195 Alive Dharma Teaching at the HERITAGE OF MANKIND ✿ღ ✿⊱╮♫♪☻
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1.1. Homage to Buddha Amitayus
“To the Tathagata Immortal Infinite Life Refuge ,
Tathagata holding longevity Vase
and Tathagata No greed possessing Lotus Eyes I prostrate .” (1)
TSEDRUB GONGDU – long-life sadhana : Union of primordial essences was transmitted directly by Buddha Amitayus to Guru Padmasambhava during His meditation retreat with Wisdom Dakini Mandarava at the holy cave Maratika in Northern Nepal (2) . With this sadhana the Guru and Wisdom Dakini Mandarava accomplished the siddhi of immortality .
In the 8th Century C.E. Guru Padmasambhava wrote the sadhana down and kept it as a hidden treasure (Tib. Terma) on the rock in East Tibet , for the sake of future generations . Later great Dzogchen master Nyala Pema Dudul (1816 – 1872) rediscovered this hidden treasure . He practiced this sadhana for many years and accomplished the Rainbow body (Tib. Jalus) .
Nyala Pema Dudul transmitted this sadhana to Rigdzin Changchub Dorje (1826 – 1961) and to Ayu Khadro (1839 – 1953) .
These illustrious Dzogchen masters were both Gurus of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (1938 – 2018) who included Cedrub Gobgdu sadhana among Collective practices of Dzogchen community . Both Gurus of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu : Rigdzin Changchub Dorje and Ayu Khadro Dorje Paldron accomplished the Rainbow body in East Tibet . Ayu Khandro transmitted Cedrub Gongdu sadhana and all teachings of Nyala Pema Dudul to Chogyal Namkhai Norbu .
I myself obtained reading transmission (Tib. Lung) from Chogyal Namkhai Norbu at the old gompa /temple of Merigar Dzogchen Community in Toscany in Italy . It was in June 1989 during my first visit to Merigar . Rinpoche preciously transmitted all Collective practices at that time . 1.2. Alive Dharma History :
1.2. Alive Dharma History :
Why is the history of this Lineage so sublime ?
Because of the way the sadhana was transmitted by Buddha Amitayus to Guru Padmasambhava . Its written in Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo :
“Hidden treasure of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo :
“Lord Amitayus at Maratika
And Maha Shri Heruka at Yanglesho
Bestowed upon me with the natural sound of dharmata
This sole quintessence of all the oral instructions.
If Garab Dorje, Shri Singha, the Eight Vidyadharas,
And all the supreme siddhas from whom I received the stages of the path
Were to hold a great Dharma discussion with one another,
There would be no other summary-manual than this compiling their realization.
Throughout the countries of Uddiyana, India, Tibet and elsewhere,
This is the unmistaken condensed meaning
Of all the infinite profound and extensive wheels of the Dharma
Such as guru sadhana, the Great Perfection, Avalokiteshvara and the Eight Sadhana Teachings.
In short, there does not exist an ultimate instruction other than this.
Expressed in few words yet including all that should be expressed.
Easy to comprehend and convenient to practice,
Without depending on anything else, it perfects the paths for those of lower, medium and higher faculties.
This is the self-resounding tantra of dharmata, the indestructible essence,
From the space of luminosity in the five-colored sphere within the heart of me, Padmasambhava.
It is the path traversed by all the buddhas of the three times.
Praised by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo as being more valuable than thirty yak loads of scriptures, the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo comprises together with the commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul, the important last volume in both the collections of termas and teachings renowned as Rinchen Terdzo and New Treasures.”
