Kagyu Changchub Chuling

A center for the practice and study of Vajrayana Buddhism founded by His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche

A Lost Child's Melancholic Cry for Its Mother

by Khenpo Lodro Donyod Rinpoche

August 22, 2004

Sovereign of the ocean of the mandalas and [Buddha] families, lord of refuge Vajradhara, whose name is difficult to utter, Karma Ngedon Chokyi Lodro, may the first light of your supreme, sun-like emanation swiftly dawn!

Namo Guru Vajradhara Ye

Adorned by of the luster of the essence of the emerald,
Agent of the enlightened activity of all the victors without exception,
Prajnaparamita, the exalted source of the four noble ones, 1
Oh Jetsuma, I prostrate to you, our only mother!

Our lord father, the sun of beings, has set behind the western peak.
This semblance of departure is beyond me.
Can this be real or is it just a dream?
If this is possibly true, Oh Tara, Oh Mother Tara!

All notions shattered, this orphan is trapped in a cell of misery.
Gaze upon us and see the plight of this situation!
Please manifest your enlightened activity that the radiant sun of beings,
The supreme emanation of the glorious lama, swiftly rise again!

Coemergent primordial awareness is beyond expression.
By merely directing your essential outlook that's beyond description,
Primordial awareness, beyond conception, is transferred to others' mind streams.
Beyond obscuration, may the supreme emanation of the lama swiftly come again!

From the divine expanse of the pristine dharmadhatu
You summon beings with the thunderous roar of the melody of the nada,
And rain down the authentic Dharma of profound peace, free from elaborations.
May the genuine guide, the supreme emanation of the lama swiftly come again!

Lama, lord of the dharma, your exalted wisdom having completely matured from its youth,
You perfectly transmit the teachings of the provisional and definitive meaning
To all those beings in need of your guidance.
May the peerless, supreme emanation of the lama swiftly come again! 2

By the four means of gathering and the six paramitas, 3
In your ripening and liberating of beings
Your undaunted courage is forever without weariness and fatigue.
May the unfailing, supreme emanation of the lama swiftly come again!

Your scholarship and discernment are like that of Manjushri.
Your glorious conduct is equal to that of Nyewar Khor. 4
Your noble qualities are those of a great bodhisattva.
May the unequaled, supreme emanation of the lama swiftly come again!

Your stainless wisdom eye sees far and wide.
With great loving kindness you impartially gaze upon beings.
Endowed with the ability to guide immeasurable being who are difficult to tame,
May the incomparable, supreme emanation of the lama swiftly come again!

The splendor of your noble activity is like the dawning of the morning sun.
Through your learning, reflection and meditation; explanation, clarification and composition
The lotus grove of the sage's teachings flourish in the ten directions.
May the venerable, supreme emanation of the lama swiftly come again!

Outwardly, you are perfectly adorned by the vows of individual liberation.
Inwardly, you are thoroughly imbued with bodhicitta.
Secretly, you have completely realized the profound intended meaning.
May the lord of the dharma, the supreme emanation of the lama swiftly come again!

Thus, by the divine blessings of the three roots,
And by the power of my completely pure faith and samaya,
Lord of the mandala, glorious lama,
May the first light of your supreme, luminous emanation swiftly dawn again!

For the grace of beings and all the genuine doctrines without discrimination,
Fully emulating the examples of your predecessor's
Wisdom, loving kindness and ability; qualities of renunciation and realization, and so forth
May your spontaneous enlightened activity be continuous, pervasive and gloriously blaze!

Incomparable refuge and protector of beings and of all the general and particular teachings, sovereign protector of the doctrine, lord of refuge Vajradhara, known by the name Karma Ngedon Chokyi Lodro, has temporarily demonstrated entering the repose of the dharmadhatu as the shared merit of his disciples was insufficient. Thus, we followers have been plunged into the darkness of suffering, alas, we are at a loss for what to do.

However, toward the fulfillment of the supreme protector's wishes for the teaching and beings, presently we are carefully attending to the various phases of the rituals. At this time, together with one voice, Khenpo Shereab Gyaltsen, Umdze Tsultrim Gyatsho, and all the other retreatants residing in the retreat center, Zung Juk Ga Tsal Ling, at the seat of the glorious supreme lama, along with the dharma brother Nyishangwa Lama Sherab Gyaltsen, and the closely attending monks of the refuge protector have made offerings and requested me to quickly compose a prayer for the lama's swift return.

So as not to refuse, with all of the lord of refuge, Vajradhara's qualities of body, speech and mind and profound kindness welling up from the depths of my heart, I, Lodro Donyod, a khenpo merely in name, who in this and all my future rebirths as the most meek disciple seeks protection in the soothing shelter of the protector's compassion, have one pointedly prayed. May these hopes and desired results be accomplished just as intended!

