Prayer to the Lion of Speech by Karma Chagme translated by A. Pearce

Karma Chagme was both the Root Guru and Lineage Holder of Terton Myingyur Dorje, who discovered the Namchoe cycle ( sky treasures) in the 17th century and founded the Palyul Lineage.
A new publication , translated by Lopon Sonam Tsewang from the Ngagyur Institute in Bylakuppe, the Seat in India of the Palyul Lineage, reveals the fascinating life of terton Myingyur Dorje, at least what is known as his outer biography. Here, Adam from Lotsawa House has translated a wonderful prayer which karma Chagme used in his private practice ; it is part of a treasure trove of translations, which you can find on, here for your appreciation.

Prayer to the Lion of Speech

Manjushri, Buddha of Wisdom
Manjushri and Sarasvati Series

by Karma Chakmé alias Raga Asya

Namo Lokeshvaraye!


Transcendent conqueror, embodiment of the speech

Of all the buddhas of the past, present and future,

Master of the Lotus Family,

Known as ‘Vajra of Enlightened Speech’,

Amitabha, Buddha of Boundless Light, to you I pray!


Inseparable from him in essence, yet appearing

As the foremost of the buddhas’ heirs,

The bodhisattva mahasattva, great warrior of awakening,

Manjushri, red in colour and wielding a sword,

To you, the Lion of Speech, I pray!


Appearing in the form of the Wisdom Mother,

Goddess of the speech of all the buddhas

Of past, present and future, Sarasvati,

Known as ‘Divine Lady of the Ganges’,

To you, the Goddess of Speech, I pray!


Through the blessings of this prayer,

May I and all my followers,

And all who see, hear or think of me, or come in contact with me in any way,

Dispel entirely the darkness of their ignorance,

And open up the channels of their wisdom!


From this time onwards, in all my future lives,

May my intelligence be free from any flaw!

May I have perfect wisdom in abundance,

And be blessed with an infallible memory

Of all the ocean-like teachings of the buddhas!


Through the utter purity of reality itself,

And the infallible laws of interdependence,

And through the compassion of Manjushri and consort,

May this prayer of mine be accomplished!


This was composed by Raga Asya for his own daily practice. May it be a cause for benefiting the teachings and beings and bringing about ultimate happiness. Virtue! Virtue! Virtue!


| Translated by Adam Pearcey, 2008


May all beings benefit.


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