Namo Guru. Lamas and yidams, dieties of the mandala,
Buddhas of the three times and ten directions and your children,
Consider me with kindness,
Grant your blessings that all my wishes be realized.
Sprung from the snow mountain of pure actions and intentions,
Mine and those of all sentient beings without limit,
May the river of virtue, undefiled by the three spheres,
Flow into the ocean of the four kayas of buddha.
As long as I have not realized this,
Through all my lifetimes, birth after birth,
May not even the words for defilement and suffering be heard,
And may I enjoy the prosperity of oceans of happiness and virtue.
Having obtained this excellent free and well-endowed life
with faith, energy and intelligence,
Attended a worthy master and received the essential instructions,
May I practice the sacred dharma properly
In all my lives without interruption.
The study of scriptures frees one from the veil of ignorance.
The contemplation of the key instructions overcomes the darkness of doubt.
Light born of meditation illuminates the way things are.
May the radiance of the three wisdoms increase.
The significance of the ground is the two truths,
free from the extremes of eternalism and nihilism.
The excellent path is the two accumulations,
free from the extremes of gain and loss.
The result is the two benefits,
free from the extremes of samsara and nirvana.
May I meet the dharma which is free from error.
The ground of refinement is mind itself -
indivisible luminosity and emptiness;
The refining - the great vajra composure of mahamudra;
The refined are the incidental stains of confusion;
The result of refinement is the unstained dharmakaya.
May I realize it.
Confidence in outlook is to cut through assumptions about the ground.
The key to meditation is to maintain the view without distraction.
The best way of acting is to exercise the sense of meditation in everything.
May I have confidence in outlook, meditation, and action.
All dharmas are projections of mind.
As for mind, there is no mind; mind's nature is empty.
Empty and unceasing, mind appears as anything.
Investigating it well, may I settle the basic points.
Projections which never existed in themselves, have been confused as objects.
Awareness itself, due to ignorance, has been confused as a self.
Through the power of dualistic fixation I wander in the realm of existence.
May ignorance and confusion be completely resolved.
It doesn't exist: even buddhas do not see it.
It doesn't not exist: it is the basis of samsara and nirvana.
No contradiction: two-in-one, the middle way.
May I realize the Nature of Mind.
If one says, "It is this," nothing has been posited.
If one says, "It is not this," nothing has been denied.
Unconditioned pure being transcends intellect.
May I understand this with deep conviction.
Not knowing it, one circles in the ocean of samsara,
Knowing it, buddha isn't anywhere else.
It is everything, there is nothing which isn't it.
Pure being, the basis of everything.
May I see any misunderstanding here.
Since appearance is mind and emptiness is mind,
Since realization is mind and confusion is mind,
Since arising is mind and cessation is mind,
May all assumptions about mind be eliminated.
Unpolluted by meditation with intellectual effort,
Undisturbed by the winds of everyday affairs,
Not modifying, knowing how to let what is true be itself,
May I become skilled in this practice of mind and maintain it.
The waves of subtle and coarse thoughts calm down in themselves.
Motionless, the water of mind abides naturally,
Free from the contaminations of dullness and torpor,
May the still ocean of tranquility become stable.
When one looks again and again at the mind which cannot be looked at,
And sees vividly for what it is the meaning of not seeing,
Doubts about "is" and "isn't" are resolved.
May I know myself with certainty.
Looking at objects, there are no objects, one sees mind;
Looking at mind, there is no mind, it is empty of nature;
Looking at both, dualistic clinging subsides on its own.
May I realize sheer clarity, the way mind is.
Free from mental constructs, it is called the great seal (mahamudra).
Free from extremes, it is called the great middle way (madhyamika).
Everything complete in this, it is called the great completion (dzokchen).
May I attain the confidence that, in understanding one, all are realized.
The great bliss of non-attachment is continuous.
Sheer clarity without fixation is free from obscurations.
Passing beyond intellect, non-thought is naturally present.
May these experiences continually arise without effort.
Attachment to good and fixation on experience subside on their own.
Confusion and evil concepts are cleared away into space.
In the ordinary mind, there is nothing to take or leave, nothing to remove or acquire.
May I realize the truth of pure being, complete simplicity.
While the nature of beings has always been full enlightenment,
Not realizing this, they wander in endless samsara.
For the boundless suffering of sentient beings
May overwhelming compassion be born in my being.
While such compassion is active and never ending, In the moment of compassion,
its essential nature is nakedly clear.
This conjunction is the undeviating supreme path;
Inseparable from it, may I practice it day and night.
From the power of meditation come vision and pure knowledge,
Sentient beings are ripened and domains of enlightenment refined.
Aspirations for the realization of all aspects of buddhahood are fulfilled.
May I complete these three: fulfillment, ripening and refinement
and become buddha.
By the compassion of the buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions
And the power of whatever pure virtue there may be,
May my wishes and those of all beings Be fulfilled as we ask in this way.
Written by the Third Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. Translated by Ken McLeod