The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

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The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

Post by phantom59 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:28 am

The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis
by H.H. Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

:: When you read this, please remember that the dakini is in your mind ::

~~~ Five Wisdom Sisters,
If we do not complement you,
you become five witches,
making us ill and bringing us suffering.
Because we cannot banish you,
always our fate depends on you.

~~~ Five Wisdom Sisters,
If we do complement you,
you become five angels,
making us healthy and bringing us happiness." onclick=";return false;
Because we cannot separate from you,
always our fate depends on you.

~~~ Five Wisdome Sisters,
Nothing can be done without depending on your mood.
Farmers cannot grow their crops,
politicians cannot rule their countries,
engineers cannot work their machines,
doctors cannot heal their patients,
scientists cannot do their research,
philosophers cannot make their logic,
artists cannot create their art,
without depending on your mood.

~~~ Five Wisdom Sisters,
Nothing can be known without depending on your grace.
Tibetan lamas cannot chant with cool highland habit,
Indian gurus cannot sing with warm lowland habit,
Japanese roshis cannot sit with dark cushion habit,
Muslim sheikhs cannot dance with bright robed habit,
Jewish rabbis cannot pray with soft-voiced habit
Without depending on your grace.

~~~ Five Wisdom Sisters,
Even the most mysterious miracles cannot occur without complementing your purity.
Buddha Shakyamuni cannot rest with tranquil gaze of his lotus eyes
underneath the Bodhi tree,
Guru Padmasambhava cannot play magically with countless sky-walking dakinis,
Lord Jesus cannot walk weightlessly across the water,
Prophet Moses cannot see the radiantly burning bush,
Brahmin Saraha-pa cannot straighten arrows,
singing wisdom hymns with his arrow-maker girl,
Crazy saint Tilopa cannot eat fish and torture Naropa,
Greatest yogi Milarepa cannot remain in his cave, singing and accepting hardships
Without complementing your purity.

You are so patient.
Whoever wants to stay, If you don't exist, Cannot stay.
Whoever wants to go, If you don't exist, Cannot go.
Whoever wants to taste or touch, If you don't exist, Cannot taste or touch.
Whatever our actions, You are always supporting Patiently without complaining.
But we ignorant beings are always ungrateful, Stepping on you,

Calling you Earth. You are so constant.
Whoever wants to be purified, If you don't exist, Cannot be purified.
Whoever wants to quench their thirst, If you don't exist, Cannot quench their thirst.
Whoever wants to hear, If you don't exist, Cannot hear Whatever our actions, You are always flowing Ceaselessly without complaining.
But we desiring beings Are always ungrateful, Splashing you,

Calling you Water. You are so clear.
Whoever wants to fight, If you don't exist, Cannot fight.
Whoever wants to love, If you don't exist, Cannot love.
Whoever wants to see, If you don't exist, Cannot see.
Whatever our actions, You are always glowing Un-obscuredly without complaining.
But we proud beings Are always ungrateful Smothering you,

Calling you Fire. You are so light.
Whoever wants to rise, If you don't exist, Cannot rise.
Whoever wants to move, If you don't exist, Cannot move.
Whoever wants to smell, If you don't exist, Cannot smell.
Whatever our actions, You are always moving Weightlessly without complaining.
But we envious beings Are always ungrateful, Fanning you,

Calling you Air. You are so open.
Whoever wants to exist, If you don't exist, Cannot exist.
Whoever doesn't want to exist, If you don't exist, Cannot cease to exist.
Whoever wants to know phenomena, If you don't exist, Cannot know phenomena.
Whatever our actions, You are always welcoming Spaciously without complaining. But we ignorant beings Are always ungrateful, Emptying you,

Calling you Space.
You are our undemanding slave, Tirelessly serving us, From ordinary beings to sublime beings to fulfill our worldly wishes.

You are our powerful queen, Seductively conquering us, From ordinary beings to sublime beings, Into desirable qualities.

You are our Wisdom Dakini, Effortlessly guiding us with your magic dance, From ordinary beings to sublime beings, Into desireless qualities. And so, I want to introduce you.

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The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

Post by phantom59 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:02 am

The wisdom Dakini Niguma was born in Peme in Kashmir, India during the time of Buddha before the time of Shakyamuni. At that time her father was the Brahmin Shantasamnaha and her brother was the Great Sage Naropa. In Niguma's past lives she practiced the path for three immeasurable eons. In this life she came to realization just by meeting a realized lama and receiving a few teachings. Her impure illusory body then arose as perfect body.

She dwelt in the three pure states and saw the face of Vajradhara himself. She received the four complete empowerments from the emanated Mandala of Tantric Mahayana.She developed omniscient wisdom in the sutras, tantras, oral instructions and teachings.

She saw all phenomena as they are and as they appear.She herself attained Cloud of Dharma, the tenth level of a bodhisattva. Niguma released even the subtlest veil to the knowable and became in essence the three bodies of enlightenment, indistinguishable from the Buddha. For her own benefit, she brought to completion abandonment and cultivation. For the benefit of others, she manifested the two form bodies and will continue to do so until Samsara is completely empty. Her foremost disciple was the Mahasiddha Khyungpo Naljor, who was born in Tibet and traveled to India to receive the full transmission from her. In granting him the empowerments, Niguma also confirmed that not only he, but also all his successors and followers would in the future have the good fortune to receive the blessing of Dakinis, encounter enlightened beings, and attain perfect Liberation. Niguma granted the four complete empowerments to the adept Khyungpo Naljor in the emanated Mandala and transmitted the most profound tantras, intimate advice, and oral and written teachings. Niguma gave him the essential pith instructions that would enable worthy disciples to attain enlightenment in one lifetime. She promised Khyungpo Naljor that all disciples and Shangpa lineage holders would go to the Pure Land of the Dakini, because this lineage was special above all others. Niguma commanded that for seven generations, these ear-whispered teachings should be only passed on in a one to one guru to disciple transmission. From her lifetime to this present day, she continues to manifest whatever subtle or more material form is necessary to benefit beings over limitless time. In particular, through her activity and blessings, she gazes with impartial compassion on all the holders of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage." onclick=";return false;

