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The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo:

Post by kalden yungdrung » Wed Apr 22, 2015 3:47 pm

The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo:

(A favorite of Garchen Rinpoche, and to be read especially on the solitices and the new year.)

E Ho!
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Everything — appearance and existence, samsara and nirvana —
Has a single Ground, yet two paths and two fruitions,
And magically displays as Awareness or unawareness.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, may all beings become Buddhas,
Completely perfected in the abode of the Dharmadhatu.
The Ground of all is uncompounded,
And the self-arising Great Expanse, beyond expression,
Has neither the name ‘samsara’ nor ‘nirvana’.
Realizing just this, you are a Buddha;
Not realizing this, you are a being wandering in samsara.
I pray that all you beings of the three realms
May realize the true meaning of the inexpressible Ground.
I, Kuntuzangpo, have realized the truth of this Ground,
Free from cause and condition,
Which is just this self-arising Awareness.
It is unstained by outer expression and inner thought,
Affirmation or denial, and is not defiled
By the darkness of unmindfulness.
Thus this self-manifesting display is free from defects.
I, Kuntuzangpo, abide as Intrinsic Awareness.
Even though the three realms were to be destroyed, there is no fear.
There is no attachment to the five desirable qualities of sense objects.
In self-arising consciousness, free of thoughts,
There is neither solid form nor the five poisons.
In the unceasing clarity of Awareness,
Singular in essence, there yet arises the display of the five wisdoms.
From the ripening of these five wisdoms,
The five original Buddha families emerge,
And through the expanse of their wisdom
The forty-two peaceful Buddhas appear.
Through the arising power of the five wisdoms
The sixty wrathful Herukas manifest.
Thus the Ground Awareness is never mistaken or wrong.
I, Kuntuzangpo, am the original Buddha of all,
And through this prayer of mine
May all you beings who wander in the three realms of samsara
Realize this self-arising Awareness,
And may your great wisdom spontaneously increase!
My emanations will continuously manifest
In billions of unimaginable ways,
Appearing in forms to help you beings who can be trained.
Through my compassionate prayer
May all of you beings who wander in the three realms of samsara
Escape from the six life forms!
From the beginning you beings are deluded
Because you do not recognize the Awareness of the Ground.
Being thus unmindful of what occurs is delusion —
The very state of unawareness and the cause of going astray.
From this delusive state comes a sudden fainting away
And then a subtle consciousness of wavering fear.
From that wavering there arises a separation of self
And the perception of others as enemies.
Gradually the tendency of separation strengthens,
And from this the circle of samsara begins.
Then the emotions of the five poisons develop —
The actions of these emotions are endless.
You beings lack awareness because you are unmindful,
And this is the basis of your going astray.
Through my prayer, may all you beings recognize your Intrinsic Awareness!
Innate unawareness means unmindfulness and distraction.
Imputing unawareness means dualistic thoughts towards self and others.
Both kinds of unawareness are the basis for the delusion of all beings.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer
May all you beings wandering in samsara
Clear away the dark fog of unmindfulness,
Clear away the clinging thoughts of duality!
May you recognize your own Intrinsic Awareness.
Dualistic thoughts create doubt.
From subtle attachment to this dualistic turn of mind
Dualistic tendencies become stronger and thicker.
Food, wealth, clothes, home, and friends,
The five objects of the senses, and your beloved family —
All these things cause torment by creating longing and desire.
These are all worldly delusions; the activities of grasping
and clinging are endless.
When the fruition of attachment ripens, you are born as a hungry ghost,
Tormented by coveting and desiring, miserable, starving and thirsty.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer may all you desirous and lustful beings
Who have attachments, neither reject longing desires,
Nor accept attachment to desires.
Let your consciousness relax in its own natural state,
Then your Awareness will be able to hold its own.
May you achieve the wisdom of perfect discernment!
When external objects appear, the subtle consciousness of fear will arise.
From this fear, the habit of anger becomes stronger and stronger.
Finally, hostility comes causing violence and murder.
When the fruition of this anger ripens, you will suffer in hell
by boiling and burning.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, you beings of the six realms,
When strong anger arises for you, neither reject nor accept it.
Instead relax in the natural state and achieve the wisdom of clarity!
When your mind becomes full of pride
There will arise thoughts of competition and humiliation.
As this pride becomes stronger and stronger,
You will experience the suffering of quarrels and abuse.
When the fruition of this karma ripens, you will be born in the God Realms
And experience the suffering of change and falling to lower rebirths.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, may you beings who develop pride,
Let your consciousness relax in the natural state.
Then your Awareness will be able to hold its own.
May you achieve the wisdom of equanimity!
By Increasing the habit of duality, by praising yourself and denigrating others,
Your competitive mind will lead you to jealousy and fighting,
And you will be born in the jealous God Realm, where there is
much killing and injury
From the result of that killing, you will fall into the Hell Realm.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, when jealousy and competitive thoughts arise,
Do not grasp them as enemies.
Just relax in ease, then consciousness can hold its own natural state.
May you achieve the wisdom of unobstructed action!
By being distracted, careless and unmindful,
You beings will become dull, foggy and forgetful
By being unconscious and lazy, you will increase your ignorance
And the fruition of this ignorance will be to wander helplessly
in the Animal Realm.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer,
May you beings who have fallen into the dark pit of Ignorance
Shine the light of mindfulness and thereby achieve wisdom free from thought.
All you beings of the three realms are actually identical to Buddha,
the Ground of all.
But your misunderstanding of the Ground causes you to go astray,
So you act without aim.
The six karmic actions are a delusion, like a dream.
I am the Primordial Buddha here to train the six kinds of beings
Through all my manifestations.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer may all you beings without exception
Attain enlightenment in the state of Dharmadhatu.
Ah Ho!
Hereafter, whenever a very powerful yogin
With his or her Awareness radiant and free from delusion
Recites this very powerful prayer, then all who hear it
Will achieve enlightenment within three lifetimes.
During a solar or lunar eclipse, during an earthquake or when the earth rumbles,
At the solstices or the new year, you should visualize Kuntuzangpo.
And if you pray loudly so all can hear,
Then beings of the three realms will be gradually liberated from suffering,
Through the prayer of the yogin and will finally achieve enlightenment.
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-------This prayer was taken from the ninth chapter of the Dzogchen Teachings of the Gongpa Zangthal the Northern Treasures discovered by the Terton Rigdzin
Godem.
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On the fifteenth day of the seventh Tibetan month in the year of the Sheep (1991), this prayer was translated by the Venerable Bhaka Tulku Rinpoche in Berkeley, California, assisted by Lunpo Urgyan Thondup.
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Re: The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo:

