Prayers from the Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Bardo Prayers
This CD by Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche, whose chanting is accompanied by Lama Sonam Dadul, is of Bardo prayers that confer the blessing of "Liberation upon Hearing" and are intended for those who seek comfort and ease through the difficult transition of death--one's own death, or the death of a loved one.
Bardo is a Tibetan word which means "transition." We are always going through transitions: gains and losses, pleasures and pains.
The Bardo Prayers contained in this CD are from the sacred spiritual traditions of Tibet. They confer the blessing of "Liberation upon Hearing" and are intended for those who seek comfort and ease through the difficult transition of death--one's own death, or the death of a loved one.
Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche tells us that listening to these sacred prayers will be bring definite benefit and blessings to those close to death, and to those who are within seven weeks of having passed away.
I. Tungshag Confession Prayer is the Confession Prayer, which bestows upon us purification and blessings by invoking the healing energy of Liberation through reciting the names of the 35 Buddhas.
II. Wake Up Prayer - Kyema Kyhudurges us to wake up and appreciate theprecious and fragile gift of life.
III. Shitro Prayer Namdag Choyinginvokes the self-liberating presence of divine energies which will guide us through the journey of death.
IV. Bardo Trangdol is the prayer which actually guides us through the dangers of the unknown journey beyond death.
V. Gongsol (Chogsuna Zhugpal) is the prayer which liberates from all fears on the journey.
VI. Barchag Rangdrol is the prayer which frees us from all past karmic traces.
VII. Kuntuzangpo is the concluding prayer of Primordially Enlightened Energy, known as "Everywhere and Always Beneficial."
About Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche -
The Venerable Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche is the main lineage holder of the Tibetan lineage of Rigdzin Pema Lingpa, one of the Five Great Kingly Tertons (Treasure Finders) of the Tibetan Nyingma tradition. He is also the incarnation of the great treasure revealer, Terton Dorje Lingpa, and an emanation of the eighth century scholar, translator, and meditation master Vairotsana, (one of the first seven monks ordained in Tibet). Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche was recognized as such by both H.H. the 16th Karmapa and H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche.
The present Bhakha Tulku is the 10th incarnation of the Bhakha Tulku line. The Bhakha monastery is in the Powo region of southeastern Tibet, but the line has many ties with Bhutan as well, as Pema Lingpa is one of the most revered figures in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in Bhutan. The 8th Bhakha Tulku served as royal priest and was a close friend of the first King of Bhutan. Rinpoche's seat in Bhutan is the Tamshing Gonpa in the Bumthang Valley.
Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche holds many lineages, including the Pema Lingpa lineage, the Dzogchen lineage of the Namchoe tradition, the Longchen Nyingthig, and the Chetsung Nyingthig. He received the Rinchen Terzod and many other teachings from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. He studied at Mindroling, the great Nyingma center of learning in central Tibet, but fled Tibet to Bhutan in 1959 during the Chinese occupation. He studied at the school for young Tulkus in Dalhousie, India and served H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche for a number of years. He has also received many teachings from other great masters including H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dodrup Chen Rinpoche. He has since done much translation work for westerners and has served H.H. Penor Rinpoche, the current head of the Nyingma School, and H.H. Chatral Rinpoche, the great Dzogchen master. Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche's teaching and practice activities have taken him to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Taiwan and the United States over the past 10 years.
Rinpoche's teaching activities and translations in the West have been of great benefit to many people. Rinpoche has agreed to come to the United States at the request of many to further spread the teachings of the Buddha-Dharma here. He has established the Vairotsana Foundation to serve this purpose.
About Lama Sonam -
Lama Sonam was born in the Pema Köd region and at the age of 9 traveled to the Mysore region of southern India to attend the Nyingma Buddhist monastery and Buddhist studies center of Namdroling under the direction of H.H. Penor Rinpoche. At Namdroling, Lama Sonam studied traditional forms of Tibetan calligraphy, grammar, poetry, traditional Buddhist temple music, as well as sacred ritual and dance. He then studied at the Nyingma Institute of Higher Buddhist Studies at Namdroling Monastery with an emphasis on Buddhist Madhyamika sutras. After graduation, he was appointed by H.H. Penor Rinpoche as the master of monastic discipline in the main Namdroling Monastery. In 1997, he was sent to Taiwan to serve at the Palyul Nyingma Center. Lama Sonam came to the United States in 2000 and has assisted Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche at the Vairotsana Foundation Centers in California. Currently, Lama Sonam is in residence at the Vairotsana Foundation Center in Garden Grove, California.
For more information about the Vairotsana Foundation, click here.