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Re: The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

Post by phantom59 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:04 am

Khyungpo Naljor again searched for highly realized teachers from whom he could receive more advanced instruction. The most realized teachers he encountered told him that one with his qualities should seek the great Bodhisattva who was not separate from Dorje Chang in her realization and in the profound teachings she could skillfully transmit.

Khyungpo Naljor asked where he could meet such an enlightened being and was told that her presence could manifest anywhere to highly purified beings. Unfortunate beings, those still caught in emotional afflictions, would find it very difficult to encounter her at all, since she had dissolved her physical form, attained the rainbow body, and achieved the level of Dorje Chang. Every now and again, however, she would visit the most sacred cremation grounds and, leading a host of dakinis, would preside over great ritual offering feasts (ganacakras). There someone might have an opportunity of seeing the great Niguma.

As soon as Khyungpo Naljor heard the name of the great dakini, he felt such devotion, like an electric shock, that tears swelled up in his eyes. Immediately he set out to find her at the great charnel ground called Sosaling. As he traveled, he continuously made supplications to the Three Jewels. When he reached the cemetery, he saw above him in space at the height of seven banana trees, a female deity bluish in appearance, who wore elaborate bone ornaments and held a trident and a skull. As he gazed at her, he sometimes saw one deity, and sometimes many; some were in meditation posture, and some were dancing or making graceful gestures. He felt sure that this was the great Bodhisattva Niguma, and began to make reverent prostrations to her, sincerely imploring her for transmission of the teachings.

On the day of the full moon, Niguma gave Khyungpo Naljor the empowerment and transmission of the teachings of the profound Dream Practice. In the middle of this, she said to him: "Son from Tibet, arise!"

Suddenly Khyungpo Naljor found himself in midair at the height of three banana trees. Looking up towards Niguma, he saw that the great being was on top of a golden mountain, surrounded by a vast retinue of dakinis. Down the four sides of the mountain, rivers fell. Khyungpo Naljor wondered out loud if this amazing mountain was truly there or whether he was witnessing a miraculous performance by the dakini.

Niguma answered, "When the ocean of samsara is turned over, when all attachment and ego-clinging are totally uprooted, then every place and every thing is covered with gold, forming a golden field of non-attachment. The actual nature of samsara, this phenomenal world, is like a play of dreams and illusion. When you have realized experientially that the play of the phenomenal world is nothing but a dream, or is like the illusion created by some magician, then you have gone beyond the ocean of samsara. This requires the greatest devotion to your Lama. Understand this. Now you must leave here. Go and grasp your dream.”

Khyungpo Naljor understood her instructions and entered the dream as he had been taught. In the dream state he was given full empowerment for the Five Golden Dharmas of Niguma. Three times in the dream he received the empowerments, including those of the Six Yogas of Niguma. At the end, Niguma told him this: "In this land there have been no other beings except yourself who received the total transmission of these doctrines three times in one dream.”

On the following day, Niguma once again gave him three times the complete transmissions, with the detailed explanations of these doctrines; this time the transmission took place in the waking state. One commitment she asked him to keep was this: only he and another Mahasiddha, by the name of Lavapa, had the transmission into the six doctrines of Niguma; the teachings should be kept secret until seven generations had passed in an unbroken line of transmission from one Lama to one chosen disciple in each generation. After the seventh generation, it would be appropriate to give these teachings more widely for the benefit of all beings.

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The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis

Post by phantom59 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:08 am

Khyungpo Naljor was born in a year of the tiger in the southern part of Tibet, into a distinguished family. The clan of the Khyung, being the same family clan from which the lord of yogins, Jetsun Milarepa hailed. Thus, his own name meant "the Yogin of the Garuda clan." At his birth the great Mahasiddha Amogha came flying through the air from India and made the prophecy that this newborn child, who was already highly realized, would in time come to India and there receive the profound transmissions that would make him a great guide of beings. The qualities of Khyungpo Naljor began to manifest while he was still very young. When he was five years old, he told detailed stories about his past existences, and revealed insight into his lives to come, and into the future in general. By the age of ten he excelled in reading, writing, arithmetic and both Chinese and Indian astrology. At twelve, in accordance with the tradition on his father's side of the family, he studied the Bon teachings. Later on he practiced Dzogchen, and finally, Mahamudra. Then, taking jewels and gold dust to present as offerings, he left for Nepal and India in search of teachings. During his journeys Khyungpo Naljor was unconcerned about comforts for himself and endured much hardship. Over the course of seven journeys, he studied with a hundred and fifty sages and fifty great adepts. He adopted four of his teachers as his glorious Root Lamas, of these; the wisdom Dakini's Niguma and Sukhasiddhi had received direct transmissions from Vajradhara, the enlightened enjoyment body of the sixth Buddha. His other Indian main teachers were Maitripa, Rahula and Vajrasanapa.They took delight in Khyungpo Naljor and granted him the ultimate oral instructions that cut off all distractions and he practiced single-pointedly. All doubts were erdicated and he obtained both ordinary and extraordinary accomplishments. Khyungpo Naljor established his monastic seat in the Shang valley, which is how the lineage got its name. He passed away at the age of 150.

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