A Short Sadhana of the Wrathful Black Dakini, Tröma Nagmo
According to the pure and unbroken Dakini Chod lineage in the Gelug Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
Composed by E Lama Dechen Je Pe Dorje (20 th century C.E.)
This sadhana practice is intended only for those people who have received the appropriate Highest Yoga Tantra initiation from a qualified Lama.
Tröma Nagmo(the Wrathful Black Mother) is a Wisdom Dakini practice from the great twentieth century treasure revealer Dudjom Lingpa’s Chӧ-nyi Namkhai Long Dzӧd cycle. It is the most profound of all the chӧd practices since it brings the highest view of Dzogchen Great Perfection to the practice of cutting through the root of dualism, the cause of our suffering within samsara.
NAMO GURU DEVA DAKINI Heruka, pervasive lord of the Hundred Families of the great secret, Wrathful Black Dakini, bestower of supreme innate bliss, Kind Guru, sole refuge for beings to be subdued, I beseech you all, bless me to accomplish the two aims, my own and others.
Taking Refuge and Generating Bodhicitta To you undeceiving eternal Protectors I go for refuge with heart devotion. To set beings who are sinkin g in the swamp of suffering On the perfect path, I generate bodhi-mind.
(Recite this slowly, definitely merging your mind with it.) Guru Yoga In the space in front of me, on a thousand-petalled lotus In the centre of a moon mandala is the Guru, Great Mother, Machig Labdrön, surrounded by the Four Dakini Families,
And all the revered guests, with no-one missing. Offering the 7-limbed Practice With devotion I prostrate to my Guru Yidam Dakini, Make outer, inner, secret and suchness offerings, Purify every harm and obscuration of my body, speech and mind, And rejoice in every purely enacted virtue. Pray turn the entire vast profound wheel of Dharma.
Pass not into Nirvana, always remain, I beseech. All virtue I dedicate to unexcelled full Enlightenment.
Mandala Offering My skin as the ground, intestines as iron mountains, Head as Mount Meru, limbs as four continents, Two eyes as sun and moon , inner organs become The cherished wealth of humans and gods, lacking nothing, I offer. Requests Embodying the treasure of compassion of all the Buddhas of the three times, Precious Kind Guru inseparable from Machig, To you and the hosts of Dakinis I pray and request from the centre of my heart: Please bless me to pacify my delusions in the nature of dharmadhatu, To develop compassion and love in my mind, To directly realise the excellent path of selflessness, And attain the definitive state of Buddha.
(Thus make intense requests visualising the descent of nectar.)
Ejecting your consciousness PHAT (say loudly, do the nectar purification visualisation and eject y our consciousness) PHAT (6x gently) PHAT (the seventh time, force fully ) My mind, having dissolved into the heart of my Guru, Again comes back as Vajrayogini, Chops up my old body’s flesh and bones And blesses it into uncont aminated wisdom nectar.
OM AH HUM HA HO HRIH (Do the special mudra of blessing while reciting the mantra 3x) PHAT Light emanates from my heart inviting the upper and lower guests. All of you please come here this very moment! Brief Kusali Tsog offering (Emanate offering goddesses from one’s heart; by offering the nectar the guests are delighted) To the kind Gurus and Yidam deities, Dakinis and Protectors, wealth deities and land owners, Deities of my birthplace and all sentient beings of the six realms, Harmers, those I owe, and those who resent me, I offer my body as an ocean of nectar.
Please bless me to accomplish the two purposes spontaneously. Giver, receiver and giving all appear Yet are empty like an illusion or dream. Through the power of this vast generosity May I become a naturally-born Buddha for the sake of migrators; And may the multitudes of beings not liberated by past Buddhas By my generosity be liberated. Short Sadhana of the Wrathful Black Dakini 3 Actual practice of Self-generation Consecrating Offerings From the heart of myself generated as Vajrayogini light emanates, purifying all faults and impurities of the abode, and of all outer and inner offerings.
Increasing all desirable qualities, the offerings become able to give uncontaminated bliss.
