Kagyu Changchub Chuling

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

Two Vajra Songs

by Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche

The Queen of Spring's Song to Ease Troubled Minds:
Advice for Us All

Namo Guru Ve

All noble buddhas of the three times'
Wisdom, love and creative power
Converge in you, paragon of all families' enlightenment, beings' lord protector,
My supreme guide, lord of the Teachings,
Illustrious mighty one among victors, Karmapa,
Ultimately inseparable from my kind root master, to whom I bow.

At all times - in this life and the next - watch over me with your compassion:
I have no one else to turn to!

My previous acts and merit have not been weak:
My life is full and free, my spiritual guide is qualified,
And I received Lord Shakyamuni's essential doctrine.
In this present moment, the best of all worlds,
I don't cultivate the experience of genuine Teachings
But throw this human life away in fleeting distractions.
The deeds I've done form a wide canopy of unvirtuous acts-
When I die, I'll be wracked with regrets.
Thinking of this, I'm utterly discouraged with myself.

People of this degenerate time are busy and preoccupied;
They are unreliable and very unstable.
Ignorant of the consequences of their acts, they live unaware
Of vows, tantric commitments, modesty or shame-
They lead themselves and others to eternal calamity.
The Jewels are an unfailing refuge;
Apart from them, I've not found a reliable companion-
I've lost hope in everyone.

We pride ourselves on shouldering the burden
Of the doctrines of scripture, realization, teaching and meditation practice-
Excellent education, spiritual activity, monastic lifestyle,
And flourishing projects for others' good -
Yet the impurities of our wish for fame and fortune, and the eight worldly concerns, taint it all.
How could this be correct Buddhist practice?

To our conceit toward what we've requested and received of the Teachings
We add complaints when putting them in to practice.
I wonder if our good-looking guise of spiritual acts
Will ever result in what we wish to attain for eternity?

Now we should be more than a little kind to ourselves
And consider the lives of our lord Kagyu ancestors.
If we don't sincerely nurture the Teachings in our hearts,
The teachings we repeat with our mouths-
Turning from attachment, the mind of awakening, and the phases of creation and completion,
As lovely as rainbows - can enthrall our audience,
But when misfortunes occur,
We find we are but ordinary persons.
Thinking of this, I'm sincerely ashamed.

To wish to liberate others
Without freeing our own mind
By cultivating the ultimate - what folly!

Granting empowerments and teaching with arrogant self-assurance
Smothers others and ourselves with burdensome faults and violations of tantric commitments.
To live alone and uninvolved entails few faults:
I should ponder that well, fool that I am!

I have not the fortune to replicate the lives of my Kagyu forefathers,
Who wandered in secluded mountain retreats,
Devoting themselves to single-minded meditation.
Yet my lord spiritual master, all buddhas incarnate,
Has lovingly granted me his essential oral instructions:
May I not waste them
But devote myself to diligent practice!

May our feet stand firmly in clear-sighted turning from attachment
In sincere, intense application
To the four common preliminary practices.
May our minds turn to the sacred Teachings.

May we use the four special preliminary practices
To complete the two accumulations and cleanse the two obscurations.
Especially, may the profound path of devotion
Bless us that the Teachings become our spiritual path.

The highest Vajra Way's profound instructions
In the two phases, and in the paths of means and liberation,
Cleanse attachment to delusions ordinary appearances.
In this lifetime, may we attain the state of integral purity,
Enlightenment's four bodies.

Sing with devotion, never separate from your father spiritual master,
The body of ultimate enlightenment, Vajra Bearer;
Your fervent songs draw his mind's vajra wisdom-
The blessed ultimate lineage's realization moves to you.

In the continuity of the spiritual master's mind and your own as one,
Look back, look at this very mind.
Mind is not existent, it is emptiness-
Its form, color, and substance do not exist,
Yet it is not nonexistent: anything at all can arise within it.
Its luminosity forms the basis of existence and transcendence.
Its noncomposite nature transcends the intellect.
No words or terms can express it.
In the domain of individual, intrinsic awareness,
This naked, ordinary knowing
Is the entire Canon's discourses' and tantras' meaning,
The victors of the three times' essential realization,
Called "Great Seal of the body of ultimate enlightenment."

Words can only indicate this view;
Its meaning, the abiding nature, is experienced by means of meditation.
Based on that experience, we gain realization.
Realization leads in this lifetime to manifest enlightenment.

For this, we need an authentic introduction to our innate essence.
Don't consider that we must rid ourselves of thoughts;
Don't deliberately create a nondiscursive state.
Settle in continual evenness
In this relaxed, ordinary knowing-
Without distraction, without meditation, without action.

