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PRAYING (part 4): PRAYING FOR NURTURING BODHICITTA (Cầu nguyện để trưởng dưỡng Bồ đề tâm)

PRAYING (part 4): PRAYING FOR NURTURING BODHICITTA (Cầu nguyện để trưởng dưỡng Bồ đề tâm)
PRAYING: PRAYING FOR NURTURING BODHICITTA (Part 4)
 
 
In Tantric Buddhism, generation and nurture of Bodhicitta are one of prerequisite spiritual practices. This should be perceived that the goal of cultivation, from the beginning to the enlightenment, is all for the benefit of sentient beings. Siddha Shantideva praised the value of Bodhcitta that:” Stirring 84,000 Dharma practices all together will turn out an essence that is Bodhicitta.” Master Atisha made a comparison that:” Even knowing the past and future, visualizing the holy image of Yidam, concentrating as stable as a mountain, all are nothing compared to a Bodhicitta.”

 

Lotus Flower Estrade in Song Nguyen Tantra House

 

Bodhisattva Shantideva

Bodhisattva Shantideva composed “The Prayer of Metta-Karuna” which has been chanting by generations of Buddhist practitioners so far:

 
“O Amida
The Oneness of Life and Light
Entrusting in your Great Compassion
May you shed the foolishness in myself
And transform me into a conduit of love
May I be a medicine for the sick and weary
Nursing their afflictions until they are cured
May I become food and drink during the time of famine
To protect the helpless and the poor
May I become a light for those groping their way in the dark
May I become a bed for those who need rest”
 
(See the Index) 
 

Great Master Ribur Rinpoche (1923-2006)

Great Master Ribur Rinpoche (1923-2006) wrote in “How to Generate Bodhicitta” that great masters in India and Tibet often transmitted two main lineages of instructions based on which one could practice and generate Bodhicitta, including “The Seven Point Cause-and-Effect Instruction” and “Exchanging Oneself and Others.” Lama Atisha would teach the seven-point technique publicly to large assemblies of disciples in Tibet while he gave instructions on exchanging oneself to others only to his principle disciple, Dromtonpa. Dromtonpa also kept this lineage in secret and gave it only to his foremost disciple Geshe Potowa, the successor of Kadampa tradition. Great master Potowa also kept it very secret. Although he had many disciples too, he gave these instructions only to Geshe Langri Tangpa who practiced them successfully. Based on his spiritual experiences, Geshe Langri Tangpa then composed a famous text titled “Eight Verses of Mind Training”. Since these instructions were put into writing, they became widespread and many people had been able to learn and practice as a Tantra technique to develop Bodhicitta. 

 
As sentient beings are obscured by the darkness of ignorance and bad karmas, to develop such attitude and spirit, they need not visualize but merely devote heartiest prayers to the Yidam and Bodhisattvas to receive blessings and holy powers. The easiest way is to pray the “Eight Verses of Mind Training” of Kadampa Lama Langri Tangpa
 
 

Geshe Langri Tangpa

“By thinking of all sentient beings

As more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel
For accomplishing the highest aim,
I will always hold them dear.”
 
(See the rest seven verses in the Index 7)
 
Geshe Langri Tangpa is an extraordinary master and a real saint (he was a previous reincarnation of the late Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche). It is said that Langri Tangpa often maintained such a serious expression that he was nicknamed “Langri Tangpa of the Black Face” (In Tibetan, “black face” means “serious”). He always meditated on the sufferings in samsara and Bodhicitta, thus rarely could anyone see him smile. 
 
 
So on what occasion did he smile? His unusual smile was related to a mandala set. In the tradition of Kadampa, the practice of mandala offering is particularly important. One day, Langri Tangpa sat in meditation and he had the mandala set put on the table near him. It was probably a simple mandala, not a beautiful or elaborate one. He noticed that there was a mouse eating grains of the mandala. Among them was a large piece of turquoise. Strangely, the mouse liked that turquoise and it began to collide, thrust and embrace it. However, the turquoise was so big that it could not embrace by itself. At that time, another five mice came to help the first mouse to bring the turquoise back to their cave: a mouse embrace the turquoise into its stomach while the rest four mice held its head and legs in mouth to pull it along. Seeing that scene, Geshe Langri Tangpa couldn’t help but burst out of laughing. Why did he laugh? Because he found that in this samsara, when it comes to fulfill one’s need, animals sometimes are even cleverer than human beings. 
 

