Prayer of Kuntuzangpo

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The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra

Prayer of Kuntuzangpo (Tib. ཀུན་བཟང་སྨོན་ལམ་, Kunzang Mönlam; Wyl. kun bzang smon lam) — a famous Dzogchen aspiration prayer from the Gongpa Zangthal. It is to be recited especially during a solar or lunar eclipse, an earthquake or at the solstices.

This aspiration prayer comes from the Dzogchen tantra called the Tantra of the Great Perfection which Shows the Penetrating Wisdom of Samantabhadra. In Tibetan, the short title of this tantra is Gongpa Zangthal Gyi Gyü, which means “The Tantra of Penetrating Wisdom” or “The Tantra of Transcendent Intention.”

Contents

Topical Outline of the Prayer

PART 1. BRIEFLY PRESENTING THE GROUND, PATH AND FRUITION

lines: ‘ho nangsi khordé...’ – ‘ngönpar dzok té...’

PART 2. A MORE ELABORATE EXPLANATION OF GROUND, PATH AND FRUITION IN TURN

2.1 Ground

a) An elaborate explanation of the Ground

‘kün gyi shi ni’ – ‘jöme shyi dön’

b) How Samantabhadra is liberated through taking recognition as the Path
A. The Actual Method of Liberation

‘küntuzangpo nga yi’ – ‘döpé zuk dang’

‘rigpé salcha’ – ‘yeshe chenpo’

B. How Samantabhadra Accomplishes the Benefit of Others

‘ngayi trulpa’ – ‘rik druk ne ne’

c.) How ordinary beings are deluded and led astray in samsara through failing to recognize the Ground
A. The general way in which delusion occurs

‘dangpo semchen’ – ‘kün gyi rigpa’

B. Showing each particular form of delusion

‘lhenchik kyepe’ – ‘rigpe rang ngoshepar’

2.2 Path: An Explanation of the Path for Actualizing the Ground and Eliminating Delusion

a.) How desire is liberated as the wisdom of perfect discernment

‘nyidzin lo ni’ – ‘küntok yeshe’

b.) How anger is liberated as the wisdom of clarity, or mirror-like wisdom

‘chirol yul gyi’ – ‘salwe yeshe’

c.) How pride is liberated as the wisdom of equality

‘rangsem khenpar’ – ‘nyampa nyi kyi’

d.) How jealousy and competitiveness are liberated as the wisdom of spontaneous accomplishment

‘nyidzin tepe’ – ‘trinle tokme’

e.) How dull indifference is liberated as the non-conceptual wisdom of dharmadhatu

‘drenme tangnyom’ – ‘tokme yeshe’

2.3 Fruition: Showing How the Qualities of the Immaculate Fruition are Made Manifest

‘kham sum semchen’ – ‘chö kyi ying su’

PART 3. THE BENEFITS OF RECITING AND HEARING THIS PRAYER

3.1 The actual benefits

‘a ho chinche’ – ‘kyewa sum ne’

3.2 The occasions on which this prayer is crucial

‘nyida za yi’ – ‘ta ru sangye’

Commentaries

  • Khakhyap Dorje (1870/1-1921/2) kun bzang smon lam gyi don 'grel nyung ngu mchan bu
TBRC-tag.png ཀུན་བཟང་སྨོན་ལམ་གྱི་དོན་འགྲེལ་ཉུང་ངུ་མཆན་བུ་། བྱང་གཏེར་དགོངས་པ་ཟང་ཐལ, kun bzang smon lam gyi don 'grel nyung ngu mchan bu / byang gter dgongs pa zang thal, 15th Karmapa, gsung 'bum, Vol. 9, p. 495. A partial translation into German is available in Samantabhadra Dzogchen-Gebet, s.b.
TBRC-tag.png ཀུན་བཟང་སྨོན་ལམ་གྱི་རྣམ་བཤད་ཀུན་བཟང་ཉེ་ལམ།, kun bzang smon lam gyi rnam bshad kun bzang nye lam/, gsung 'bum, Vol. 1, p. 391.

English Translations

  • Bhakha Tulku and Steven Goodman: 'The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo' in Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom (Hong Kong: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2006), Ch. 9
  • Dowman, Keith, 'The Wish-Granting Prayer of Kuntu Zangpo' in The Flight of the Garuda (Somerville: Wisdom, 1994 & 2003), pages 111-119
  • Kapstein, Matthew, 'The Prayer of the Primordial Buddha' in Buddhism in Practice edited by Donald S. Lopez Jr. Princeton, 1995
  • Lama Yeshe Gyamtso and The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche in Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2006), 'The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra', pages 1-6

German Translations

  • Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche: Samantabhadra Dzogchen-Gebet. Khampa-Buchverlag, Osterby, 2000. This translation of the Kuntuzangpo-Prayer contains a partial translation of the commentary by the 15th Karmapa.

Teachings on the Prayer of Kuntuzangpo

Further Reading

  • Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2006)
  • Keith Dowman, The Flight of the Garuda (Somerville: Wisdom, 1994 & 2003)
  • Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, Discovering Infinite Freedom: The Prayer of Küntuzangpo. Dharma Samudra, 2010
  • The Amnesic Monarch and the Five Mnemic Men: Memory in Great Perfection Thought. An article by Matthew Kapstein in the book In the Mirror of Memory, Articles by Buddhist scholars, collected by Janet Gyatso. Sri Satguri Publications, ISBN-81-7030-374-5. pp.239-269.

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