OM ARGHAM AH HUM OM PADYAM AH HUM OM VAJRA PUSHPE AH HUM OM VAJRA DHUPE AH HUM OM VAJRA ALOKE AH HUM OM VAJRA GÄNDHE AH HUM OM VAJRA NAIVIDYE AH HUM OM VAJRA SHABDA AH HUM OM AH VAJRA ANDARSHE HUM OM AH VAJRA VINE HUM OM AH VAJRA GÄNDHE HUM OM AH VAJRA RASE HUM OM AH VAJRA SPARSHE HUM OM AH VAJRA DHARME HUM
Transforming ordinary death, birth and bardo into the three Buddhakayas
OM SVABHAVA SHUDDHA SARVA DHARMA SVABHAVA SHUDDHO HAM
Everything becomes empty. From within emptiness appear the four elemental mandalas, on top of which is Mount Meru.
From HUM H arises a vast wheel of protection. From BHRUM W & rises the mansion of Great Liberation with four sides, four doors, porticoes and the complete characteristics of a mandala. Inside, on a four-petalled lotus, moon and sun, from BAM B arises a corpse seat. On top of this is my own mind as a curved knife marked by HUM H . Light emanates from the HUM H making offerings to the Exalte d beings and working the welfare of sentient beings. The light then reabsorbs into the HUM H . The curved knife and HUM H transform and I arise as Machig Wrathful Dakini. My body is black-indigo in colour. I have one face, and two hands which hold a curved knife and a blood-filled skullcup.
I wear a dried skull crown, a top knot with the head of a roaring boar, and my hair, eyebrows and facial hair are blazing or ange. My mouth is gaping, tongue curled, fangs fully bared. I wear a moist skull necklace and skirt of tiger-skin, with an upper garment of elephant skin adorned with drops of blood and gr ease. I subjugate the three samsaric realms. I have three eyes looking out to the ten directio ns and I stand amidst a blazing mass of fire.
Surrounding me in a clockwise direction are, starting in front, Buddha Dakini, Ratna Dakini, Padma Dakini and Karma Dakini.
Each has a hundred thousand hosts in her retinue - white, yellow, red and green respectively - with ornament s like that of the principal Mother, and each holding her own symbols and mudras. At the three places, the entire assembly is marked by the Three Vajras. Uniting with the Wisdom Beings and Receiving Empowerment Immeasurable light radiates from the HUMs H at our hearts. From the Dharmadhatu, the realm of great transcendent wisdom, Wisdom beings ar e invited and dissolve indivisibly into us. Likewise Initiating Deities grant us empowerment. All our defilements are cleansed. The excess nectar overflows to become the crown ornaments of the five Dhyani Buddha Families. Presenting the Outer Offerings to the Self-generated Deities.
OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARIWARA ARGHAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARI WARA PADYAM PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARI WARA PUSHPE PRAT ICCHA HUM SVAHA OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARIWARA DHUPE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARIWARA ALOKE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARI WARA GÄNDHE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARI WARA NAIVIDYE PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARI WARA SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA OM AH VAJRA ANDARSHE HUM OM AH VAJRA VINE HUM OM AH VAJRA GÄNDHE HUM OM AH VAJRA RASE HUM OM AH VAJRA SPARSHE HUM OM AH VAJRA DHARME HUM
Presenting the Inner Offering OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARIWARA OM AH HUM
Presenting the Secret Offering
OM SARVA TATHAGATA ANURAGANA VAJRA SVABHAVA ATMAKO HAM
Praise Mother of the Dharmakaya, bi rthless pure Dharmadhatu, Mother, ceaseless, without root, the actual nature of mind, Mother, endless, without centre, free from extremes, beyond mind, Homage to the Great Mother, Dharmakaya.
