Chants

Lotus Guru, hosts of dakas and dakinis,
All are dancing,
Voicing mantra tunes and songs in the symbolic language,
Minds in the awakened state, the essence of the natural knowing,
Turned towards me,
With the sounds of bells and hand drums,
They appear in awesome splendor,
Right before me in the sky.

 
Lord Guru, hosts of dakinis,
Look on me with your kind, loving eyes.
Right now the beings of the three realms
In mindlessness they all are asleep.

Awake, they roam in their blinded states.
Your yogi child who sees self-knowing mind
Shall lead to the celestial realms
All mother beings of the six types.So father, I will go where you are,
And not leave thought, word and deed indolent.
To be sure I will hear, think and train;
Four sessions shall be cores in my life.While here in this delightful retreat,
I will reach others’ aim and my own.
Please guru, hosts of dakinis,
Be kind, inspire my triple doors.

 

(c) Erik Pema Kunsang, 2014. It can be freely used for readings and teachings, when not for resale.

Here is the downloadable chant book currently in use by Tsoknyi Rinpoche in retreats: this is a 24-page PDF booklet suitable for printing or electronic viewing.

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Please right click (doubleclick) below to download the 2015 revision of the Tsoknyi Rinpoche Chant Book in PDF format.

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24 Page Tsoknyi Rinpoche Chantbook

Optional download for those interested in printing the cover to the Chantbook:  Click here to download the cover for the Tsoknyi Rinpoche Chantbook  (4 pages PDF).

 

Chants offered by Jen Laun to Rinpoche and Pundarika: "I chose to begin with these three prayers because they felt vital to our daily practice. Singing each one helps us to increase our devotion and open our hearts. These melodies all came through my daily practice and the longing to be able to sing all the prayers in our Pundarika chant book. Rinpoche encouraged me to sing the prayers and mantras, and I have so much gratitude for his support and blessings to bring these chants to fruition. May they be of benefit!"

 

Click here to download all 3 Jen Laun chants (3 mp3 files totaling 23MB). They are: A Small Song of Yearning: Calling the Lama from Afar; Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche's Long-Life Supplications; and, Prayer to Protectress Dorje Yudronma

Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche's Long-life Supplications

Performed by Jen Laun.





Please click here to download all 3 Jen Laun chants (3 mp3 files totaling 23MB).

Dorje Yudronma headshot
Prayer to Protectress Dorje Yudronma, performed by Jen Laun:



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In primordial purity and wisdom free from elaborations,
Is the luminous awareness Dorje Yudronma,
Accompanied by her retinue, the unceasing expression of awareness.
We supplicate and make offerings. Accomplish our desires as wished!


Yeshe katag tro dang trelwa ley
Rigpa osel Dorje Yudronma
Rig tsel gagmey khor ki tsok dang chey
Sol lo cho do do ton yishin drup

A Small Song of Yearning: Calling the Lama from Afar, performed by Jen Laun.

 

Click here to download all 3 Jen Laun chants (3 mp3 files totaling 23MB).

 

A Small Song of Yearning: Calling the Lama from Afar

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Essence of the Buddhas in the threefold times.

Kind root guru … greatest Vajradhara.

Lord of siddhas, hear me! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Bless me to hold no hatred … no hatred for my enemies.

Bless me not to cling … not to cling to any friend.

Bless me to let this bias subside … this bias subside naturally.

Bless me to cut the ties … cut the ties, the eight concerns.

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Bless me not to accumulate … accumulate a lot of worldly goods.

Bless me to live in solitude … solitude in mountain dwellings.

Bless me to set ablaze … set ablaze the tummo’s blissful warmth.

Bless me to turn this magic body … into the form of the deity.

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Bless me to see my dreams … see my dreams as lucid wakefulness.

Bless me to free the bardos … free them into the three kayas.

Bless me to see the sameness … the sameness Mahamudra.

Bless me to yield this body … yield this body as an offering.

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Bless me to solve the vital … the most vital instruction.
Bless me to see that knowing one … knowing one frees everything.

Bless this child to follow … follow her/his father’s footsteps.

Bless that mind and wind … mind and wind enter the dhuti’s path.

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Bless that the channels and the winds … the channels and winds are pliable.

Bless me to realize the view … realize the view of Trekchö.

Bless me to gain certainty … total certainty in Tögal.

Bless me to realize the end … the end of concepts and phenomena.

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Bless me that all clinging … clinging is immediately cut.

Bless me to find the Buddha … find the Buddha in myself.

