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The invocation of Tapihritsa

In addition to the short verse of worship given above, one can also recite the following «Invocation of Tapihritsa» during the guru's visualization in heaven, as described above, and before receiving the empowerments from the Master. This invocation is included in the handwritten version of rGyal-ba phyag-khrid collection, and is said to have been compiled by Gyerpungpa himself.

 

This text represents the essential meaning of the Dzogchen and is therefore well suited for meditation, while the visualization of the gleaming form of Tapihritsa, surrounded by rainbow light, is in front of us in the sky.

 

This prayer of invocation was written by Gyer-pung Nang-zher Lopo, the main pupil of the eighth-century master Tapirhitsa. When Tapirhitsa appeared as Kuntu Zangpo to Gyer-pung Nang-zher Lopo, he transmitted the complete cycle of teachings of Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyud and then, to ensure their preservation, gave him permission to write them down for the first time.

 

EMAHO
KUN-ZANG THUG TRUL-KU DOG SHEL KAR OD /
Emaho! How wonderful!
Oh Nirmanakaya, you are the radiance of the heart of Kuntu Zangpo!

 

DRI-MED DANG SAL OD ZER CHYOG CHUR TRO /
Your body appears like a white, shining crystal, clear and without impurities, it spreads light rays in the ten directions.

 

GYAN-MED CHER-BU YE-NYID NYING-PO DON /
You are naked, without any jewelry as a sign of the innermost essence, the original state.

 

KHYEN NYI THUG-JE DRO-WE DON LA GONG /
Endowed with the dual wisdom of emptiness and helpful resources, your contemplation is compassionate to the well-being of the beings

 

DE-SHEG THUG CHUD DZOG-CHEN KUN GYI CHOG /
You are the embodiment of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, the highest of all teachings,

 

THEG-PE YANG TSE GYUD LUNG MAN-NGAG NYING /
The essence of awareness of the realized, the top of the way to realization, the heart of the Tantras, the basic scriptures and the secret instructions.

 

ZHI YI NE-LUG KHOR DE DROL TRUL DANG /
You show the natural state, the base, which is self-evident, free of deception, of Samsara, and of liberation, Nirvana,

 

DRA OD ZER SUM KYON YON RAB SAL ZHING /
And all the defects and virtues of sound, light and rays will become clearly visible.

 

DRO-WA LO YI MUN-PA KUN SAL NE /
After you have completely dispelled the darkness from the mind of beings,

 

ZHI TONG TSA DRAL-WA LAM CHIG CHOD TOG/
Do you enable us to experience the base as empty and without roots, and at the same time realize all levels of the path,

 

NYAM TOG NGON-GYUR KHOR DE SEM SU DROL /
Experience and realization manifest and Samsara and Nirvana free themselves into the mind's own nature.

 

DRE-BU KU SUM YING SU GOD DZAD-PA /
This space shows the three dimensions of the fruit.

 

DRO-WE GON-PO TA-PI-HRI-TSA LA /
With single-minded devotion I pray to you, Tapihritsa,

 

DAG LO TSE-CHIG MO-PE SOL-WA DEB /
Protector of the creatures.

 

DAG SOG DRO LA WANG-KUR JYIN GYI LOB /
Grant me and the other beings the blessing of empowerment.

 

CHYI NANG SANG-WE BAR-CHAD ZHI-WA DANG /
May the external, internal and secret obstacles be soothed.

 

MA RIG TRUL-WE GAD-DZIN DROL-WE KYANG /
And may the error of grasping for the self, that is, ignorance, be liberated.

 

RANG-RIG NGON-GYUR TA CHOD THAR-CHYIN NE /
Once self-awareness is recognized, vision and behavior may be fully realized.

 

YE TONG TSA-DRAL LO-DE CHEN-PO DON /
Please give me that great understanding right now, beyond the intellect,

 

DAN-TA NYID DU DAG LATSAL DU SOL /
The original base, empty and without roots.

 

JE DRO-WE GON-PO TA-PI-HRI-TSA LA /
To you Tapihritsa, exalted protector of the beings, I pray:

 

SOL-WA DEB-SO DRO DRUG THUG-JE ZUNG LA DAG GYUD TROL /
May the beings of the six realms be protected by your compassion and may my spirit be freed!