A Festival of the Field for Gathering Merit ~ 17th Karmapa

Om tara tuttare ture soha.
Ah ho,
The essential nature of simplicity is the ground’s ever pure expanse.
When set the enchanting music of a clear and radiant knowing, naturally present.
And matured by the jeweled rain of joy descending as the union of the three kayas,
The soveriegn one, the ultimate lama, arises remembered in the center of my heart.

The enlightened activity of your three gates illuminates like a garland of the sun’s rays.
The hundred thousand lights of your virtuous actions spontaneously
Create a cooling shade to ease the pain of fortunate disciples;
A lotus of the three joys unfolds in the center of their hearts.

The lotus of this life with its leisure and resources holds in its center
A stamen that befriends a mellifluous bee with its honey of renunciation.
Grant your blessing that the true lama’s lotus feet are bathed by the sun
And the abundant petals of benefit for others open forth.

Gazing at the very face of primordial wisdom, luminous and self-arisen from the natural state,
And resting at ease on the path, with nothing to add or take away
Grant your blessing that I take the royal seat, present from time without beginning
In the expanse of emptiness – dharmakaya’s true nature, ultimate reality.

In the sky, an umbrella of white clouds forms a rainbow canopy above.
Between sky and earth, flowers of virtue and excellence fall in a gentle rain.
On the earth, filled with happiness, people sing in great delight;
May this joy enrapture the whole world.

A sincere intention free of fault is a jeweled lamp, a luminous treasury
That liberates every being from a dense darkness where virtue cannot go.
May the dulcet melody of incomparable fame, the celestial music
For the festival of a golden age without end, resound throughout the three realms.

This prayer was written by Ogyen Trinley Dorje on September 4, 2001 as the sun came over the dome of the eastern mountain. May it be a cause for virtue.


17th Karmapa

from the book Music In The Sky: The Life, Art, And Teachings Of The 17Th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje


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