The Ship Which Sets Beings Free

A wave of wishes based on the cycle of teachings of the Glorious Shangpa Kagyu Tradition


Oh Vajradhara and the two dakinis
    who embody pristine cognition,
Khyungpo Naljor and the root and transmission gurus,
Oh Supreme Bliss, Lord Vajra, Lord of Mystery,
    and Great Sorcerer,
Vajra Terrifier, Horse’s Cry, and the other yidams,
Oh dakinis of the five families,
    Fast-Acting Lord Protector and Remati,
Four responsive attendants and
    an ocean-like throng of other oath-bound protectors,
All sources of refuge, the Three Jewels and the Three Roots,
Pray, think of me from the domain of the mystery.


Through the power of truth in your energy and compassion
And through the power of the virtue I gather in the three times,
Pray, quickly fulfill these wishes
In this life and all my lives to come.

The Four Reflections

This precious birth, free and well-favored, is so difficult to obtain.
May I not waste it but make good use of it.
In reflecting on what is transitory, unstable, and changing,
May I dispense with comfort and simplify my life.
By understanding the effects of good and bad actions, whatever their importance,
May I be able to keep to the workings of seed and result.
By seeing clearly the suffering in the three realms of samsara,
May I develop the renunciation to leave samsara’s domain.

Refuge and Awakening Mind

In this life, in later lives, and between lives, all the time,
May I and others find refuge in the Three Jewels and the Three Roots.
May love and compassion be born from the depths of my heart
For all six kinds of beings, my parents, infinite as the sky.


In an uninhabited place in the mountains with all the favorable conditions
May I practice single-mindedly and reach the peaks of experience and direct understanding.
May holy gurus endowed with full capabilities
Look after me in all my lives to come.

Guru and Yidam Practice

May uncontrived reverence and devotion be born in my heart
For my root guru, who is buddha in bodily form.
The mandala of deities arises naturally and is always present;
Knowing that I am this mandala, may I stabilize its brilliant appearance.
By simply doing the ritual practices of gurus, yidams, dakinis, and protectors,
May I see them clearly, face to face.

The Root — the Six Energy-transformation Pratices

With irresistible bliss and warmth in full blaze in my body
May the absorption of bliss-emptiness be stabilized in my mind.
Through the understanding that all phenomena are like dreams and enchantments
May confusion and clinging to ideas of reality be totally destroyed.
At night may I clearly recognize the dream state without effort
And practice refinement, increase, emanation, transformation, and precision in perceiving specific objects.
In the interior darkness of ignorance, stupidity, and sleep
May I recognize and hold the deep and light states of sheer clarity,
May I master the various kinds of transference,
Dharmakaya, guru, yidam, sky-light, celestial realm, and others.
Through the natural arising of each of the three kayas and by the practice of no deviation
May the three kayas be actualized in the intermediate state of existence.

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