One Evening in Zabbulung

Homage to Lotus Born of the three times!

The Great Vajradhara of Oddiyan traveled everywhere in Dzamling, making the Buddha’s doctrine rise like the sun. In particular, in central Tibet, he subdued all the gods and demons of phenomenal existence, established many temples, such as glorious Samye, and brought innumerable fortunate beings, such as the incarnated Twenty-Five Disciples, to the state of enlightenment. Of special importance is that he accepted the sublime Lady of Kharchen, a wisdom dakini, as his disciple. He granted her the empowerments of Secret Mantra’s compendium of transmissions and gave her inconceivable instructions on the generation and completion stages of meditation.

One evening, in a place called Shang Zabbulung White Boulder Bird’s Nest Crystal Fortress, while Lotus Born Padmakara, Lady Yeshe Tsogyal and Prince Acharya Sale were in deep meditation, Tsogyal supplicated her teacher and a beautifully adorned girl appeared before her, saying:

I am a mantra guardian dakini,
A guardian of the Master’s transmissions.
We are spiritual sisters with the same vows.
The quintessential meaning of the wisdom realization of the victorious ones
Is concealed in the secret heart of the Master.
Sole Mother, open the door to the Master’s heart!

And thus saying, she vanished.

The next morning, Noble Lady offered a gold tho korma mandala and five turquoises, the most significant being a lotus-flower turquoise to be worn at the throat. After arranging a ganachakra feast, prostrating and circumambulating the Master innumerable times, she made this request:

EMA! How wonderful! Great Master, vital essence of the doctrine of victorious ones,
The quintessence of the Master’s realization
Is concealed within the Master’s heart.
Through the power of my unsullied samaya
And devoted supplications,
I received a prophecy from the mother dakinis and other dakinis.
If you don’t fulfill my request made with faith,
Wouldn’t it be logical to question where is your great bodhicitta?
And also, would not your samaya be compromised?
My devotion and respect are eternal.
Please fulfill my request for the quintessence of your wisdom realization!

Great Master replied:

Listen, faithful Princess of Kharchen.
The sublimely profound quintessential meaning
Is the full and complete wisdom realization of the victorious ones,
The essence of all teachings.
As well, it is the single realization of numerous greatly accomplished Indian masters.
The gateway to wisdom realization’s meaning
Is The Nine Vehicles
And, the ultimate practice of wisdom realization’s meaning
Is The Stages of Meditation’s Development and Completion.

After teaching at length on the history and benefits of this realization, the Master did not accept the gold and turquoise mandala offering. Tsogyal and Acharya Sale offered their annual practice pledges and repeated their request. After the Consort and Prince offered a ganachakra feast and requested the empowerment, the Master transformed his body, speech, and mind into Avalokitesvara. He sent forth rays of light that instantly illuminated a billionfold universe. In all these universes, buddhas teaching the Dharma to their retinues and taming beings could be seen and the great nirmanakaya realms were visible. The Consort and Prince were filled with wonder at the Master’s vast qualities and further requested:

EMA! Wonderful Great Master,
Please show us all your qualities all at once!

Great Master replied:

Ordinary beings cannot perceive the full range of my qualities, nor can their minds encompass them. Even if I reveal them, they will not be seen. However, I have matured the two of you for a long time and you are now worthy vessels. If you have pure vision toward the quintessential meaning you have requested, I will reveal some of my qualities.

The Master covered the eyes of the Consort and the Prince with silk and grabbed the lapels of their robes, pulling them towards him. In an instant, they perceived the pure realm Array of Great Bliss Buddha Essence. It was completely filled with spheres of white light encircled by rings of five-colored light and joined by rays of light. Inside each sphere of light were one hundred billion vast sambhogakaya realms and within each sambhogakaya realm were one hundred billion Oddiyan Lotus Born Glacier Lake buddhas. Each Lotus Born was emitting one hundred billion rays of light from his pores and within each pore were one hundred billion great nirmanakaya realms. Each great nirmanakaya realm contained one hundred billion three thousandfold world systems and each three thousandfold world system contained one hundred billion Mount Merus with four continents. Each Mount Meru with four continents had its own Oddiyan Lotus Born and each Oddiyan Lotus Born had one hundred billion emanations. Each emanation had one hundred billion beings to tame and so forth. Such was their unfathomable vision! As light rays streamed forth from the body, speech, and mind of Lotus Born Glacier Lake, the Consort and Prince were brought to spiritual maturation. Lotus Born recited the chapter on the path of maturation. Then by the force of light rays, the Consort and Prince were instantly transported beyond innumerable pure realms towards the east.

Next, they perceived the pure realm Array of Great Bliss Vajra Essence completely filled with spheres of blue light encircled by rings of five-colored light and joined by rays of light. Inside each light sphere were one hundred billion sambhogakaya pure realms with celestial palaces. Inside each celestial palace was a Lotus Born Vajra Glacier Lake buddha, and from each Lotus Born light rays streamed from one hundred billion pores. Inside each pore were one hundred billion great nirmanakaya pure realms, and each great nirmanakaya pure realm contained one hundred billion three thousandfold world systems. Each three thousandfold world systems contained one hundred billion Mount Merus with four continents and each Mount Meru with four continents contained an Oddiyan Lotus Born. Each Oddiyan Lotus Born had one hundred billion emanations and each emanation had one hundred billion beings to tame, and so forth. This was their unfathomable vision! As light rays streamed forth from the body, speech and mind of Lotus Born Glacier Lake, he spoke thus:

Noble son and noble daughter, what would you like?

The Consort and Prince replied:

We would like the ultimate wisdom realization of the victorious ones.

