I have Decided that every New Moon, Full Moon, Guru Day, and Dakini Day I will post a little Dharma teaching here.
Today is The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo from the Gongpa Zangthal. It is to be recited especially during a solar or lunar eclipse, an earthquake or at the solstices. Though it can be used any time.
Ho! Everything – appearance and existence, samsara and nirvana, has a
single ground, yet two paths and two fruitions, and magically displays as
awareness or unawareness.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, may all beings become Buddhas, completely
perfected in the abode of the dharmadhatu. The ground of all is
uncompounded, and the self-arising great expanse, beyond expression, has
neither the name samsara nor nirvana. Realizing just this you are a Buddha;
not realizing this you are a being wandering in samsara.
I pray that all you beings of the three realms may realize the true
meaning of the inexpressible ground.
I, Kuntuzangpo, have realized the truth of this ground, free from cause
and condition, which is just this self-arising awareness. It is unstained by
outer expression and inner thought, affirmation or denial and is not defiled
by the darkness of unmindfulness. Thus this self-manifesting display is free
I, Kuntuzangpo, abide as intrinsic awareness. Even though the three
realms were to be destroyed, there is no fear. There is no attachment to the
five desirable qualities of sense objects. In self-arising consciousness,
free of thoughts, there is neither solid form nor the five poisons.
In the unceasing clarity of awareness, singular in essence, there yet
arises the display of the five wisdoms. From the ripening of these five
wisdoms, the five original Buddha families emerge, and through the expanse
of their wisdom, the 42 peaceful Buddhas appear. Through the arising power
of the five wisdoms, the 60 wrathful Herukas manifest. Thus the ground
awareness is never mistaken or wrong.
I, Kuntuzangpo, am the original Buddha of all, and through this prayer
of mine, may all you beings who wander in the three realms of samsara
realize this self-arising awareness, and may your great wisdom spontaneously
My emanations will continuously manifest in billions of unimaginable
ways, appearing in forms to help you beings who can be trained. From the
beginning you beings are deluded because you do not recognize the awareness
of the ground.
Being thus unmindful of what occurs is delusion – the very state of
unawareness and the cause of going astray. From this delusive state comes a
sudden fainting away and then a subtle consciousness of wavering fear.
From that wavering there arises a separation of self and the perception
of others as enemies. Gradually the tendency of separation strengthens, and
from this the circle of samsara begins.
Then the emotions of the five poisons develop – the actions of these
emotions are endless. You beings lack awareness because you are unmindful,
and this is the basis of your going astray.
Through my prayer, may all you beings recognize your intrinsic
awareness! Innate unawareness means unmindfulness and distraction. Imputing
unawareness means dualistic thoughts towards self and others. Both kinds of
unawareness are the basis for the delusion of all beings.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, may all you beings wandering in samsara
clear away the dark fog of unmindfulness, clear away the clinging thoughts
May you recognize your own intrinsic awareness! Dualistic thoughts
create doubt, from subtle attachment to this dualistic turn of mind
dualistic tendencies become stronger and thicker. Food, wealth, clothes,
home and friends, the five objects of the senses and your beloved family -
all these things cause torment by creating longing and desire. These are all
worldly delusions; the activities of grasping and clinging are endless. When
the fruition of attachment ripens, you are born as a hungry ghost, tormented
by coveting and desiring, miserable, starving and thirsty.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, may all you desirous and lustful beings
who have attachments, neither reject longing desire, nor accept attachment
to desires. Let your consciousness relax in its own natural state, then your
awareness will be able to hold its own. May you achieve the wisdom of
perfect discernment! When external objects appear, the subtle consciousness
of fear will arise. From this fear, the habit of anger becomes stronger and
stronger. Finally, hostility comes, causing violence and murder. When the
fruition of this anger ripens, you will suffer in hell by boiling and
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, you beings of the six realms, when strong
anger arises for you, neither reject nor accept it. Instead relax in the
natural state and achieve the wisdom of clarity!
When your mind becomes full of pride there will arise thoughts of
competition and humiliation. As this pride becomes stronger and stronger,
you will experience the suffering of quarrels and abuse. When the fruition
of this karma ripens, you will be reborn in the god realms and experience
the suffering of change and falling to the lower rebirths.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, may you beings who developed pride let
your consciousness relax in the natural state. Then your awareness will be
able to hold its own. May you achieve the wisdom of equanimity! By
increasing the habit of duality, by praising yourself and denigrating
others, your competitive mind will lead you to jealousy and fighting, and
you will be reborn in the jealous god realm, where there is much killing and
injury. From the result of that killing, you will fall into the hell realm.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, when jealousy and competitive thoughts
arise, do not grasp them as enemies. Just relax in ease, then consciousness
can hold its natural state. May you achieve the wisdom of unobstructed
action! By being distracted, careless and unmindful, you beings will become
dull, foggy and forgetful.
By being unconscious and lazy, you will increase your ignorance and the
fruition of this ignorance will be to wander helplessly in the animal realm.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer, may you beings who have fallen into the dark
pit of ignorance shine the light of mindfulness and thereby achieve wisdom
free from thought.
All you beings of the three realms are actually identical to Buddhas,
the ground of all. But your misunderstanding of the ground causes you to go
astray, so you act without aim. The six karmic actions are delusion like a
dream. I am the primordial Buddha here to train the six kinds of beings
through all my manifestations.
Through Kuntuzangpo’s prayer may all you beings without exception attain
enlightenment in the state of dharmadhatu.
Ah Ho! Hereafter whenever a very powerful yogin with his or her
awareness radiant and free from delusion recites this very powerful prayer,
then all who hear it will achieve enlightenment within three lifetimes.
During a solar or lunar eclipse, during an earthquake or when the earth
rumbles, at the solstices or the New Year you should visualize Kuntuzangpo.
And if you pray loudly so all can hear, then beings of the three realms will
be gradually liberated from suffering, through the prayer of the yogin and
will finally achieve enlightenment.