Friday, April 23, 2010

Benefits of reciting the Vajra Guru Mantra


The Vajra Guru Mantra is the mantra associated with Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava. This is a draft translation of a treasure text which explains the Vajra Guru Mantra. It was originally concealed during the time of Padmasambhava in Tibet and later rediscovered by Karma Lingpa (14th century) who brought it forth from its place of concealment and copied it down on reams of gold. It is simply known as "The Syllable by Syllable Commentary Explaining the Benefits of the Vajra Guru Mantra." It begins with an invocation and then goes into a dialogue between Yeshe Tsogyal, the spiritual consort of Padmasambhava, and Padmasambhava himself.

Here is the full text >>click<<

6 comments:

bitterrootbadger said...

How marvelous, thank you. The translation, English-wise, seems excellent except for one small thing: "cast dispersions" = "cast aspersions". Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Dear Erik,

Please do more research and translation of Padmasambhava terma which focuses on advice and clarification of various points. They have differences in emphasis and styles from terma to terma which is great too. His style is even more amazing than Longchenpa. So very to the point. Not a single word is wasted or can be replaced. There is no writing like him in existence in my opinion.

Also as one progresses through dharma and the years, one sees multiple meanings which get more advanced without losing previous meanings. His practice cycles benefit tantrics immensely. And his general advice terma is miraculously useful but they can help anyone from the general public as well not just tantrics.

Please if you can find more of those and compare different versions with great living masters trained in Tibet who are still alive and translate final versions. There is nothing more helpful or meaningful to do to benefit beings if you ask me. Thanks for all your previous classic works. I think at the end, it's all about him.

-anon.linker

Erik Pema Kunsang said...

Hi Anon, did you read Juniper Ridge?

Anonymous said...

Hi Eric,

I've recently returned home and have to ask the local bookshop to get it since my block's mail parcels usually go missing. I read the parts available on google books about two weeks ago. I've read most of your books including the two clarifications by GR to Yeshe Tsogyal. Of all your work, Juniper's looking second only to Dakini Teachings. But secondly it has the easy style of TUR or Tsoknyi who has his dad's style, which is rare. Though I know it is in various chunks and might not all be the same. Thirdly it seems to portray Dzogchen ontology in a new and deeper and interesting way. So in a way it looks unique but I reserve judgment till I read it. However I'm currently re-reading Longchenpa's "A Treasure Trove Of Scriptural Transmission" (big one) slowly to work out some fine points to see where I've gone wrong, as I seem like a parrot to myself without realizing anything. As well as some other homework I have to do. So I'm looking forward to reading Juniper after digesting those, probably in the summer as well as re-reading Dakini teachings which I will probably do for ever.

This genre of books by Padma is unsurpassed. Second there is Longchenpa, Jigmed Lingpa & what little of Rongzom. Thirdly works of Dudjom Jigdrel Yeshe & his son & TUR & Tsoknyi & Namkhai Norbu & the late Nyushol khen, all of whom make it seem so digestible and easy compared to others. Of course many masters do it with their presence too but that can't be published. I feel once published these works, specially GR's, will benefit future generations as well as other world systems which makes them very important. I also think TUR's 3 talk books (As It IS & Rainbow) & Tsoknyi's similar lecture based books should be done as audio books since re-reading or better yet listening to them is surprisingly helpful and one sees new points. If done so many people would listen to them over and over again for decades. Each chapter can be a file.

Anyway, no one comes near Guru Rinpoche. The main use of the books will be for several centuries to come yet probably before deep Kaliyuga takes hold whenever that is. The benefits will be immense. Meanwhile as far as I'm personally concerned thanks for all the hard work. Really appreciate it.

-anon.linker

pensum said...

And let's not forget Wellsprings of the Great Perfection either! the songs of realization alone make it a priceless collection.

Also, dear anon.linker, as you find so many good videos and like to share them, let me take this opportunity to encourage you to start a blog of your own where such clips can be much more readily accessed.

cheers!

Anonymous said...

Dear pensum,

True, all the books are gems and all in very good taste, even the old ones. Also I'll be busy and away in about tn days so I won't have time to search for videos or post here never mind a blog. Keep up the good work and good luck to you guys. Goodbye.

-anon.linker