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Kunzang Monlam is the prayer of Kuntuzangpo. Kuntuzangpo is called Samanthabadra in Sanskrit, or Pu Xien Pusa in Chinese. This prayer. Kunzang Monlam(or Great Perfection Prayer of Kuntuzangpo) – The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo is a famous Dzogchen aspiration prayer from the. On solstices, eclipses and equinox day, Tibetan Buddhists have the practice of the Kunzang Monlam. A prayer that describes the nature of.

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Everything — appearance and existence, samsara and nirvana, has a single ground, yet two paths and two fruitions, and magically displays as awareness or unawareness. That which gives rise to samsara, or nirvana is awareness and un-awareness. Without awareness our lives get taken over by habitual patterns of cyclic dissatisfaction, confusion and suffering. The practice of Buddhists is to wake up from this unconscious cycle.

About the Kunzang Monlam In the Kunzang Monlam prayer we remember that awareness is the most important monpam decisive element in life. We resolve to understand how our perceptions of the world color our experience. We resolve to recognize our kunzant projections and delusions. We become alert to our relationship with emotions. Therefore, from the lens of the Kunzang Monlam, Buddhism could be regarded as functioning as a science, art, philosophy, poetry and religion of clarifying awareness.

When reality is perceived as it is — that is wakefulness, the goal of mpnlam Buddhist path.

Through Kuntuzangpo, the Primordial buddha of Total Goodness, may all beings fully awaken perfected in the palace of the vast expanse monlan. The ground kunxang all reality is uncontrived, and the self-arising great expanse, beyond expression. Realizing just this you are a Buddha; not realizing this you are a being wandering in samsara.

May all beings of the three realms realize the inexpressible ground of being. I, Kuntuzangpo, have realized that ground, without cause and unconditioned.

It is just this self-arising awareness. It is unstained by outer expression and inner thought, affirmation or denial. It is unobscured by the darkness of un-awareness. Thus this natural self-manifesting display is faultless. I, Kuntuzangpo, abide as intrinsic awareness. If self-awareness remains in place, even though the three-fold world were to be destroyed, there is no fear. There is no grasping to the five desirable qualities of sense objects. In self-arising awareness beyond conceptuality, there is neither solid form nor the five poisons.

In the unceasing radiance of awareness, singular in essence, arises the five aspects of awareness. From the ripening of these five aspects of awareness are the five wisdoms, the five original Buddhas emerge, and through the expanse of their wisdom, the 42 peaceful Buddhas appear.

Through the arising creativity of the five wisdoms, the 60 wrathful Herukas manifest.

Thus kynzang ground awareness [even as it manifests] never becomes confused. I, Kuntuzangpo, am the original Buddha of all, and through this prayer of mine, may all beings who wander in the six realms of samsara realize this self-originating awareness and may great wisdom spontaneously expand. My emanations are an unceasing stream. I will continuously manifest in billions of inconceivable ways, appearing in forms to help beings who can be trained.

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mlnlam May all beings of the six realms escape the destinies of the six types of karma. In the Kunzang Monlam the entire prayer outlines the way in which mind unfolds, from our mental habits come the projections that infect all our interactions with our own karmic propensities.


This is how habitual mind states and beliefs about self manifest in our circumstances. It discusses the mental poisons and the six realms of suffering, how these all begin with unawareness of our own nature. Alternatively, whenever presence of awareness is available then genuine and direct communication with our world is possible. Awareness itself becomes the basis for an intrinsic confidence, because we practice relating more and more directly with what is in front of us rather than being so caught up in our anxieties, interpretations and agendas.

This natural confidence is said to arise because the root of all fear is the disassociation from our natural goodness. Because we have lost touch with our authentic nature, we get stuck acting out a fictive self. In the face of the intensities of our life, that fictive self is inadequate, and we sense this.

It is contrived and so it gives way to fundamental anxiety, because it cannot be trusted as a ground to rest into. Only by letting that fictive self go — to reside in awareness of our natural goodness — can genuine confidence be found. Reality is said to be non-dual and therefore represents the union of the full spectrum of male and female energies of the universe.

Two buddhas are shown in union, Kuntuzangpo and Kuntuzangpo, the primordial male and female buddhas. Potentially this could include gender spectrum however other images in Buddhism lend themselves more fully to that interpretation such as Avalokiteshvara.

