Shakyamuni Buddha Here

dharma etiquette
When coming in contact with the Buddhadharma, it is useful to know the traditional ways to show respect for the teachings, which are considered precious. Conforming to these modes of behavior does not mean you are Buddhist or agree completely with the values or the validity of the Dharma, but merely expresses respect for it. Thus they are intelligent ways to make your encounter with the Dharma enjoyable and beneficial. Dharma books: Buddhist books, notebooks, and other reading material should be kept in a clean place. They should not be sat upon, stepped over or on, or placed directly on the floor. A cloth covering can be wrapped around these books when carrying or storing them and can be spread on the ground when these books are placed down. It will be helpful to place your books as compactly as possible near your seat to allow others to walk by easily. In addition, paper with Dharma notes on it should not be taken into the bathroom or discarded in unclean places. For disposal, they can be burned or put in special receptacles available for that purpose. Listening to Dharma teachings: It is fine to shift your sitting position during the teachings, etc., but be mindful not to point the soles of your feet—symbolically the lowest and often least clean part of your body—directly toward the teacher or altar or over your Dharma books. To do this is considered careless and disrespectful. While listening to Dharma teachings, one tries to show respect for the teacher and teachings by not wearing hats or shoes and not sitting higher than the teacher. One should also avoid lying down or leaning lazily against the wall. (This will also help prevent you from falling asleep!) Prostrations: Although many students perform three prostrations before sitting down, this is not strictly necessary. Prostrations can be effective in decreasing false pride and making the mind more receptive, but it is not necessary that you adopt this practice. You can also make prostrations by putting your hands together at the heart in prostration mudra, or you can do so mentally, by visualizing yourself prostrating. Please feel free to ask questions about what we do at Kurukulla Center. Initially you may not know much of the meaning of the teachings and ritual, but it doesn’t take long to get an understanding of the basics. Everyone has a story of the first time they went to a Buddhist center!

the fpmt
Kurukulla Center is a member of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a worldwide community of Buddhist centers dedicated to preserving the pure teachings of the Buddha as found in Tibetan Buddhism. Founded by Lama Yeshe in 1975 and currently under the spiritual direction of his main disciple, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the FPMT provides teachings, retreats, literature, hospice care, and social services in over thirty countries. Kurukulla Center was founded by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1989 and is named for a wrathful emanation of Red Tara who manifests the buddhas’ compassionate activity in the world. Our kind and compassionate resident teacher, Geshe Tsulga, has been teaching at Kurukulla Center since 1993, when Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested him to come to the United States. This prayer book supplements the FPMT prayer books, which contain many more prayers and practices within this tradition. Copies of the FPMT prayer books may be found in the bookstore or online at www.fpmt.org.

(3 times) sang gye chö dang tsog kyi chog nam la jang chub bar du dag ni kyab su chi dag gi jin sog gyi pe sö nam gyi dro la pen chir sang gye drub par shog The Four Immeasurables May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes. Until enlightened I seek refuge. To aid all may I become Buddha. and hatred. sem chen tam che de wa dang de we gyu dang den par gyur chig sem chen tam che dug ngel dang dug ngel gyi gyu dang drel war gyur chig sem chen tam che dug ngel me pe de wa dang mi drel war gyur chig sem chen tam che nye ring chag dang nyi dang drel we tang nyom la ne par gyur chig *Note on pronunciation of vowels in the Tibetan prayers: “a” is like a in shanti. May all sentient beings be free from suffering and its causes. “ö” is like the German ö in bitte schön. May all sentient beings never be parted from sorrowless bliss.Kurukulla Center Prayers * Refuge and Bodhichitta In the Buddhas. free from bias. k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 1 . and Sangha. “u” is like the u in sutra. “i” is like i in bodhi. attachment. Through merit from giving and the rest. Dharma. May all sentient beings abide in equanimity. “e” is like the e in deva. “ü” is like the German ü in München. “o” is like the o in bodhi.

The holy field qualified with realizations Who are devoted to the moral precepts— To you. I prostrate. knower of the world. With the supreme signs. the one gone beyond. like a golden mountain. the glorious conqueror. You paced out seven strides Then said. I prostrate. face like spotless moon. The virtue that frees one from the lower realms. and go for refuge.” To you. The purity that frees one from attachment. who were wise then. the completely perfected. to you I prostrate. you were born on this earth. the endowed transcendent destroyer. I prostrate. the foe destroyer. O supreme among humans. The field of merit with qualities like a vast ocean— To you. the three worlds are not. form supremely pure. With pure bodies. “I am supreme in this world. Wisdom ocean. make offerings. the sublime community intending virtue. the endowed transcendent destroyer. Dust-free like you. to you. Sugata. Fame that blazes in the three worlds. the sublime pure reality— To the Dharma that pacifies. The savior having great compassion. teacher of gods and human beings. The one path. Incomparably wise one—to you. I prostrate. 2 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s . I prostrate. supreme guide of human beings to be tamed. the completely and fully awakened one. the subduer of the Shakya clan. I prostrate. Those who are liberated and who also show the path to liberation. perfect in knowledge and in good conduct. Color like gold—to you I prostrate. fully awakened being. The founder having all understanding. the one gone to thusness.Praise to Shakyamuni Buddha To the founder. (3 times) When. Winner of the best—Lord.