Trichen Rinpoche

 

In saving sentient and non-sentient beings, many masters and siddhas even came to disaster or war stricken areas to pray for peace and relief from disasters. Trichen Rinpoche was invited by the Nepal Government to an area located within its territory where racial conflict was going on. On arriving this area, he carefully pondered upon what he should do to bring great benefits to Nepali people. Then he decided to chant a prayer that brought back good fortune as follows:
 
…”… At the time when the world sees contradictions and conflicts surrounded by five dirty poisons, by the ocean of exploded hatred and anger, which make the beings suffer in affliction and enmity. May the buddhas and bodhisattvas bail out this ocean of sufferings by your power of compassion and wisdom. 
 

Holy Master Tangtong Gyalpo

May the conduit of compassion nectar pour down the beings, relieving the deep burning hatred in their heart. May the buddhas and bodhisattvas help the beings turn back and look at each other to find out that everyone was once their parents in many lives, which thanks to it, the happiness and good fortune will grow.

 
Many evil forces which often snake in the mind and turn it into ferocious Atula and jealous evil spirits stop disturbing this world from now on.
 
May those who died from war leave bad karmas for the Pure Land of Amida and lead others to that holy place..” (See full text in the Index).            
 
 
This text is named “The Prayer for Good Fortune” composed by great Master Tangtong Gyalpo. It is told that the land of Kham was going through a long-lasting and unreconcilabe war when Tangtong Gyalpo came to generate Bodhicitta, reading it out loud and sincerely and then threw flowers on the land. Miraculously, hatred dissipated, fighters retreated, the war ended, field crops were verdant, the land became peaceful, everywhere showed signs of blessings. 
 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Another story told that after tragic attacks to Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C on September 11, 2001 that ended over 40,000 lives, Lama Zopa asked his disciples to chant “The Prayer for Good Fortune” to relieve the beings from pains and for a world where people live in peace and love. Zopa Rinpoche prayed:” May anywhere this prayer exist and be chanted, the heart of the chanters will resound the heartbeat of love, full of Bodhicitta. They’ll wish to bring back happiness and do not want to cause harm to anybody. May the sun of peace and joy shed the light everywhere. May everyone live together peacefully. May wars and conflicts end forever.”.

 
 
Phuoc Thanh Village, October 22, 2013
THINLEY-NGUYEN THANH
Translated by Mat Hue Phap
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PRAYER:

PART 1: FROM FACTS TO SPIRITUAL PRACTICE (Cầu nguyện: Từ sự kiện thực tế đến hoạt động tâm linh – phần 1)

Part 3: THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF PURIFICATION

PRAYING (part 4): PRAYING FOR NURTURING BODHICITTA (Cầu nguyện để trưởng dưỡng Bồ đề tâm)

PRAYING (Part 5): ACCUMULATION OF BOTH MERIT AND WISDOM

PRAYING (PART 6):  TO WHOM DO WE PRAY? (Đối tượng cầu nguyện là ai?)

Praying (Part 7): WORDS OF WISDOM LEAD TO ACHIEVEMENTS (Cầu nguyện: Lời vàng thành tựu)

Praying (Part 8): SELF – HELP PRACTICE AND DIVINITY SUPPORT – A SYNCHRONICITY CONNECTION (Tự lực hành pháp, tha lực hộ trì, nhân quả tương ưng)

PRAYING AS AN APPROACH TO ENLIGHTENMENT THROUGH DAILY ACTIVITIES (Cầu nguyện như một phương thức tiếp cận giác ngộ bằng hoạt động thường ngày)

MORE ABOUT PURPOSE AND MEANS OF PRAYER (Viết thêm về mục đích và phương tiện trong cầu nguyện)

  1. Jennifer says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    I do too hold all sentient beings dear to my heart. I wish to help all those out there. I want to make things right for others. I want them to learn to love life the way that I am learning to love life. I long for a day when all sentient beings become peaceful and enlightened. Thank you so much for this article. It was touching and I appreciate it. May you and all sentient beings be blessed. May you live long and healthy life for your sake and sake of all sentient beings.

  2. Dr.C H Lakshmi narayan says:
    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    I am very fortunate to have the chance to read this beautiful article  which brings all the religions present in the world under  one roof of  ” PRAYER ” , although they differ in their principles , policies and teachings !