Astrology in India and Tibet The Body-mind system is understood as a network of vital energy, winds and centers, known as the tsa, lung and thigle in Tibetan language. On eclipse days, that system is believed to be disrupted, leaving a person more weak and vulnerable to impending forces. Such warnings appear in different types of Buddhist literature such as the Kalachakra or the Gyud zhi, the four medical tantras, as well as throughout Indian, Chinese and Tibetan astrology.

An eclipse of the sun or the moon, considered mon,am life-giving planets, is a most inauspicious period.

This has adverse health effects, especially on those of weak constitution or whoever may alrea dy be suffering from some health complaint. Depending on the birth chart, some people are more vulnerable to these transits than others…. Generally speaking, an eclipse adversely affects the health and vitality of any new undertaking, so we try to avoid starting something significant during the period of an eclipse.

Kunzahg on the particulars, the effects of an eclipse lasts between one to three months, with the most intense effects immediately surrounding the actual eclipse date. So this is one of the reasons that spiritual practices such as the Kunzang Monlam or mantra practices in general are undertaken on such days. The eclipse day in particular is considered inauspicious for any other kind of activity besides spiritual practice.

Science, mysticism or both?

Great Perfection Prayer of Kuntuzangpo

Are there actually changes in our mind body complex during eclipses or is this just momlam matter of religious imagination? How do such changes effect the body and mind of meditators from a biological perspective? This would be interesting research to see since the lunar cycles are a major factor in the timing of Tibetan Buddhist contemplative practices and ritual. When meditation research focuses on the practice alone, it may be omitting important factors related to physical, environmental and social contexts.


How to Practice the Prayer for Eclipses, Equinoxes, Earthquakes The Kunzang Monlam is a Vajrayana practice, so traditionally kunzxng, one has to receive initiation and instructions to practice this prayer from a Tibetan Buddhist teacher.

That initiation gives a special ingredient to practice which serves as permission, kunzan and a direct encounter with the meaning of the practice. However, anyone can read the prayer or listen to it and benefit from it.

This is why it is read at the bedside of dying people to help them recognize the nature of mind. It is true respected Rinpoche, mind is everything, if we can tame our mind with awareness kunsang it is great victory…. Hi Gayle, Yes its so true! Its amazing how solstices and equinoxes are very specific days for Tibetan Medicine when certain practices are avoided and others are favored.

Likewise in Tibetan Buddhism these are times for spiritual practice. So in Tibetan traditions monlqm are important! Dear Alisha, Yes its so true — that is the essence of Buddhism, ultimate victory, ultimate journey, Good luck to us all!

Thank you Rinpoche, I am blessed by this offering and offer my gratitude in return. I was under the impression that a new moon was a good time to plant a seed, and that durring an ecplise this seeds merit might be magnified.

Can you clarify this for me please? Dear Rhiannon, I am glad you enjoyed this article. Thank you for the interesting question. I have been taught that in Tibetan Buddhism, the view is that spiritual practices done on eclipses days have greater effect, their merit is multiplied. Tibetan Buddhism is vast, so there are always more teachings. Tibetan Buddhism is also diverse, so there may be particular teachings in one lineage that appear differently from tradition to another.

I do know that in Tibetan Medicine planting particular herbs on particular days for particular affects is observed. Here is a link to a scholarly article which discusses Tibetan seasonal omnlam knowledge. Best warmest wishes, Pema Khandro. Toggle navigation Pema Khandro. Guided meditation and discussion with Pema Khandro. This 30 minute online class is free and open to Buddhist Yogis Sangha Members only. Click Here to become a Member Join online for this monthly class to practice meditation and discuss esoteric Buddhism with Pema Khandro.

This class is a joyful opportunity to connect with the Buddhist Yogis […]. A 30 minute guided meditation and online teaching with Pema Khandro. Free and open to the public. The Dakini known in Tibetan as Khandro is the principle of spacious dynamic wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism. This is a monthly class to support your meditation practice and meet the […]. The prayer says, Through Kuntuzangpo, the Primordial buddha of Total Goodness, may all beings fully awaken perfected in the palace of the vast expanse dharmadhatu.

You can listen to the prayer and watch the video here: The importance of the solstice and equinox is so overlooked in western culture.