Post by kalden yungdrung » Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:37 am

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Post by Shemmy » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:27 pm

Thanks for posting this.

And also, I was wondering if anyone knows, there is a Samantabhadra who is a bodhisattva as well, I believe he features a lot in the Flower Ornament Sutra. I always wonder if there is a connection between the bodhisattva Samantabhadra and Samantabhadra/Kuntuzangpo the primordial Buddah. Also wondering if Tibetans refer to the bodhisattva Samantabhadra as Kuntuzangpo as well.

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Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:16 pm

Shemmy wrote:Thanks for posting this.

And also, I was wondering if anyone knows, there is a Samantabhadra who is a bodhisattva as well, I believe he features a lot in the Flower Ornament Sutra. I always wonder if there is a connection between the bodhisattva Samantabhadra and Samantabhadra/Kuntuzangpo the primordial Buddah. Also wondering if Tibetans refer to the bodhisattva Samantabhadra as Kuntuzangpo as well.


Tashi delek S,

Yes we know the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra and his 10 vows.


1. To worship and respect all Buddha's
2.To make praises to the thus come ones
3.To practice profoundly the practice of givings
4.To repent and reform all karmic hindrances
5.To rejoice and follow in merit and virtue
6.To request that the Dharma wheel may be turned
7.To requestthat the Buddhas remain in the world
8.To always follow the Buddha's teachings
9.To constantly accord with all living beings
10.To transfer all merit and virtue universally.

