Brief Explanation of 'Rangjung Osel',
Self-born Clear Light.
Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche
my three doors I respectfully pay homage at the
feet of the venerable Lama.
self-born: Genuine true primordial wisdom,
or great natural primordial wisdom, is free from
the torment of mental fabrication and uncorrupted
by the concepts of percept and perceiver. It is
the continuum of the ground, the natural spontaneous
mandala that the mind stream of every sentient being
is endowed with.
clear light: Its essence is empty, its
nature is clear light, and its compassion is all-pervading.
Appearing as the embodiments of true nature, perfect
enjoyment and emanation, it is endowed with immeasurable
qualities. This is the self-born clear light of
self-born: Form and the rest, all phenomena
that can be known and are included within the scope
of omniscience, are completely insubstantial. However
much their essence is analyzed, it cannot be found.
Not being produced through any causes and conditions
whatsoever, they are as they are explained in the
sutras of the greater vehicle. Not being produced
through any causes and conditions whatsoever and
yet appearing as the disparate phenomena of samsara
and nirvana, they are self-born.
is no need to mention the fact that beginners do
not realize the meaning of this. Even the superior
Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas do not have the basis
for realizing it. Through the logical arguments
of 'great interdependence' etc., those who definitely
have the potential of the greater vehicle that is
supported by the two accumulations, directly realize
the meaning of the natural state just as it is,
and in so doing, increase their realization of clear
light. This is the self-born clear light of the
self-born: As above, through the strength
of constantly repeated habituation on the path of
the greater vehicle, the impurities of the two obscurations,
along with their imprints, are completely eradicated.
Through great self-born intrinsic awareness endowed
with the two pure bodies, or through great primordial
wisdom within all-pervading spontaneous presence,
one sees the natural state of all phenomena, which
are resumed within happiness and suffering, very
clearly and in a way that is untainted by the impurities
of exaggeration and denigration. This untainted
knowledge, or clear light of primordial wisdom,
is called the self-born clear light of the result.
self-born: The lord of our family, the
one refuge, the protector of beings in cyclic existence,
the great Trichen Dorje Chang, His Holiness Mindrolling
Trichen Rinpoche, is free from any effort with regard
to planning activity. All his activity is primordially
untainted by thoughts of busyness and occurs as
self-born spontaneous presence. He lives as a protector
and defender of the beings of this degenerate time.
clear light: To him in the sphere of the
vast expanse of the experience and realization of
clear light, myself and others pray respectfully,
that through his compassion he will care for us
during this and future lifetimes. Since there is
no doubt about this, the fact that I express it
will surely form a strong bond with him.
self-born: The all-in-one source of refuge
for all the beings of this degenerate time, the
embodiment of all the Conquerors of the three times,
the great master of Orgyen, Padmasambhava, does
not depend on causes and conditions: on the top
of the stem of a lotus in the Milky Lake in the
south-west, he manifested the self-born pure body
of emanation etc., just as it is described in the
biographies of the Guru himself.
clear light: All Dharma friends gathered
together in this place hold to the great Orgyen
as the completely sufficient source of refuge, always
following Guru Rinpoche with one-pointed mind. They
pray sincerely not to be exiled from the sphere
of the realization of clear light. Since they are
indeed always there, the place is called self-born
self-born: The things that give much delight
in this place such as the forests, the rivers, the
meadows and so forth, the birds and their young,
all the different kinds of feathered creatures who
make pleasant sounds and beautiful movements, have
not come about through any human effort. If someone
who aspires to liberation comes to this place his
mind will inevitably turn towards the Dharma, and
his thoughts of busyness will be pacified automatically.
The place is endowed with many other such qualities.
clear light: All the people who stay here
rely upon the lama. As it says: 'Base your mind
on the Dharma. Base your Dharma on a humble life.'
Through being limited in one's desires and content
with what one has, through feeling sadness and renunciation,
through having great love and compassion, immutable
faith and pure perception, through having great
confidence in karma, cause and effect, through not
looking for other protectors besides the lama and
the rare and sublime ones, and through applying
oneself one-pointedly to the yoga of the realization
of clear light without letting one's mind be distracted,
one's experience and realization of primordial wisdom
develops like the waxing moon, or a river in summer,
a tree in spring, or a bird still inside its egg.
Because of the greatness of the place itself and
of the individuals who stay there, I have called
it 'Rangjung Osel', Self-born Clear Light.