Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik
Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik (Tib. འཆི་མེད་འཕགས་མའི་སྙིང་ཐིག་, Wyl. ‘chi med ‘phags ma'i snying thig; Eng. 'The Heart Essence of the Sublime Lady of Immortality') is a long life practice revealed as mind terma by Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo in 1855. The Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik is a practice that accomplishes the three deities of longevity. There are many practices that accomplish each of the three deities individually, but the Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik accomplishes all three deities together, which makes it a very special longevity practice. Another special feature of this sadhana is that the main deity is the female White Tara, in union with her consort, which is highly unusual.
Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche explains that the main reason for doing this practice is to spread the teachings of the Buddha far and wide and to promote the well-being and happiness of all sentient beings, and also so that the practitioners may be free from illness, live long lives and quickly attain enlightenment. The Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik is widely considered the supreme practice to protect all the great holders of the teaching, and to lengthen their lives.
"Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik" is both the name of the sadhana that this page is about, and of the terma cycle that contains it. Besides the Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik sadhana, the terma contains the Vima Ladrup tantra and sadhanas of Amitayus and Ushnishavijaya.
White Tara was Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s main yidam. Just before dawn, one morning early in 1855 as he practicing her, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo had a vision of White Tara, the Wish-Fulfilling Wheel. She appeared in the sky before him, and her ten-syllable mantra om tare tuttare ture soha resounded every- where. She then dissolved into him, and he became indivisible from Tara’s enlightened body, speech and mind; in that moment he had a profound experience of primordial wisdom. When he arose from that state Shri Singha, Vimalamitra and Guru Rinpoche, the three masters who had attained the vidyadhara level of power over life, appeared in front of him. Joyfully, they gave him an empowerment, then melted into light; and the moment they dissolved into him, his ordinary consciousness dissolved within the expanse of the dharmadhatu, and the combined blessings of the three great masters made it possible for the entire Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik—all the tantras, empowerments, pith instructions and sadhanas—to enter his wisdom mind as clearly and distinctly as a reflection in a mirror.
The following day Khyentse Wangpo began to transcribe the sadhana, with the help of Vimalamitra, who gave him repeated blessings and even checked the manuscript after Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo had written it. In Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s autobiography, he stated that he had not transcribed the entire Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik cycle. He transcribed only the root sadhana known as the Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik, the sadhana and instruction cycle of the lama known as Vima Ladrup (The Sadhana of Vimalamitra) and that of White Amitayus and Ushnisha Vijaya.
For five years Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo practised these teachings in complete secrecy. Tertöns are often instructed to keep termas secret for several years before transmitting them to the prophesied recipients. Then at Dokhoma near the Derge capital, he gave the empowerment and teachings of the Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik to Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo then gave it to the 14th Karmapa, Thekchok Dorje. He also gave it to Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoche, who was then instrumental in spreading the Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik teachings. He compiled thirteen of the cycle’s twenty-seven texts based on the original terma, such as Ushnisha Vijaya practice, lineage prayer, short tsok, fire offering and the Retreat Manual.
Later, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo transmitted these teachings to other students, such as Tertön Sogyal, Shechen Gyaltsab Pema Namgyal, Karmapa Khakhyap Dorje, Dodrupchen Jikme Tenpe Nyima and Kathok Situ Chökyi Gyatso, among many others, all of whom took it as one of their main practices.
Kathok Situ gave the empowerments and instructions to Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö. It was such an important practice for Chökyi Lodrö that his biography tells us that he went to receive the empowerment ten times. It was also the main heart practice of Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, who completed all the required practices seven times in retreat. More recently, one of the main holders of this practice was Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, who every year spent at least a month in retreat practising Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik at Maratika cave in Nepal, the place where Guru Rinpoche accomplished the level of a vidyadhara with power over life. It is also the heart practice of His Holiness Sakya Gongma Trichen Rinpoche.
Through its power and blessings, many masters, including the great Jamgön Kongtrul, have been able to remove obstacles. In fact, according to prophecies, the life of Jamgön Kongtrul would have had many obstacles, and he would not have lived very long, but for this practice of Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik.
Texts for the Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik sadhana
The 27 Tibetan texts of the cycle can be consulted on Rinchen Terdzö website here.
- Main sadhana by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Activities for Uncovering Primordial Wisdom from the Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik, ‘The Heart Essence of the Sublime Lady of Immortality’
- Daily practice by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Single Mudra, the Daily Practice from the Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik
- Drupchen manual by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, “Treasure Trove of Wisdom” – the framework liturgy for the great accomplishment ritual
- Lineage prayer by Jamgön Kongtrül, The Fount of Longevity—The Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik Lineage Prayer
- Jamgön Kongtrul, Brief Tsok Offering
- Jamgön Kongtrul, Self-Initiation — "Essence of Wisdom Nectar"
- Jamgön Kongtrül, Greatly Increasing Wisdom — Enriching and Pacifying Fire Offering
- Jamgön Kongtrul, A Garland of Offerings to White Tara
- Fulfilment offering by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, The Beautiful Garland of Jewels
- Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Brief Answers to Questions on Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik, Beginning with Approach and Accomplishment
- Jamgön Kongtrül, A Drop of Moonlight Nectar, Notes on How to Do the Approach and Accomplishment Practices of the Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik Mind Treasure
- Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, The Sweet Ambrosia of Immortality: Concise Instructions on the Kyerim and Dzogrim based on Single Mudra, the Daily Practice of the Heart Essence of the Sublime Lady.
- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,The Visualization for the Mantra Recitation of the Phases of Approach, Accomplishment and Activity of Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik
The Empowerment of Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik
- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 19 & 20 August 1996
- Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, Sunday 14th November 1999
- Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, Thursday July 3rd 2003
- Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, Kirchheim, Wednesday 31st December 2003
- Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, Wednesday 7th December 2005
- Tenga Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, Monday 5th July 2010
- H.H. Sakya Trizin, Lerab Ling, 3 September 2011, long-life empowerment
- Neten Chokling Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 25 October 2013
- Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, Lerab Ling & world-wide streaming, 10 July 2014; permission-blessing empowerment from the brief version of Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik.
- H.H. Sakya Trizin, Lerab Ling, 30 July 2014
- Neten Chokling Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 17 September 2014
- Neten Chokling Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 15 July 2015, essential authorization
- Neten Chokling Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 27 May 2019, essential authorization
Teachings on Chimé Pakmé Nyingtik
- Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 18 August 1997, here
- Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 26th (here) and 28th July 1998
- Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling and Courbevoie,26&28 July 2006, here
- Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 13th May 2009
- Sogyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 27 February 2015
- Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, 29 May 2019
- Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, and Tulku Orgyen Tobgyal. Sublime Lady of Immortality: Teachings on Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik (Hong Kong: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2021), page 315.
- According to Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, he gave the rtsa ba'i smin byed bklag chog tu bkod pa ye shes bdud rtsi'i chu rgyun, which, until Neten Chokling gave it in 2013, was the only time the elaborate root empowerment had been given in Lerab Ling.