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/samantabhadra.pdf


Then we have Kuntu Zangpo the adi Buddha in Dzogchen which is in Sanskrit Samantabhadra.

The name Kuntu Zangpo means “that which is most excellent and present in all places.” Thus our ancient texts refer to Kuntu Zangpo as being “Self-Awareness”, “True Self” and “Source of the Self”.
https://bonpo.wordpress.com/2009/07/20/ ... tu-zangpo/

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Post by Adamantine » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:39 pm

During a solar or lunar eclipse, during an earthquake or when the earth rumbles,
I'd say we should all recite this now on behalf of our Nepalese brothers and sisters, and all the sacred sites of the Buddha there.
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Post by kalden yungdrung » Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:45 pm

Adamantine wrote:
During a solar or lunar eclipse, during an earthquake or when the earth rumbles,
I'd say we should all recite this now on behalf of our Nepalese brothers and sisters, and all the sacred sites of the Buddha there.
Tashi delek A,

Yes we do it.
This prayer is all round /perfect it causes .,............:applause:

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Post by kalden yungdrung » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:36 am

Shemmy wrote:Thanks for posting this.

And also, I was wondering if anyone knows, there is a Samantabhadra who is a bodhisattva as well,

Tashi delek S,

Back to the topic.

Below some elucidations i took out from the Adi Buddha by Kanal Lal Hazra.

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Samantabhadra was regarded not only as the first Dhyani-Bodhisattva, but was mentioned by the Northern Buddhist sects, as Highest Intelligence, a primordial Buddha. But owing to the establishment of Vajradhara as the Adi-Buddha by the 2 great sects, the dkar-hGyu­pa (Red Bonnets) and dGe-Jugs pa (Yellow Bonnets),
Samantabhadra lost his popularity no doubt. But we may not be wrong if we say without any hesitation that in Tibet and China he was widely worshipped by his devotees. His images were found in China.
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It is known from the Yogacara system that certain Yogacara sect mentions him as the founder of the Yogacara system and the divinity of Religious Ecstasy.
His Dhyany­Buddha was Vairocana.
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The Nispannayogavali refers to Samantabhadra. It mentions, him in the Dharmadhatuvagishvara mandala. It says, Samantabhadra pitah savyena varada vimena utpalakhadga- dharah. Samantabhadra is yellow in colour, shows. the varada (boon) in the right hand and holds_on the left the sword on lotus. The Nispannayo­gavali also gives his account in the Durgatiparisodhana Mandala. It describes
Samantabhadrah suvarnavarno ratnamanjaribhriddak sinapanih katisthavamamushtih. Samantabhadra is of golden colour, holds a bunch of jewels in the right hand, while the left rests on the hip. From the
Nipannayogavali we also get his description in the Kalacakra Mandala.
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It states, "Samantabhadra is blue in colour and holds in his 3 right hands the vajra, the kartri, and the Parasu, and in the 3 left hands the Ghanta, the Kapala, and the severed head of Brahma. Sometimes the head of Brahma is replaced by the Utpala. He is embraced by his consort Dharma-vajra. Several . descriptions of the Nispannayogavali, shows his great popularity no doubt. Even the Sadhanamala also gives an account of him in the Lokanatha Sadhana. It describes, Samantabhadra is of yellowish colour, holds the jewel on a lotus and exhibits the Varada mudra in his two hands. Samantabhadra not only wore the crown, but had the ornaments and princely dresses of the Bodhisattva. His left hand was in the Varada mudra, holding the Cintamani magic-jewel or scroll.He showed the Vitarka mudra in his right hand. He may be found either seated or in his standing-attitude. Sometimes he was in the Yab-Yum attitude when his Shakti was by his side. But it is to be noted here that when he was in the company of 8 Dhyany-Bodhisattvas, he was always represented standing. His hands then made the Vitarka and the Varada mudras. He held the stems of lotus flowers which managed to keep the Cintamani at the right and the vajra at the left. His colour was yellow.
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Post by oldbob » Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:40 am

Adamantine wrote:
During a solar or lunar eclipse, during an earthquake or when the earth rumbles,
I'd say we should all recite this now on behalf of our Nepalese brothers and sisters, and all the sacred sites of the Buddha there.

