The Ornament of the Wisdom Mind of Kuntuzangpo
Prayer and Teachings by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche wrote "The Ornament of the Wisdom Mind of Kuntuzangpo: The Goal of View, Meditation, Conduct, and Fruition [of Great Perfection]" in 2000 following the death of his beloved young nephew, Kalsang Norbu. This prayer of aspiration illuminates the difference between how Kuntuzangpo, the original Buddha, perceives phenomena and how ordinary sentient beings perceive phenomena. Ordinary beings’ dualistic perception of the inner mind and outer phenomena as separate is the root of confusion. The confused mind of a sentient being creates karma, which in turn creates suffering. This is the nature of samsara. In Kuntuzangpo’s nondual wisdom mind, however, all inner and outer phenomena are the ornaments of enlightened mind. Kuntuzangpo is actually the name of the essence of our original nature of mind, our primordially enlightened being. Within this original nature, the entire phenomenal world arises as Kuntuzangpo’s nondual wisdom display, the mind ornament of Kuntuzangpo.
Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s teachings on his prayer are available exclusively to Heart Teachings monthly subscribing members beginning March through September 2019. Members will receive a monthly teaching in mp4 digital format or on DVD, along with the mp3 audio of the teaching and a PDF of the prayer. If you’re a current subscribing member, you will automatically receive a PDF of the text and mp3 of Rinpoche reciting the prayer. If you’re not a current member and are interested in learning more about this series and subscribing, you can find more information here.
You can find the Ornament of the Wisdom Mind of Kuntuzangpo prayer with Tibetan, phonetics, and the original English translation by Lama Ngawang Zangpo as a PDF or in print. You’ll also find an updated translation by Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo at the Tsogyal Center here. Your purchase supports her important translation work.
Listen to Lama Tharchin Rinpoche reciting the prayer here.
Photos: Kunzang Yab Yum detail of statue, private collection of Lama Tharchin Rinpoche. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche with Kalsang Norbu and Maura Ginty, New York.