Sarvamangalam!

These provisional translations were attempted by Ngodup T. Burkhar and Eric Triebelhorn.


1 Four noble ones: shravakas, pratekyabuddhas, bodhisattvas, and buddhas.

2 In Tibetan, Rinpoche's name, Ngedon Chokyi Lodro, is woven into the verse. A possible translation of his name would be "Exalted Wisdom of the Definitive Meaning of the Dharma."

3 Four means of drawing being: giving what's necessary; speaking pleasantly (in accordance with beings dispositions); being in concordance with the ways of the world; and being a living example of one's teachings.

4 Nyewar Khor was a prominent disciple of the Buddha, an arhat, who exhibited stainless moral conduct.


A Lost Child's Melancholic Cry for Its Mother

by Khenpo Lodro Donyod Rinpoche
(Transliterated Tibetan)

NAMO GURU VAJRADHARA YE

MA GED ZHUN MAI CHUD KYI DANG DZIN MA
MA LU GYAL WA KUN GYI TRIN LAY MA
MA MED P'AK ZHI KYED PAI SHER CHIN MA
MA CHIK DROL MAR DHUD DO JE TSUN MA

YAB JE DRO WAI NYI MA CHU LHAI PAK
NYE WAR ZHUD PAI TSUL DU NANG WA DHI
NGO SAM ON TE MI LAM CHA MA TSHAL
DEN DU SID NA P'AK MA P'AK MA KYE

SAM LAK DA TRUK NYA NGEN KHANG BU RU
NYE WAR NAY PAI NGANG TSUL LA ZIG TE
PAL DEN LA MAI CHOK TRUL NYIN JE WANG
NYUR DU CHAR WAI TRIN LAY DZED DU SOL

JOD DRAL LHEN CHIK KYE PAI YE SHE GANG
TSHIK DRAL DON GYI GONG PA TED TSAM GYI
TOK DRAL YE SHE GYUD LA P'O DZED PAI
DRIB DRAL LA MAI CHOK TRUL NYUR JON SOL

NAM DAK CHO YING LHA YI DZING RING LAY
NA DAI YANG KYI DRUK DRAY NYER DRANG PAI
ZAB ZHI TRO DRAL DAM CHO CHAR BEB DZED
NAM DREN LA MAI CHOK TRUL NYUR JON SOL

GANG DUL DRO LA DRANG DANG NGE PAI DON
DON ZHIN TON DZED CHO KYI JE LA MA
MA MED LO DRO LANG TSO RAB TAY PAI
DA ME LA MAI CHOK TRUL NYUR JON SOL

DHU NGO ZHI DANG P'AR CHIN DRUK SOK KYI
DRO NAM MIN CHING DROL WAR DZE PA LA
NAM YANG KYO NGAL MED PAI SEM PA CHE
LU MED LA MAI CHOK TRUL NYUR JON SOL

KHEY PAI NAM CHOD LO TER WANG PO ZHIN
TSUN PAI PAL NI NYE WAR KHOR TAR LA
ZANG POI YON TEN SEM PA CHEN POI TSUL
NYAM MED LA MAI CHOK TRUL NYUR JON SOL

DRI MED KHYEN PAI CHEN KYU RAB YANG SHING
MIG MED TSE WA CHEN PO DRO LA ZIG
PAG MED DUL KA DUL WAI NU PA CHEN
TSHUNG MED LA MAI CHOK TRUL NYUR JON SOL

THO SAM GOM DANG CHED TSOD TSOM PA YI
LEK JAY ZANG POI NYIN MOR JEY PAI ZI
THUB TEN PED TSAL CHOK CHUR PEL WAI NYEN
JE TSUN LA MAI CHOK TRUL NYUR JON SOL

CHI TSUL SO THAR TRIM KYI RAB DZAY LA
NANG DU JANG CHUB SEM LA WANG JOR ZHING
SANG WA ZAB MOI GONG DON RAB TOK PAI
CHO JE LA MAI CHOK TRUL NYUR JON SOL

DE TAR TSA SUM LHA YI JIN LAB DANG
DAG GI DED DANG DAM TSIK NAM DAK THU
KHOR LO'I GON PO PAL DEN LA MA YI
CHOK TRUL NYI ZHON SAR PA NYUR CHAR TE

RI DRAL TEN DANG DRO WAI CHID PAL DU
KHYEN TSE NU SUM PANG TOK YON TEN SOK
GONG MAI NAM THAR MA LU HUR ZHE TE
TAK KHYAB LHUN DRUB TRIN LAY PAL BAR SHOK