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Here is the sadhana for you to follow: Please keep track of your mantra recitations and send the count to firstname.lastname@example.org at the completion of the retreat.
A Brief Sadhana of the Compassion Buddha, Arya Chenrezig
(If you have the initiation of 1000 Armed Chenrezig you may visualise yourself as the deity)
With firm concentration, visualize in the space in front of you the divine form of the 1000 armed Avalokiteshavara (Sanskrit, Chenrezig Tibetan), who is the embodiment of the infinite Buddha’s compassionate wisdom. He stands on a lotus and moon seat, his body is in the nature of white light, youthful looking and decorated with magnificent jewel ornaments.
He has eleven faces. His central face is white, the right is green and the left is red. Above those, his central face is green, the left is white and the right is red. Above those, his central face is red, the left is green and the right is white. Above those is a dark blue face in wrathful aspect, with orange hair standing erect and on the very top is the red-colored Amitabha Buddha, in peaceful and smiling aspect.
Two hands are clasped together at his heart, holding the wishfulfilling gem. On his right, the next hand is in the mudra of giving realizations. The next bears a Dharmachakra, turning the wheel of Dharma, and the uppermost bears a mala (rosary), reminding you to recite the mantra.
On his left, the next hand bears a vase containing the nectar of his divine, compassionate wisdom. The next holds a bow and arrow, symbolizing defeat of the four maras, and the uppermost bears a white lotus, the purest of flowers although born out of mud. The other nine hundred and ninety two hands are also in the mudra of giving the highest realizations.
The skin of an antelope is draped over his left shoulder, symbolising that hatred is overcome completely by peaceful, compassionate wisdom.
Refuge & Bodhicitta
I go for refuge, until I am enlightened,
To the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Supreme Assembly.
Due to the merits of giving and so forth, may I achieve
Buddhahood in order to benefit migrating beings. [x3]
With the thought desiring to liberate migrating beings,
I shall always go for refuge
To the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha
Until I reach the essence of enlightenment.
With perseverance for the welfare of
Sentient beings due to wisdom with mercy,
I take a place in the presence of the Buddhas
And generate the mind of complete enlightenment. [x3]
May all sentient beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the cause of suffering.
May all sentient beings not be separated from the happiness that is without suffering.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of attachment and hatred for those held close and distant. [x3]
Seven Limb Offering
I prostrate to the holy body of the Supreme Arya, the Great Compassionate One
And make each and every offering, those actually arranged and those mentally transformed.
I confess all negativities and transgressions collected since beginningless time
And rejoice in the virtues of ordinary beings and Aryas.
Please remain supremely until cyclic existence is emptied
And turn the wheel of Dharma for the sake of migrators.
I dedicate the merits of myself and others to the great enlightenment.
This ground, anointed with incense and strewn with flowers,
Adorned with Mt. Meru, the four continents, sun, and moon,
I offer, visualized as a Buddha realm.
May all migrators enjoy this completely pure realm.
The objects with which my greed, hatred, and confusion grow
Friends, enemies, strangers, body, and possessions I offer without hesitation.
Graciously accept them, and bless me to be freed
From the three poisons upon their occurrence.
Please bless me that the lives of the glorious gurus be long,
That there be happiness and comfort everywhere equaling space
And that myself and others, without exception, accumulate the collections (of merit and wisdom)
Purify the obscurations, and quickly achieve Buddhahood.
O Arya Compassionate-Eyed One, who is the treasure of compassion,
I request you please listen to me. Please guide myself, mothers and fathers.
In all six realms to be freed quickly, from the great ocean of samsara.
I request that the vast and profound peerless awakening mind may grow.
With the tear of your great compassion, please cleanse all karmas and delusions.
Please lead with your hand of compassion, me and migrators to fields of bliss.
Please Amitabha and Chenrezig, in all my lives be virtuous friends.
Show well the undeceptive pure path and quickly place us in Buddha’s state.
May I, the members of my family, and all living beings be guided by you, Compassion Buddha, in all our lifetimes.
idam guru ratna mandalakam niryatayami
Lam Rim Prayer
The Foundation Of all Good Qualities –Lama Tsong Khapa
The foundation of all good qualities is the kind and venerable guru;
Correct devotion to him is the root of the path.
By clearly seeing this and applying great effort,
Please bless me to rely upon him with great respect.
Understanding that the precious freedom of this rebirth is found only once,
Is greatly meaningful, and is difficult to find again.
Please bless me to generate the mind that unceasingly
Day and night, takes its essence.
This life is as impermanent as a water bubble;
Remember how quickly it decays and death comes.
After death, just like a shadow follows the body,
The results of black and white karma follow.
Finding firm and definite conviction in this,
Please bless me always to be careful
To abandon even the slightest negativities
And accomplish all virtuous deeds.
