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On Shechen Kongtrül

Trungpa Rinpoche talks about the training he received from Jamgon Kongtrül of Shechen.

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's Recollections of Shechen Kongtrül; reading by Larry Mermelstein.


The Sun of Wisdom

In 1967, Trungpa Rinpoche composed The Sun of Wisdom, a guru-yoga sadhana to his root guru, Jamgön Kongtrül of Shechen. This exceptionally beautiful sadhana was the first feast liturgy practiced by Trungpa Rinpoche's students, starting in the 1970s. The language of the sadhana is especially poetic.

For example, in a supplication calling out for the guru's blessings, Trungpa Rinpoche describes his teacher using a variety of metaphors:

When you are gone into the space of dharmata,
You are like the king of garudas
In the vastness that encompasses all space.
Bring down the great blessing of awakened mind on your disciple.

When you journey to the victorious mountain of the view,
You are like a white snow lioness.
Your splendor quells sectarian squabbles.
Show your faithful child the liberating path of unification.

When you roam in the fields of meditation,
You are like a carefree mountain antelope,
Utterly free from the complexities of meditation and postmeditation.
Strengthen the realization of your fortunate child.

When you dwell in the palace of buddha activity,
You are like a fearless king,
Spreading everywhere the dignity of your discipline.
Bestow the amrita of awareness on your disciple.

When you dwell in the jungle of disciples,
You are like a great striped tiger,
Subduing with your brilliance the welter of dualistic thoughts.
Cut the bonds of discursive thought of your follower.

Please visit the Nalanda Translation Committee for more information about the Sun of Wisdom.