On Friday 6th April I was honoured to receive the Nyenpo Lha Sum empowerment from His Eminence the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche, Jigme Losel Wangpo, lineageholder.
The empowerment was of three deities and transmitted their individual empowerments and a practice combining their abilities to remove obstacles, illnesses and harm from spirits.
In the Gelugpa the nearest eqiuvalent of this practice is known as the Threefold Wrathful One, as already described on this site.
This Nyingma empowerment refers to these beings as the three Antidote Deities – Hayagriva, Vajrapani and Garuda. An alternative name given is: Ta-Chag-Khyung-Sum (Tamdrin=Hayagriva, Chagna-Dorje=Vajrapani, Khyung=Garuda). Nyenpo Lha Sum itself means Ancient Highest Three.
I have a practice, mantra and picture associated with this empowerment and will seek permission to reproduce limited information from it once Rinpoche ends his tour.
As this practice is Anuyoga (equivalent to Highest Yoga Tantra) I can’t divulge much more without permission.
The empowerment was especially potent for me as my father died the day before (on Thursday 5th). The empowerment enables me to help suffering beings in a new way and his death enhanced the realisation within me that made all the more urgent and important for the sake of all beings.