a mirage. in all aspects. With supreme faith I pay homage. Perform only perfect virtuous actions. a cloud— See conditioned things as such! Through these merits may sentient beings Attain the rank of all seeing. sickness. k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 3 . An illusion. And be delivered from samsara’s ocean. ever-devout homage! To all worthy of respect. A dream. Subdue your mind thoroughly— This is the teaching of the Buddha. the flame of a lamp.Homage to the supreme Buddha! Homage to the Dharma refuge! Homage to the great Sangha! To all three. Do not commit any nonvirtuous actions. or a bubble. a drop of dew. Bowing with bodies as many as All realms’ atoms. a flash of lightning. A star. Perturbed by the waves of aging. and death. subdue the foe of faults.

from love and wisdom Clouds densely massed in your dharmakaya sky. O Losang Dragpa. made life essenceful. Venerable gurus. O protector. heaped curd-like cloud. supreme field of merit. Dharma’s omniscient king. Your beauteous body. Homage to you worthwhile to think of. lotus. Pray stay hundreds of eons to spread doctrine As supreme merit field for my mind of faith. Pleasant offerings of water. Fragrant incense. pure-white. smile brightly with delight. In space ahead on lion throne. perfume. And may it make Venerable Losang Dragpa’s Essential teachings specially shine forever. Nonvirtue committed with body. and see. Offered up to you. Pray loose a rain of vast profound Dharma On fields of disciples just as needed. various flowers. light. We rejoice in your powerful great deeds. and so on. Which I have heaped up since beginningless time. hear. and mind. speech. Your eloquent speech adorns fortunate ears. famed glory outstanding. Pray come to this place with your disciples. and moon. May whatever virtue that I’ve here gathered Bring benefit to all beings and doctrine. Each I confess from my heart with strong regret. 4 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s . from depths of our hearts. In time of strife you strove to learn and practice. set out and envisioned. Especially what has contradicted three vows. Shunned eight mundane concerns. Oceans of offerings. Your wisdom mind sees full range of knowables. Venerable gurus.Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa From Tushita’s hundreds of gods’ protector’s heart To tip of this fresh.

great treasure of unconceiving compassion. common and supreme. Bestow attainments. and mind. crown jewel of the of the land of snow’s sages. Until supreme awakening remain steadfast. I make requests at your feet. gang chen ke pe tsu gyen tsong kha pa Tsongkhapa. dü pung ma lü jom dze sang we dag Vajrapani. O glorious and precious root guru. Caring for me with your great kindness. O glorious and precious root guru. k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 5 . Caring for me with your great kindness. conqueror of all demon hordes without exception. Bestow attainments of body. speech. Caring for me with your great kindness. Pray take seat of lotus at my heart. Pray take seat of lotus on my crown. lord of stainless knowledge. Pray take seat of lotus at my heart. O glorious and precious root guru.mig me tse we ter chen chen re sig Avalokiteshvara. lo sang drag pe zhab la söl wa deb Losang Dragpa. dri me khyen pe wang po jam pel yang Manjushri.

