Sampa Lhundrubma, Sampa Nyurdrubma, & Barched Lamsel

The Sampa Lhundrubma (The Spontaneous Accomplishment [of One's] Wishes), the Sampa Nyurdrubma (The Quick Accomplishment [of One's] Wishes), and the short Barched Lamsel are three well-known prayers to Guru Rinpoche within the Ngagyur Nyingma tradition. The first, Sampa Lhundrubma, was discovered by Tulku Zangpo Drakpa and entrusted to Rigdzin Godem in the 14th century (CE). The second, Sampa Nyudrubma, was composed in part by Longchen Rabjampa and in part by Kunkhyen Jigme Ling. While the third, Barched Lamsel, was discovered by Chogyur Lingpa in the 19th century. In 1951, H.H. Diglo Khyentse gave a teaching to the Rebgong ngakpas titled, "A Banquet of Nectar," in which He outlined the most essential practices of those who aspire to the name "ngakpa" or "mantradhara." The fourth of these teachings is to:

"Respect the Vajra Master like one would one’s own limbs and head [i.e. one’s entire body].

"Having managed to rely on the Guru, you will obtain every spiritual accomplishment or siddhi of the Tantrayana through solely relying on Him [or Her]. Having confidence that, Whoever your Root Guru might be, They are inseparable from, are one with, and the same as Guru Rinpoche, never forget to chant the Tsigdun Soldeb (The Seven-lined Prayer), the Sampa Lhundrubma, the Barched Lamsel, and the [other] prayers of Guru Yoga."

So we can see how important these three prayers are, with H.H. Dilgo Khyentse singling them out by name as key prayers and practices for relying on the Guru. In the summer of 2015 while teaching at the Padmsambhava Meditation Center in Denver, CO, Sogtshe Rinpoche recommended that everyone pray the Sampa Lhundrubma every day if possible. The Sampa Nyurdrubma is said during the distribution of the tshog offerings to the congregation at all Nyingma tshogs. My original Teachers told me to say this prayer also every day (which I have done for most of 46 years). At tshogs, the Sampa Nyurdrubma is then followed by one, several, or even hundreds of repetitions of the shortest form of the Barched Lamsel, better known in Nyingma circles as Dusum Sanggay (for the first two words of its first line). This prayer can also be said over and over again whenever one is confronted by any kind of hindrance or obstacle, spiritual or mundane. It is not infrequent for Nyingmapas to accumulate 100,000 or more Dusum Sanggays. These two prayers -- Sampa Nyurdrubma and Dusum Sangagay -- are known by heart (or should be known by heart) by all Nyingmapas. Therefore, please enjoy and make use of these three essential Nyingma prayers below.

Sampa Lhundrubma

E-MA-HO

NUB-CHOG DE-WA CHEN-GYI ZHING-KHAM-SU

NANG-WA THA-YAY THUG-JE JIN-LAB-YO

TUL-KU PE-MA JUNG-NAY JIN-LAB-TE

DZAM-BU LING-DU DRO-WAI DON-LA-JON

DRO-DON GYUN-CHAD MED-PAI THUG-JE-CHEN

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI-LOB

 

In Sukhavati in the west,

The blessing of Amitabha's compassion were aroused

And [He] blessed [His] emanation Padmasambhava

To come to [this] Jambu continent for the sake of wanderers.

Compassionate One, [You] never cease to bring benefit for wanderers.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to [You we] pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

GYAL-PO TRI-SONG DEU-TSEN MEN-CHAD-NAY

CHO-GYAL DUNG-GYUD TA-LA MA-TONG-WAR

DU-SUM GYUN-CHAD MED-PAR JIN-GYI-LOB

BOD-KYI CHO-KYONG GYAL-POI NYEN-CHIG-PU

GYAL-PO CHO-JOD KYONG-WAI THUG-JE-CHEN

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

All the Dharma kings, from KingTrisong Deutsen

Down to the very end of the royal line,

In all the three times, have known [Your] constant blessings.

One [and only] friend of the Dharma Kings of Tibet,

Compassionate One, [You] safeguard the lands that practice the Dharma.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to [You we] pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

KU-NI LHO-NUB SIN-POI KHA-NON-DZAD

THUG-JE BOD-KYI SEM-CHEN YONG-LA-ZIG

MA-RIG LOG-PAI SEM-CHEN DREN-PAI-PAL

NYON-MONG DUL-KAI SEM-CHEN THAB-KYI-DUL

TSE-DUNG GYUN-CHAD MED-PAI THUG-JE-CHEN

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

[While Your] body is subduing the Rakshasas in the southwest.

