Chokgyur Dechen Shikpo Lingpa Parinirvāṇa
On June 14, 2018, the community of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery performs a puja to commemorate the anniversary of Chokgyur Lingpa.
Chokgyur Dechen Shikpo Lingpa
(Tib. མཆོག་གྱུར་བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིག་པོ་གླིང་པ་, Wyl. mchog gyur bde chen zhig po gling pa) (1829-1870) is renowned as the “Great Tertön”, or treasure revealer. His cycle of revealed treasures is known as the Chokling Tersar. For those who are not acquainted with his life story, you can find a short description on Treasury of Lives. And for those who practice within this lineage, our in-house translation group, Lhasey Lotsawa, has published the indispensable book, The Great Tertön.
In this volume, we discover more than just a history–it also contains a collection of oral instructions. The Great Tertön presents the life-stories of Guru Rinpoché, Chokgyur Lingpa, and all the subsequent Chokling incarnations. We refer to the genre of Tibetan life stories as Namthar (Tib. rNam thar). This term means “complete liberation”, and indicates that the lessons we can absorb from this text focus on spiritual attainment. In addition, we can read about a number of the main lineage masters from the line of transmission that continues to this day with Phakchok Rinpoché.
Reading the Life Story of Chokgyur Dechen Shikpo Lingpa: Advice from Phakchok Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche advises us to read the liberation stories of masters with a different perspective than we apply to our usual study. He counsels that we need to read with a humble and compassionate attitude:
“Therefore, please relax your critical mind and try to generate some devotion and some pure perception…”
Reflection on Parinirvāṇa
On the anniversary of Chokgyur Lingpa’s Parinirvāṇa, we can reflect on the great devotion and faith showed by the master. Here, we can turn to one of the accounts included in The Great Tertön, called Nectar for the Ears of the Fortunate. This narration by Könchok Gyurmé is the account of Chokgyur Linpa’s Visionary Journey to the Copper-colored Mountain. Moreover, in this extraordinary voyage the master journeys with the ḍākinīs, stopping at many sacred sites along the way. They stop at the site of the Buddha’s own parinirvāṇa, in modern Kushinagar.
Once they arrive there, we read that the Tertön “made supplications in a state of profound and irreversible faith, filled with admiration, yearning, and trust”. Also, his body hairs stood on end, and his face shown with tears. And at that point the head ḍākinī advised him,
“Son of noble family, it is taught that the Buddha never passes away, and the dharma likewise never disappears. Regarding the meaning of this:
In one’s own mind is the original buddha.
Is this not what is called the sugata essence?
In the five-colored sphere in the center of your heart
The buddha resides, never parting.
Samādhi! Hoh, ah, ah, ah!”
Quote from The Great Tertön, p. 256.
On this day, may we also recollect this teaching and remain in the natural state!