    Buddhist pray !  Hindus pray ! Christians  pray !. It is immaterial ,the form or figure what( the supreme power they consider) they pray  but the purpose  is same, that is the grace of Good fortune !

    From time immemorial, Great sages and saints prayed, praying  and continue to pray for the world’s Peace  and joy !

    I shall be highly obliged Guruji  if you can give me those ” eight verses of mind training ” composed by the great master Geshe Langri Tangpa which contains seven points technique in Tantra.

    On the path shown by our beloved Guruji,I always want to exchange my joy with the sorrow of others by which  I continue my Dharma Practices to  attain Bodhicitta and Wisdom.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr. C H Lakshminarayan.

  3. Tantra Mahavita says:
    Respetado Guru, inclino mi cabeza a los pies del loto del Guru :  Que agradecida por leer este hermoso articulo. Tambien llevo a los seres sintientes en mi corazon…y anhelo que aprendar amar la vida, como lo estoy aprendiendo amar…y que todos los seres sintientes se vuelvan pacificos e iluminados . Desde tiempos inmemoriales grandes sabios y santos oraron por la paz y la alegria del mundo .Los versos de Geshe Langri Tangpa que compuso un famoso texto titulado ” Ocho versos de la Formacion de la Mente ” seria profundamente agradecida poder encontrarlos …En el camino mostrado por nuestro Amado Guru siempre quiero intercambiar mi alegria con el dolor de los demas por el cual continuo mis practicas de Dharma para alcanzar la Bodhichita y Sabiduria. .. Que nuestro Guru tenga salud y una larga vida para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes . Que todos los seres encuentren la felicidad y sus causas .  OM MANI PADME HUM

     

  4. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:
    Venerable Guru;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra.

    Thank you venerebol Guru, for souch profound explaination about Buddhicita and also the Reference for the practice.

    May all sentient beings have this opportunity to know,and cultivate the Holly Buddhicita.

    OM MANI PADME HUM……

    Faithfully.

  5. Tantra Upatissa says:
    Dear Guru
    I have read this article. It is a very interesting one. Thank you so much.
    May the Guru live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  6. Tantra Mikaya (jane) says:
    dear holy guru. goodmorningfrom Berlin Here is Tantra Mikaya. Thank you for your article praying for the care of Bodhicitta. It is a wonderful article and at the same time a good explanation of the Bodhicitta. In a time where people become conscious again to help each other and appreciate the true value of life. I know there are prayers in all religions. A friend once told me when he goes to the temple people pray for bigger houses and better jobs. He told me that he prays for peace in the world at this time when people have suffered extreme fears due to natural catastrophes or similar damage. I myself grew as you know without religion or prayers, and only through the understanding in Buddhism did I know true prayers for the sake of all. like a large clockwork that is perfectly connected to each other and connected to each other and only then works. So we must understand the nature of Buddha and work to think and pray for the benefit of all. May all creatures, our fathers, our mothers experience lasting happiness. May all sorrowful spheres of life be forever empty, and may all the desires of all bodhisattva be fulfilled wherever they dwell. May the precious Enlightenment Spirit emerge, where it has not yet come, and may not, where it has arisen, do not take it off again, but grow further and farther. May all beings be peaceful and happy, and our Holy Guru be blessed with a long life in good health for the sake of all. Om Mani Padme Hum
  7. Steve Rogers says:

    Dear Holy Guru

    I am Tantra Haramitra

    the most amazing thing that comes out of your teaching is how True Buddhism wants nothing more than peace, the reduction of suffering for those that die in conflict and for all other sentient beings.

    through prayer and setting an example we can hope to bring all beings to a place of understanding and love.

    May this work that you undertake be used world wide to bring peace as your teachings through your website be used to reduce suffering.

     

     

    May the holy Guru have good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha ‘s nature.

    May I practice Dharma all days and nights.

    For your consideration Holy Guru

  8. Tantra Mahajan (Bhushan Ravindra Mahajan) says:
    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article. Thank you so much for your meaningful article. I understand that praying in Buddhism is the means to develop Bodhichitta, for the benefit of all beings.
    This is the most meaningful article I have ever read. Reading your article, I understand more about how the true Buddhist is. In addition, I feel proud of being your learner. You help me become a better man.
    May you and your consort have a good health and live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all beings free from suffering.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
  9. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:
    Dear holy guru

    The article was so informative and also an eye opener for me.It helped me to understand the power of prayer.One should not only pray for oneself but for the happiness and well being of others too.If a person cries for another person who he/she has never met or known earlier,then in that person lies god.Love is God and God is love.Right at this moment i wish all the persons weather rich/poor woman/man etc etc be happy and have a peaceful life.

