||The Khepa Sri
Gyelpo by Patrul Rimpoche is for some the single most important Dzokchen
text in the Dzokchen Nyingthik tradition. Within the frame of view,
meditation and action, Patrul Rimpoche includes Garab Dorje’s three
incisive precepts, or imperatives, in his exposition of the vision, or
view, of Dzokchen atiyoga. He gives very precise instructions in the
practice of view and meditation. The meditation technique employed is
explosive utterance of the sacred syllable PHAT.
Homage to the Guru!
Vision is Longchen Rabjam, the All-pervasive Vast
meditation is Khyentse Wozer, the Radiance of Wisdom and
action is Gyelwai Nyugu, the Bodhisattva.
vision, meditation and action,
Without stress or strain you will attain
Buddhahood in this lifetime;
And failing that - what peace of
Yes, Vision is Longchen Rabjam, All-Pervasive Vast
and the three precepts strike that essential
First, keep the mind relaxed,
and neither diffused nor
concentrated, remain without thought;
in this state of equilibrium and
abruptly utter a mind-shattering
forcefully, loud and short - and
there it is!
nothing at all but wonderment and illumination.
illuminated wonderment is all-pervading freedom of mind,
and in that
inexpressible all-penetrating freedom of mind
dharmakaya’s total presence.
A direct introduction into the nature of
mind is the first imperative.
Then, whether there is quiescence or flow,
lust, happiness or sadness,
at all times and in every
sustain that recognition of the dharmakaya’s total
The 'son' clear light uniting with the familiar 'mother'
remain absorbed in ineffable total presence.
Again and again
disrupt quiescence, elation, clarity and flow,
by abruptly uttering the
syllable of means and insight,
and meditative absorption and subsequent
insight are identical
and the sessions and intervals of meditation are
always remain in this state of
While stability in this is developing ,
renounce entertainment and treasure meditation;
formal meditation in set periods
and at all times and in every
watch the free play of the dharmakaya alone
there is nothing other than that.
Absolute conviction is the second
In the event of lust or anger, pleasure or pain,
with direct recognition of it no residue
by intuiting this liberating aspect of the
analogous to a figure drawn in water,
uninterrupted spontaneous arising and reflexive release.
arises is the food of naked presence and emptiness;
whatever moves is
the creativity of the sovereign dharmakaya,
leaving no trace – awesome!
The way things arise is the same as
the crucial difference is in their release.
vital function of release, meditation is a delusory path;
it, we abide in dharmakaya non-meditation.
Implicit confidence in
release is the third imperative.
In this vision that possesses those three
meditation, the interfusion of wisdom and love,
Bodhisattva’s customary activity, act as support.
Though the Buddhas of
past present and future confer,
there are no precepts superior to
The Dharmakaya Treasure-finder, the creativity of total
took this treasure from the matrix of perfect
This treasure is not an extraction of ore from rock;
the final testament of Garab Dorje;
it is the spiritual elixir of the
entrusted with the seal of secrecy to my heart
This message from the heart is the profound truth;
vital truth is my heart message.
Do not abandon this vital truth;
not let these precepts escape you.
The Extraordinary Teaching of the Khepa
Glorious Sovereign Wisdom, is
The first version of this translation of the
Three Incisive Precepts was done in 1981 and published in the
Diamond Sow series in Kathmandu. Various revisions since then
have incorporated minor changes. My rendering of rig pa herein, for
example, is "total presence".
Finished on the 10th day of the eighth month
of the iron-dragon year, October 8th, 2000, in Kathmandu,
Nepal. May all beings be happy!