Inspiration-Prayer for Deliverance
from the Dangerous Pathway of the Bardo

Homage to the gurus, yidams and dakinis,
with their great love may they lead us on the path.

When through confusion I wander in samsara
on the undistracted light-path of study, reflection, and meditation,
may the gurus of the sacred lineage go before me;
their consorts the hosts of dakinis behind me;
help me to cross the bardo's dangerous pathway
and bring me to the perfect buddha state.

When through intense ignorance I wander in samsara,
on the luminous light-path of the dharmadhatu wisdom,
may Blessed Vairocana go before me,
his consort the Queen of Vajra Space behind me;
help me to cross the bardo's dangerous pathway
and bring me to the perfect buddha state.

When through intense aggression I wander in samsara,
on the luminous light-path of the mirror-like wisdom,
may Blessed Vajrasattva go before me,
his consort Buddha-Locana behind me;
help me to cross the bardo's dangerous pathway
and bring me to the perfect buddha state.

When through intense pride I wander in samsara,
on the luminous light-path of the wisdom of equality,
may Blessed Ratnasambhava go before me,
his consort Mamaki behind me;
help me to cross the bardo's dangerous pathway
and bring me to the perfect buddha state.

When through intense desire I wander in samsara,
on the luminous light-path of discriminating wisdom,
may Blessed Amitabha go before me,
his consort Pandaravasini behind me;
help me to cross the bardo's dangerous pathway
and bring me to the perfect buddha state.

When through intense envy I wander in samsara,
on the luminous light-path of action-accomplishing wisdom,
may Blessed Amoghasiddhi go before me,
his consort Samaya-Tara behind me;
help me to cross the bardo's dangerous pathway
and bring me to the perfect buddha state.

When through strong unconscious tendencies I wander in samsara,
on the luminous light-path of innate wisdom,
may the vidyadhara warriors go before me,
their consorts the hosts of dakinis behind me;
help me to cross the bardo's dangerous pathway
and bring me to the perfect buddha state.

When through fierce confused projections I wander in samsara,
on the light-path of abandoning all fear,
may the Blessed Ones, peaceful and wrathful, go before me,
the host of dakinis, Queens of Space, behind me;
help me to cross the bardo's dangerous pathway
and bring me to the perfect buddha state.

May the element of space not rise up as an enemy,
may I see the Realm of the blue buddha.

May the element of water not rise up as enemy,
may I see the Realm of the white buddha.

May the element of earth not rise up as an enemy,
may I see the realm of the yellow buddha.

May the element of fire not rise up as an enemy,
may I see the realm of the red buddha.

May the element of air not rise up as an enemy,
may I see the realm of the green buddha,

May the rainbow of the elements not rise up as enemies,
may I see the realm of all the buddhas.

May the sounds, lights and rays not rise up as enemies,
may I see the infinite realms of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones.

May I know all the sounds as my own sound,
may I know all the lights as my own light,
may I know all the rays as my own ray.

May I spontaneously know the bardo as myself,
may I attain the realms of the three kayas.


from Francesca Freemantle and Chogyam Trungpa, The Tibetan Book of of the Dead: The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo (Boston, MA: Shambhala, 1987 [1975]), pp. 100-103.


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