Seeking samsaric pleasures is the door to all suffering:
They are uncertain and cannot be relied upon.
Recognizing these shortcomings,
Please bless me to generate the strong wish for the bliss of liberation.
Led by this pure thought,
Mindfulness, alertness, and great caution arise.
The root of the teachings is keeping the pratimoksha vows:
Please bless me to accomplish this essential practice.
Just as I have fallen into the sea of samsara,
So have all mother migratory beings.
Please bless me to see this, train in supreme bodhicitta,
And bear the responsibility of freeing migratory beings.
Even if I develop only bodhicitta, but I don’t practice the three types of morality,
I will not achieve enlightenment.
With my clear recognition of this,
Please bless me to practice the bodhisattva vows with great energy.
Once I have pacified distractions to wrong objects
And correctly analyzed the meaning of reality,
Please bless me to generate quickly within my mindstream
The unified path of calm abiding and special insight.
Having become a pure vessel by training in the general path,
Please bless me to enter
The holy gateway of the fortunate ones:
The supreme Vajra vehicle.
At that time, the basis of accomplishing the two attainments
Is keeping pure vows and samaya.
As I have become firmly convinced of this,
Please bless me to protect these vows and pledges like my life.
Then, having realized the importance of the two stages,
The essence of the Vajrayana,
By practicing with great energy, never giving up the four sessions,
Please bless me to realize the teachings of the holy guru.
Like that, may the gurus who show the noble path
And the spiritual friends who practice it have long lives.
Please bless me to pacify completely
All outer and inner hindrances.
In all my lives, never separated from perfect gurus,
May I enjoy the magnificent Dharma.
By completing the qualities of the stages and paths,
May I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara.
Visualisations for Mantra Recitation
On a moon disc at Arya Chenrezig’s heart is the concentration being, the syllable hrih surrounded by garlands of the mantra to be recited, om mani padme hum, white in color and standing clockwise. Light rays radiate from them filling all the inside of one’s body and purifying all negativities and obscurations
Light rays radiate outwards from which an incalculable assembly of deities of the Great Compassionate One are emitted, purifying the negativities and obscurations of all sentient beings and setting them in the state of Arya Chenrezig. These then collect back and dissolve into the hrih at the heart of Arya Chenrezig.
Meditate on topics within the Lam Rim, the stages of the path to enlightenment,
e.g. – impermanence and death
– the law of cause and effect
– opportunities provided by a precious human rebirth to develop spiritually
– great compassion and bodhicitta (the desire to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings in order to lead them all to enlightenment)
Meditate on the meaning of the mantra om mani padme hum.
om – the holy body, speech and mind of the Buddha
mani – the jewel of compassion
padme – the lotus representing the wisdom realising emptiness
hum – the union of compassion and wisdom
Send out light rays of compassion to beings in the six realms to relieve their suffering,
e.g. – send cool breezes to beings in the hot hells
– send warmth and sunshine to beings in the cold hells
– send delicious food and drink to the hungry ghosts and imagine they are able to fully enjoy it
If you are unfamiliar with the six realms, think of those suffering in the human and animal realms and imagine relieving their suffering.
e.g. – the sick and dying, the homeless, those who have lost a loved one
– animals used for experimentation, battery hens trapped in cages
Meditate on the appearance of Chenrezig as being of pure light and visualise the details of his holy body as clearly as possible: the faces, the thousand arms, the sacred ornaments. Think about Chenrezig as the embodiment of all the Buddhas, a representation of your own Buddha Nature.
Recite om mani padme hum as many times as possible and keep a record of the number of malas recited.
Om Mani Padme Hum
Due to the three-times merit collected by me and by others (which are merely labelled by the mind), may the I (which is merely labelled by the mind) achieve guru Chenrezig’s enlightenment (which is merely labelled by the mind) and lead all sentient beings (who are merely labelled by the mind) to that enlightened state (which is merely labelled by the mind) by myself alone (who is also merely labelled by the mind).
Due to the three-times merits collected by me and others, whatever kind of life I experience-happy or suffering, healthy or unhealthy, gain or loss, rich or poor, living or even dying, even rebirth in a hell realm-may all these experiences and every action I do from now on be most beneficial for all sentient beings, causing them to achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible. May whatever happens in my life be most beneficial for all sentient beings. Even if I receive criticism from people, may it be most beneficial for sentient beings. Even if I receive praise from others, may it be most beneficial for sentient beings. If I am healthy or even if I have a sickness such as cancer, may it be most beneficial for all sentient beings.
Due to the three-times merits collected by me, by Buddhas and bodhisattvas, and by other sentient beings, may the pure teachings of Lama Tsong Khapa, the unification of sutra and tantra, be actualized immediately in my mind and in the minds of the members of my family, all the students and benefactors of the FPMT, and all other sentient beings. May the teachings of the Buddha, in general, and of Lama Tsong Khapa, in particular, spread in all directions and flourish forever, and may I be able to cause this by myself alone.
