The Wheel of Blessing and Power/The Meaning of HUNG


hung1The Wheel of Blessing and Power

 An Explanation of the Glorious Drikung Kagyu Logo
The Sun, the Moon, and the Hung Syllable
Translated by Khenpo Konchok Tamphel

Om Svasti! I bow at the feet of
Lord Vajradhara, Lodro Rinchen, and Dewegon,

Danun, Nagarjuna, Shavari, and Tilipa,
Naro, Metri, Marpa, Mila, Dagpo, and Dorje Gyal,
And the Protector Drigung Rinchenpal

This short explanation of the logo made of the sun, the moon, and the Hung syllable has four parts:  HUNG

  • Outer Meaning
  • Inner Meaning 
  • Secret Meaning
  • Absolute Meaning

 Hung - moon

 Hung - Sun

 Hung - Syllable



Syllable Hung

 The Outer Meaning
The sun and moon symbolize the Physician of Dagpo and Rechungpa, the sun-and moon-like heart sons of the Great Jetsun Milarepa, the crown jewel of the Practice Lineage in the Land of Snow; it is symbolized that the sun-and moon-like Kagyud gurus bless one’s mind.

The syllable Hung in the center of the logo symbolizes the seal of the Drigung Kyura clan. It is popularly known that this seal, which is the syllable Hung, was among the many divine substances that descended with Kyura Namchen Karpo, the trailblazer of the Kyura clan, when he was dropped onto earth from heaven by the gods. Until today, the syllable Hung has been the royal seal of the Drigung lineage. As legend goes, people who knew its great significance considered even ordinary documents as a protection Chakra if it had the Hung seal on it. They believed that the seal was able to dispel the harms and curses caused by gods, ghosts, demons, obstructers, enemies, and dacoits, and always kept the sealed documents close to their bodies. For this purpose the hung became designed as a seal.

Inner Meaning
The white moon is Achi Chokyi Drolma in essence, the Dharma protectress of the Drigung Kaygud Lineage. The deep blue Hung Syllable symbolizes Mahakala, the Lord of Primordial Wisdom. The red sun symbolizes Dharmapala Tseumar. The three of them together symbolize that Achi, Mahakala, and Dharmapala protect the Buddha-dharma.

 Secret Meaning
On the moon-seat of bodhicitta, the blue Hung syllable symbolizes Chakrasamvara’s essence, which is the “aspect of clarity” as skilful means. The red sun symbolizes Vajrayogini’s essence, which is the “aspect of emptiness” as wisdom. The two together symbolize the co-emergent father and mother, the union of skilful means and wisdom, which is the essence of Sambhogakaya form.

 The Absolute Meaning
The blue Hung syllable symbolizes the minds of the Buddhas of the three times. It has the nature of space, which is blue, clear, unceasing, empty, and brilliant. In essence it is the Dharmakaya, the nature of reality-as-it-is, which is beyond the scope of words, thoughts, and expressions.

The circle [at the top of the syllable] symbolizes Akshobya and the dharmadhatu wisdom. The crescent moon symbolizes Vairocana and the mirror-like wisdom. The top symbolizes Ratnasambhava and the equality wisdom. The letter HA symbolizes Amitabha and the discriminating wisdom. The Aa and U symbolize Amoghasiddhi and the activity accomplishing wisdom. Thus the syllable Hung in essence represents the five Buddha families.

Disguised as a Hung syllable HUNG
is the holder of the five primordial wisdoms.
By the power of experiencing the unification,
of the generation and completion stages,
May I accomplish the state of Vajradhara in this very life.

By the Glorious Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Konchok Tenzin Kunzang Thinle Lhundrub, this was composed on the 15th of January 1981 at Yungdrung Tharpa Ling monastery in Ladakh.


OM AH HUNG Vajra Recitation

This instruction on the vajra recitation of the syllables Om, Ah, Hum was given by Drigung Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche in commentary on Mahasiddha Tilopa’s Pith Instructions on Mahamudra (Skt. Mahamudra Upadesha). Specifically, it is in reference to the line, “If people of inferior intelligence [can] not abide in the ultimate meaning, they [should] hold the vital point of wind energies and give up exerting [themselves] in awareness.”

Now the text refers to people of inferior intelligence. That means all of us. [laughter]QD.E

It continues, “…cannot abide in the ultimate meaning…” What is this inability to abide in the ultimate meaning? When the mind follows after thoughts and the wind energies follow after karmic winds, the mind and winds separate. The text refers to the “vital point of wind energies.” This is the vital point at which mind and wind energies are brought together.

Among the myriad wind energies of the body, there are five principal winds.
The navel, where the fire-equalizing wind abides, is like the royal seat of all the winds. The practice of vase breathing is to hold awareness there. In its pure aspect, the fire-equalizing wind abides as Vajravarahi. This is the perspective of the Six Yogas of Naropa.

In general, there are three principal channels, the left and right channel and, between them, the central channel. The central channel, or wisdom channel, is the principal among all the channels. When we draw the wind and mind energies into the central channel at the navel, we practice the methods for merging mind and wind energies into one point.

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March 21 2014 Manjushri

Manjushri is the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, embodying the wisdom and knowledge aspect of all Buddhas of the ten directions and three times. His wisdom sword cuts the root of all suffering and his dazzling light dispels the darkness of confusion.

Manjushri practice is essential because it helps to clear away confusion about the nature of reality and bring forth wisdom.  It helps to purify the mind and to clear away all temporary stains of the afflictive emotions.

His root mantra, OM WAM GI SHWARI MUM, is highly revered as one of the quickest methods to bring about transcendent awareness.
“As a preparation for the Special Yamantaka Empowerment & Teachings Event to be bestowed by H. E. Garchen Rinpoche on April 12-13, 2014, we encourage everyone to participate in this peaceful Manjushri empowerment and practice, in particular to recite with mindfulness and accumulate peaceful Manjushri mantras as many as possible.”