Single-minded clarity without thoughts
Forms the basis of tranquility meditation.
Tighten the focus when dull; loosen it when agitated.

In insight, gazing at the mind's abiding nature
Destroys its seemingly identifiable characteristics.
Come to an inner conclusion concerning its real nature.

The inseparable union of tranquility and insight is Great Seal.
How precious it is to gain stability in this
By means of a lineage-bearing master's pith instructions
And our own meditative experience!

The peerless king of skillful means
Is devotion's supplications to the spiritual master,
Accompanied by thoughts of impermanence, disillusionment, and compassion.
Never apart from this union of skillful means and transcendent knowledge-
Vital, supreme instruction for dispelling hindrances and enriching experience-
May they dissipate delusion on the path.

May we traverse at once the inner paths and stages,
Along the twelve levels of contemplative practice, three on each of four,
Until reaching nonmeditation, the great body of ultimate enlightenment.
May the immense creative power of experience and realization reach culmination.
May appearances of delusion arise as great wisdom.
May the formulations of existence and transcendence be purified in the basic nature.
May the characteristics of affirmation and denial be freed in their own ground.
May desire in the view, meditation, and conduct be exhausted.
May the luminosity of the basis and the path, mother and child, merge.

In this lifetime, may we fully achieve the two goals, for others and ourselves -
The epitome of enlightenment's four bodies and five wisdoms,
Powerful Vajra Bearer.

May I now accomplish what I have always wished for:
To reach the capital city of my Kagyu ancestors!

In Darjeeling district's Mirik retreat centre, Garden of Joyous Union (Zungjuk Gatsal Ling), a sublime sacred place blessed by Lord Metripa, the lamas of the three-year, three-fortnight retreat, led by Adzin Choktrul Rinpoche, who has awakened to his holy heritage; and others, including Ladakh Lama Tashi Dondrub, Nyishang Lama Tashi Wangdu, Gangkar Lama Purbu Tashi and Lama Passang Dorje, made offerings to repeatedly encourage me: "You must write the vital points of experiential cultivation in the form of a song."

It is impossible for a song giving profound advice to others to emerge from someone like me, who is nothing more than an ordinary, self-centered individual. Yet, so as not to deny the intentions of those who made the request and despite my not having cultivated this experience, I kept in my mind only the unfailing blessings of the Kagyu masters endowed with the tantras and wrote this on October 1, 2002, in the retreat centre. I, Karma Ngedon Chokyi Lodro, who bears the title of Bokar Tulku, pray that this will prove helpful to those who rely on me.

Sarva Mangalam

Wide Wings that Lift Us to Devotion:
A Supplication

Spiritual master, think of me! Think of me!
Source of blessings, root spiritual master think of me, think of me!

Spiritual master, think of me! Think of me!
Epitome of all accomplishment, root spiritual master, think of me!

Spiritual master, think of me! Think of me!
Agent of all enlightened activity, root spiritual master, think or me!

Spiritual master, think of me! Think of me!
All refuges in one, root spiritual master, think of me!

Turn all beings' minds, with mine, toward the Teachings.
Bless me that al stages of the faultless path-
Renunciation, the mind of awakening, and the correct view-
Genuinely arise in my being.

May I dwell untouched by the faults of pride and wrong views
Toward the Teachings and the teacher of freedom's sublime path.
May steadfast faith, devotion and pure vision
Lead me to fully achieve the two goals for others and myself.

The human tantric master introduces my intrinsic essence.
The master in the Joyful Buddha's Canon instills certainty.
The symbolic master in appearances enriches experience.
The ultimate master, the nature of reality, sparks realization of the abiding nature.

Finally within the state of the master inseparable form my own mind,
All phenomena of existence and transcendence dissolve into the nature of reality's expanse;
The one who affirmed denied, and clung to things as real vanishes into the absolute expanse-
May I then full realize the effortless body of ultimate enlightenment.

In all my lifetimes, may I never be separate from the true spiritual master.
May I enjoy the Teachings' glorious wealth,
Completely achieve the paths and stages' noble qualities,
And swiftly reach the state of Buddha Vajra Bearer.

In 1995 in response to requests from two translators, Lama Tcheuky and Lama Namgyal, on behalf of my foreign disciples, I, Karma Ngedon Chokyi Lodro, who holds the title of Bokar Tulku, wrote this at my home in Mirik Monastery. May it prove meaningful.