[Your] look on sentient beings everywhere in Tibet with compassion.

Glorious guide of sentient beings led astray by ignorance,

You skillfully discipline those whose kleshas are so hard to tame.

Compassionate One, [Your] love is ceaseless in its kindness and care.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to [You we] pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

DU-NGEN NYIG-MAI THA-LA THUG-PAI-TSHE

NAG-RE GONG-RE BOD-KYI DON-LA-JON

NYI-ZER CHAR-DUD DANG-LA CHIB-TE-JON

YAR-NGO TSHE-CHUI DU-SU NGO-SU-JON

DRO-DON TOB-CHEN DZAD-PAI THUG-JE-CHEN

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

[Now,] when this degenerate dark age reaches its final depths,

[You] come in person at dawn and dusk for the welfare of Tibet,

Riding on the rays of the rising and setting sun

As well as on the waxing and waning 10 days.

Compassionate One, [You] act with great power forthe benefit of wanderers.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to [You we] pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

NGA-GYAI THA-MA TSHOD-DU NYIG-MA-LA

SEM-CHEN THAM-CHED NYON-MONG DUG-NGA-RAG

NYON-MONG JOL-NYOG DUG-NGA RANG-GYUD-CHOD

DE-DRAI DU-NA KHYED-DRAI THUG-JE-KYOB

DED-DEN THO-RI DREN-PAI THUG-JE-CHEN

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

Now, in this dark age of conflict, in the final era of500 [years],

The five poisons grow [ever] more violent in all sentient beings.

Recklessly, [we] indulge in the kleshas and the five poisons dominate our [mind-]streams.

At a time such as this, may [Your] compassion be [our] protection.

Compassionate One, [You] lead those with faith to the higher realms.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

HOR-SOG JIG-PAI MAG-GI THA-KOR-NAY

CHO-KHOR NYEN-PO JIG-LA THUG-PAI-TSHE

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN LHA-SIN DE-GYED KHOR-GYI-KOR

HOR-SOG MAG-PUNG DOG-PAR THE-TSHOM-MED

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When we are surrounded by fearsome Mongol hordes

And the blessed seats of the Dharma are being destroyed,

If [we] pray [to You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, [You with Your] retinue of the eight classes of Gods and Rakshasas

Will repel the Mongol hordes. [Of this there is, likewise,] no doubt.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

SEM-CHEN GYU-LU JIG-PAI NAD-JUNG-TSHE

MI-ZOD DUG-NGAL NAD-KYI NYEN-PA-NA

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN MEN-GYI LA-DANG YER-MED-BAY

TSHE-ZAD MA-YIN BAR-CHED NGE-PAR-SEL

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When illness [strikes] which destroys the illusory bodies of sentient beings [and]

When disease [plunges us] into unbearable suffering and agony,

If [we] pray [to You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, [You Who] are inseparable from the Medicine Buddha

Will completely dispel [any] hindrances that bring untimely [death].

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

JUNG-WA DRAR-LANG SA-CHU NYAM-PAI-TSHE

SEM-CHEN MU-GEI NAD-KYI NYEN-PA-NA

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN KHAN-DRO NOR-LHAI TSHOG-DANG-CHAY

UL-PHONG TRE-KOM SEL-WAR THE-TSHOM-MED

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When the elements turn against [us] as enemies and the earth's resources fail

[And thus] sentient beings are tormented by the plague of famine,

If [we] pray [to You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, [You] with [Your] hosts of Dakinis and Deities of Wealth

Will pacify the poverty of hunger and thirst. [Of this there is, likewise,] no doubt.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

LAY-CHEN DRO-WAI DON-DU TER-DON-NA

DAM-TSHIG ZOL-ZOG MED-PAI PA-DING-GI

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN YI-DAM LHA-DANG YER-MED-PAY

PHA-NOR BU-YI LON-PAR THE-TSHOM-MED

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When those of great karma reveal Treasures for the sake of wanderers,

If [we] pray to [You] without doubt or hesitation

[And] with the courage and confidence of samaya free from pretense,

Orgyen, [You Who] are inseparable from [our] Yidam Deity

Will insure that [we] sons inherit [our] Father's wealth. [Of this there is, likewise,] no doubt.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

BAY-YUL NAG-THROD WEN-SA NYOG-PAI-TSHE

KHA-CHAR BU-YUG TSHUB-SHING LAM-GAG-NA

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN ZHI-DAG NYEN-POI KHOR-GYI-KOR

CHO-DZAD LAM-NA DREN-PAR THE-TSHOM-MED

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When travelling through hidden lands, forests, and deserted [places,