It was transmitted through the Natural Sound of Dharmata (Tib. Chonyid kyi rangdra) . This brings us closer to the Mind/Hert transmission of the Buddhas .See our facebook page dedicated to the Seventeen tantras of Dzogchen Upadesha :
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“The Mind/Heart transmission of the buddhas of three times is known as a transmission through blessings – naturally perfect blessings of all buddhas of the past and the future and of those who reside in the present. Independent of articulated words this transmission is understood and realized through the natural Sound of Dharmata.” Wellspring of the great perfection – The lives and insights of the early masters , compiled and edited by E.P. Kunsang, The Twelve Dzogchen Buddhas , An excerpt from the great history of the Heart Essence , part One belonging to the instruction section Cycle of the Heart Essence of Vimalamitra , pg 119. Rangjung Yeshe Publications.
Penetration of Sound (Tib. Dra Thal Gyur) is the Root of all Dharmas .
As we know there are three modes of transmission in Nyingma Vajrayana Buddhism :
*Direct introduction to the Natural Sound of Dharmata
** symbolic transmission – for example with the shining letter A in the rainbow sphere (Tib. Thigle)
*** Oral transmission of sublime yogis (Tib. Nalyor)
In such sublime ways Cedrub Gongdu sadhana is preserved in Ati yoga Essence lineage . In past thirty years I practiced thjis Sadhana mostly on special days of Tibetan lunar calendar (for example on the full Moon days) . After I realised in what sublime ways it was transmitted by Buddha Amitayus (Tib. Tsepame) to Guru Padmasambhava down to terton Nyala Pema Dudul – Ayu Khadro-Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and to us , its becoming clear that this sadhana is most sublime and most precious Jewel of Ati Yoga Dharmas .
1.3. How can we support our own practice of Cedrub Gongdu sadhana ?
First of all wee need reading transmission (Tib. lung) , followed by explanations about visualisations, chanmting of mantras , posture and the was of life . Here I wsih to point out that realised Dzogchen master Nyala Pema Dudul advised everyone to stop eating animal food . See our posting at the Heritage of mankind : Song of advice to give up eating of meat , by Nyala Pema Dudul .
Buddha Amitayus is the Buddha of Longevity : in this way we adopt to plant food / vegan food . I myself was a vegetarian for twenty-five years , later , that is ten years ago, I became Vegan . In Vegan life style we THRIVE not only survive . My Vegan inspiration is late Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche who was Vegan for 58 years and lived enlightened life until he was 103 years old .
1.4. How we can integrate Vegan life style with Cedrub Gongdu sadhana of Buddha Amitayus ?
Nyala Pema Dudul practiced three ways of Cudlen or living on the essences of flowers. He practiced Cudlen of Nirmanakaya, Sambhogakaya and Dharmakaya . High quality Vegan food is supportive to the Cudlen of Nirmanakaya . We should grow our own vegetables in the garden with healing herbs . On my facebook account I share very many photos in my Wellness & Holistic medicine album .
When we shop plant based food we imagine it as offering to the Longevity Vase in the Hands of Buddha Amitayus above our head . Its clear to any intelligent perosn that we don*t put corpses of murdered animals or milk, butter , cheese stollen from suffering animals into the Longevity Vase of Buddha Amitayus . “Animal food” is produced with suffering and it causes suffering ! Nowdays even World Economic Forum advises people to stop eating animal “food” and change to plant based diet !
1.5. Questions and answers :
a) Is allopatic western medicine compatible with Buddha Amitayus longevity sadhana ?
Allopatic western medicine uses many allopatic chemicals with dangerous side effects . Therefore its not compatible with Cedrub Gongdu sadhana : Union of primordial essences .
b) Which medical systems are compatible with Cedrub Gongdu Longevity sadhana ?
The most compatible natural medicine is Ayur Veda = ancient Indian Knowledge (Skt . Veda) about healing . Even the root syllables are the same : AYU -r-Veda /A -mi-ta-YU-s .
Ayurveda does not recommend animal food , but herbs, vegetables . Tibetan medicine was partially developed from Ayurveda and from Medical tantras . But it uses animal ingredients in healing formulas . The same is true with Traditional Chinese Medicine . We can omit formulas which contains animal ingredients and still learn a lot from TCM and Tibetan medicine .
c) If we get sick – which physician should we ask for help ?