May the precious bodhimind
Not yet born arise and grow.
May that born have no decline
But increase for ever more.
Due to these merits, may I quickly
Become the Great Compassionate One
And place all migrating beings, without exception,
In that very state.
Just as the brave Manjushri, and Samantabhadra, too,
Realised things as they are,
I also dedicate all these merits in the best way,
So that I may follow their perfect example.
I dedicate all these roots of virtue
With the dedication praised as the best
By the Victorious Ones of the three times,
So that I might perform the noble bodhisattva’s deeds.
Due to all these merits, may all the father and mother sentient beings
Have all happiness, and may all the lower realms be empty forever.
Wherever there are bodhisattvas, may all their prayers be accomplished immediately,
And may I cause all this by myself alone.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Long Life Prayer
G’ang.ri ra.wä kor.wai zhing.k’am dir In this land encircled by snowy mountains
P’än.d’ang de.wa ma.lu jung.wai nä you are the source of all happiness and good;
Chän.re.zig.wang tän.dzin gya.ts’o.yi all powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso
Zhab.pä si.tai b’ar.du tän.gy’ur.chik please remain until samsara ends.
Verse of Auspiciousness
May the source of benefit and goodness,
The doctrine spread and expand.
May the beings upholding the doctrine have excellent health and
May the source of happiness and well-being for all embodied beings.
The doctrine of the Buddha, always increase.
Chenrezig Food Offering
The purpose of my life is to free all sentient beings from all their suffering and its causes and bring them to full enlightenment; therefore I must achieve enlightenment; therefore I am going to practice the yoga of eating, making food offering to the Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and making charity to all sentient beings.
All the food in the kitchen is purified in emptiness. While it is empty, your wisdom understanding emptiness manifests as the syllable BHRUM, which transforms into an extensive jeweled container, inside of which is an OM. The OM, which symbolizes Buddha’s holy body, speech and mind, melts into light and transforms into numberless oceans of uncontaminated nectar.
OM AH HUM (x3)
Offer numberless oceans of uncontaminated nectar to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Compassion Buddha in human form, as well as to all the direct and indirect gurus, Buddhas, bodhisattvas, arhats, dakas, dakinis, and Dharma protectors. The essence of all of them is your root virtuous friend. The nectar generates infinite bliss within them. Prostrate to all of them with your two palms together.
Offer numberless oceans of uncontaminated nectar to all the Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha of the ten directions, imagining that their essence is your root virtuous friend. They generate infinite bliss within them. Prostrate to all of them.
Offer numberless oceans of uncontaminated nectar to all the statues, stupas, scriptures and thangkas in all the universes of the ten directions, imagining that their essence is your root virtuous friend. They generate infinite bliss within them. Prostrate to all of them.
Make charity of numberless oceans of uncontaminated nectar to every hell being, every hungry ghost, every animal, every human being, every asura being, every sura being, every intermediate state being. They all fully enjoy the nectar and are liberated from all their suffering as well as its causes. They all become enlightened in the aspect of Compassion Buddha.
We have collected limitless skies of merit with our motivation of bodhicitta. We have collected limitless skies of merit by having made offerings to Compassion Buddha and the rest of the merit field. We have collected limitless skies of merit by having made offerings to all the Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha of the ten directions. We have collected four times limitless skies of merit by having made offerings to all the statues, stupas, scriptures and thangkas of the ten directions. We have collected seven times limitless skies of merit by having made charity to all sentient beings. We have also collected so many times limitless skies of merit by having prostrated with our two palms together to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and all the numberless holy objects.
La ma sang gyä la ma chö Guru is Buddha; Guru is Dharma;
De zhin la ma ge dün te Guru is also Sangha;
Kün gyi je po la ma te Guru is maker of all.
La ma nam la chö par bul I make offerings to all the Gurus.
Due to all these merits and the past and future merits collected by me and all the merits of the three times collected by others, may I, the members of my family, all the students and benefactors of the FPMT, and all other sentient beings never be separated from the guru-Triple Gem, always collect merit by making offerings, and receive the blessings of the guru-Triple Gem, which are all the realisations from Guru devotion up to enlightenment, especially Bodhicitta and clear light. May all these realisations be actualized within my own mind and in the mind of all sentient beings without even a second’s delay.
Due to all the past, present and future merits collected by me and the merits of the three times collected by others (which are empty), may the I (which is empty) achieve enlightenment (which is empty) and lead all sentient beings (who are empty) to that enlightenment (which is empty) by myself alone (who is also empty).
Colophon: This sadhana was composed on the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche (December 26, 2000) for those people wishing to recite Mani mantras at home and contribute to the count of 100 million Mani mantras being performed at Chenrezig Institute.