Bless me to guide the beings … guide the beings who have failed to see.

Bless me to benefit those … benefit those connected to me.

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Bless me to liberate those … whose misconceptions clash with dharma.

Bless me to churn samsara … churn samsara from its depths.

Bless me that my body ripens … ripens into the deity.

Bless me to depart … depart in a rainbow body of light.

Lama hear me! Lama hear! Lama hear me! Lama hear!

Repeat the last line one hundred times.

To obey the explicit command of Her Majesty Dechen Drönma, this supplication was written down in a couple of moments as it arose in the mind of an old mendicant who bears the name Gana.

Download the PDF version of the Small Song of Yearning

This illuminating lamp of original pure awareness

I offer to the mandala deities of Vidyadhara Padmakara.

May all beings, my mothers, wherever awareness pervades,

Attain the dharmakaya level of aware emptiness.


Rigpa kadag nangsel marmey di

Rigdzin kyilkhor pejung lhala bül

Rigpey garkhyab magyur drowa nam

Rigtong chöku gophang tobpar shog


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The Supreme Teacher, the precious Buddha
The Supreme Protection, the precious sacred Dharma
The Supreme Guide, the precious Sangha
To these three jewels, the refuges, I make this offering

Tönpa Lamey Sangye Rinpoche
Kyopa Lamey Tamchö Rinpoche
Dreng Pa Lamey Gendün Rinpoche
Kyabney Könchog Sum La Chöpa Pül

(Before each meal, one generally recites this prayer in Tibetan one time.)
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(Tsoknyi Rinpoche requested that this poem be read aloud to participants at the Crestone September 2008 month-long retreat.)

Thus having united the meaning of the diamond words of the past saints, I have written this as my own prayer.
~ Dudjom Rinpoche (Jigdral Yeshe Dorje)


