Wylie:Gcod khrid zab mo 'dod dgu'i char 'bebs
Rainfall of Desirables is a supplement to the liturgy that immediately follows it, The Body Donation and Feeding Ritual. The two are listed under one heading in the Shechen edition and were apparently compiled together in this form by Karma Chakme Rinpoche, which may be why it is attributed to Karma Chakme in the Kundeling printing. However, they are listed separately in the Catalog.
This text is signed Könchok Bang (dkon mchog 'bangs), the ordination name of the Fifth Zhamar incarnation, Könchok Yenlak (dkon mchog yan lag, 1525–1583). He was the student and successor of the Eighth Karmapa, Mikyö Dorje (Mi bskyod rdo rje, 1507–1554), himself a very important author in the Severance tradition. Könchok Yenlak was a prolific master whose commentaries on such works as the Ornament of Clear Realization (Abhisamayālaṃkāra) and The Profound Inner Principles (Zab mo nang don) are widely consulted. He authored several other texts on Severance that are listed in the Drepung Catalog, as well as providing the groundwork for a number of compositions on Severance by Karma Chakme.
Rainfall of Desirables contains some very practical instructions on the Severance practice that are not always found in other explanations: for example, what time of day or night to travel to and from the Severance practice locations; how to get there using various gaits; which apparitions are easy to deal with and which are difficult; how to prevent hail; and what to do in other specific challenging situations. The descriptions of the visualizations are quite brief, and many of the recitations are merely indicated by a few words. The full text of these can be found in The Body Donation and Feeding Ritual.
Aside from this useful information, what is most interesting about the text is that it appears to be based on a mysterious text called Machik’s Vajra Verses (Ma gchig gi rdo rje tshig rkang). Rainfall of Desirables provides numerous intriguing quotations from that source, as does The Body Donation and Feeding Ritual. Other than these two texts and one brief mention in Machik’s Complete Explanation, this seemingly crucial source text has not surfaced.
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As the only available unicode Tibetan text at the time, Nitartha International's version of the Paro Edition of the gdams ngag mdzod is provided here. However, note that it has not been thoroughly edited and that there may also be mistakes introduced through the conversion process. Eventually we will provide a fully edited version of the entire Shechen Edition, entered and edited multiple times by Pulahari Monastery in Nepal, but as of fall 2017 that project has not been finished. Note that the folio numbers that appear throughout were added by Nitartha Input Center at the time of input.