    May the Guru live long and all the sentinel beings have the calmness and happiness of Buddha

  10. Avinash Kumar Srivastava says:
    Reved. Gurujee

    Om mani padme hum

    Good morning

    This is an extremely revealing and  informative lession. The reason is simple. I am a student of Early Buddhism. I know that Buddha achived emancipation alone . But he had the deep ruted compassonate feeling for all santient beings of the universe. He wanted all to get liberated. So the raft that was prepared for His personal distanglingle the tangle, He left it for all the earthly beings. But in the long run the raft became the end and the soar was forgotten, though he has catagorically described ” the raft is not the soar.” It is a fact that that his maha caruna had created miraculous effect in solving the disputes, averting the war, changing the heart and charracter , taming the winld and so on. But the modus oprendie of causing these sublimation was lost in the oblivion of time, place and the dust of orthodoxy that erupted in cours of time.

    With the advent of the Mahayan Buddhism the concept of Bodhisatva  became prominant and liberation of all sentint beings became the focal point. Every individual considered as Bodhisatva  this is the reason that the great masters of Mahayan and Tantra tradition becme a missionary for elivating the mundane and supramundane situation of all the sentient beings.  This hidden practice was give to the the suitable student by the Guru and this tradition continued for a longer period. A brief account is presented in this letter in an intersenting and a lucid manner by the guru. Now the gate of this is open for all. I feel this is the reason we are asked to pray for the good of all the seient being in  starting any actity in our every mundain activity in life.

    Om mani padme hum

    With Regards

    Tantra Sutra Daka

  11. Lan Trần says:
    Dear Guru,

    I have read this article already. The lesson is so clear: practitioners should pray to generate and develop bodhicitta which is considered the core of Mahayana and Tantrayana as well. I am specifically impressed by master Atisha teaching that is “even knowing the past and future, visualizing the holy image of Yidam, concentrating as stable as a mountain, all are nothing compared to a bodhicitta.”

    May you and your consort have good health and live long for ultimate purpose.

    May everyone live together peacefully.

    May wars and conflicts end forever.

  12. boying bagz says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    A such wonderful article that elaborates the power and real essence of prayer. I wish that mankind will make a point to realize that no matter where or what belief you belong, we are all clothed by the power of prayers. I hope that a day will come when human will completely accept that the only way to heal our differences as an individual is through the power of prayers.

    My prayer in my heart is that may a time will come when we all gathered to pray as one, (different religions, races, nationalities, beliefs) for peace and love for each other. That we’ll be able to communicate through our faith and hold hand in hand to show the value of our existence and touch each others lives with kindness and care.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Boying-Bagz sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Bài viết của Thầy thật tuyệt. Đọc bài viết này giúp con hiểu sự lợi lạc cũng như bản chất của hoạt động cầu nguyện trong đạo Phật. Con ước rằng tất cả chúng sanh đều hiểu được rằng họ sẽ luôn nhận được sự che chở khi họ thực hành cầu nguyện đúng pháp dù họ đang ở đâu, đang làm gì hay theo bất kỳ tôn giáo nào. Con mong ước rằng một ngày nào đó con người sẽ hiểu rằng thông qua sức mạnh của việc cầu nguyện đúng pháp họ sẽ xóa bỏ mọi sự khác biệt, mọi ranh giới.

      Con cầu nguyện rằng có một ngày nào đó tất cả chúng con được cùng nhau thực hành cầu nguyện theo đạo Phật vì sự hòa bình của thế giới này và tình yêu thương đến mọi chúng sanh (dù chúng con thuộc tôn giáo khác nhau, chủng tộc khác nhau, quốc tịch khác nhau hay niềm tin khác nhau). Khi đó, chúng con sẽ được kết nối với nhau bằng đức tin, nắm tay nhau để cùng rèn luyện những phẩm chất cao đẹp, giúp đỡ nhau bằng tình thương và sự quan tâm.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  13. Elana Dower says:

    A true inspiration to read. Thank you dearest Guru for your wisdom and guidance.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

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