Four Dakini Families performing the four enlightening actions, Encircled by millions of Mamos and Dakinis, Each in their own colour, with various hand implements, Endowed with measureless power and miraculous manifestations Swiftly accomplishing the pr actitioner’s activities:
Homage and praise to you Mamos and Dakinis. Short Sadhana of the Wrathful Black Dakini
Visualization for Mantra Recitation On a sun-disc and lotus at my heart is the Wisdom being, similar to myself, red in colour. At her heart, on a sun-disc is a HUM H surrounded by the mantra garland from which light radiates. This accomplishes the two purposes, and returns bringing swift attainment of blessings and siddhis.
(Contemplating with stable deity yoga and clari ty, recite the essence mantra as much as possible:)
Mantra Recitation OM AH HUM GURU BAM HA RI NI SA SIDDHI HUM
(Then recite the mantra of the Sanskrit alphabet vowels and consonants, and the Essence of Dependent Arising mantra, th ree times each to stabilise the blessings:)
OM A AA I II U UU RI RII LI LII E AI O OH AM AH KA KHA GA GHA NGA / TSA TSHA DZA DZHA NYA TA THA DA DHA NA / TrA THrA DrA DHrA NA PHA PHA BA BHA MA / YA RA LA WA SHA ZHA SA HA / KHSA / HUM HUM PHAT (3x) OM YE DHARMA HETU PRABHAVA HETUN TESHAM TATHAGATO HYAVADAT TESHAM CHA YO NIRODHA EVAM VADI MAHA SHRAMANAH YE SVAHA (3x)
(Then recite the 100-syllable Heruka Vajrasattva ma ntra to correct any omissions or additions.)
Brief Concluding Offerings and Praise
OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARIWA RA ARGHAM, PADYAM, PUSHPE, DHUPE, ALOKE, GANDHE, NAIVIDYE, SHABDA PRATICCHA HUM SVAHA OM MAHA GURU DEVA DAKINI SAPARIWARA OM AH HUM
Mother of the Dharmakaya, bi rthless pure Dharmadhatu, Mother, ceaseless, without root, the actual nature of mind, Mother, endless, without centre, free from extremes, beyond mind, Homage to the Great Mother, Dharmakaya. Four Dakini Families performing the four enlightening actions, Encircled by millions of Mamos and Dakinis, Each in their own colour, with various hand implements, Endowed with measureless power and miraculous manifestations Swiftly accomplishing the pr actitioner’s activities: Homage and praise to you Mamos and Dakinis.
Dissolution of the Mandala (For the sake of dispelling the extreme view of perman ence, first recite HUM with a long drawn-out tone:) HUM The outer and inner environment and beings all melt into light. I also dissolve from above and below, collecting into the HUM H . That also dissolves into the nada which becomes of a nature of great bliss, clear light and the birthless Dharmakaya. (Sit in meditative equipoise as long as you can.)
1.2 6 Instant Self-generation as Ma.Chig Tro.ma Nag.mo (Then, in order to dispel the extreme view of nihilism:) From within emptiness I arise in the wrathful Mother’s form, my three places marked by the three syllables. Within the indestructible protecti on wheel of a mountain of vajra fire are that which is protected, meditation objects, as well.
Dedication Through the virtuous collections created here May I myself lead all mother sentient beings Out of the lower realms and the paths that lead there, And set them in the state of Dharmakaya. May those who practise this method Always be assisted with never a break By all the Heroes and Yoginis in this world’s Twenty-four sacred places, who are endowed with unimpeded magical power. (Recite any further dedication and auspicious verses you wish.) Translator’s colophon: Originally translated by David Molk, January 2, 1996 Editor Colophon:
Edited by Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, 2009 Gaden for the West Colophon: Composed by the 20th century E Lama Dechen Je Pe Dorje who is the reincarnation of E Lama Gelek Pelzang, who wrote the long sadhana of Dakini Chod lineage Troma Nagmo / Wrathful Black Dakini. Under the kind supervision of the Venerable 13th Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, this Gaden for the West (GFTW) version has been edited by Chuck Damov and formatted by Peter Lewis.. We dedicate any and all merit of this effort to the study and pure practice of the precious Vajrayana teachings.
see also: Ekajaṭī