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Dorje Chang Tungma - online with Lama Zangmo

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Teacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo

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The Dorje Chang Tungma is recited regularly before meditation sessions and teachings at Kagyu Samye Dzong London and other Kagyu centres. Lama Zangmo will explain the meaning of this profound and inspirational prayer and look at the wealth of instructions it contains on living a meaningful life. If you don't already have a copy, you can download a PDF here, and a copy of the English translation is below.

This weekly course will be held online, and a zoom link will be sent to participants.

Participants are requested to commit to attend all sessions. Bookings should be made by the 9th of February.


Great Dorje Chang, Tilopa, Naropa,
Marpa, Milarepa, Prince of Dharma-Gampopa,
Karmapa - who knows all of past, present and future,
The Holders of the Four Great and Eight Smaller Lineages -
Drikung, Talung, Tsalpa, glorious Drukpa and many others;
I pray to you who have realised the deep path of Mahamudra.

The Dhagpo Line of Oral Transmission,
That peerless protector for all beings.
I will also uphold the tradition of the Kagyu Lamas;
Grant your blessing that I may follow the example of their wondrous deeds.

Weariness with Samsara is taught to be the feet of meditation.
Thus the true meditator is uninvolved with food, wealth or anything.
Grant your blessing to those who sever their bondage to the things of this life,
That they may be unattached to success and honour.

Devotion is taught to be the head of meditation.
Thus the true meditator constantly prays to his Guru,
The one who opens the door to the treasure of the essential instructions.
Grant your blessing that uncontrived faith and devotion may arise in them.

Non-distraction is taught to be the actual body of meditation.
Thus, whatever arises, the true meditator simply rests within the uncontrived,
In the very freshness of the essence of thought.
Grant your blessing that there may be freedom from the idea of something to
meditate on.

The essence of thought is taught to be the Dharmakaya.
Nothing whatsoever, yet it manifests as anything whatsoever,
Appearing in unhindered play to the true meditator.
Grant your blessing that the indivisibility of Samsara and Nirvana be realised.

In all my lives may I never be without a true Guru,
And may I make proper use of the splendour of Dharma.
Perfecting all the qualities of the Levels and Paths,
May I swiftly achieve the state of Dorje Chang