no compositional factors. and consciousness are empty. Form is not other than emptiness. there is no suffering. no taste. The Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagriha on Vulture Mountain together with a great assembly of monks and a great assembly of bodhisattvas. Emptiness is not other than form. discrimination. Shariputra. no discrimination. replied to the Venerable Shariputra as follows: “Shariputra. no cessation. the Venerable Shariputra said to the Superior Avalokiteshvara. no mental phenomenon. There is no eye element and so forth up to no mind element. the bodhisattva. no nose. no feeling. the bodhisattva. and no path. Shariputra. and complete enlightenment. they have no defilement and no separation from defilement. no visible form. “Therefore. no consciousness. they have no decrease and no increase. perfectly looking at the emptiness of inherent existence of the five aggregates also. through the power of Buddha. become manifest and complete buddhas in the state of unsurpassed. by relying upon the perfection of wisdom. up to no element of mental consciousness. Passing utterly beyond error they attain the final state beyond sorrow. Shariputra. no smell. no object of touch. bodhisattvas rely on and abide in the perfection of wisdom. and also no nonattainment. they have no fear. 6 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s . “How should a child of the lineage train who wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom?” Thus he spoke. whatever son or daughter of the lineage wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom should look perfectly like this: subsequently looking perfectly and correctly at the emptiness of inherent existence of the five aggregates also. “Therefore. the Blessed One was absorbed in the concentration of the countless aspects of phenomena called “profound illumination. and because their minds have no obstructions. All the buddhas who reside in the three times. There is no eye. was looking perfectly at the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom. no attainment. compositional factors. Then. no tongue. because there is no attainment. the great being. There is no ignorance and no cessation of ignorance and so forth up to no aging and death and no cessation of aging and death. like this all phenomena are empty. emptiness is form. At that time. no mind. the great being. no ear. Likewise. without characteristics. no sound. they are not produced and do not cease. no exalted wisdom. that is. the great being. In the same way feeling. and the Superior Avalokiteshvara. in emptiness there is no form.The Heart Sutra The Sutra on the Heart of the Transcendent and Victorious Wisdom Homage to the exalted Three Jewels! Thus have I heard at one time. the bodhisattva. perfect. no origin. no body. “Form is empty.” At that very time the Superior Avalokiteshvara.

the Venerable Shariputra. the bodhisattva. should be known as the truth. May all be conducive and perfect auspiciousness. the mantra that thoroughly pacifies all suffering. the Superior Avalokiteshvara. and hindrances shanti kuruye soha! (May all enemies.“Therefore. O child of the lineage. and hindrances be fully pacified and endowed with loving minds!) The 80. The profound perfection of wisdom should be practiced exactly as you have taught. well said. the great being: “Well said. Unwaveringly caring for practitioners as your children. obstructors. demigods. this is how a bodhisattva. Possessed of clairvoyance and miraculous power. a great being. Averting Hindrances In the holy supreme abode of the dakinis.000 types of obstructors pacified. The mantra of the perfection of wisdom is proclaimed: tayata gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi soha! “Shariputra. Bring happiness and well-being here. So ends the noble discourse on the essence of the wisdom gone beyond. the great being. the mantra of the perfection of wisdom. obstructors. Freed from adverse. gandharvas. May all on the side of negativity such as the four maras be stopped! (clap) May they become nonexistent! (clap) May they be pacified! (clap) All enemies. the equal-to-the-unequaled mantra. humans. the mantra of great knowledge.” When the Blessed One had said this. and the tathagatas will rejoice. right now! k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 7 . harmful conditions. should train in the profound perfection of wisdom. the unsurpassed mantra.” Then the Blessed One arose from that concentration and said to the Superior Avalokiteshvara. the bodhisattva. since it is not false. So it is. and the entire assembly as well as worldly beings— gods. Homage to the hosts of the three places’ dakinis! a ka sa ma ra tsa sha da ra sa ma ra ya phat (7 times) tayata om gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi soha! Through the power of truth of the exalted Three Jewels’ speech. and others—were filled with admiration and highly praised what had been spoken by the Blessed One.

flowers strewn. Seen as buddha-field and offered. His white divine actions spread in the ten directions. Pray loose a rain of vast profound Dharma On fields of disciples just as needed. may the gurus who show the noble path And the spiritual friends who practice it have long lives. Until enlightened I seek refuge. Meru. Please bless me to pacify completely All outer and inner hindrances. Dharma. perfume anointed. from love and wisdom Clouds densely massed in your dharmakaya sky. sa shi pö kyi jug shing me tog tram ri rab ling shi nyi de gyen pa di sang gye shing du mig te ül war gyi dro kün nam dag shing la chö par shog Request to Turn the Wheel of Dharma Venerable gurus. precious gurus) je tsün la ma dam pa khye nam kyi chö küi kha la khyen tsei chu dzin trig ji tar tsam pe dül je dzin ma la sab gye chö kyi char pa bab tu söl Refuge and Bodhichitta before Teachings In the Buddhas. and Sangha. de tar lam sang tön pe she nyen dang tsül shin drub pe drog nam shab ten chir chi dang nang gi bar du chö pe tsog nye war shi war jin gyi lob tug söl 8 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s . May the torch of the teachings of Losang always remain. idam guru ratna mandalakam niryatayami (I send forth this jeweled mandala to you. Dispelling the darkness of all beings in the three realms. four lands. je tsün la me ku tse rab ten ching nam kar trin le chog chur gye pa dang lo sang ten pe drön me sa sum gyi dro we mün sel tag tu ne gyur chig Requesting for the Lamas and Practitioners to Live Long Like that.Short Mandala Offering Ground. sun and moon adorned. Thus May all sentient beings enjoy pure lands. (3 times) sang gye chö dang tsog kyi chog nam la jang chub bar du dag ni kyab su chi dag gi chö nyen gyi pe sö nam gyi dro la pen chir sang gye drub par shog Request for the Lama to Remain Long May my venerable lama’s life be firm. Through merit from listening to teachings. To aid all may I become Buddha.

