So... because of habitual tendencies we wander in bewilderment, and through bewilderment we obscure the ever-present original wisdom. We even come to regard our bewilderment as "mind," when in actuality, "mind" is merely an event. We become very confused about this event, dividing it into parts, and those parts into parts, building an imaginary pyramid out of blocks of air. We are looking for permanence: some guarantee that we will be here tomorrow and the next day and the next. We spend blood and treasure in a futile search for assurance that the imaginary pyramid of our lives will endure in a particular space and time where we can return, or to which we can eternally refer.
Unfortunately, things don't work out that way, but because we think they could, or should, we take special notice of prophecy. Prophecy will tell us about the tomorrow and the next day and the next that we so fervently wish to experience as permanent pyramids. As my immaculate teacher once explained, it seems we are going somewhere (the future), and returning with a report (to now), but of course, that is nowhere near the actual case.
There is another use for prophecy, and that is as a deeper abiding in the clearly immediate, here and now event. Maybe if you want to get literary, you could say that prophecy can become a road map leading one through bewilderment to immediacy, although I am not entirely sure we should put it that way. That could make prophecy into a hope, which would of course totally prevent any further progress.
Surprise! There is no shortage of prophecy in the discovered treasures of Tibet. Today, we are going to briefly examine two.
So, first Rigdzin Jatsun Nyingpo's terma:
" [S]cholars with a little qualifications will be born in Tibet. Because they are common asses wearing lions skins or figurines wrapped in much silk, there will be much competitive jealously from attachment and aversion towards the sublime.”
“Although the monks outer appearance are like a bhiksus without pretense, their inner grasping is the sharpness from a poison thorn; secreting misdeeds, and secretly engaging in adultery, there are many monks who are like coal painted white.
"Also there are many siddhas with the ability to ripen and liberate themselves and others, free from obstruction in signs of accomplishments. The lineage of siddhas who have taken dakinis and dharmapalas as servants will become widely spread just like a cluster of stars. But the ascetic discipline of those believed to be siddhas will become drinking alcohol. Qualities will become bad behavior. Practice will become attachment and aversion. Experience will become avarice. The sign of accomplishment is spawning bastards. Benefiting migrating sentient beings is seducing groups of young women. Activities are making the country impoverished. Many siddhas who are confident in the reliability of false craziness will exist.
"Some great meditators possessing authentic realization will arise. Most will have bellies distended with flesh, liquor, and food. They will build little white cottages on the mountain in the back of the towns, and be very interested in the performances of song and dance by retinues of young women. Though they understand each verse of supplication, they sink into dullness, making sleep their deity. They sit around and masturbate. Also many great meditators who know how waste their humans lives and throw away their days will exist.”
“What a laugh.”
“Although some kalyanamitras possess hearing and contemplation which correspond with the name and treatises, unprincipled, their outer conduct is like a new bride, but inwardly sharpened from the blazing tongue of flames of addictions. All that they meet, as many as all the water drunk in a single valley they will lead to the hells, many such kalyanamitras will exist.
"Nevertheless, a few signs of accomplishment will emerge from the Buddhists of Tibet.”
"How pathetic, eventually this law of the King will decline. The law of the subjects will be destroyed like a silk knot. All of the Dharma of the sravakas explained in Jambudvipa, like snow falling on the water, shall decline."
"Also the concentration of meditators will be dim like stars at dawn."
"Also all excellent wishes to benefit others shall sink to the bottom like a stone in a well."
"Also sentient beings, whether young or old, shall quickly die, like reaping the harvest."
"The kalyanamitra tutors sink in water like boats. The very few persons with qualities who arrive depart like the seasonal grasses. "
"Also the teaching of the Bhagavan Buddha is degenerating like the shadows of dusk. If one speaks beneficial words at that time, one will be reviled and feel regret. If one acts in accordance with the sublime Dharma, it will said ‘You are acting in self interest.’ If one teaches according to the intent of the Buddha, one will be misunderstood. If one explains action and result, it is claimed ‘You are speaking empty deceptive falsehoods.'
"Taking life, deceptive trade practices, are each poisonous supports. Competing in skill at theft and plunder, teachers who take the life of virtue are made into one’s mother. “Father” is not heard by children, “master” is not heard by servants, “lord” is not heard by subjects. The wicked are in full bloom."
"Ornaments are made into weapons. Dharma activities shorten one’s life, but misdeeds raise one’s spirits. The temples fall into disrepair. Since the negative local spirits spread, there is much frost and hail. Mamos and dakinis spread contagious diseases among children, adult diseases for adults, cattle diseases for cattle, and blights on harvests, etc., will appear suddenly like dust devils. Trees wither above the roots, generations are destroyed by famine. Rats invade the land."
