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Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s Rangjung Padma’i Nyingthig

The Rangjung Padma’i Nyingthig,a profound mind treasure revealed by Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and entrusted to his heart son Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche,  is a complete cycle of practice in which the practices of guru, yidam, dakini and protectors converge and are practiced in the self same mandala of the Guru as Guru Padmasambhava.

It is not necessary to look elsewhere to find the individual practices of the three roots, of guru, the root of blessings, yidam, the root of accomplishment, and dakini, the root of activity.

Within this mandala and practice of the Rangjung Padma’i Nyingthig are the devotional practices of the accomplishment of the guru, who arises in the form of Guru Orgyen Dorje Chang, Padmasambhava himself, embodiment of all the buddhas of the three times.

The Guru also arises in the form of the five families of Padma Thotrengtsal, and as the the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche:  Padmakara, Padma Gyalpo, Loden Chogtse, Shakya Senge, Padmasambhava, Senge Dradok, and Dorje Drolo.

Within this same body mandala are the individual practices to accomplish the guru as the yidam, the Eight Herukas of the mahayogatantra: Yamantaka, Hyagriva, Vissudhe, Amritakundali, Kilaya, Ekajati, Jigten Choto, and DragNgak and all Eight Herukas practiced together.

In this same mandala, the guru is accomplished as the dakini.

Throughout this practice, development and completion stages are not separate, but practiced together as one.

No matter which part of this vast practice the practitioner concentrates on sequentially, the root of all practice is the accomplishment of the Guru, and the knowledge and certainty that all the deities arising and practiced are none other than the wisdom mind of the guru, inseparable from the practitioner’s own mind.

The basis of this practice is devotion and constant confident faith in the guru as Guru Padmasambhava; the path is the practice of the guru;  the result is the accomplishment of the guru’s wisdom mind, the essence of the mind of all the buddhas of the three times.

The Rangjung Padma’i Nyingthig can be practiced as simply, or as richly, in retreat or as a daily practice, as the practitioner wishes, for this  practice is a sole practice of the accomplishment and realization of the guru, Guru Padmasambhava, the source of the three roots, and in whom the three roots converge.

It is no wonder, then, that there are many amongst the senior students of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche who have made this practice their daily practice.  Fortunate indeed are those who practice this!

- written by a western student of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.