May the minds of those who wish for liberation be granted bounteous peace And the buddhas’ deeds be nourished for a long time By even this graded course to enlightenment completed Due to the wondrous virtuous conduct of the buddhas and their children. Manjushri. vast as space. And may I please all the buddhas by practicing. May I find the best of complete graded paths of the teachings. Whenever someone makes an effort to act In accordance with the tenfold Mahayana virtuous practices. And may oceans of prosperity spread everywhere. Using skillful means drawn by the strong force of compassion. Even if I do not reach this state. May they always be assisted by the mighty ones. that I have amassed From working with effort at this practice for a great length of time. or once spread have declined. May I clear the darkness from the minds of all beings With the points of the path as I have discerned them. may I be held In your loving compassion for all my lives. May I reveal this treasure of happiness and aid.Final Lamrim Prayer From my two collections. May I become the chief leading buddha for all those Whose mind’s wisdom eye is blinded by ignorance. May I uphold Buddha’s teachings for a very long time. With my heart gong out with great compassion In whatever direction the most precious teachings Have not yet spread. k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 9 . May all human and nonhuman beings who eliminate adversity And make things conducive for practicing the excellent paths Never be parted in any of their lives From the purest path praised by the buddhas.

Manjushri. Losang Dragpa. arise And. where born. 10 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s .Dedication Verses Through this virtue may I swiftly. ge we di yi nyur du dag la ma sang gye drub gyur ne dro wa chig kyang ma lü pa de yi sa la gö par shog Precious supreme bodhi-mind. where unborn. Place each and every sentient being Without exception in that state. jang chub sem chog rin po che ma kye pa nam kye gyur chig kye pa nyam pa me pa yang gong ne gong du pel war shog In that snow-mountain encircled land. great treasure of unconceiving compassion. lord of stainless knowledge. May Lord Tenzin Gyatso Chenresig Remain in life ’til samsara’s end. Source of every benefit and joy. crown jewel of the of the land of snow’s sages. Having gained Guru Buddha’s state. gang ri ra we khor we shing kam dir pen dang de wa ma lü jung we ne chen re sig wang ten zin gya tso yi shab pe si te bar du ten gyur chig mig me tse we ter chen chen re sig dri me khyen pe wang po jam pel yang gang chen ke pe tsu gyen tsong kha pa lo sang drag pe shab la söl wa deb Avalokiteshvara. never decline But increase forever more. Tsongkhapa. May it. I make requests at your feet.

the precious Dharma. I make offering. Tön pa la me sang gye rin po che Kyob pa la me dam chö rin po che Dren pa la me gen dün rin po che Kyab ne kön chog sum la chö pa bül May we and those around us. Never be separated from the Three Jewels. the precious Buddha. I make this offering.Food Offering Prayers Offering Food and Drink to the Three Jewels Om Ah Hum (3 times) To the supreme teacher. The guru is the creator of all (happiness). To the supreme refuge. in all future lives. To the Triple Gem. the precious Sangha. Dag sog khor che tse rab tam che du Kön chog sum dang nam yen mi drel shing Kön chog sum po gyün du chö pa la Kön chog sum gyi jin lab jug par shog Offering Food and Drink to the Guru Om Ah Hum (3 times) The guru is Buddha. And receive the inspiration of the Three Jewels. the guru is Dharma. Continuously make offerings to the Three Jewels. the objects of refuge. The guru is Sangha also. To the supreme guides. La ma sang gye la ma chö De shin la ma gen dün dang Kün gyi je po la ma te La ma nam la chö par bül k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 11 . To all gurus.