Or when our] path is blocked or cut offby storms or snow,

If [we] pray [to You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, [You] with [Your] retinue of powerful Lords of the Earth

Will lead [us] practitioners to the right path. [Of this there is, likewise,] no doubt.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

TAG-ZIG DOM-DRED DUG-DRUL CHE-WA-CHEN

THROG-CHEN JIG-PAI THRANG-LA DRIM-PAI-TSHE

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN PA-WO GING-DANG SUNG-MAR-CHAY

DUG-PAI SEM-CHEN TRO-PAR THE-TSHOM-MED

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When [we] are travelling through terrifying passes or wild and desolate [places]

[And] vicious wild animals menace [us, such as] tigers, leopards, bears, and poisonous snakes,

If [we] pray to [You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, [You with Your] Heroes, Ging, and Guardians

Will drive off [all] these poisonous sentient beings. [Of this there is, likewise,] no doubt.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

SA-CHU ME-LUNG JUNG-WAI BAR-CHED-KYI

GYU-LU NYEN-CHING JIG-PAI DU-JUNG-TSHE

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN JUNG-WA ZHI-YI LHA-MOR-CHAY

JUNG-WA RANG-SAR ZHI-WAR THE-TSHOM-MED

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When hindrances from the elements of earth, water, fire, or air

Threaten to destroy [our] borrowed illusory bodies,

If [we] pray to [You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, [You with] the Goddesses of the Four Elements

Will pacify the elements naturally. [Of this there is, likewise,] no doubt.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

LAM-SANG JIG-PAI THRANG-LA DRIM-PAI-TSHE

SAD-KHYER JAG-PA CHOM-PO NYEN-PA-NA

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN CHAG-GYA ZHI-YI GONG-PAR-DEN

TSO-RA MI-GOD NGAM-SEM LAG-PAR-JED

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When [we are] travelling on dangerous paths

[And] murderous bandits and robbers attack [us],

If [we] pray to [You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, through [Your] realization of the four mudras,

[You] will dispel the terror of all brutality and greed.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

GANG-ZHIG SHAD-MAI MAG-GI THA-KOR-NAY

TSHON-CHA NON-PO DEB-SHING NYEN-PA-NA

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN DOR-JE GUR-DANG DEN-PA-YI

SHED-MA DRED-CHING TSHON-CHA THOR-WAR-GYUR

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When we are surrounded by armies of assassins

Who threaten [us] with deadly weapons,

If [we] pray to [You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, [You,] by the power of [Your] vajra tent,

Will terrify the assassins and scatter [their] weapons.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

NAM-ZHIG TSHE-ZAD CHI-WAI DU-JUNG-TSHE

NAD-CHOD DUG-NGAL DRAG-PO NYEN-PA-NA

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN NANG-WA THA-YAY TRUL-PA-TE

DE-WA CHEN-GYI ZHING-DU NGE-PAR-KYE

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When [our] life-span is exhausted and the time of death arrives

[And] we are wracked with the intense anguish and pain [of dying],

If [we] pray to [You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, [because You] are the emanation of Amitabha,

Rebirth in Sukhavati is certain.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

GYU-LU YAR-PO ZHIG-PAI BAR-DO-RU

TRUL-NANG NYING-THRUL DUG-NGAL NYEN-PA-NA

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN DU-SUM KHYEN-PAI THUG-JE-YI

THRUL-NANG RANG-SAR DROL-WAR THE-TSHOM-MED

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

Once this borrowed illusory body has disintegrated [and]

Illusory appearances [cause] illusory suffering in the bardo,

If [we] pray to [You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, [You Who] know the three times, through [Your] compassion,

[These] illusory appearances will be liberated natrually. [Of this there is, likewise,] no doubt.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

ZHEN-YANG LAY-DANG KYEN-GYI WANG-GYUR-TE

THRUL-NANG NGO-POR ZHEN-CHING DUG-NGAL-NA

YID-NYI THE-TSHOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN DE-CHEN GYAL-POI NGO-WO-TE

DUG-NGAL THRUL-PA TSAD-NAY ZHIG-PAR-JED

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

Further, when [we] are overhwelmed by karma and circumstances

[And] suffer from being attached to illusory appearances,

If [we] pray to [You] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, [You Who] are, in essence, the Victor of great bliss

Will destroy [this] illusory suffering from [its very] root.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

DRO-DRUG DUG-NGAL CHEN-PO NYEN-PA-DANG

KHYED-PAR BOD-KYI JE-BANG DUG-NGAL-NA

DED-GU MO-PAI DUNG-SHUG DRAG-PO-YI

YID-NYI THE-THSOM MED-PAR SOL-WA-DEB

OR-GYEN THUG-JE PHO-GYUR MED-PAR ZIG

OR-GYEN PE-MA JUNG-NAY-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI LOB

 

When [we] wanderers of the six [families] are tormented by great suffering

[And] especially the Lord and subjects of Tibet are engulfed in suffering,

If [we] pray to [You] with strong yearning and devotion, faith and reverence

[And] without doubt or hesitation,

Orgyen, watch over us with [Your] unchanging, unwavering compassion.

