Session 1: Awakening at Dawn from the Sleep of Ignorance Followed by Shamatha/Vipashyana

     The audio recording is of the "Awakening at Dawn from the Sleep of Ignorance" followed by 30 minutes of shamatha/vipashyana meditation.


    Awakening At Dawn From the Sleep of Ignorance


    Guru Padma together with his host of dakas and dakinis, accompanied by the music

    of hand-drums and bells, has arrived with great splendor in the sky before me.

    Their bodies in dancing postures, their voices as melodies of symbolic language and

    mantra songs, and their minds as the essence of self-occuring awareness are all

    directed towards me.


    Lord guru and host of dakinis

    Gaze upon me with your compassionate eyes.

    Now all sentient beings of the three realms are asleep,

    Their minds in a state of indifference.

    When waking up, they wander through experiences of confusion.


    So that I, your child, a yogi who realizes natural awareness,

    May guide all my mothers, the sentient beings of the six realms,

    To the pure land of celestial realms,

    I will follow you, father guru.


    Not remaining indifferent in thought, word or action,

    I will gain certainty by learning, contemplating and meditating,

    And arrange my life around the four sessions.


    In this delightful realm of a mountain retreat

    I will accomplish the welfare of self and others.

    Guru, may you and your host of dakinis,

    Bless my body, speech and mind.


    Then, expel the stale breath three times.


    Translated in accordance with the oral teachings of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche at Nagi Gompa by Erik Pema Kunsang and Graham Suskein.