The best is of course to be your own doctor ! You can also ask for help holistic medicine practitioners which are Vegans . I give Holistic medicine Consultation in person or via Skype video conference . Ask for Consultation on Skype : tara.tulku.rinpoche
d) What is the aim of longevity sadhana of Buddha Amitayus ?
We practice Cedrub Gongdu sadhana to accomplish the Rainbow body of light , the same as masters of our lineage have already done : Nyala Pema Dudul, Ayu Khadro . Effects of this sublime sadhana are very positive : we gradually refine our energy – our body made of five elements and five skandas or aggregates. We eventually return to the nature of five elements which are five lights , five wisdoms of Sambhogakaya dimension , based on the Natural sound of Dharmata (Tib. Chonyid kyi rangdra) . We are blessed with Buddha Amitayus and all enlightened beings of Sambhogakaya dimension .
e) How can those who don*t have reading transmission of Cedrub Gongdu sadhana still have connection with Buddha Amitayus ?
Everyone can devotedly see Buddha Amitayus above their heads , connected to the Crown chakra . Thenm you can read, study more about Buddha Amitayus , listen to Buddha Amitayus mantra chanting and dharani . You can offer your Vegan food to Buddha Amitayus when you cook and before the meals . There are numerous ways to be connected with Buddha Amitayus . He is omnipresent enlightened Being .
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1.6. Selected bibliography & notes :
“To the Tathagata Immortal Infinite Life Refuge ,
Tathagata holding longevity Vase
and Tathagata No greed possessing Lotus Eyes I prostrate .”
Verse from Nyala Pema Dudul hidden treasure : One hundred thousand Buddhas Confession . Tathagata holding longevity vase is Buddha Amitayus . Secret teaching , the profound Dharma and self-liberation pervading space ; A quick path to instantaneous complete enlightenment – recitation of Buddha names to eliminate negative actions and obscurations . 100.000 Buddhas Confession hidden treasure of Nyala Pema Dudul
- Maratika cave in North Eastern Nepal is holy pilgrimage place for many Buddhists from around the world . holy Maratika cave in Nepal Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche made a pilgrimage to Maratika cave and discovered his sadhana of the Long life cycle of Mandarava .
- Buddha Amitayus references :BUDDHA AMITAYUS
- mgon po tshe dpag med – Protector Amitayus Boundless Life [RY]sgyu ‘phrul tshe dkar – Gyutrül Tsekar. One of the termas revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa which focuses on White Amitayus [RY]
chos sku tshe dpag med – Dharmakaya Amitayus [RY]
‘chi ba mthar byed – Maratika. The sacred place in eastern Nepal where Guru Rinpoche and Mandarava were blessed with immortal life by Buddha Amitayus [RY]
‘chi med rdo rje’i ting nge ‘dzin – Immortal vajra samadhi. The indestructible composure of the Buddha of Limitless Life, Amitayus [RY]
spyod rgyud tshe dpag med – Amitayus according to Charya Tantra [RY]
(bar chad kun sel kyi chos skor) – Here is a short introduction to the Barchey Künsel cycle: The Barchey Künsel is the heart essence of the accomplished master Padmasambhava who perceives the three times in their entirety. It is the quintessence of one billion heart sadhanas of the Guru, the most unique terma buried in the land of Tibet; and it is the first among the Four Cycles of Guru Sadhana. This Guru’s Heart Practice, Dispeller of All Obstacles contains in completeness all the profound key points of the view, meditation and conduct of the Three Inner Tantras. It manifested from the secret treasury of the great wisdom, the vast realization of the Second Buddha of Uddiyana, as the self-existing natural vajra sounds in perfect melodious tones. Its expressions which are unmodified by the intellect of ordinary people, its words which are without delusion, and its meaning which is unmistaken, are exclusively due to the kindness of the three powerful knowledge-holders [Khyentse, Kongtrül, and Chokling], the great beings of the three families, who incarnated as masters to compile and propagate an ocean of secret teachings. It is exclusively through their kindness that this teaching was established in writing as the splendor of unending welfare and happiness for the disciples in the Land of Snow, and propagated to flourish everywhere. This pure and perfect teaching, which effortlessly bestows, in accordance with one’s wishes, the all-encompassing supreme and common siddhis, temporaily and ultimately, was an unprecedented diffusion of the gemstones of the profound meaning, like opening up for the treasury of the universal monarch. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche About the Barchey Künsel practice, which is the first and most extensive of the Four Cycles of Guru Sadhana, Jamgön Kongtrül says in his Seed of the Great Sal Tree: “Generally, for the basic descriptions of how to practice this, take the third chapter taught in the Sheldam Nyingjang as basis and apply them, following your teacher’s oral advice, in the extensive, medium or short version, whichever is appropriate, and in accordance with the situation in terms of place, time, and type of person. Whether you begin with the development stage or completion stage, first perform the general preliminaries of the fourfold mind-training and the four special preliminaries. For the main part, according to the system of Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa, take Sheldam Nyingjang as basis, and first practice Dharmakaya Amitayus followed by the Lotus Magical Net of Sambhogakaya, the Great Compassionate One Avalokiteshvara. After this, combine the extensive or medium version with the Nirmanakaya Padmasambhava, whichever is suitable, and complete the set number [of recitations] for approach and accomplishment. Following that, it is necessary to perform successively the specific approaches, combining the twelve manifestations with Trinley Nyingpo, and complete the four activities and the four ancillary practices as well as the practice of the teaching guardians. According to the system of the omniscient master, Padma Ösel Do-Ngak Lingpa [ Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo ], perform, as the beginning of the main part, the single mudra according to the Gyüngyi Köljang, the Daily Practice Manual, as ‘approach’; the condensed outer mandala of Trinley Nyingpo as the ‘full approach;’ Trinley Dringpo, the Medium Practice Manual, as ‘accomplishment;’ and Trinley Gyepa, the Extensive Practice Manual, together with Dzapkyi Köljang, the Recitation Manual, and so forth in a detailed way for the ‘great accomplishment.’ The samadhis and visualizations for recitation of these should conform with the root text of the third chapter [of Sheldam Nyingjang]. Having properly performed the four aspects of approach and accomplishment, perform then the ‘specific practices’ such as those for Dharmakaya, Sambhogakayaand so forth, whichever is suitable. There is no difference between following either of these two systems since they both are lords of these profound teachings.” [RY] ma ra ti ka – Maratika. The sacred place in eastern Nepal where Guru Rinpoche was blessed with immortal life by Buddha Amitayus [RY]
tshe dkar sgrub skor – revealed by mchog gyur gling pa – gter ston, 1829-1870. Comprises texts from the rediscoveries of Chokgyur Lingpa, with liturgical notes by kong sprul blo gros mtha’ yas and others. Collection of ritual texts to be recited to ensure longevity focusing upon a white form of Amitayus; from the liturgy of the Nyingmapa sect [RY]
tshe skor – set of teachings connected to Amitayus etc [RY]
tshe rta zung ‘brel – Amitayus and hayagriva conjoined [IW]
tshe mdo – the Amitayus Sutra [RY]
tshe dpag med – Boundless life, Amitayus [IW]
tshe dpag med – Amitayus [name of Buddha]. Boundless Life, Amitayus / Buddha of Boundless Light associated with the long-life initiation / sambhogakaya aspect of Amitabha, spiritual source from which Avalokiteshvara emanates [RY]
tshe dpag med – Amitayus [RY]
tshe dpag med mgon – Protector Amitayus [RY]
tshe dpag med pa – Skt. Amitayus – Boundless Life. 1) Buddha Amitayus. 2) A Mahayana sutra [RY]
tshe gzungs – Amitayus Dharani [RY]
tshe lung – reading transmission for Amitayus mantra [RY]
tshe lha rnam gsum – the three deities of longevity: Amitayus, White Tara, and Namgyalma [RY]
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