NEW TRANSLATION: Guru Yoga on Second Karmapa: Naturally-Present Heart Drop, by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

For the full moon today, and the birthday of one of the Karmapa’s main heart-sons, HE Gyaltsab Rinpoche, I offer this first translation of Naturally-Present Heart Drop[1] a guru yoga on the 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi (1204-1286), by the 2nd Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1893-1959); another guru yoga on Karmapa composed by him. He also composed one for the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, which I translated and published recently here. For Chokyi Lodro’s Supplication to the Garland of Karmapas, see here.

There are two available editions of the original text online in the Collected Works of Chokyi Lodro[2], where he signs his name as Pema Yeshe Dorje.  It was written on the sixth day of the first month of the Earth-Dog year (1958), in  Sikkim where Chokyi Lodro took up residence in the latter half of his life (from 1956 onwards). For more information about his time there (together with photos taken of the palace on a recent pilgrimage trip), see this short article here.

Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro and 16th Karmapa

The 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi’s life story is inspiring to read, especially as he faced many political and personal challenges to his life and freedom, due to his involvement with Kublai Khan of Mongolia. Of particular note, he was the teacher of Orgyenpa, who is credited with having recognised the incarnation of the 3rd Karmapa and who for twelve years studied Kālacakra, mainly in the traditions of Dro Lotsāwa (‘bro lo tsA ba) and Chak Lotsāwa (chag lo tsA ba), and the major Kagyu doctrines with Gotsangpa.

In this guru yoga on Karma Pakshi (whom he refers to by his ordination name Chokyi Lama), Khyentse Chokyi Lodro includes visualisations and praises of the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Karmapas embedded within the body, speech and mind/heart of the 2nd Karmapa. It is a short and powerful practice for those who want to make a connection with Karma Pakshi and the lineage of Karmapas.  Before practising any guru yoga text, it is highly recommended to get the oral transmission and instruction on it from a qualified lineage lama.

The translated text can be downloaded freely hereKarma Pakshi Guru Yoga.

May it be of benefit and may the lineages of Karmapas and Jamyang Khyentse flourish and all be harmonious! Dedicated to root lama, 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje.

Adele Tomlin, 5th July 2020.


[1] The Tibetan term, thugs thig, means the essential drop (thig le) in the heart-mind that resides in all sentient beings.

[2]  One text edition is “karma pak+Shi’i bla sgrub rang byung thugs thig.” In gsung ‘bum/_’jam dbyangs chos kyi blo gros/. TBRC W1KG12986. 4: 311 – 314. bir, h.p.: khyentse labrang, 2012.  The other edition is in an Umed edition gsung ‘bum/_’jam dbyangs chos kyi blo gros/ (dbu med/). TBRC W21813. 1: 463 – 468. gangtok: dzongsar khyentse labrang, 1981-1985.

Thangka of Pema Yeshe Dorje


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