The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer
with Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol
16 September 2016
The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer or Kagyu lineage prayer is used in all the Karma Kagyu monasteries, nunneries, retreat centres and Dharma centres at the beginning of a practice or teaching session.
The prayer has many blessings and it is very powerful because it was composed by the highly realised master, Bengar Jampal Sangpo (1427 - 1489). Bengar Jampal Sangpo composed this prayer after completing his eighteen years of solitary retreat in the island called Namtso in Nangchen, East Tibet. The heart son of the sixth Gyalwang Karmapa, Thongwa Donden and the root Guru of the seventh Gyalwang Karmapa, Chodrak Gyatso, he attained full realisation of the true nature of mind, mahamudra, during this eighteen years of solitary retreat.
When one recites this prayer with faith and devotion, one creates a deeper connection with the wise and saintly forefathers of the Kagyu lineage, beginning with the Vajradhara up to our own root Guru.
The mahamudra prayer constists of the preliminary practice of homage to all the Kagyu Lamas, renunciation of honor and gain, and devotion to the root Guru, the main practice of shamatha and vipassana and finally the aspiration prayers.
Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol became a monk at Thrangu monastery Nepal at the age of six. In 1998 he became the youngest khenpo in the monastery’s history. He was then appointed as teacher of the monastic college for two years. From 2003 to 2010 Khenpo-la served as the Principal of Shree Mangal Dvip school. Since 2011 Khenpo-la has served as Abbot of Thrangu Tara Abbey Nunnery.
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Buddhist Summer School
January 14 - 17 2017
@ Maitripa Centre, Healesville
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On 5 March 2015 the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche received a letter composed by His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje indicating that the 10th Traleg Rinpoche had been born in the Batong area in 2013 (the year of the Snake).
Thrangu Monastery, Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, Maitripa Centre, E-Vam Institute Melbourne, E-Vam Institute USA, Nyima Tashi Kagyu Buddhist Centre and Nyima Centre Sydney commenced prayers that Traleg Rinpoche be located swiftly.
On 13 July 2015, Lodro Nyima Rinpoche and Drupon Rinchen Tseling-la led the chief committee members of Thrangu Monastery Tibet to Zama Village in Batong where they found Traleg Yangse Rinpoche's family waiting outside their home.
Mandala offerings were made to Traleg Yangse Rinpoche and katas were offered to Rinpoche's father, Tashi, his mother, Pema, and to Rinpoche's grandmother.
Lodro Nyima Rinpoche then read His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa's recognition letter to the many disciples who had gathered for the special occasion.
Today Traleg Yangsi Rinpoche was officially recognized by Thrangu Monastery Tibet.
Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche recommends students continue to recite swift return prayers for Traleg Rinpoche until his enthronement, so please pray for Traleg Yangse Rinpoche!