Om Ah Hum

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Post by Shemmy » Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:40 pm

Yes, let's hope and dedicate to all of our teachers and friends in Nepal that they all get through this tough time. Earthquakes are uncannily unnerving even if you get through unscathed, been through some big ones myself.

Thanks as well for the Adi Buddah Samantrabhadra quotes. Very rich and quite wonderful. I suppose the mystery will continue and I can just be imaginative and imagine Samantabhadra is also the Adi Buddah whenever I read the Flower Ornament Sutra. :alien: :alien: :alien: :alien: :alien: :alien:

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Post by tsal'gyurdorje » Wed May 20, 2015 10:27 pm

I love this prayer.. Definitely perfect for the devastation in Nepal..
Thank you for posting it here!
Wonderful

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wonderful!

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Post by Pema Rigdzin » Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:57 pm

The prayer mentions specific times when it is good to recite it, but does anyone know if those are just especially good times to do it? IOW, is there a tradition of reciting it daily?

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Post by javier.espinoza.t » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:08 pm

when i was a youngster i used to recite this prayer

it's really usefull.

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Post by Miroku » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:47 pm

javier.espinoza.t wrote:when i was a youngster i used to recite this prayer

it's really usefull.
In what ways did you find it useful? :)

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Also is it better to recyíte it in english or tibetan?
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Post by KrisW » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:39 am

Miroku wrote:
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Also is it better to recyíte it in english or tibetan?


In the language you can understand the meaning.
If you know English then English.
Just my opinion.
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Post by dzogchungpa » Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:20 am

I believe it is considered terma, so some might feel that it is good to recite it in Tibetan, if possible.
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Pema Rigdzin wrote:The prayer mentions specific times when it is good to recite it, but does anyone know if those are just especially good times to do it? IOW, is there a tradition of reciting it daily?
Those are specific times it's very beneficial. For solstices and eclipses this has to do with the subtle body and specifically the central channel, IIRC.

Obviously there's no harm in reciting it on other occasions. It will help you become acquainted with the View, and in understanding non-duality and the origins of Samsara.
Miroku wrote: In what ways did you find it useful? :)
Lama Abao --- one of Garchen Rinpoche's main heart sons and Dharma heirs --- told me that it's very beneficial to recite the Kunzang Mönlam for the deceased, especially on the anniversary of their death. He did this for me on the anniversary of my father's passing, and told me to do the same.
Also is it better to recite it in english or tibetan?
Garchen would say that recitation in either language is fine. If you understand it better in English, use that. If you know the Tibetan, that's excellent. Either way it can only bring benefit. Whenever Garchen Rinpoche asks the assembled sangha to use it as a dedication of merit, Rinpoche and any other Tibetans present will recite the Tibetan while the students simultaneously recite it entirely in English.

If you want an electronic copy or to print it out like the little booklets Garchen Rinpoche hands out, here it is:

Booklet cover: https://garchen.net/?ddownload=995
Booklet text: https://garchen.net/?ddownload=996
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Miroku wrote:
javier.espinoza.t wrote:when i was a youngster i used to recite this prayer

it's really usefull.
In what ways did you find it useful? :)

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Also is it better to recyíte it in english or tibetan?
it's good for understanding our condition, how and why phenomenons manifests, developing boddhicitta, and so. it is very deep, it is no ordinary prayer.

i used to recite it in english and spanish, for dead people in my country understand something... the meaning is much more important than language here anyway:)

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Post by Malcolm » Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:02 pm

javier.espinoza.t wrote:the meaning is much more important than language here anyway:)
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