From "Timeless Rapture: Inspired Verse of the Shangpa Masters" translated by Ngawang Zangpo, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, NY Copyright 2003 Tsadra Foundation

The Queen of Spring's Song to Ease Troubled Minds:
Advice for Us All

transliterated Tibetan

NAMO GURU BEY

JE DU SUM SANG GYE THAM CHE KYI
THUK KHYEN TSE NU PA CHIK DU PA
RIG KUN GYI DAK NYID DRO WAI GON
MI DAK GI DREN CHOK CHO KYI JE
PAL GYAL WAI WANG PO KARMAPA
DON YER MED DRIN CHEN LA MAR DUD

DU DHI CHI KUN TU THUK JE ZUNG
MI DAK LA RE SA KYED LE ME

NGON LE DANG SOD NAM MI ZHEN PE
TEN DEL JOR TSHEN DEN GE WAI SHE
GON SHA KYA THUB TEN PAI NYING PO CHE
MA LU PHUN TSHOK KYI NE KAB DHIR
CHO NAL MA NYAM SU MA LON PAR
THRAL NAM YENG NGAN DU MI TSE PHUL
LE CHI JE MI GAI YO LAND NYID
DU NAM ZHIK CHI TSE GYOD PE DUNG
DHI SAM KYIN RANG LA YID RE CHED

DU NYIK MAI KYE WO SAM CHOD MANG
LO YID TE MI THUB GYUR DOK CHE
LE GYU DRE DOM PA DAM TSHIK DANG
THREL NGO TSHA MI SHE NGEN CHOD KYI
RANG ZHEN KUN TEN DU PHUNG LA JOR
KYAB LU MED KON CHOK MA TOK PAR
LO TEN DHUB KYI DROG PO NGE MA NYED
DA SU LANG RE WAI KHO THAK CHOD

LOB NYER DANG CHO CHOD TSUN TSHUK ZANG
ZHEN DON THRIN LE KYI DU LONG GYE
LUNG TOK SHAY DRUP KYI TEN PAI KHUR
KYER WAR LOM KYANG RANG DOD KYI
KHE DRAK CHO GYED KYI DRI ME LED
YANG DAK PAI CHO SU GA LA DRO

ZHU ZHU THOB THOB KYI KHENG SEM LA
JE JE DRUP DRUP KYI KHONG YU TSHANG
TSHUL CHO DZE THRIG GI CHO CHOD DHI
NYING POI TEN DUN DU GYUR RAM CI

DA RANG DRIN RANG LA MA CHUNG WAR
GON KA GYUD GONG MAI NAM THAR SOM
CHO NYING NE GYUD LA MA KYE PAR
ZHEN LOG DANG JANG SEM KYED DZOK SOK
KHA SHED KYI JA TSHON TRA NA YAG
KYEN RANG THOK TU BAB TSHE THA MAL PA
DHI SAM KYIN RANG LA NYING NE THREL

DON NYAM LEN GYI RANG GYUD MA DROL PAR
ZHEN DROL WAR DOD PA A RE THRUL

YIN LOM KYI WANG KUR CHED PEL DHI
RANG ZHEN KUN NYE TUNG GI KHUR GYI NON
SO DEL DU DED NA NYE PA CHUNG
DA LEK PAR SOM DANG LED ME PO

PHA KA GYUD GONG MAI NAM THAR ZHIN
NE NGE MED EN PAI RI SUL DU
TSE CHIK TU DRUP PAI KAL ME KYANG
JE SANG GYE KUN NGO LA MA YI
THUK TSE WAY ZHAL GYI DAM PAI CHUD
DON MED CHUD ZO SU MI TONG WAR
DRUP PA LA NEN TEN JE PAR SHOK

THUN MONG NGON DRO NAM PA ZHI
NYING LA DO U THRO PA YI
LONG MED ZHEN LOK GI KANG PA TEN
LO DAM PAI CHO SU DRO WAR SHOK

THUN MIN GYI NGON DRO NAM ZHI YI
TSHOK NYI DZOK SHING DRIP NYI JANG
KHYED PAR ZAB LAM MO GU KYI
CHO LAM DU DRO WAR JIN GYI LOB

LA MED DOR JE THEK PA YI
RIM NYI THAB DROL DAM NGAK GI
DHA MAL THRUL PAI NANG ZHEN JANG
DAK PA ZUNG JUK KU ZHI YI
GO PHANG TSHE DHIR THOB PAR SHOK

PA LA MA CHO KU DOR JE CHANG
YI DREL MED MO GU DUNG YANG KYI
THUK DOR JE YE SHE KYI GYUD KUL NE
JIN LAB DON GYUD KYI GONG PA PHO

