Today, 10 February 2012, marks the 648th anniversary of Kunkhyen Longchen Rabjam (1308-1364). In a substantial, tangible sense, Longchenpa is in many ways the spiritual father of those in the West who took up his precious teachings as expressed in the words and deeds of the first generation of Tibetan spiritual masters to reach our lands. Yet, in another way, it would be a grave misunderstanding to suppose that this is the only way his precious teachings reach us -- or to believe that they will ever stop. These are the teachings that teach themselves, and I do not see that they have beginning, middle, or end.
DZAM LING DZÉ PÉ GYEN TRUK CHOK NYI DANG
Equal to the ‘Six Ornaments and Two Supreme Ones’ of our Age
TUK JÉ LUNG TOK NYAM PÉ TU NGA YANG
In the depth of your compassion, learning and realisation,
NAK TRÖ DAM PAR BÉ PÉ TUL SHYUK KYI
Longchenpa, through hidden practice as a yogin, in forest hermitages,
KHOR DÉ CHÖ KUR DZOK PÉ LONGCHENPA
You perfected Samsara and Nirvana into Dharmakaya reality,
TRI MÉ Ö ZER SHYAP LA SOLWA DEP
Trimé Özer (‘Stainless Light’), at your feet I pray!
༈ འཛམ་གླིང་མཛེས་པའི་རྒྱན་དྲུག་མཆོག་གཉིས་དང༌། །ཐུགས་རྗེ་ལུང་རྟོགས་མཉམ་པའི་མཐུ་མངའ་ཡང༌། །ནགས་ཁྲོད་དམ་པར་སྦས་པའི་བརྟུལ་ཞུགས་ཀྱིས། །འཁོར་འདས་ཆོས་སྐུར་རྫོགས་པའི་ཀློང་ཆེན་པ། །དྲི་མེད་འོད་ཟེར་ཞབས་ལ་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས། །
"At the council of well-written teachings, the sagely teacher,
In a bowing throng of attendant-ministers unbiased in learning,
On his elephant vehicle, which is the great perfection,
Surveying all like Indra, with a thousand different eyes,
Confidently manifesting the hundred pointed vajra
Whose prongs are the points of teaching, debate, and composition,
Wearing a crown that is set with gems of many traditions,
The incomparable lord of learning who is known as Longchenpa,
Is renowned as a king of the gods of a kind not seen before
His fame surpasses even that of the lord of the world."