Please accept them with compassion for the sake of wandering beings.] Lady of Grace. pure and delightful. I shall offer these as a buddha-field. [The southern] Chamara and Aparachamara. [On the third level:] [E:] the Sun. Om vajra perimeter Am Hum! Outside it is encircled by the circumferential wall (The Chakravada mountain range). Lady of Dance. to me and all wandering mother sentient beings as far as the limits of space. [S:] the precious parasol. To my glorious. [The eastern minor continents] Deha and Videha. Lady of Perfume. and their entourage. Godaniya (Cattle-gift Land). out of your great compassion. Jambudvipa (Rose-apple Land). [And the northern] Kuru and Kaurava. In the center. Lady of Lamps. and in particular to the deity host of Lama Tsongkhapa. Having accepted them. king of sages. holy. [In the four continents are:] E: the precious mountain / S: the wish-granting tree W: the wish-fulfilling cow / N: the unplowed harvest. The northern. The southern. the most perfect riches of gods and human beings. please grant your inspiration! 12 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s . Videha (Tall-body Land). and most kind root and lineage gurus. with nothing missing. great Vajradhara. [The western] Sata and Uttaramantrin. Lady of Song. the umze makes this request: Shing kam bül war shu! Om vajra bhumi Ah Hum! Wang chen ser gyi sa shi Om vajra rekhe Ah Hum! Chi chag ri khor yug gi khor we ü su Ri gyel po ri rab Shar lü pag po / Lho dzam bü ling Nub bha lang chö / Jang dra mi nyen Lü dang lü pag Nga yab dang nga yab shen Yo den dang lam chog dro Dra mi nyen dang dra mi nyen gyi da Rin po che ri wo Pag sam gyi shing / Dö jöi ba Ma mö pa yi lo tog Khor lo rin po che / Nor bu rin po che Tsün mo rin po che / Lön po rin po che Lang po rin po che / Ta chog rin po che Mak pön rin po che / Ter chen pöi bum pa Geg ma / Treng wa ma / Lu ma / Gar ma Me tog ma / Dug pö ma / Nang sel ma Dri chab ma / Nyi ma / Da wa / Rin po che dug Chog le nam par gyel we gyel tsen Ü su lha dang mi yi pel jor pün sum tsog pa Ma tsang wa me pa Tsang shing yi du ong wa Di dag drin chen tsa wa dang gyü par Che pe pel den la ma dam pa nam dang Khye par du yang la ma lob sang tub wang Dor je chang chen poi lha tsog Khor dang che pe nam la Shing kham ül war gyi o Tug je dro we dön du she su söl Zhe ne dag sog dro wa mar gyur nam khe Ta dang nyam pe sem chen tam che la Tug tse wa chen pöi go ne Jin gyi lab tu söl Please offer a buddha-field! Om vajra ground Ah Hum! Mighty golden ground. Lady of Garlands. The eastern continent. [N:] the banner of victory in all quarters. Lady of Flowers. [W:] the Moon. [On the second level: the eight goddesses. Lady of Incense. Kuru.The Long Mandala Offering of the Thirty-Seven Heaps First. The western. [On the first level of Mount Sumeru:] [E:] the Precious Wheel [S:] the Precious Jewel [W:] the Precious Queen [N:] the Precious Minister [SE:] the Precious Elephant [SW:] the Precious Horse [NW:] the Precious General [NE:] the Pot of Great Treasure. in the center of which are Sumeru. king of mountains.

pel den la me ku tse ten pa dang ka nyam yong la de kyi jung wa dang dag shen ma lü tsog sag drib jang ne nyur du sang gye tob par jin gyi lob I dedicate whatever virtues I have ever collected For the benefit of the teachings and of all sentient beings. And in particular. I. too. And may we be blessed to quickly attain buddhahood. dedicate all these merits in the best way That I may follow their perfect example. And may all beings equaling the extent of space have happiness. dü sum sheg pe gyel wa tam che kyi ngo wa gang la chog tu ngag pa de dag gi ge we tsa wa di kün kyang sang po chö chir rab tu ngo war gyi k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 13 . dag gi ji nye sag pe ge wa di ten dang dro wa kün la gang pen dang khye par je tsün lob sang drag pa yi ten pe nying po ring du sel je shog Just as the brave Manjushri and Samantabhadra. jam pel pa wö ji tar khyen pa dang kün tu sang po de yang de shin te de dag kün gyi je su dag lob chir ge wa di dag tam che rab tu ngo I dedicate all these roots of virtue With the dedication praised as the best By the victorious ones thus gone of the three times So I might perform good works. May I and others without exception accumulate merit and purify negativities. Realized things as they are. for the essential teachings Of Venerable Losang Dragpa to shine forever. too.Additional Prayers of Dedication May the glorious gurus’ lives be long and stable.

O gurus! In short. speech. To be cared for by you. May we perfect the practices of faith and compassion. And thus to become your chief disciple. You are the root of the Three Jewels. The supreme Tenzin Gyatso of incomparable kindness— May he have long life. Holding every secret of your body. Homage to you. including Buddha Shakyamuni.Verses of Dedication Today I have made offerings and prostrations To the objects of refuge. with the positive intention to bring about great benefit. and may he obtain the victory Of freedom for Tibet in accord with his intentions. 1997. May I and all limitless motherly beings In all our lives attain bodies with the freedoms and endowments. Being cared for by holy and qualified lamas. please grant that all be auspicious For me to be foremost among your very first circle of disciples Wherever you manifest buddhahood So that all my temporal and ultimate wishes. O protector. bodhichitta. Through this virtue May all sentient beings attain happiness. And the Three Jewels. The great guide to peace and happiness whose nature is compassion. And the meditation on emptiness that is free from error. Prayer to Always Meet with Perfect Teachers Your form embodies all buddhas. compassion. In particular. my lamas. Bring to perfection love. Colophon: These verses were written by Geshe Tsultrim Chöpel on May 3. Your nature is that of Vajradhara. I seek your blessings. May be effortlessly and spontaneously fulfilled. 14 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s . O protector. from birth Unremittingly throughout all my lives. and mind. And having encountered lamas who teach the faultless path. without exception. may the faithful people of the West.