"At that time, there are no Dharma activities, and since misdeeds increase, cause and result is ignored. Because of the power of the ten misdeeds, etc., the merit of Tibet sinks lower and lower."
"Pekar possess bhandhes, only a few men possess vows. Since demons and spirits possess mantra practitioners, commitments do not exist and illness increase. Since Gyalpos possess men, they start wars. Since srinmo possess women, they commit adultery, administer poisons and are deceptive. Since The'u rang possess children, they steal, have fevers, and are badly behaved. There are many madmen and rabid dogs. Since the food portions of sentient beings diminish, the essence of their elements is harmed."
"Efforts will be made to reach the top of the Himalayas and there will be farming on the mountains."
"Since the time of Tibet’s misfortune has arrived, when the rope of the King’s compassion is cut, it will be difficult for I, Padma, to offer protection. Nevertheless, in those circumstances, I myself will emanate many times."
"Specifically, the time when these profound treasures will be of benefit is when the life expectancy is forty years, after it approaches thirty years, the Buddha’s teaching reaches its end."
"There will be no rain from the sky, fires will blaze. The ground and harvest will be dried up with blight. The astrological calculations will be disharmonious and there will be little benefit because of erroneous connections."
"For inner signs, since the elements of fire and water are confused, medicines will not be beneficial, and will become poison. The sun and the moon are red and stones are moved with the wind. Dirty snow and bloody rain fall. Also many planets of evil omen, and many stellar signs will arise. The earth shakes and hail and thunder cause damage. Many hailstone fall. Earth dragons make grunting sounds."
"Since the life of men is shorter, there are large groups of single women. Most of the laws of the country are broken and it becomes cold. Brothers and sisters, elder and younger brothers all fight and wound one another. Proper Dharma is dimmer than a star in the daytime. Charlatans destroying the teachings arise like streams in summer."
"There is fighting above, below and in the middle and armies in Central Tibet scatter to the borders. Armies at the border escape to Central Tibet, all the people in Central Tibet flee into the southern lowlands like scattered beans."
Next, Lhatsun Ngonmo's terma:
"As the Kaliyuga progresses towards the final conflagration,
life expectancy of man decreases and the weight of darkness becomes more intense, but there remain restraints on the downward path when the Voice of Buddha is heard and the Path of Dharma followed. Towards the end of the era, when the duration of man's lifespan has been reduced from sixty to fifty years and there has been no respite in man's increasing egoism, these conditions will prevail, portending ruin to the Great Stupa: householders fill the monasteries and there is fighting before the alter; the temples are used as slaughterhouses; the ascetics of the caves return to the cultivated valleys and the Yogins become traders; thieves own the wealth and cattle; monks become householders while priests and spiritual leaders turn to robbery, brigandage, and thievery. Disorder becomes chaos, turning to panic which rages like wildfire. Corrupt and selfish men become leaders while abbots turned army officers lead their monks as soldiers; nuns but their own bastards to death. Sons see their estates and inheritances stolen from them. Mean and vulgar demagogues become local leaders while young girls instruct the young in schools. The belch of the Bon Magician resounds in the Yogin's hermitage and the wealth of the sanctuaries is looted; the scriptures of the Tathagatas, the images of the Buddhas, the sacred icons, the scroll paintings and the stupas will be desecrated, stolen and bartered at the market price - their true worth forgotten; the temples become cowsheds and stables covered with dung.
"When religious duties are forgotten, spirits of darkness, which had been controlled by ritual power, become unloosed and frenzied and govern the mind of whatever being they possess. Spirits of vindicative power possess monks; spirits of egoistic wickedness possess the Mantradhara or magician; spirits of disease possess the Bon Priest; enchanting spirits causing disease possess men; grasping, quarreling spirits possess women; spirits of wantonness possess maidens; spirits of depravity possess nuns; spirits of rebellion and malice possess children; every man, woman and child in the country becomes possessed by uncontrollable forces of darkness.
The signs of these times are new and fantastical modes of dressing - traditional styles are forgotten; the monks wear fancy robes and the nuns dress up before a mirror. Every man must carry a sword to protect himself and each man guard his food from poison. The Abbot and Master poison their pupil's minds and hearts; the executive and legislature disagree; men become lewd and licentious; women become unchaste; monks ignore their discipline and moral code; the Mantradharas break their covenant.
"As the frenzy of malicious, selfish, vindictive and ruthless spirits grows, paranoid rumor increases and ornament and clothing fashions change more frequently.
