The Melody of Complete Success:

A General Supplication to All Spiritual Masters

By Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye



Illustrious spiritual masters, each of you Buddha incarnate,
In your great, universal compassion, come here,
Sit on a lotus and moon seat in the sky before me,
And consider me, your faithful, devoted child.
In bodies numbering the atoms in all realms, all sentient beings, with me
Respectfully bow and pay homage to you, in body, voice, and mind.
In melodies that have oceans of musical aspects,
I praise your every form and pray to you.
To you I offer my bodies and possessions, real or imagined,
In a cloud-bank ocean of Bodhisattva Ever Excellent’s offerings.
I regretfully acknowledge and vow not to repeat the bad karma,
obscurations, faults, and downfalls –
Both natural and in relation to vows – that I have accumulated since
                                  time immemorial.
I sincerely rejoice in all virtues, both contaminated and
That exist in the wheel of live and in states of transcendence.
I request you to turn the wheel of the Three Ways’ Teachings,
In styles suited to the capacity of each of us, for as long as realms
                                  of beings exist.
I ask that your enlightened forms remain forever, as firm as vajras,
Within your unceasing, universal compassion.
I dedicate all I have done that is good in the past, present, and future,
                                  including this, my prayer,
That my parents and I, sentient beings whose numbers fill all space,
May quickly accomplish the body, speech, mind,
Noble qualities, and enlightened activity of the holy, illustrious
                                  spiritual masters.
Spiritual masters, may you nurture me with your compassion!
May I not have a moment’s disrespect or misguided view!
In serving you in many ways, may I reach perfection in the three
                                  manners of pleasing you,
That my mind be merged as one with yours.
Noble masters, in all my lifetimes,
May I not be separated  from you even for an instant.
May I see whatever you do as perfect and accept whatever you say
                                  as true.
May I become inseparable from my spiritual master’s three mysteries.
By the force of this prayer I make in heartfelt faith,
May I alone replicate in my own life
Every life of freedom of the holy masters,
From Buddha Vajra Bearer until my root teacher.
In: Timeless Rapture. Inspired Verses of the Shangpa Masters,
compiled by Jamgon Kongtrul,
translated & introduced by Ngawang Zangpo,  Snow Lion Publications,
Ithaca, N.Y., 2003, pages 382-383.





Photos of the Glorious Monastery and Garden of Jamgon Kongtrul at Pullahari in Nepal

courtesy of Karma Khenpo Namgyal.



May virtue increase! (Submitted by gh.)