In MANTRA SONGS by Erik Pema Kunsang4 Comments

Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born Master from the ancient Indian country of Uddiyana, is renowned to have brought the Buddhist tantras to Tibet. Padmasambhava’s depicted form is loaded with deep symbolism and seeing the form with open mind can reconfirm our basic nature of purity and equality: that we are in essence all equal and perfect.
Sometimes it is said that looking into his wide-awake eyes on a authentic statue or painting can give a glimpse of the sublimely unattached awaken state of mind. It is also said that the vajra scepter in his right hand is a gesture of the unshakeable dignity that accompanies seeing the unformed nature of knowing, face to face.

When chanting Padmasambhava’s sacred invocation, it is said that at first dualistic mind needs to approach the awakened state with the graceful bow of inner surrender, singing from the core of ones heart and the sole of ones feet. Then comes the phase of inspiration, mind and heart opening up, as if taking off a veil from inside. Intelligence is sharper, compassion deeper. That is the feel of Padmasambhava. In this way the chant is a tool for awakening through song.

Seven Line Prayer belongs to the path of surrendering into the vastness of sound and devotion. When seeing the beauty of who we really are, we see the beauty of timelessness. Padmasambhava is an endless ocean of timeless love, truth and presence.
The words come from a place that’s deeper than our hearts and minds. When singing, they turn us towards ourselves and that experience changes into boundless love and wakefulness, the real Padmasambhava.

Padmasambhava’s inspiration and wisdom has continued to inspire a siddha linage of awakened practitioners until the present day. The meditations practices he structured and formulated are being used daily all over the world.

Enjoy the Seven Line Prayer from Padmasambhava by the singer Ani Choying Drolma from Kathmandu, Nepal. A Buddhist nun and musician from the Nagi Gompa nunnery. She is known for bringing many Tibetan Buddhist chants and feast songs to mainstream audiences, and for her powerful and excellent voice.

Orgyen yul gyi nubjang tsam
Pema gesar dongpo la
Yatsen chok gi ngödrub nyé
Pema jungné shyé su drak
Khor du khandro mangpö kor
Khyé kyi jesu dak drub kyi
Jingyi lab chir shek su sol
Guru Padma Siddhi Hung

In the land of Uddiyana’s northwest border,
On the pistils of a lotus flower’s stem,
You have reached the marvel of the supreme siddhi,
And became known by the name the Lotus-Born.
With surrounding circles of many dakinis,
In your footsteps I will reach accomplishment.
Please approach in order to bestow your blessings.

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Erik Pema Kunsang

Erik Pema Kunsang

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Translator of ancient Buddhist scriptures, author, bridge-builder to modern life, Buddhist teacher & meditation instructor. Board of director at 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha. Founder of Rangjung Yeshe Publications and LEVEKUNST art of life. Other LEVEKUNST articles by the same author. Erik's website & retreats.

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    Oh Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung! Oh Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung! Oh Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung! And Thank you Erik! Your work in making the Dharma more accessible to greater numbers of sentient beings is such a priceless gift ! Oh Ah Hung Benza Guru Pema Siddhi Hung!…

  3. Sónia Gomes

    Wonderful ! Thank you Erik !

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    Stunning I will love this for years to come thank you Buddha for blessing me with this beautiful blessing

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