LA MA DANG RANG SEM YER ME NGANG
DA TSHUR TO RANG GI SEMS LA TO
SEM YOD PA MA YIN TONG PA NYID
ZUK KHA DOK ZDE SU DRUP PA MED
ME PA MA YIN CHI YANG CHAR
OD SAL KHOR DE KUN GYI ZHI
LO DE CHO NYID DU MA JE
DRA DANG TSHIK GI JOD DU MED
SO SO RANG RIK CHOD YUL GYI
THA MAL SHE PA JEN PA DHI
KA DO GYUD KIN GYI JOD JAI DON
DU SUM GYAL WAI GONG PAI CHUD
CHO KU CHAK GYA CHEN POR JOD

DHI TSHIK GI TA WA TSHON TRAM LE
DON NE LUK GOM PE NYAM SU NYONG
NYAM NYONG LA TEN TOK PA THOB
TOK PE TSHE DHIR NGON SANG GYE

DE TSHUL ZHIN RANG NGO THROD PA GUD
NAM TOK PANG JAR MI DZING CHING
MI TOK CHED DU MI DRUP PAR
THA MAL SHE PA LHUK PA NYID
MA YENG MI GOM ZO MED NGANG
GYUN CHED MED PAR NYAM PAR ZHAK

SAL LA MI TOK TSE CHIG PA
ZHI NE GOM GYI TSA WA TE
JING NA DRIM ZHING GOD NA LOD

LHAK THONG SEM KYI NE LUK LA
TE PE NGO ZUNG TSHEN MA ZHIK
YIN LUK KHO THAK NANG NE CHOD

YER MED ZUNG JUK CHAK GYA CHE

GYUD DEN LAM MAI MEN NGAK DANG
RANG GI GOM PAI NYAM NYONG GI
NGE SHE TEN PA THOB PAR CHE

THAB KYI GYAL PO DA MED PA
LA MAI MU GU SOL DEB DANG
MI TAK KYO SHE NYING JE CHE
MA DRAL THAB SHE ZUNG JUK GI
GEK SEL BOK DON NE KYI CHOK
LAM GYI THRUL PA SEL WAR SHOK
NAL JOR ZHI SUM CHI NYI KYI
GOM MED CHO KU CHEN POI BAR
NANG GI SA LAM CHIK CHAR DROD
NYAM DANG TOK PAI TSAL CHEN DZOK
THRUL NANG YE SHE CHEN POR CHAR
KHOR DE TRO PA SHI LA DK
GAK DRUP TSHEN MA RANG SAR DROL
TA GOM CHOD PAI ZHE DOD ZE
ZHI LAM OD SAL MA BU DRE

RANG ZHEN DON NYI THAR CHIN PAI
KU ZHI YE SHE NGAI DAK NYID
TSHE CHIK LA DOR JE CHANG WANG THOB

DU TEN GYI DUN MA DHI NA DRUB
PHA KA GYUD KYI GYAL SA ZIN PAR SHOK

Wide Wings that Lift Us to Devotion:
A Supplication

transliterated Tibetan

LAMA KHYEN NO LAMA KHYEN NO
JIN LAB JUNG NE TSA WAI LAMA KHYEN NO

LAMA KHYEN NO LAMA KHYEN NO
NGO DRUB KUN DAK TSA WAI LAMA KHYEN NO

LAMA KHYEN NO LAMA KHYEN NO
THRIN LE KUN DRUP TSA WAI LAMA KHYEN NO

LAMA KHYEN NO LAMA KHYEN NO
KYAB NE KUN DU TSA WAI LAMA KHYEN NO

DAK SOK DRO WAI LO NA CHO LA GYUR
NGE JUNG JANG CHUB SEM DANG YANG DAK TA
MA NOR LAM GYI RIM PAI CHO NAM KUN
JI ZHIN GYUD LA KYE WAR JIN GYI LOB

THAR PAI LAM CHOK CHO DANG LAMA LA
NGA GYAL LOK TOK KYON GYI MA GO PAR
DED MO DAK NANG GYUR WA MED PA YI
RANG ZHEN DON NYI THA RU CHIN PAR SHOK

GANG ZAK GYUD PAI LA ME RANG NGO TRED
DE SHEK KA YI LA ME NGE SHE KYED
NANG WA DA YI LA ME NYAM NYONG PEL
DON DAM CHO NI LA ME NE LUG TOK

THAR THUK LA MA RANG SEM YER ME NGANG
KHOR DE CHO KUN CHO NYID LONG DU THIM
GAG DRUB TSHEN DZIN KHEN PO YING SU YAL
JAR MED CHO KU GONG PA NGON GYUR SHOK

KYE WA KUN TU YANG DAK LA MA DANG
DRAL MED CHO KYI PAL LA LONG CHOD CHING
SA DANG LAM GYI YON TEN RAB DZOK NE
DOR JE CHENG GI GO PHANG NYUR THOB SHOK