Lotus Born taught the chapter on the development stage’s path of liberation. Then by the force of light rays, they were instantly transported beyond innumerable pure realms towards the south.

Next, they perceived the pure realm Array of Great Bliss Jewel Essence completely filled with spheres of yellow light encircled by rings of five-colored light and joined by rays of light. Inside each light sphere were one hundred billion sambhogakaya pure realms with celestial palaces. Inside each celestial palace was a Lotus Born Jewel Glacier Lake buddha and so forth, as above. Such was their unfathomable vision! One hundred billion light rays streamed from the pores of each Lotus Born and inside each pore were one hundred billion great nirmanakaya pure realms. In each great nirmanakaya pure realm were one hundred billion three thousandfold world systems and in each three thousandfold world system were one hundred billion Mount Merus with four continents. Each Mount Meru with four continents had its own Oddiyan Lotus Born and each Oddiyan Lotus Born had one hundred billion emanations. Each emanation had one hundred billion beings to tame, and so forth. Such was their unfathomable vision! As light rays streamed forth from the body, speech, and mind of Lotus Born Glacier Lake, the Consort and the Prince were brought to spiritual maturation. Lotus Born taught the chapter on the liberation through the upper gate. Then, by the force of light rays, they were instantly transported beyond innumerable pure realms towards the west.

Next, they perceived the pure realm Array of Great Bliss Padma Essence completely filled with spheres of red light encircled by rings of five-colored light and joined by light rays. Inside each light sphere were one hundred billion sambhogakaya pure realms with celestial palaces. Inside each celestial palace was a Lotus Born Padma Glacier Lake buddha and so forth, as above. Such was their unfathomable vision! As light rays streamed forth from the body, speech, and mind of the Lotus Born Glacier Lake, the Consort and the Prince were brought to spiritual maturation. Lotus Born taught the chapter on the great bliss of the lower gate. Then, by the force of light rays, they were instantly transported beyond innumerable pure realms towards the north.

Next, they perceived the pure realm Array of Great Bliss Supreme Activity completely surrounded by spheres of green light encircled by rings of five-colored light and joined by light rays. Inside each light sphere were one hundred billion great sambhogakaya pure realms. Each sambhogakaya pure realm had one hundred billion Oddiyan Lotus Born Karma Glacier Lake buddhas. One hundred billion light rays streamed forth from the pores of each Lotus Born and inside each pore were one hundred billion great nirmanakaya pure realms. Each great nirmanakaya pure realm had one hundred billion three thousandfold world systems and each three thousandfold world system had one hundred billion Mount Merus with four continents. Each Mount Meru with four continents had an Oddiyan Lotus Born and each Oddiyan Lotus Born had one hundred billion emanations. Each emanation had one hundred billion beings to tame, and so forth. Such was their unfathomable vision! As light rays streamed forth from the body, speech, and mind of the Lotus Born Glacier Lake, the Consort and the Prince were brought to spiritual maturation as all four empowerments were conferred. Lotus Born taught the chapter on the meditation’s completion stage beyond conceptual mind. Then, by the force of light rays, they were instantly transported beyond innumerable pure realms upwards in the sky.

Next, they perceived the sacred place Great Bliss Charnel Ground That Liberates Everyone From Cyclic Existence. The walls were made of human heads, the roof of human skin, and the roof ornament of human heart. Enclosed by a fence of skeletons, the hills were made of heaps of human flesh. In the center of a swirling ocean of blood was the chief of innumerable wrathful buddhas, the king of the assembly of the five lineages of Dorje Tötrengtsal. As light rays streamed forth from his body, speech, and mind streamed forth, the Consort and the Prince were brought to spiritual maturation, empowering them with an infinitude of teachings. Lotus Born taught the chapter on complete bestowal. After that, when the wrathful sound HA HA blasted from his mouth like a blacksmith’s sparks, the Consort and the Prince fell unconscious. When they came to, white rocks had tumbled down around the Master who spoke thus:

You two have emerged from the place of deity offerings. If one has unceasing pure vision towards the truth of dharmata’s riches, one realizes that a wisdom deity’s body and that of a dull black demon are not different within dharmata’s meaning. This is inexpressible. Because everything is entirely dharmata’s display, do not harbor attachment to wisdom deities. And, when one is not frightened by demons, demons become one’s friends. When the pure vision of the view of the knowledge of cyclic existence and its transcendence arises, one is a proper vessel for the ultimate quintessence of wisdom realization. How could you two fear me and still have continual pure vision? However, since all beings possess the cause for buddhahood, it is possible to benefit beings and therefore, I will teach you this tantra along with a commentary and you should write it down.

Having said these words, he laughed and sang a vajra song and stayed with them. Tsogyal and Sale got out their vermillion ink. They wrote the teachings with nothing missing and nothing added, grouping them into six chapters with six sections each, for a total of exactly ninety (?) sections of teachings. They entitled this text Quintessence Meaning Which Fully Liberates All Beings. The Master said these teachings were incomplete but nevertheless would guide countless beings to buddhahood, so of course, what need was there to request the complete teachings? There are innumerable buddha realms. Just one word of this meaningful teaching is worth more than all the wealth in Dzamling.

The place in Tibet where the Dharma Wheel of this earth treasure was first turned is Bird’s Nest Crystal Cave. Whoever sees, hears of, thinks of, or touches this place will be established in the state of buddhahood.

Drime Lhundrup Özer brought forth this treasure from Tsari Tra and composed this summary from the chapter on the history of Ultimate Quintessence. May it be virtuous!

Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo

Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo, Hawaii

Lineage lama of the Dudjom Dakini Heart Essence, founder of Jnanasukha Foundation.