New Translation: Supplication and Praise to the First Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche composed by Eighth Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje


“Having utterly fled the corpse of the ‘eight attachments’, honour and gain, Like deer fleeing in fear of a hunter. Unable to be misled by the trivialities of this life, Sangye Nyenpa, I supplicate at your feet!

Having swiftly discarded karma and afflictions, the causes of samsara, Like discarding a large, poisonous snake. Unconfused by the root of suffering as happiness, Sangye Nyenpa, I supplicate at your feet!

Moreover, having fully woken up in terror of the suffering of birth, aging, sickness and death, Like a deer who suddenly wakes up in fright Not controlled by holding mere appearances as permanent, Sangye Nyenpa, I supplicate at your feet!

Having completely emerged from all wealth and pleasures of samsara’s three realms, Like emerging from the torment of a severe sickness. Unable to be cheated by pleasure-like appearances, Sangye Nyenpa, I supplicate at your feet!”

—excerpt from Supplication to the Learned Siddha of Denma by the Eighth Karmapa.

On the last day before the Tibetan Earth-Pig Losar 2146 (5th February 2019), I have translated into English (with Tibetan script and phonetics), the Supplication to the Learned Siddha of Denma, asupplication and praise composed by the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje for the 1st Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, who was one of the Karmapa’s main teachers. A powerful verse homage praising the accomplishments and strengths of the 1st Sangye Nyenpa, leaving one in no doubt that the 8th Karmapa admired and held him in great esteem.

The Supplication can be freely downloaded here as a pdf. file.

8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje with teacher, 1st Sangye Nyenpa
8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje

May this translation be of benefit in helping us all remember the excellent qualities and strengths of the precious lamas of Buddha Dharma and be a cause for the long-life, health and flourishing of the Gyalwang Karmapas and Karma Kagyu lineage!

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