Orgyen Pema Jungnay to You we pray.

Grant [Your] blessings that [all our] wishes be spontaneously accomplished.

 

Sampa Nyudrubma

E-MA-HO    

TSHO-U GE-SAR PE-MAI DONG-PO-LA

KU-NGA YE-SHE LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAI-LHA

RANG-JUNG CHEN-PO PE-MA YAB-YUM-NI

KHAN-DRO TRIN-PHUNG THRIG-LA SOL-WA-DEB

SAM-PA NYUR-DU DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI-LOB

 

LAY-NGEN CHOD-PAI NAM-MIN THU-KYED-PAI

NAY-DON BAR-CHOD MAG-THRUG MU-GEI-TSHOG

KHYOD-ZHAL DREN-PAI MO-LA ZED-JYED-PAI

ZHAL-ZHE NYING-NAY KUL-LO OR-GYEN-JE

SAM-PA NYUR-DU DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI-LOB

 

DAY-DANG TSHUL-TRIM TONG-LA GOM-PA-DANG

THO-PAY GYUD-DROL TREL-YOD NGO-TSHA-SHE

SHE-RAB PHUN-SUM TSHOG-PAI NOR-DUN-PO

SEM-CHEN KUN-GYI GYUD-LA RANG-ZHUG-NAY

JIG-TEN DE-KYI DEN-PAR UG-JIN-DZOD

SAM-PA NYUR-DU DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI-LOB

 

GANG-LA NAY-DANG DUG-NGAL MI-DOD-KYEN

JUNG-POI DON-DANG GYAL-POI CHAD-PA-DANG

ME-CHU CHEN-ZEN LAM-THRANG JIG-PA-CHE

TSHE-YI PHA-TAR THUG-PAI NAY-KAB-KUN

KYAB-DANG RE-SA ZHEN-NA MA-CHI-PAY

THUG-JE ZUNG-SHIG GU-RU OR-GYEN-JE

SAM-PA NYUR-DU DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI-LOB

 

On the pollen heart of a lotus in the center of a lake,

Is the spontaneously present primordial wisdom Deity of the Five Kayas,

The great self-born Pema Yab-Yum

Surrounded by Dakinis like massive heaps of clouds, to You we pray.

Bless us with the swift accomplishment of all our wishes.

 

The effects of fully ripening negative karma,

Disease, evil spirits, obstacles, wars, strife, and famine,

Are exhausted by merely remembering Your face.

Entreating You from the depth of our hearts to remember Your promise, Lord Orgyen,

Bless us with the swift accomplishment of all our wishes.

 

Training in faith, ethics, and generosity,

In liberating the mind-stream through hearing,

Having a sense of modesty, shame, and in discriminating wisdom,

May these seven noble qualities completely [and]

Spontaneously arise in the mind-streams of all sentient beings.

May these resuscitate peace and happiness in the world.

Bless us with the swift accomplishment of all our wishes.

 

When oppressed by disease and suffering of unwanted circumstance,

Falling prey to Elementals, evil spirits, and Gyalpos’ punishment,

Threatened by the great dangers of fire, water, wild animals, and hazardous paths,

When this life is spent and death arrives, at these times

There is no other refuge and savior than You.

So hold us fast with Your compassion, Lord Orgyen Guru.

Bless us with the swift accomplishment of all our wishes.

 

Dusum Sanggay

DU-SUM SANG-GAY GU-RU RIN-PO-CHE

NGO-DRUB KUN-DAG DE-WA CHEN-POI-ZHAB

BAR-CHED KUN-SEL DUD-DUL DRAG-PO-TSAL

SOL-WA DEB-SO JIN-GYI LAB-TU-SOL

CHI-NANG SANG-WAI BAR-CHED SHI-WA-DANG

SAM-PA LHUN-GYI DRUB-PAR JIN-GYI-LOB

 

Buddha of the three times, Guru Rinpoche,

Lord of all siddhis, Great Bliss,

Dispeller of all hindrances, Wrathful Tamer of Maras,

Grant Your blessings we pray.

May [all] outer, inner, and secret hindrances be pacified [and]

May [all] our wishes be spontaneously accomplished.