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Karmapa

Karmapa Khienno

Repaying the kindness of my Mother

The Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje

Written by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339)

Found in the ruins of Nezang Monastery on Ato Rinpoche’s return.

OM MANI PADME HUM
I prostrate to the Noble Master Chenrezig!

OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH*  

There is nothing to be said more profound than this:  

Dear mother, you protected me lovingly when I was small.
You taught me with love and told me sweet words.
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

You fed me from your mouth and wiped my feces away with your hand.
You picked me up on your lap again and again.
My kind mother wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

The end of birth is surely death.Even powerful humans don’t have the slightest power to remain [forever].
When departing alone, [only] the sacred dharma will [be of] benefit.
[Mykind mothers] wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

The end of collecting is surely loss: even the greediest person will be unable to take anything along.
When departing alone, only the sacred dharma will [be of] benefit.
[My kind mothers] wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

Mother, when you are going to depart alone from here,
I pray that you, I, and Chenrezig will meet!
My kind mother wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

I pay homage to lama and protector Manjushri!
Wherever in the three realms the six kinds of beings are born, their birth is of four kinds:
Except for miraculous birth, a body is formed in dependence on a father and a mother.
Due to karmic forces, you conceived and carried me for nine months and ten days.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

When the life force impelled my embryo to come out,
You suffered the bone-wracking pain of contractions.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

When I was born your body became covered with blood, lymph, pus, and milk.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

When my skin and bones were feeble and not fully formed, You picked me up with gentle hands.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

When I had mucous in my eyes, nose or mouth, You cleaned it with your soft tongue.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

Even when my specks of feces got into your mouth, You were not disgusted.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

You always held me tight, like in the gentle warmth of your belly.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

When sleep rendered us unconscious at night, I would interrupt your sleep many times.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

You took me on your lap and cuddled me.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

You cheered me up and made me so happy.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

Whenever I was wriggling and crying, you tirelessly gave me your breast to suck.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

When my eyes were tightly closed by sleep, You swiftly protected me from heat and cold.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

When I crawled on all fours like an animal, You taught me how to walk on my feet.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

When I was three years old, You kept an eye on me wherever I went.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

When I was five years old, You showed me how to dress myself properly.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

When I was ten years old, You taught me how to understand and decide things.
My kind mothers wandering in the three samsaric realms, oh no!
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

Your mind was one-pointedly focused [on my welfare].
My kind mothers wandering in the three pitiful samsaric realms,
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

[Throughout,] you were always calm and fair.
My kind mothers wandering in the three pitiful samsaric realms,
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

You gave your permission when it was time for me to leave.
My kind mothers wandering in the three pitiful samsaric realms,
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

[Because of your love] I became independent after I had left you.
My kind mothers wandering in the three pitiful samsaric realms,
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

If sudden disasters were to carry you off.
My kind mothers wandering in the three pitiful samsaric realms,
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

And you would end up in some unknown place.
My kind mothers wandering in the three pitiful samsaric realms,
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

May our minds become ultimately inseparable.
My kind mothers wandering in the three pitiful samsaric realms,
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

Dear mother, do not be angry when I say this:
My thoughts go to you again and again,
And your kind acts make me weep.
My kind mothers wandering in the three pitiful samsaric realms,
May I guide you on Chenrezig’s path. OM MANI PADME HUM HRIH  

Mother, when it is time for your mind to leave this body,
May you be born in a supremely blissful state and,
Having been born there, may you attain the heart of enlightenment.
Having attained that, may you act for the benefit of all beings.  

Words of vast and deep meaning break my heart.
Vajradhara in the pure realm of Akanishta,
And Pema Jungne** in Ngayab Ling,
Please let the ability to repay the kindness of my mothers
Awaken in me, Palden Karmapa of the Snowy Regions.  

*HRIH is the heart’s seed syllable; it encapsulates the compassionate activity of the bodhisattva.  
**Pema Jungne (Padmasambhava)

Prayers for Pandemic to subside | 18th-24th April 2020

by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Day 1: Heart sutra with Repulsion of Maras
Day 2: The Noble Aspiration for Exccellent conduct & Sutra in Three Sections
Day 3: Sutra of the Dharani of Akshobhya
Day 4: Praise of the 21 Taras with Benefits
Day 5: Supplications to Gurur Rinpoche
Day 6: A prayer for rebirth in the Pure Realm of Sukhavati
Day 7: Selected Dharani Mantras, the Prayer that saved Sakya from illness & Appeasing the discord of Mamos

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje will give a special talk on the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

April 14th, 2020

I would like to wish everyone Tashi Delek.
At this time when, as you all know, the coronavirus pandemic has spread throughout the world, creating an inconceivable crisis, I have been staying in retreat, keeping some distance from society. But I am unable to bear the feeling, and would like to say a few words today.
From the time this epidemic began to spread, it has severely impacted the daily lives and health of everyone on the entire earth. We worry anxiously about what will happen in the future.
The Bhagavan Buddha said that everything composite is impermanent. No matter what situation we face in our lives, it always changes, not staying still for even an instant. We are able to deal with a great deal of change, but merely knowing that is no substitute. When sometimes there are changes in a direction that we want or when positive changes exceed our expectations, we have the hope that there will even more or greater changes. But when it is the opposite and there are incomprehensible changes for the bad, we get afraid and do not know what we should do.
So when we are confronted by such great impermanence as now, we must do what we can not to panic and instead look inside ourselves. For example, many things we ordinarily take for granted are actually incredibly precious. We should relax and think about our normal good health and what a great happiness it is to have people who are dear to us. Then we can use this crisis to improve ourselves and learn something new. I think that trying to do this will be very beneficial.
This present pandemic does not discriminate between male and female, between races and nationalities, between those with wealth and power and those without. Even developed countries such as America, Spain, Italy, and the UK face great difficulties. Many developing and poor countries will face even greater hardships. Even if a country has only one coronavirus patient, the danger to the entire world is such that it is crucially important all of us on the earth must work together to face and overcome this crisis.
Every day, the number of the sick increases. When we see the number of deaths increasing past the hundreds and thousands, we can be left numb. In actuality, each one of them is a living, breathing person. In particular, doctors and medical professionals are caring for the sick and making great sacrifices to fight this battle. It is very important that we all express our appreciation, support, and praise for them.
Thus to show how we Buddhists support everyone during this current epidemic, starting from next Saturday, we have an hour-long prayer session on the internet every day for a week. We can all pray together for world peace and for the epidemic to be quelled. The time will be announced later. So I would like to ask everyone to pray together for everyone in the world to be happy and for this pandemic to quickly pass.

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