By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – Many know the second Buddha Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) but not many people know that he was also a Shaman. Like countries and cities split apart, astronomy and astrology split, so did feminine (shamanism of Tibet) split from the masculine (buddhism).
Vajra Guru (Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche) mantra is – Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum which means ‘Lotus-born’, referring to Guru Rinpoche’s birth in the land of Oddiyana. He was the ‘Precious Master’, and founder of Tibetan Buddhism and the second Buddha in procession.
The first Buddha was primarily known for having taught the teachings of the Sutra, Padmasambhava came into this world and to Tibet in particular to spread the first Buddha’s teachings, He also taught healing and the tantras.
While Buddha Shakyamuni exemplifies the Buddha principle, the most important element in the sutrayana path of Guru Rinpoche personified the Guru or Self Mastery principle (dedication to self enlightenment), and to the heart of Vajrayana Buddhism, and that is why he is known as the ‘Second Buddha’.
Why I honor him so much, is when I reached a certain level of dedication, self disciplines and purification processes (mastering both Zen and the Tibetan bardo) of my self enlightenment path, my real past life karma began to surface and this is no ordinary suffering or pain.
These purification rites of karma are about receiving the same karmic pain returned to you, from those you have hurt, killed or raped. Having a Roman Solider past life, there was much that would be returned to my soul in the way of pain. And once you open and commit to that doorway, the pain does not stop until you bend, break, shatter and put yourself together again, in the way that Shamanism and Buddhism as one can (not modern buddhism).
You then free the soul you hurt and their soul fragment is returned to their incarnated person and you suffer that pain at the moment of their injury or death you had caused. That has been my whole life this lifetime but in my most intense times, a divine experience would happen to balance this out. It was then Guru Rimpoche had appeared to me.
Having experienced much in my enlightenment, one thing people do not know is that masters and any enlightened one do not visit you, you at the level of your consciousness and purity expand and visit ‘them’. I have been blessed by the masters Black Elder, Guru Rinpoche and Jesus in the waking day. Those were the three because those were the past lives of the times and era’s of both my good lives and my dark ones.
I was visiting all the Missions in California in the year 2000 with my daughter. At the last minute our flight cancelled and the only way we could go that day was to reverse the itinerary trip and start in San Diego rather than San Francisco. We were about half way through our trip already. Our next destination was Santa Barbara, but I had to call the rent a car place to make sure we could rent the car a extra few days.
So I make a phone call, I dialed Avis in San Francisco and just listened to the “hold” music til an operator picked up. As I was waiting, my daughter who sat across from me, kept making weird faces at me. Then the operator came on and I finished that business.
My daughter had told me what I said: “look for the brown skinned man in white, with no shoes and the dirty feet.”
I replied to her: “I said that?” All I heard was music and then taking to the agent, and I wasn’t saying anything while i was on hold.
.After that we headed to the next town, Santa Barbara, and sure enough, the Guru Rinpoche was standing on the corner at the main square of the town. We pulled up to the stop light, and we both looked at the man in white with no shoes and the dirty feet. The energy of love was radiating so intensely off of him and he looked me right in the eyes.
It was really indescribable what I felt and the expansion of it, and I was not sure how long we were in that state, I stared at him because I was “gone” at those moments from this world but in this world, it felt like 10 minutes and then he vanished, light turned green, car behind us honked (same thing happened two years earlier when Master Jesus appeared – long story).
That was in the Summer of 2000 and right now, and as a Slavic Shaman Grandmother of the ancient women’s Bird Cults I saw that Avis is Latin for bird. I am presently at the last few steps of finished up my oldest and final third karmic past life debt of my Mesopotamian lifetime, it is just as difficult and life threatening as the other two, but I know what the grace will be at the end of my life, Nirvana and Heaven and that alone after what I have seen this lifetime, is welcomed.
Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ is the mantra of Avalokiteshvara . Om āḥ hūṃ vajra guru padma siddhi hūṃ is the mantra of Padmasambhava (guru rimpoche the second buddha). Om Mani Padme Hum is for invoking compassion and Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum is for invoking the Guru.
The former will allow for compassion to manifest in your life (by means of yourself and others) and the latter will provide guidance. The main difference is do you want to invoke Avalokiteshvara or Padmasambhava. The mantras are their heart essence, and despite being indistinguishable in nature as enlightened beings, they benefit others based on the vows, aspirations and emphasis they made while on the path.
Video of the Chant: