Guru Rinpoche Day
Dear Dharma Brothers and Sisters,
I hope you’ve all been happy and healthy. I am writing to you all from the eastern coast of the United States and at the moment completely jet lagged! Writing to you all from some hotel in Hong Kong last month is still so fresh that I can’t believe a month has already passed since our last conversation. For those of you who have recently signed up for this monthly reminder to be mindful, welcome. I hope that this reminder on this very auspicious Guru Rinpoche Day, becomes a mean for you to stabilize your ground, a strength to not drift away from the path and a motivation to bring you closer to your fruition.
According to some tradition, the anniversary of Guru Rinpoche’s birth is celebrated on this 10th day of the 5th month. Considering the auspiciousness of this GRD, I would like to first share this image of Guru Ngadrama with you. On seeing this statue at the Great Samye monastery, Guru Rinpoche remarked, “It looks like me”, and then blessed it saying, “Now it is the same as me!”. And secondly the “Seven Line Supplication Prayer” to the Lotus Born Guru.
The Seven Line Prayer
Hung Orgyen Yul Gyi Nub Chang Tsam
Pema Kesar Dongpo La
Yatsen Chok Gi Ngo Drup Nye
Pema Jung Ne Shye Su Drak
Khor Du Khandro Mangpo Kor
Khye Kyi Je Su Dak Drup Kyi
Chin Gyi Lap Chir Shek Su Sol
Guru Pema Siddhi Hung
In the life stories of Guru Rinpoche like the “Namthar Zanglingma”, and the “Namthar Sheldrakma”, the precious Guru constantly reminds his close students the importance of prayer (sol dep). To the Great King, Trisong Detsen, the precious Guru reminds,
The root of the secret mantra path is to keep the samaya commitments. Devotion and effort are the root of samaya. And the root of these two is prayer. So Great King, pray.
And to Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, the precious Guru affirms,
If anyone who has faith, devotion and a connection with me prays with yearning, the force of their aspiration will ensure my compassion to reach them in a heart beat. So pray Tsogyal, continuously and with devotion.
I hereby would like to end this month’s GRD reminder with a prayer,
Grant your blessing so that my mind turn towards the dharma.
Grant your blessing so that the dharma my progress along the path.
Grant your blessing so that the path may clarify confusion.
Grant your blessing so that confusion may dawn as wisdom.