Kuntuzangpo Mönlam



Having been pestered repeatedly, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche finally suggested that the Kunzang Mönlam be translated and metered for recitation and singing. The work was undertaken by Christian Bernert and James Gattuso in Hanoi and Hoi An, Vietnam, 2023. The meter chosen for this composition is iambic pentameter. The translation was prepared from the Tibetan, based on the commentaries by Jigme Lingpa, the Fifteen Karmapa, and Tsultrim Zangpo, translated by Karl Brunnhölzl in: A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart. The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra and its Tibetan Commentaries (Wisdom Publications, 2018). The translation was offered to Rinpoche upon the waves of Lake Wānaka, New Zealand, and first recited at the conclusion of his transmission of the Seven Treasuries of Longchenpa, on November 13, 2023.

May the melodic undulations of this poetic reworking of a profound mind-treasure inspire all sentient beings of the triple realm to engage joyfully in the arts and thus ride the victorious winds of liberated creativity towards the very heart of awakening.


For versions by Tadi featuring Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Richard Page and Grecco Buratto.


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