Sollo Chenmo—An Introduction

 


Rigpa Centre, Berlin, 23 May 2009

Sollo Chenmo—An Introduction

Rigpa Centre, Berlin, 23 May 2009

In May 2009, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche returned to Berlin. During his visit, Rinpoche was touched by the sheer number of people who died there in 1945, and felt it is important to practise for all the spirits of the departed that must still be there. Apart from elaborate sur practices, Rinpoche offered to come back with lamas and monks to do the most elaborate kind of Vajrayana practice in Berlin, a drupchen, which was made possible by the generous support of Sogyal Rinpoche and the Rigpa sangha in the unique Berlin Rigpa Centre. One morning, before doing Gesar practices, Rinpoche said these few words.


Sogyal Rinpoche asked me to do a practice of fulfilment, offering and invocation (Tib. kangsol) to Gesar. He added he’d appreciate if I could give a short explanation about offering practices to Gesar.

Ling Gesar was the king of China. He was an emanation of the Lords of the Three Families and of Guru Rinpoche. In these times of degeneration, the lungta of all beings is low. Doing Gesar practices raises the practitioners’ lungta, which increases the strength and speed of their outer activities, as well as the power of the activities related to the ‘inner aspect’ of mind, rigpa and so on.

Mipham Rinpoche has composed this sadhana—'composed', here, means that it arose as a mind terma—in such a way that anyone doing this practice will see auspicious circumstances and long life increase, wealth rain down, and especially the continuous increase of fame and good repute, good company, and so on. In particular, it is said that the experiences and realization in the practice, warmth of bliss, indications and signs of practice, will also increase like the waxing moon.

Now we will do the guru yoga of Gesar based on the root sadhana of Gesar Dorje Tsegyal, offer a sang, do the protectors practice, and then the unique practice of Sollo Chenmo (‘The Great Invocatory Offering’).

Since you don’t have the text in English of most of these practices, I suppose you can all join in by simply praying to Guru Rinpoche and Gesar while considering them indivisible from one another.

Translated by Gyurmé Avertin
Edited by Ane Tsondru


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