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Prayers and Practices Following Sogyal Rinpoche's Parinirvana


Prayer for the Spread of the Teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, the Reincarnation of Lerab Lingpa

Composed by Tulku Kalzang Rinpoche, 1993

༄༅། །བརྒྱུད་གསུམ་བྱིན་ཐོབ་མཆོག་གི་རིག་པ་འཛིན། །
gyü sum jin tob chok gi rigpa dzin
Supreme Vidyādhara (Rigpa Dzinpa), holder of Rigpa,
with the blessing of the three lineages,1

མན་ངག་ཟབ་དོན་སྙིང་པོའི་གསང་མཛོད་བརྙེས། །
mengak zab dön nyingpö sangdzö nyé
You who have mastered the secret treasury of the
innermost essence, and the profound meaning of the pith instructions,

རིས་བྲལ་སྔ་འགྱུར་རྒྱལ་བ་རྫོགས་ཆེན་པ། །
ridral ngagyur gyalwa dzogchenpa
You who embody the awakened state of Dzogpachenpo,
master of the limitless Ancient Transmission (Ngagyur Nyingma),

ལས་རབ་གླིང་པའི་བསྟན་པ་འཕེལ་གྱུར་ཅིག །
lerab lingpé tenpa pel gyur chik
Incarnation of Lerab Lingpa, may your teachings
increase and spread throughout the world!

1- The three lineages (Tib. gyü sum) are: the mind transmission of the buddhas, the sign transmission of the vidyādharas, and the oral transmission of realized beings.

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A Guided Essential Guru Yoga

Adapted from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Chapter 9

The practice of guru yoga has four main phases: 1) invocation; 2) merging your mind with the master through his heart essence, the mantra; 3) receiving the blessing or empowerment; and 4) uniting your mind with the master and resting in the nature of rigpa.


Sit quietly for a moment. Then, invoke in the sky in front of you the embodiment of the truth in the person of the master, as radiant and translucent as a rainbow. Consider that all the blessings and qualities of the wisdom, compassion, and power of all the buddhas and enlightened beings are embodied in him.

If are not able to visualize anything, simply try to feel his presence there in the sky before you: the presence of all the buddhas and masters.

Merging your mind with the master through his heart essence, the mantra

Now, merge your mind with the master through reciting the mantra of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), which personifies the blessing of all the masters, in the form of sound: OM AH HUM VAJRA GURU PADMA SIDDHI HUM (pronounced by Tibetans: Om Ah Hung Benza Guru Péma Siddhi Hung). [You can find a chant of this mantra here]

Using the mantra, merge and mix and blend your mind with Padmasambhava or the master. Simply opening your heart and mind to the embodiment of truth in front of you blesses and transforms your mind.


Imagine now that from the master, thousands of brilliant rays of light stream out toward you, and penetrate you, purifying, healing, blessing, empowering, and sowing in you the seeds of enlightenment. Know and feel that you are now empowered, through the blessing, with the indestructible body, speech, and mind of Padmasambhava, of all the buddhas.

Resting in rigpa

Now let the master dissolve into light and become one with you, in the nature of your mind. Recognize beyond any doubt that this sky-like nature of your mind is the absolute master.

Now rest in the warmth, glory, and blessing of your absolute nature.