Sole unfailing and unchanging Refuge, Lord of the Mandala
Most precious and kind Root Guru, hold me with compassion
When I squander the freedoms and endowments
Ignoring death, providing only for this life.
This fleeting human life like a dream
If it’s happy that is alright, if it’s unhappy, that’s alright.
Without concern for happiness or sorrow
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This mortal existence, like a candle in the wind,
If it’s long that’s alright, if it’s short that’s alright…
Without intensifying the tight grip of the ego,
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
These intellectual judgments, like the lure of a mirage
If they’re suitable that’s alright, if they’re not that’s alright
Discarding like hay, talk that carries the eight worldly concerns
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This entourage like a flock of birds in a tree
If it’s assembled that’s alright, it it’s scattered that’s alright
Without letting others lead me by the nose
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This illusory body like a hundred year old house
If it survives that’s alright, if it collapses that’s alright
Without becoming entangled with obsessions for food, clothes and medicine
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This religious position like a child’s game
If it’s kept up that’s alright, if it’s dropped that’s alright
Without deceiving myself with numerous diversions
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
These gods and demons, like reflections in a mirror
If they are helpful that’s alright, if they are harmful that’s alright
Without perceiving my own hallucinations as the enemy
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This delusive talk, like a trackless echo
If it’s pleasing that’s alright, if it’s unpleasing that’s alright
Taking the Three Jewels and my own mind as witness
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
That which is useless at the time of need like the antlers of a deer
If it’s known that’s alright, if it’s unknown that’s alright
Without simply relying on the various sciences
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
These religious possessions like virulent poisons
If they are acquired that’s alright, if they are not that’s alright
Without devoting my life to sinful, unwholesome means of survival
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This form of greatness like dog shit wrapped in brocade
If its obtained that’s alright, if it’s not that’s alright
Having smelled the rottenness of my own head
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
These relationships like gatherings on a market day
If they are loving that’s alright, if they are spiteful that’s alright
Cutting the ties of passionate attachment from deep within the heart
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This rank like a little bird perched in a tree
If it’s high that is alright, if it’s low that is alright
Without concentrating on that which actually brings sorrow
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This black magic like a sharpened weapon
If it’s successful that is alright, if it’s not that is alright
Without buying the blade that will cut off my life
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
These recitations like a parrot’s six syllables
If they are repeated that’s alright, if they are not that’s alright
Without counting the numbers of the various practices
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
Mere religious discourse like a mountain cascade
If it’s eloquent that’s alright, if it’s not that’s alright
Without thinking of this glibness as Dharma
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The mind quick to judge like a pig’s snout
If it’s sharp that’s alright, if it’s dull that’s alright
Without uselessly digging up the rubble of anger and attachment
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The yogi’s experience like a stream in spring
If it expands that is alright, if it recedes that’s alright
Without chasing rainbows like a child
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
These pure visions like rain on a mountain top
If they happen that’s alright if they don’t that is alright
Without giving credence to illusory experiences
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching
The freedoms and endowments like a wish-fulfilling gem
If I do not obtain them there is no way to accomplish Dharma
When I have them in hand without letting them spoil
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The glorious Guru, light on the path of liberation
If I do not meet him there is no way to realize the true nature
When I know the way to go without jumping into the precipice
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The holy Dharma like a cure that removes sickness
If I have not heard it there is no way to decide
What to give up and what to take up
Distinguishing the beneficial from the harmful without swallowing the poison
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The alternation of happiness and suffering
Like the changing of summer and winter
If I do not recognize it there is no way to develop renunciation
Being certain that I will suffer in turn
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This immersion in samsara like a stone in water
If I do not get out of it now I will not be free of it later
Holding on to the lifeline of the compassionate Three Jewels
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The qualities of liberation like an island of jewels
If I am unaware of them there is no way to develop diligence
Seeing the unending benefits to be gained
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The life stories of the great saints like the essence of nectar
If I am unacquainted with them there is no way to awaken faith
When I recognize the real gains and losses
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The aspiration towards enlightenment like a fertile field
If I do not cultivate it there is no way to attain Buddhahood
Without becoming indifferent to the accomplishments of this great goal
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
These thoughts of mine like a monkey’s antics
If I do not tame them there is no way to eliminate my negative emotions
Without falling into all kinds of crazy mimicry
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This attachment to ego like an inherent shadow
If I do not give it up there is no way to reach the peaceful land
When I recognize the enemy without befriending it
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The five poisons like glowing embers in the ash
If I do not extinguish them I cannot abide in mind’s self nature
Without breeding venomous baby snakes in my bed
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This temperament of mine like the stiff hide of a buffalo-bag
If I do not soften it the Dharma and my mind will never blend
Without indulging the child that is born from myself
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
These ingrained bad habits like the course of a river
If I do not eliminate them I cannot part from the profane
Without delivering weapons into the hands of the enemy
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
These distractions like the ceaseless rippling of water
If I do not reject them there is no way to become steadfast
When I have the freedom of choice without devoting myself to samsara
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The Guru’s blessing like the warming of water and earth
If I do not receive it there is no way to recognize my own true nature
When I step on the short path without turning in circles
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The solitary place like a summer valley of medicine plants
If I do not dwell there, there is no way for the good qualities to grow
When I stay in the mountains without wandering off to samsaric cities
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This desire for comfort like a greedy ghost lodged at the hearth
If I do not part from it painful efforts will never cease
Without making, as to a god, offerings to a hungry demon
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This alert mindfulness like the key to a fortress
If it is not relied upon the movements of delusion will never stop
At the time the thief arrives without leaving the latch unfastened
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
The true nature like the unchanging space
If I do not realize it the ground of the view will not be found
Without chaining myself in iron fetters
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This awareness like a stainless crystal
If I do not see it, the concept and effort of meditation cannot dissolve
When I have this inseparable companion without searching for another
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
This natural mind like an old friend
If I do not recognize it all my activities will be deluded
Without fumbling around with my eyes closed
May I constantly practice the Supreme Teaching.
In short, if I do not abandon the concerns of this life
There is no way to apply the teachings for the benefit of the next life
Having resolved to be kind to myself
May whatever I do become the Supreme Teaching.
To doubt the Guru’s instructions that accord with the Dharma
To feel bitterness toward the deity when bad karma emerges
To discontinue the sadhana and so forth when adverse circumstances arise
May such obstacles not occur as accomplishment approaches.
All this doing has no more meaning than walking around a desert
All these efforts make my character rigid
All this thinking just reinforces my delusions
What worldly beings consider to be Dharma is the cause of binding myself.
All this exertion produces no result
All these ideas bring not a single actualization
All the numerous wants will never be fulfilled
Abandoning activities may I be able to meditate on the oral instructions.
If you think you want to do it, take the Victorious One’s words as witness
If you think you will really do it, blend your mind with Dharma
If you think you can practice, follow the example of the past saints
You spoiled ones, is there any other way?
Taking a humble position rich with the treasure of contentment
Free from the binds of the eight-worldly concerns
Firm and strong hearted in practice
Receiving the Gurus’s blessing realization becomes equal to space
May we attain the Kingdom of the All Good.