Samvarodaya Tantra

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Saṃvarodaya Tantra (Wyl. sdom 'byung gi rgyud) or Tantra of the Emergence of Chakrasamvara was requested and compiled by Vajrapani. Dudjom Rinpoche notes that it is a source of teachings on the crafts of constructing representations of enlightened body, speech and mind.[1] It is often cited as the source of the famous quotation:

བླ་མ་སངས་རྒྱས་བླ་མ་ཆོས། །
དེ་བཞིན་བླ་མ་དགེ་འདུན་ཏེ། །
ཀུན་གྱི་བྱེད་པོ་བླ་མ་ཡིན། །
བླ་མ་དཔལ་ལྡན་རྡོ་རྗེ་འཆང་། །
The guru is the Buddha,
The guru is the Dharma,
Likewise the guru is the Sangha too
The creator of everything is the guru
The guru is the glorious Vajradhara [or heruka].

Yet in fact only the first two lines (of the Tibetan) are to be found in the tantra.


  • Shinichi Tsuda, The Saṃvarodaya-Tantra: Selected Chapters, Hokuseido Press (Tokyo 1974).


  1. The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, p.99