Scent of the Lotus
A Song in Praise of Tsogyelgar: by Lopon Orgyan Tanzin
Tsogyelgar gyi né-töd zhug
GÖN SANG GYÉ PE MA DOR JÉ CHANG
Lotus Buddha Protector, Dorjé Chang, and
MA YING CHUG DÉ CHEN TSO GYEL MA
Queen of Space, Great Blissful Mother Tsogyel,
NÉ RI THRÖD DRIM PA'I GOM CHEN LA
I pray that you will bestow the supreme and ordinary siddhis
CHOG THÜN MONG NYI KYI NGÖ DRUB TSÖL
upon the yogins who wander this sacred place of mountain retreat!
NÉ EN PA'I RI THRÖD TSO GYEL GAR
Tsogyelgar, this secluded retreat hermitage,
KYAB LU MÉ PE MA'I GYU THRÜL GAR
is the dance of the magical manifestation of Padmasambhava, the undeceiving refuge.
PHA LA MA THRAG THUNG HÉ RU KA
The Father and Mother Lamas reside here
MA TSO GYEL KHAN DRO NGÖ SU ZHUG
as Traktung Héruka and Tsogyel Dakini in person.
KHOR LOB MA DAM TSIG DOM PA TSANG
Their retinue of students, pure holders of samaya,
LHA KYÉ DZOG NYI LA LHAG PAR REM
exceedingly endeavor in the deity sadhanas of both generation and completion.
CHÖ DZOG PA CHEN PO'I NEL JOR PA
Yogins of the Dharma of Great Perfection,
MA KHAN DRO PA WO DU WA'I NÉ
They abide as a gathering of Dakinis and Heroes.
CHI KÖD PÉ DZÉ PA DÉ DEN ZHING
The outer manifestation of Tsogyelgar is the exquisite pure realm of Sukhavati.
NANG OR GYEN YÜL DANG MI NYI PA
At an inner level, it is not different from the Dakini land of Uddiyana.
NÉ NGA YAB PEL RI PHÖ DRA WA
It is as if this place has transformed into the Glorious Mountain of Chamara.
MA TSO GYEL GAR DÉ JIN LAB CHÉ
Tsogyelgar is greatly blessed!
TEN KHANG BU TSÉG PA'I CHÖD TEN DANG
There is a stupa, in the form of a small, stacked temple,
JA NGANG PA CHO WA'I PE MA'I DZING
and a swan gliding atop a lotus pond.
LAG THIL TAR NYAM PA'I PANG JONG CHÉ
The grassy fields are smooth like the palm of one’s hand.
MI SÖD NAM SAG PA'I ZHUG NÉ LAG
Indeed, those who live here have accumulated great merit.
JA KÉ NYEN KI LI RANG DRA DROG
The Kili mantra proclaims itself through the melodious songs of birds.
ZA SHING DRÉ MÉ TOG TRA WA'I NANG
Amid fruit trees and blossoming flowers
BAG YANG SU GYU WA'I RI DAG CHÉ
wild animals freely roam the land.
MA TSO GYEL GAR DÉ NGO TSAR CHÉ
Tsogyelgar is truly wondrous!
LHA LA MA GYÉ PA'I JIN LAB DANG
Through the happy blessings of the Lamas and the deities
MA KHAN DRO DU WA'I GÉ TSEN GYI
and the auspicious omens of the gathered Dakinis,
CHÖ SHA MAR MÖ PA'I LOB MA'I TRIN
may the billowing clouds of students with authentic faith in Dharma
CHÖ DÜD TSI'I DRANG CHAR BEB JÉ SHOG
cause the honey rain of Dharma nectar to fall.
MA TSO GYEL GAR GYI PE MA'I DRI
May the lotus scent of Tsogyelgar
NÉ CHOG CHU'I JIG TEN KHYAB PA'I THÜ
pervade the world in the ten directions and by its power,
CHÖ SANG CHEN DAB GYA'I ZIL NGAR LA
may the sweet dew of the Secret Mantra Dharma
LONG CHÖD PA'I GA TÖN TAG KHYAB SHOG
forever suffuse the richness of our ecstatic celebration.
Enthralled by the outer and inner universe of Tsogyelgar and rejoicing along with the bees, I spontaneously uttered this insignificant song of praise. With devotion, I, Ogyan Tanzin, wrote this down at once. May this offering be virtuous.