An Aspiration by H.H. the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje




You realize that whatever appears dawns within the play of the mind
And that this mind is the dharmakaya free from clinging.
Through the power of that, you supreme siddhas master apparent existence.
Precious ones of the Kagyu Lineage, please bring about excellent virtue.

Through the heart of a perfect Buddha having awoken in you,
You are endowed with the blossoming of the glorious qualities of supreme insight.
You genuine holder of the teachings by the name Dzogchen Polop,
Through your merit, the activity of virture,

You publish the hundreds of flawless dharma paintings
That come from the protectors of beings, the Takpo Kagyu,
As a display of books that always appears
As a feast for the mental eyes of persons eithout bias.

While the stream of the Narmada* river of virtue
Washes away the stains of the mind,
With the waves of the virtues of the two accumulations rolling high,
May it merge with the ocean of the qualities of the victorious ones.

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*The image here alludes to this river being considered as very holy by Hindus—even its mere sight is said to wash away all one’s negative deeds(it rises on the summit of Mount Amarakantaka in Madhya Pradesh in Central India, and after a westerly course of about eight hundred miles ends in the Gulf of Cambay below the city of Bharuch).


This was composed by Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje as an auspicious aspiration for the publication of the precious teachings called The Eight Great Texts of Sutra and Tantra by the supreme Dzogchen Ponlop Karma Sungrap Ngedon Tenpe Gyaltsen on April 18,2004(Buddhist Era 2548). May it be auspicious.


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