The first verse is from the tantras. pleasing him in return. In his care. to disappoint. the second and third verses from the lamrim prayer in the Lama Chöpa. Be forever fostered by an accomplished Mahayana spiritual master. in every life. the bodhi mind. and the final six verses from Lama Tsongkhapa’s Prayer for Birth in Sukhavati. may every virtuous act Gathered by way of body. Furthermore. In every life. May I embark upon them continually with effortless experience. May I never. even for an instant. belief in cause and effect. Colophon: In July 2004 Sera Je Geshe Tsultrim Chöpel. Having understood them faultlessly. resident teacher at Kurukulla Center. Renunciation. gave the kind advice that his students should recite these verses as part of their daily practice. May my spiritual master impart to me Every instruction and every teaching in its entirety. and mind Be causes solely for the welfare of others And for the purest and highest enlightenment. Realm of Bliss (translated by Gavin Kilty). k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 15 . May I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara. May I practice them and be able to bring them to perfection. The source of every virtue of this world and beyond. the fourth verse from Lama Tsongkhapa’s Foundation of All Good Qualities. fall under the sway Of malevolent teachers and misleading friends. Doing nothing. may I acquire in him a firm unshakable faith. speech. in life after life may I. Having developed. never separated from perfect gurus. Boston.In all my lives. and the pure view. May I enjoy the magnificent Dharma. Pleasing him by every means possible. By completing the qualities of the stages and paths. even for a moment.

) by the entire assembly of Sera Je Drati House to compose a supplication for the long life of Lawudo Supreme Incarnation. Clarifying without confusion the two truths among the multiplicity of things: Lama. benefiting all. the sphere of peace. Trijang Rinpoche. cutting vajra weapon. Here. a lone adornment of the earth. Your dialectics an invincible. Unbounded seas of the happiness of now and the bliss of always: Lama. By the power of profound dependent arising and the unvarying emptiness of all that appears. and constancy. remain immutably among us—one supremely worthy of veneration. whose lunar-like face changes with our changing fates. composed this prayer praying that its aims may be fulfilled. Hear our prayer. Your writings thousand-petaled lotuses unfolding their glory: Lama.] 16 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s . Skilled in sprinkling the waters of healing. The faintest cooling ray of whose mantra name allays the fiery pain of our life’s final end. The moon of your Mahayana mind ringed ’round By the fever-cooling camphor of unsullied. and doctrine protectors. Precious Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. deities. I. now. a guide to sublime liberation. grant your greatest of gifts: Victorious goddess. Of he. Colophon: Having been requested with many bases (faith. By the might of seas of spiritual masters. material offerings. Your teachings are vast spreading rivers of celestial nectar. [English translation by Gelong Jampa Gendün and Getsül Tenzin Chödrak. remain immutably among us—a radiant Dharma sun. be spontaneously fulfilled. Precious treasure of precise and subtle reasoning. unerring wisdom. A laughing smile revealing pearls of skill. May all the hopes of our prayers. A deep milky sea of the liquid moon of morality: Lama. mandalas. paradigmatic doctrine of the victors.Bestowing Supreme Immortality A Supplication for the Long Life of Lawudo Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche Om Svasti! Vijaya—all-conquering goddess. remain immutably among us—a guardian of highest knowledge. unsurpassed resolve Brilliantly swirls to the bounds of space. remain immutably among us—a moon guiding our way. You who bear the name Of he who peerlessly holds the living essence of the pure. grant life without end. O lama whom we revere. humility. Golden laser light of bright. etc. having the title of Tutor (to His Holiness the Dalai Lama). fulfilling needs. Rainmaker adept who brings forth life’s rain. Of he. with effortless ease.

