The Longevity Practice of Tséwang Rikdzin is one of many chapters included within the text commonly
referred to as the Tséwang Jarima. ‘Tséwang’ literally translates as ‘power of life’ or ‘power of longevity’.
‘Jarima’ refers to the area near Mt. Tisé, a.k.a. Mt. Kailash, where Lama Tséwang Rikdzin was practicing
with his followers. At that time, a nyulé demoness and other evil-minded nyulé spirits1 were attacking both
the fertility of individuals as well as destroying the life-span of young children. Moved by compassion,
Khandro Tukjé Kündrol transmitted this method for both protecting the life-span as well as restoring a
life-span that has been damaged.
Khöpo Lodro Tokme was a famous 13th century tertön2 who rediscovered many Yungdrung Bön
hidden texts. During one of his spontaneous visions, Khandro Tukjé Kündrol appeared to him and
imparted the transmission for the root text of the Tséwang Jarima which he subsequently transmitted to
his own disciples.
The Tséwang Jarima scripture is the root text and it is assumed that the practitioner will borrow from
other texts in order to complete the necessary portions of the practice such as the preliminary prayers of
refuge and generating the mind, etc. Because of this, and in order to support those with less familiarity
with the texts, the 23rd Menri Trizen Nyima Tenzin Rinpoche (1813-1875 CE) composed prayers to accompany the
root text to make it easier for the practitioner to follow from beginning to end.
Although some blessings and merit can be received by reciting and performing this practice with faith
and devotion, in order to fully receive the intended result and exalted qualities of the yidam deity it is
necessary to undergo an intensive personal retreat. For the longevity practice translated here, the text
specifies that a seven-day retreat is necessary. Before undergoing this retreat, it is necessary to receive
the oral transmission of the practice from a qualified Yungdrung Bön lama. Ideally, it is best to also
receive the empowerment of the yidam and detailed guidance on both the practice and the retreat.