Make your own free website on Tripod.com

PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS
(as guided by Venerable Tenzin Kacho)

PRAYERS BEFORE TEACHINGS AND MEDITATION

*** Most of these chants and prayers can be found among the recordings of teachings.  We may soon have the individual audio files accessible from this page as well. ***

Refuge
Namo Gurubhya.
Namo Buddhaya.
Namo Dharmaya.
Namo Sanghaya. (3x or 7x)

Refuge and Generating the Altruistic Intention
I take refuge until I am enlightened in the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Sangha. By the positive potential I create by practicing generosity and the other far-reaching attitudes, may I attain Buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings. (3x)

The Four Immeasurables - short version
May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes.
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes.
May all sentient beings not be separated from sorrowless bliss.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger.

Seven Limb Prayer
Reverently I prostrate with my body, speech and mind,
And present clouds of every type of offering, actual and mentally transformed.
I confess all my negative actions accumulated since beginningless time,
And rejoice in the virtues of all holy and ordinary beings.
Please remain until cyclic existence ends.
And turn the wheel of Dharma for sentient beings.
I dedicate all the virtues of myself and others to the great enlightenment.

Mandala Offering
This ground, anointed with perfume, flowers strewn,
Mount Meru, four lands, sun and moon,
Imagined as a Buddha land and offered to you.
May all beings enjoy this pure land.

The objects of attachment, aversion and ignorance - friends, enemies and strangers, my body, wealth and enjoyments - I offer these without any sense of loss. Please accept them with pleasure, and inspire me and others to be free from the three poisonous attitudes.

Idam guru ratna mandala kam nirya tayami.

 

Requesting Inspiration

Glorious and precious root Guru, sit upon the lotus and moon seat on my crown. Guiding me with your great kindness, bestow upon me the attainments of your body, speech and mind.

The eyes through whom the vast scriptures are seen, supreme doors for the fortunate who would cross over to spiritual freedom, illuminators whose wise means vibrate with compassion, to the entire line of spiritual masters I make request.

Shakyamuni Buddha’s Mantra

Tayata om muni muni maha muniye soha. (3x or 7x)

Prayers Following the Teachings or Meditation

Dedication of Merit
Due to this merit may we soon
Attain the enlightened state of Guru Buddha,
That we may be able to liberate
All sentient beings from their sufferings.
May the precious bodhi mind
Not yet born arise and grow.
May that born have no decline,
But increase forever more.

Long Life Prayer for His Holiness
the Dalai Lama

In the snowy mountain paradise
You’re the source of good and happiness,
Powerful Tenzin Gyatso Chenresig,
May you stay until samsara ends.

 

FOOD OFFERING

Visualize the food as blissful wisdom nectar inside a vast jeweled vessel, and offer this to a small Buddha made of light at your heart chakra.   Resite " OM AH HUM" three times to consecrate the food, and then offer it with the following verse:

To the supreme teacher, the precious Buddha,
To the supreme practice, the holy precious Dharma,
To the supreme guides, the precious Sangha,
To all the object of refuge, we make this offering.

As you eat, imagine that the Buddha at your heart experiences bliss from the nectar. He radiates light, which fills your entire body. Then dedicate the positive potential form offering the food:

May we and all those around us never be separated from the Triple Gem in any of our lives.  May we always have the opportunity to make offerings to them, and may we continuously receive their blessings and inspiration to progress along the path.

When you dedicate, especially remember the beings who created negative karma by harming others and who suffered and died in the process of growing and preparing the food.


Return to: AUDIO LIBRARY