by Kangyur Lama (Losang Thubten). 2004. with strong supplication to Three Jewels. Sustaining. please live long! Thub tsül chang shing jam gön gyel we ten Dzin kyö pel we kün zö dog por dze Chog sum kur we leg mön tu drub pa Dag sog dül je gön du shab ten shog Melodious Sound of the Immortal Vajra A Supplication for the Long Life of Geshe Tsulga Om Svasti! Essence of the nectar of the three secrets of all conquerors Ripened in a youthful form adorned by the ornaments of the marks and signs. Continually awaken all beings from the deep sleep of ignorance. purity. Beautified by the jewel ornament of the three trainings’ morality. former abbot of Trehor. Three supreme life-giving deities: Forever grant the glorious excellence of immortality. Savior of myself and others. I make requests. May the festival of benefit and happiness remain for a hundred eons.A Short Long-Life Prayer for Lama Zopa Rinpoche You who uphold the Subduer’s (thub) moral way. Who masterfully accomplishes (drub pa) magnificent prayers honoring the Three Jewels. entitled “Melodious Sound of the Immortal Vajra. Spreading the Buddha’s teachings through noble deeds and generating the mind of enlightenment. By the blessings of the truth of the nondeceptive Three Jewels And the power of the hopes of our single-pointed prayers. May the purpose of this prayer be easily and swiftly accomplished. preserving. Without being oppressed by even a sign of obstacle or hindrance. this long-life prayer. May the evil speech of fox-like thought be subdued. With the smile of the pure life-story of the Tsongkhapa tradition. your disciples: please. and goodness With the enlightened activity of the union of teaching and practice.” was written on May 8. At the feet of the venerable guru. and spreading Manjunath’s victorious doctrine (ten). Through spreading waves of deeds of learning. Who serve as the bountiful bearer (zö)-of-all. Through the lion’s roar of scriptural support and logical reasoning. It was translated by Thubten Damchoe and edited by Sara McClintock and Nicholas Ribush. k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 17 . By sounding the great drum of profound and extensive Dharma. Colophon: At the request of the faithful and devoted disciples of Geshe Tsultrim Chöpel of Trehor Khamtsen. [tsültrim] Treasure house of Dharma increase [chöpel ] enriched by the gem of eloquence.

Never displeasing for even an instant! May I always be shown transcendent wisdom’s meaning Just as it was taught to Sadaprarudita.Prayer for Virtue in the Beginning. with body. Middle. and all possessions. Never take birth in any abodes Falling back to realms of bad migrations But attain human form with all the freedoms and endowments! From very birth may I never cling To samsaric pleasure but. devoid of elaboration! 18 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s . in each and every life. may I never by stained By faults of natural or proscribed negativity. Unpolluted by foul waters of misconception. Profound and peaceful. Strive with unrelenting enthusiasm To pursue pure lifestyle with renunciation! May no relation or possessions whatever Obstruct my taking ordination But all conducive circumstances Come together just as wished! Once ordained. who’s compassionate And tirelessly courageous serving others’ welfare! Like Sadaprarudita’s devotion to Dharmodgata. May I well delight in my holy master Undeceitfully. subdued. Just as I’ve promised before the eyes Of my abbot and master as long as I live! Relying on ethical purity may I Practice every vast and profound Mahayana teaching through many austerities For the sake of my mothers for countless eons! May I always be cared for by a holy master Whose mind’s filled with scriptural knowledge and insight. to gain liberation. and End Homage to all buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions! I make infinite prayers with pure higher intention To liberate infinite beings from samsara. life. Whose faculties are peaceful. May these all come true through might of the powerful Sages and infallible Three Jewels of refuge! May I.

even for the sake of my life! When seeing. May I always uphold the victory banner of liberation. hearing. Realizations the Conqueror intended are born in my mind. be free of consequent pride! At the side of a self-reliant great master Who reveals the meanings of all the texts Just as they are through the force of pure logic. With joyous effort cutting clinging attachment to this life. May I listen insatiably to the infinite scriptures! Day and night fully analyzing the meaning of what I’ve heard Through well applying the four types of reasoning. and meditation. may I. in return. then. may I first gather Beings into my circle with material generosity Then bring them satisfaction by teaching the Dharma! Through renunciation up until enlightenment’s attainment. contemplation. accuse. may I Dispel all doubts concerning those points thus considered Through the discriminating awareness arisen from contemplation! When I gain definite certainty in the very profound teachings Through the awareness arisen from contemplation. May I free embodied beings from samsara’s ocean! No matter how learned and especially generous. Pure of morality and discriminating in wisdom My mind should become. To equal extent.May I never be influenced by negative friends Or nonvirtuous spiritual guides who teach Nihilistic or eternalistic views External to what the Buddha intended! Hoisting the great sail of pure intention to free beings. Blown by the winds of unslacking joyous effort. Express their qualities and cultivate patience! k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 19 . Secure in the ship of study. Never giving up even the slightest precept That I have received. May I properly practice in isolation! When thus. or humiliate me. and meditation. Free from anger may I. thought. through hearing. May desire for lives clinging to samsaric states Or for personal liberation never arise in my mind! Having overcome miserliness through a mind of detachment Toward all possessed wealth. or thinking of beings Who beat. thus superior.

