Dear Dharma Friends,
In our first Tsok Bum—the accumulation of 100,000 Feast Offerings—of Tukdrup Barché Künsel, we shared with you a short introduction to Guru Rinpoche, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa, Tukdrup Barché Künsel, the Feast Offering, and the sacred site of Asura Cave. Furthermore, we also shared a teaching by Phakchok Rinpoche on how to direct your practice. If you wish to review these materials, please click the links below:
Short Practice Guide for Tsok Offerings
The Benefits of Tsok Offering Practice
How to Direct Your Practice
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Tukdrup Gongpa Kündü
The Heart Practice of the Embodiment of All Realization
Guru Rinpoche himself mentions that his primary or root heart practice is the Tukdrup Gongpa Kundü, The Heart Practice, Embodiment of All Realization, while the two branch or subsidiary practices are Barché Künsel and Sampa Lhündrup. Tukdrup Gongpa Kundü is referred to as the root heart practice of all the manifestations of Guru Rinpoche since it embodies, or combines, all the Tukdrup or Heart Practices with all the buddha, bodhisattva, lama, yidam, dakini, and dharma protector practices into a single mandala. Hence, its name is Gongpa Kundü or Embodiment of All Realization.
When Guru Rinpoche was giving teachings to many of his disciples in Samyé, he manifested in the wrathful form of a heruka. It was at that time that his disciples requested Guru Rinpoché to teach them one mandala that embodies all and one mantra that embodies all—in other words, one practice that embodies all other practices. Fulfilling the disciples’ request, Guru Rinpoché taught the Tukdrup Gongpa Kundü. Since the Tukdrup Gongpa Kundü brings together or embodies all other practices—such as the Tukdrup Barche Kunsel, Sampa Lhundrup, the peaceful buddhas of the five families, the eight great bodhisattvas, the eight wrathful Kagyé deities, the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche, the six buddhas, the six Guru Rinpochés who tame the six realms, and the many dakinis and dharma protectors—it is of vital importance. Therefore, Guru Rinpoche said:
Emaho! ༔ Thus, this root heart practice, so profound, ༔
combines all tantras and commentaries, and their pith instructions. ༔
It is the embodiment of the realization of all the buddhas. ༔
While a vast variety of heart practices have been taught, ༔
the Guru’s realization is completely embodied here. ༔
While a vast variety of sadhanas for peaceful and wrathful yidams have been taught, ༔
all the supreme methods for attaining siddhis are embodied here. ༔
While a vast variety of activities for the dakinis and dharma protectors have been taught, ༔
this swiftly accomplishes all the four activities. ༔
While a vast variety of primary and subsidiary practices of the ground, path, and fruition have been taught, ༔
all of them are totally embodied in this practice. ༔
This practice is the very heart essence of the tantras, ༔
as well as the commentaries and pith instructions. ༔
Therefore, this is the king of all the heart practices;༔
diligently put it into practice in a place of solitude! ༔
So that this teaching does not disappear in the future, ༔
I have hidden it as a precious treasure for fortunate disciples. ༔
When the time comes, may the destined revealer find it, ༔
and may whoever sees, hears, recalls, or touches it be quickly liberated! ༔
Samaya! Seal! Seal! ༔
The Tukdrup Gongpa Kundü was then hidden as a treasure within Namkha Dzö mountain, one of the 25 sacred sites of Kham related to the awakened body of Guru Rinpoche, a sacred place of one thousand buddhas. And, on the 10th day of the monkey month in the Fire Dragon Year, Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa revealed this practice in the form of a yellow parchment with dakini script, two inches by four inches in size, from a rock shaped like a lion’s maw. It was then decoded by both Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa and Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoche. Such is the history of the Tukdrup Gongpa Kundü, The Heart Practice, Embodiment of All Realization.