Enlightening the Heart
The Key to Shambhala—The Secret and Profound Life Practice of Kalachakra Tantra
༄༅། །ཤམྦྷ་ལའི་འཇུག་རིམ་བྱིན་རླབས་སྙིང་གི་སྣང་བ། །
By Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö
A complete daily practice with extended visualisations written for the benefit of Western students. This text can be used as an alternative to practicing the Divine Ladder.
I. Blessing the Speech
Whenever you awake from sleep, let go of the ordinary thoughts and speech that arise and visualise a ram (རྃ) syllable on your tongue. As you say the mantras together in succession, over and over again, visualise the syllable as red fire burning all negative obscurations of speech.
OM A AA I II U UU RI RII LI LII E EE OH OOH AM AH SO HA
KA KHA GA GHA NGA | TSA TSHA DZA DZHA NYA | TA THA DA DHA NA
| TA THA DA DHA NA | PA PHA BA BHA MA | YA RA LA WA SHA | SHA SA HA KSHA | SO HA
[These mantras can be repeated as many times as you like. They are generally practiced upon waking in the morning and are used to clear obstacles for your Kalachakra practice, however they can be chanted at any time during the day or night as a way to clear the mind and purify speech.]
II. Vajrasattva Purification Mantra
[If you can recite the hundred syllable Vajrasattva mantra from both your heart and memory, then chant it here in place of the brief mantra.]
OM VAJRA SATTVA HUNG
III. Calling the Guru from Afar
Sit comfortably. Begin to generate a mind filled with devotion, inspiration and gratitude (for your life and the opportunity to practice). Then concentrate on the meaning of the verses, even visualise the meaning if you can, and recite the following:
Lama please hear me, I offer you my complete self.
I offer you my unwavering devotion and trust.
Lama, I and mine are all yours.
From the centre of devotion at the lotus of my heart you dwell, glorious and supremely compassionate lama, embodiment of all the liberators. I pray with great devotion, may you rise through my clear and pure avadhuti (central channel) and sit above the crown of my head surrounded by a field of rainbow light. Your form with the divine marks emanating joyful spirit and radiance; your speech cutting through any cloud of doubt; your omniscient mind of divine wisdom and compassion; I supplicate you. May you bless me, I, who have faith and devotion.
Cast into samsara from overpowering karma without choice, habitual patterns possess me, creating unfortunate karma. I am born with the five poisons. May I transcend this endless deception and unveil my primordial awareness this instant.
I pray to the root and lineage Lamas.
I pray to the lineage of wish-fulfilling jewels.
Please bless me so the lineage transmission will enter within me.
May all these blessings enter my heart!
Please bless me so the darkness in my heart is cleared away!
May my consciousness dwell in the precious Dharma. May my Dharma practice remain secure and on the right path. May all obscurations on my Dharma path be pacified. May all my delusions transform into primordial wisdom.
[Remain with heartfelt love and devotion toward the Lama for a few seconds.]
IV. Four Convictions of Renunciation
[The following practice is for renouncing samsara – this means letting go of all mundane experiences.]
(i) Karmic Cause and Effect
Just as nature is conditioned and forms of the four elements arise and deteriorate, so it is that karmic causes and conditions dominate everything. I cause my own happiness and unhappiness. May I choose the right action.
(ii) The Disadvantages of Samsara
Just as bees work tirelessly for honey, a candle flame attracts the moth, poison appears as an antidote and fish hurry towards the bait, the hook of samsaric pleasure throws us into oceans of suffering. May I have true renunciation of samsara.
(iii) The Preciousness of a Human Birth
A precious human birth is extremely hard to find. If taken to heart, eternal happiness will triumph. If wasted, a rare opportunity is destroyed. May I take action and embrace the essence of this treasure.
(iv) Uncertainty of the time of death
Life is precarious, like a candle flame in the wind. The time of death is unpredictable and the causes of death are many. Conditions for survival cannot be guaranteed. For these reasons, may I never be lazy or procrastinate in my Dharma practice.
[After we renounce samsara, we aim to reach enlightenment. We cannot do this alone at this stage. This is why we take refuge. Think carefully about what it means to take true refuge and liberate yourself through the path; what do you need to do in your life to connect completely to the Dharma and awaken from the dream? Meditate on this for a few moments.]