By having completely abandoned the three types Of laziness that prevent both attainment of virtues Not yet attained and further development. Fearless of actions despised by the holy. May I easily set on paths praised by the conquerors! Having robbed fox-like mistaken teachers of their boldness With my lion’s roar of teaching. free from illness. before too long. Have good family. Which takes up the burden of freeing all beings. may I. though looking like monks. Cause cyclic rebirth. Having developed bodhichitta cherishing others more than self. May I uphold the victory banner of the undeclined teachings! Wherever I’m born may I drink the ambrosia Of Buddha’s speech and. on the whole. form. May I yoke to faultless ethical discipline! Whoever has left the excellent way To engage in mistaken distorted paths. who have lost pure morality through inconsideration. power. Grant them the unexcelled state of enlightenment! Whoever sees or hears these prayers Or thinks of them. as well. debate. at that time. and composition. wisdom. Influenced by negative friends or nonvirtuous guides. May I strive with joyous perseverance! Having abandoned quiescent states that. devoid of the insight That subdues samsara or dry of the compassion That prevents passive peace. May I realize all things’ primordial emptiness! Those with broken precepts. may they. may I integrate the two! Having fully abandoned misconceived views. Holding as supreme some made-up partial emptiness Out of fear of the ultimate nature of existence. life. long and happy life! To those who always bear harmful intention Toward my body. Then caring for them by whatever means will subdue them. And. or possessions and also To those who speak unpleasantly to me. May I especially be as loving as a mother! And then. wealth. Be undiscouraged in accomplishing all The bodhisattvas’ great and powerful prayers! 20 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s .

Remember how quickly it decays and death comes. [Translation from the Tibetan by David Molk. So have all mother migratory beings. Correct devotion to him is the root of the path. Recognizing these shortcomings. And bear the responsibility of freeing migratory beings. After death. Understanding that the precious freedom of this rebirth is found only once. and End was composed at the glorious Drikung Til monastery in Shoto by the wanderer Losang Dragpa. Day and night. just like a shadow follows the body. By clearly seeing this and applying great effort. Please bless me always be careful To abandon even the slightest negativities And accomplish all virtuous deeds.Through force of offering this vast prayer made With the power of a pure extraordinary wish. Please bless me to generate the mind that unceasingly. July 1993. Please bless me to generate the strong wish for the bliss of liberation. Led by this pure thought. May I fulfill hopes of all embodied beings! Colophon: This Prayer for Virtue in the Beginning. Middle. who has heard many teachings. Mindfulness. Is greatly meaningful. alertness.] The Foundation of All Good Qualities The foundation of all good qualities is the kind and venerable guru. Fully completing the perfection of prayer. Finding firm and definite conviction in this. and great caution arise. Just as I have fallen into the sea of samsara. train in supreme bodhichitta. and is difficult to find again. Please bless me to accomplish this essential practice. takes its essence. k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s 21 . Please bless me to see this. This life is as impermanent as a water bubble. The root of the teachings is keeping the pratimoksha vows. Seeking samsaric pleasures is the door to all suffering: They are uncertain and cannot be relied upon. The results of black and white karma follow. Please bless me to rely upon him with great respect.

never giving up the four sessions. Lightly edited by Ven. Having become a pure vessel by training in the general path. Please bless me to protect these vows and pledges like my life. Please bless me to practice the bodhisattva vows with great energy. By completing the qualities of the stages and paths. At that time. the basis of accomplishing the two attainments Is keeping pure vows and samaya. Please bless me to enter The holy gateway of the fortunate ones. The essence of the Vajrayana. Then. 1988. In all my lives. Please bless me to pacify completely All outer and inner hindrances. May I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara.Even if I develop bodhichitta yet don’t practice the three types of morality. 1999. never separated from perfect gurus. With my clear recognition of this. may the gurus who show the noble path And the spiritual friends who practice it have long lives. The supreme vajra vehicle. having realized the importance of the two stages. Like that. Constance Miller and Nick Ribush. 22 k u r u k u l l a c e n t e r p r ay e r s . By practicing with great energy. May I enjoy the magnificent Dharma. Please bless me to generate quickly within my mindstream The unified path of calm abiding and special insight. I will not achieve enlightenment. Please bless me to realize the teachings of the holy guru. Colophon: Translated by Jampel Lhundrub and edited by Ailsa Cameron for the Jorchö booklet published by Wisdom Publications. April. As I have become firmly convinced of this. Once I have pacified distractions to wrong objects And correctly analyzed the meaning of reality.

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