Dhondrub wrote:There is a practice connected to this form that is done for beings in the Bardo. It is quite common in the Kamtsang lineage.
That's one of the primary reasons I'm interested in this particular form. I'm an aspiring chaplain, and would presumably be dealing with death quite a bit in my future career. As a matter of fact, the Bardo between lives and practices for the dead have been at the forefront ever since I started on the path... The first text I ever read was Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Book of Living & Dying
. Been interested in the Bardo Thödöl
, Phowa and the like ever since.
I believe the text you're referring to specifically is the Namdag Digdrib Thamché Shegpa'i Gyalpo Narag Dongtruk
, composed by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thayé based on the terma sadhana by Guru Chöwang. The only reason I know this is because---in a weird twist of karma---one of my professors from FSU noted it in his book, The Hidden History of the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Does anyone know where either sadhana is available?
Even the deity's name---Chenrezig Thugjé Chenpo Khorwa Dongtruk (Avalokita, the Great Compassionate One who Dredges the Pit of Samsara)---somehow resonates with me... Especially the last bit. Came across a similar phrase in Kaybjé Penor Rinpoche's swift rebirth prayer and was greatly inspired.
heart wrote:Could be Korwa Dongtruk from Chokling Tersar or some other treasure lineage. ChNNR give this teachings from both Adzom Drukpa and Chokling Tersar.
There are apparently multiple terma from various cycles featuring this form of Chenrezig. Chokling Tersar is another likely origin for the empowerment given by the 17th Karmapa, especially in light of the mutual teacher-disciple relationship between Chokgyur Lingpa and the 14th Karmapa, Thekchok Dorjé. However, the story as told in King of the Empty Plain
(p. 211) is just too extraordinary to ignore, not to mention that it means the Karmapas had the practice 8 incarnations prior to the time of Chokgyur Lingpa. http://tinyurl.com/nuqk3e4
Perhaps in the Karmapas the lineages of both Guru Chöwang & Chokgyur Lingpa have been merged into one? Karmapa is Chenrezig incarnate, after all
Thanks for the info regarding ChNN! While the lineage of Guru Chöwang would be ideal, I'd love to get instruction on this yidam from Rinpoche, whatever the lineage since I suspect they're not too different. I'd have the book on the practice by Adzom Drukpa already if it weren't restricted. http://www.shangshungstore.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=45
If anyone hears of an empowerment of this deity being webcast, I'd greatly appreciate it if you'd announce it here!