. Dolpo Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361), a Jonangpa master and expert in the Kalacakra tantra. []
  2. Possibly a reference to the energies that cause the transference of consciousness at the moment of death. []
  3. Taranatha (1575-1634), the last Jonangpa lineage holder. A great historian and scholar, he also held the Shangpa transmission lineage. []
  4. The reference is unclear but probably refers to the three kinds of dakinis: energies associated with places and realms, energies associated with Vajrayana practice, and natural inherent energies. []
  5. Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892), the great teacher of the eclectic movement in Eastern Tibet in the 19th century. []
  6. Knowing how experience is (empty) and how it arises (like an enchantment). []
  7. This verse also refers to Khyentse Wangpo, using one of his other names. []
  8. A technical term for awakening in the Dzogchen tradition, the term refers to the view that the “youthful” form of awakening is already present within. []
  9. This verse is also addressed to Khyentse Wangpo. []
  10. The next four verses all refer to Jamgön Kongtrul, the author of this prayer. As did many teachers, he received a name at each major step in his life: one when he took ordination as a monk, another when he took the vow of the awakening being, another as a scholar, and another as treasure revealer. []
  11. A set of 18 conditions that make practice possible. See The Great Path of Awakening, page 63. []

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