For Dakini Day today, am pleased to announce a new translation of a lineage supplication written by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo for the Vidyadhara Lineage Holders of the deity/dakini practice of the Great Bliss Queen (Yumka Dechen Gyalmo): Shower of Great Bliss: A Lineage Prayer of Yumka Vidhyadhara (rig ‘dzin yum bka’i brgyud ‘debs bde chen char ‘beb ). For those who would like a copy of it, please contact me here. I received the empowermenst and transmissions for the Dechen Gyalmo practice at the Jigme Lingpa transmissions at Shechen monastery, Nepal in 2019 and the text by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo at Siliguri, India 2020 from HE Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche.
Here is the first verse as a taster. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo lists the first lineage holders from Samantabhadra, to Vajrasattva and then to Garab Je.
Endowed with six special qualities of the sphere-basis, Samantabadra
Primordial-awareness display of the appearance-basis, Vajrasattva
Guide of the infinite freedom-basis, Garab Je
Please bestow primordial-awareness great bliss!
Who is Garab Je? It is Garab Dorje of Prahevajra/Pramodavajra/Surativajra (dga’ rab rdo rje). He is considered to be the first human Dzogchen lineage master. According to some sources, Prahevajra transmitted the teachings to Manjushrimitra, who was regarded as his chief disciple. Padmasambhava is also known to have received the transmission of the Dzogchen tantras directly from Garab Dorje. Upon his death, Prahevajra imparted his last testament to Manjushrimitra. These three precepts, known as the “Three Words that Strike to the Heart of the Essential Point” or Tsig Sum Nèdek (tshig gsum gnad brdeg) are said to summarize the whole of the Dzogchen teachings.
Other lineage prayers
Another lineage prayer to the Great Bliss Queen (that is translated into English), composed by by Dodrupchen Jikme Trinle Özer, which refers to Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo as a lineage holder is: The Source of Accomplishment, the Fruit of the Two-Fold Truth—A Prayer to the Wisdom Ḍākinī Dechen Gyalmo (ཡེ་ཤེས་མཁའ་འགྲོ་བདེ་ཆེན་རྒྱལ་མོའི་གསོལ་འདེབས་བདེན་པ་གཉིས་ཀྱི་མྱུ་གུ་དངོས་གྲུབ་འབྱུང་གནས་ཞེས་བྱ་བ་བཞུགས་སོ། །).
The full Tibetan text of that text with English translation is here. May it be of benefit and may all beings reach the fully awakened state of the primordial-awareness great bliss queen!
Written and translated by Adele Tomlin, March 2020.