"Drunkards preach the Path to Salvation; the advice of sycophants is followed; fraudulent teachers give false initiations; guileful impostors claim psychic powers; loquacity and eloquence pass as wisdom. The arrogant elevate profanity; the proletariat rules the kingdom; kings become paupers; the butcher and murderer become leaders of men; unscrupulous self-seekers rise to high position. The Masters of the High Tantras stray like dogs in the streets and their faithless errant students roam like lions in the jungle. Embodiments of malice and selfishness become revered teachers, while the achievements of Tantric Adepts become reviled, the guidance of the Secret Guru execrated, the precepts of the Buddha ignored and the advice of Yogis and Sages unsought. Robes become worn by fools and villains while monks wear foreign dress; even murderers wear the sacred robe. Men resort to maledictory enchantment learning Mantra for selfish ends; monks prepare poisonous potions for blackmail, extortion and profit. False doctrines are devised from the Buddhas' Word and the teachers' interpretations become self-vindications.
Many treacherous paths, previously uncharted, are followed; many iniquitous practices spread; behavior becomes tolerated which was previously anathema; ideals are established contrary to tradition; and all good customs and habits are rejected and many despicable innovations corrupt. The wealth of the monasteries is plundered and spent upon gluttony by those under vow; following errant paths, men become trapped by their own mean actions; the avaricious and spurious protectors of the pure teaching no longer fulfill their functions.
"The celestial order, disrupted, loosens plague, famine and war to terrorize terrestrial life. The planets run wild, and the stars fall out of their constellations; great burning stars arise bringing unprecedented disaster. No rain falls in season, but out of season; the valleys are flooded. Famine, frost and hail govern many unproductive years. The rapacious female demons [ma mo] and the twelve guardian protectresses of the Dharma, unpropitiated and enraged release diseases, horrible epidemics and plagues which spread like wildfire, striking men and cattle. Earthquakes bring sudden floods while fire, storms and tornadoes destroy temples, stupas and cities in an instant. At this time the Great Stupa itself falls in ruins. During this pall of darkness the Wheel of Dharma at Vajrasana [Bodh Gaya] does not function; India is stricken with famine; the Kathmandu Valley is inflicted with plague; earthquakes decimate the people of Upper Ngari in Western Tibet; plague destroys the people of Central Tibet; the Kyi Valley District of Lhasa subsides; the peaks of the High Himalayas in the borderland on Mon fall into the valleys. Three strong forts are built on the Five Peaked Mountain; Yogis assemble in the Valley of the Bear's Lair on Mon; two suns rise in Kham to the east; the Chinese Emperor dies suddenly; four armies descend on Central Tibet from the borders; the Muslim Turks conquer India; the Garlok army suppresses the Dharma in Kashmir; the Mongols conquer Tibet; the Jang army enters Kham; the Protectors' Temple, Rasa Trulnang [Ra sa hphrul snang] in Lhasa is threatened; the famous temple of Samye is desecrated; the stupas of Bhutan tilt and the Wheel of Dharma malfunctions
"The great monasteries of the of the country become deserted and the Belch of the Bon Priest resounds in the quiet hermitages; the wise and simple leaders of the monasteries have been poisoned so that the lineal explanations and practices are fragmented or lost; the holders of the lineal traditions meet sudden death. Impostors and frauds cheat the people and black spectres haunt the land. The knot in the silken thread binding demonic forces in divine bondage is untied and the cord of faith keeping the human mind harmonious is severed. The kings law is broken and the strength of communal unity lost; the peoples' traditions are rejected and the sea of contentment dries up; personal morality is forgotten and the cloak of modesty thrown away. Virtue is powerless and humiliated and led away by coarse, immodest and fearful rulers. Abbots, teachers and professors become army officers while the ignorant guide religious aspirants, explain the doctrine and give initiation. Aspirants speak with self- defensive abuse while butchers and wild elephants lead men. The passes, valleys and narrow paths are terrorized by shameless brigands; fearful, lawless and leaderless, the people fight amongst themselves, each man working selfishly. Tibet becomes corrupt and defiled. These are the conditions prevailing during the middle of the Kaliyuga when the duration of man's life is fifty years: these are the portents of the destruction of the Great Stupa.
Note: This portion of the prophecy concludes with a statement many educated Tibetans believe is a direct reference to Tarthang Rinpoche:
"These signs and sufferings will awaken the mind of a man, and disgusted with the human condition, favoured in his actions and governed by sympathy and compassion towards the sufferers, he will dedicate himself to the restoration of the Great Stupa. He will aspire to the highest human achievement and fulfill his wish to rebuild perfection."
So, naturally, the question that jumps immediately to everyone's mind is: "this is what is going to happen in the future, right?"
Prophecy and the event of mind argues this is what is happening right now.