Lord Buddha and think:
How lucky I
am to be alive this morning,
that death did not occur last night. How lucky I am to have
my perfect human body; how lucky I am to have met Rinpoche,
my most precious guru who reveals to me the un-mistaken path
to enlightenment; how lucky I am to have met the Buddhadharma;
not waste my life.
of my life is to free
all sentient beings from suffering and its causes, and to lead
them to liberation from samsara and to the state of peerless
happiness - full and total enlightenment. This is my responsibility.
To do so I must transform my mind, and I myself must actualize
the path towards enlightenment.
I must accumulate merit and do virtuous actions. I must avoid
non virtuous actions so that all my actions become only causes
for me to attain enlightenment, so that I can bring other sentient
beings to enlightenment as quickly as possible.
may ALL my actions be
virtuous actions. May all my actions become cause for happiness
and enlightenment. May all my actions bring happiness to all
sentient beings. May all my actions bring enlightenment to all
May I practice the holy
Dharma in accordance with
the teachings of the Lam Rim, and in accordance with the advice
of my precious holy lama.
Om Namo Manjushuriye,
Namo Sushriye, Namo Uttama, Shriye Soha
3 times while reciting
this mantra. This multiplies it 1000 times. Prostrations purify
karma of the body. Verbally
reciting mantras exalts the Buddha, purifying the negative
karma of speech. The
mental action of remembering the supreme power of the Buddha
purifies the negative
karma of the mind
thereby arousing faith. Then think:
founder having destroyed the two obscurations, being qualified
by six qualities and having gone beyond samsara, Gone as it
is; enemy destroyer, O complete and perfect Buddha, Glorious
conqueror Shakyamuni, to You I prostrate and go for refuge,
and make offerings.
me your blessings
Purifying Dharani (
set up as many offerings
as you wish. Offerings can be 7 bowls of water, flowers, food,
lights and incense. Bless each individually with OM AH HUNG
.. then recite the offering mantra.)
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE,
VAJRA SARWA PRAMARDINE TATHAGATAYA / ARHATE SAMYAK SAM BUDDHAYA
/ TAYATA OM VAJRE VAJRE MAHA VAJRE / MAHA TEJA VAJRE MAHA VIDYA
VAJRE MAHA BODHICITTA VAJRE / MAHA BODHI MANDO PASAM KRAMANA
VAJRE/ SARVA KARMA VARANA/ VISHO DANA VAJRE SOHA
The power of
By the power of truth of the 3
jewels, of the blessing of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,
of the great might of the completed two collections, and of
the pure and inconceivable sphere of existence, may these
offerings become such ness.
At the level
of your forehead,
2 meters in front of you is
a large golden throne. It
is beautifully adorned with jewels, and supported at each corner
by a pair of snow lions signifying the fearlessness of
On the throne
is a lotus, signifying
Buddhas holy mind and mind untainted by samsaras
shortcomings. On the lotus are two disks the sun and
the moon. The sun signifies wisdom, the moon signifies method.
Together they signify the unification
of no more learning.
Buddha seated on them signifies achievement of this unification.
The lotus, sun and moon also signifies the principal aspects
of the path to enlightenment. Concentrate on this.
On the lotus,
sun and moon
is Shakyamuni Buddha
who has attained perfect realizations. He manifests the omniscient
mind of all the Buddhas, the ultimate guru and is therefore
inseparable from your lama, your root guru who shows the un
mistaken path and is bound by infinite compassion to you and
to all sentient beings.
body, in golden light,
is magnificent. He wears the three robes of a monk. His face
is beautiful. His eyes see all others and me. His gaze is peaceful.
His mind is free of all critical thoughts. He accepts you fully.
His right hand touches the earth
(signifying control over the maras of desire)
His left hand holds a bowl of nectar
(signifying conquest of samsaric aggregates)
His body is in vajra posture (signifying
He has destroyed death and his own 4 maras)
He is surrounded by light beams
(signifying compassionately working for sentient beings)
Buddha encompasses Guru,
Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. From His holy body, beams emit
in all ten directions and numberless manifestations of Buddha
are carried through each beam to ripen infinite sentient beings.
Recite three times
I go for refuge
to the Guru triple gem; to the Buddha fully enlightened one;
the Dharma the
scriptures, and the Sangha.
Then Recite 108 times (known as
one mala) the Refuge mantra.
NAMO GURU -
BEH, NAMO BUDDHA - YA, NAMO DHARMA - YA, NAMO SANGHA - YA.
OF THE REFUGE PRAYER
Reciting the Refuge prayer pleases
Nectar flows down from His holy
body and enters your body and mind. The nectar cleanses all
negativities, obscurations and diseases, and purifies negativities
accumulated in your relationship with your Guru. The nectar
develops positive realizations and blessings from the guru.
The nectar brings you under the guidance of the Guru triple
THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES
- May all sentient beings abide
in equanimity, free of anger and attachment .
- May all sentient beings have
happiness and the causes of happiness
- May all sentient beings be free
of sufferings and the causes of suffering.
- May all sentient beings never
be separated from the happiness of higher rebirths.
Recite once the THE
PRAYER OF SEVEN LIMBS
prostrate with my body speech and mind
clouds of every type of offering, actual and mentally transformed.
I confess all
my negative actions accumulated since beginning less time.
in the virtues of all holy and ordinary beings.
until samsara ends
And turn the
wheel of dharma for all sentient beings.
I dedicate all
the virtues of myself and others
to the great
Visualize the entire Universe and
all the offerings. Visualize clearly and visualize many Mandala
Offerings of the highest, richest quality as many as
possible filling the whole sky. Then say softly:
This ground anointed
with perfume, and strewn with flowers. In the center is Mount
Meru, the four
sun and the moon. I imagine this as
a Buddha land and
offer it. May all sentient beings
enjoy this pure
land. Then say: IDAM GURU
RATNA MANDALAKAM NIRYA TAYAMI
After your meditation and prayers,
focus your mind on attaining Enlightenment for the sake of all
sentient beings. The dedicate the merit gained from these prayers
and meditations by reciting thus: By
the positive potential thus created may I attain Enlightenment
for the sake of all sentient beings. May the Bodhicitta mind
in me not yet born, arise and grow. May that born have no decline
but increase forever more.
You can add further
dedications depending on what you wish to pray for. I have found
that prayers that are dedicated to others have greater power
and merit than prayers devoted to oneself.
I have also discovered
that it is vital to make dedications and also that it is perfectly
fine to make your Dedications as long as you wish. Thus you
can dedicate your prayers:
- To someone who
- To world peace,
and to eliminate sufferings and famine,
- To the good
health and well being of your family, or if you have a guru,
it is very full of merit to dedicate your prayers to the long
life and continued good health of your guru.
The most important
dedications are to prayer for Liberation from Samsara and for
Enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings.