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Buddhadharma : Summer 2013
SUMMER 2 0 1 3 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 29 Zangdok Palri is the light of the wisdom of Guru Rinpoche appearing in the form of a pure land. Guru Rinpoche and Zang- dok Palri are indivisible in nature and in quality, like the sun and its radiant aura. Meditation on and prayers to Guru Rinpoche are meditation on and prayers to Zangdok Palri, and vice versa. The form of Guru Rinpoche and his pure land is not earthly. It is an image of wisdom light— pure, radiant, boundless, intangible, and beyond subjective and objective distinctions. Every par- ticle is a presence of the five buddha wisdoms and the five buddha families in the form of five wisdom lights, which are the purities of the five skandhas, five emotions, and five gross ele- ments. In order to realize such an absolute Guru Rinpoche, you must open your heart, step by step, through meditations and prayers, with the force of devotion. With the energy of true devotion, pray to Guru Rinpoche, seeing him as the embodiment of all the enlightened ones. Sing the prayer man- tra vocally or in your mind’s voice, repeating it hundreds and thousands of times. Sing the prayer in the sweetest melodies, like waves of joy that make your heart blossom further into a bound- less force of devotion. Om ah hung bedzar guru pema siddhi hung. O body, speech, and mind of all the Buddhas: Vajra Guru Padma(sambhava)! Please grant me/us—all the attainments. Guru Rinpoche himself taught how to pray: O my followers, who wish to leave the suffering cyclic existence, Pray continuously with respect, devotion, and trust in me Six times a day and night, With one pointed devotional melodies Like the passion of children calling their parents In the sweetest sounds of a lute.