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PRAYING (Part 5): ACCUMULATION OF BOTH MERIT AND WISDOM (Đức huệ song tu)

PRAYING (Part 5): ACCUMULATION OF BOTH MERIT AND WISDOM
 
PRAYING TO ACCUMULATE MERIT
 
Buddhism often puts emphasis on “accumulating merit and wisdom at the same time”, thus every schools have their own or common modes of practice. Sahara, the mahasiddha of Mahamudra Tantra tradition, pointed out:” The wisdom (prajna) only appears after total purification and full accumulation of merit; or be blessed by an enlightened master. It would be foolish to look for another practice.” One of prayers that gathers most blessings from the Guru is the “Seven Line Prayer” composed by a Dakini who then passed it on to Indian Tantric yogis.
 
“Hūṃ! In the north-west of the land of Oḍḍiyāna
In the heart of a lotus flower,
Endowed with the most marvelous attainments,
You are renowned as the ‘Lotus-born’,
Surrounded by many hosts of ḍākinīs
Following in your footsteps,
I pray to you: Come, inspire me with your blessing!”
 
Tulku Thondup in his famous book “Enlightened Journey” wrote that the great Nyingma philosopher and logician Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912) had stressed the importance of this prayer:” It implies various senses which acts as a guidance for practitioners of different levels in their cultivation.”
 
We chant it to summon Guru Rinpoche and all yidams to pray for their compassion, blessing, for being inseparable with them and for dissolving our mind with their enlightened minds.” This is also the common main part of the preliminary practice (Ngondro) for all four Tibetan Tantra traditions. 
 
It’s not by chance the Seven Line Prayer has been chanted by Tantric yogis all over India and Tibet, especially by practitioners of Nyingma tradition which was founded by Guru Rinpoche. Among “hidden tantric teachings” (known as termas) or spiritual treasuries revealed in the past and present time, none of them are without the “Seven Line Prayer”.
 
Another prayer in Tibetan Buddhism that gathers abundant merit is the “Seven Branch Prayer” which contains Seven Steps of Spiritual Practice
 

Lotus Flower Estrade in Song Nguyen Tantra House

Firstly, prostration aims to cope with arrogance

Secondly, offering aims to overcome greed and stinginess
Thirdly, penance aims to cope with hatred
Fourthly, admiration (applaud merit and virtue) aims to eliminate jealousy
Fifthly, petition for Dharma teaching aims to pull yourself out of ignorance
Sixthly, petition for the gurus’ longevity for the sake of sentient beings aims to cope with wrong views
Seventhly, dedication of merit will help remove doubts
 
Following are details:
 
“To aryias who have reached the ultimate enlightenment in the past, present and future
I bow down with my sincere body, speech and mind.
You, the lion kings of mankind
Though immeasurable number are you in all realms of existence in the universe,
I pay homage to each and every one of you…” (See full text in the Index)  
 
It is said a prayer all Buddhist practitioners chant to accumulate merit is “The Four Immeasurable” (love, compassion, joy and equanimity) that was compiled by HH. the 4th Panchen Lama 
 

HH. the 4th Panchen Lama

 

“All sentient beings are my mother and wandering purposelessly in the cycle of existence. For what cause? They drift in the samsara for the cause of desire and hatred, thus incurring griefs and despairs.
           
How wonderful it would be if all sentient beings stayed in boundless equanimity
Free from attachment and hatred!
May they abide in equanimity
I myself will make them abide in equanimity
Please gurus and aryias bless me to do it.
 
How wonderful it would be if all sentient beings had happiness and the cause of happiness!
May they have happiness and its cause
I myself shall cause them to have this
Please gurus and aryias blesse me to do it
 
How wonderful it would be if all sentient beings were free of suffering and the cause of suffering!
May they be free of suffering and its cause
I myself with liberate them from suffering and its cause
Please gurus and aryias bless me to do it
 
How wonderful it would be if all sentient beings were never separated from the happiness of higher rebirth and liberation!
May they never be separated from this great happiness
Please gurus and aryias bless me to do it.

Song Nguyen Tantra House at night

 
PRAYING TO INCREASE WISDOM
 
The Buddha taught in the “Eight Great Causes for Enlightenment Sutra” that practitioners should take wisdom as their main cause of cultivation. On the other hand, they need accumulate merit and wisdom to get supreme liberation. One of spiritual practices that increases wisdom is PRAYING. The great Dzogchen Master Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa once affirmed the efficiency of praying through the prayer “Entering the City of Omniscience”: Through the medium of fervent prayer and devotion, may the wisdom of the lineage be transferred into me, and may my realization become equal to space!” That’s also what Master Thinley Norbu had emphasized in his work titled “White Sail”.
    

An assembly on “Spiritual gathering – Blessings of the Three Jewels”

 

Another well-known prayer that is chanted by most Tibetan tantric yogis is the The Meditation and Recitations of the Great Compassionate One for the Benefit of Beings as Limitless as Space
 
“When I have prayed this way one-pointedly,
Lights radiate from the form of Phakpa
Chenrezik and purify all impure karmic
appearances and confused consciousness.
The outer world becomes Dewachen,
the pure field of bliss; body, speech,
and mind of beings within
Become Chenrezik’s perfect Body, Speech and Mind
Appearance, sound and awareness are inseparable from emptiness.
I and all others appear as the form of Chenrezik.”
 
It is told that Master Tangtong Gyalpo (1385-1509) was reciting the Mani mantra (Om Mani Padme Hum) when the Chenrezik appeared in front of him, taught and gave him empowerment.  He got enlightened thanks to uninterrupted practice. This prayer, written from his achievements and experiences, can be found in all Tibetan Buddhist schools (see full text in the Index).
 
Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche has introduced this prayer to develop wisdom:
“I have no other source of hope
All sentient beings in this Dharma degeneration age
Are sunk in the mud of endless suffering
Please the Master grant us blessings!
And bestow on us four Dharma transmissions
You, the Lord of Love and Compassion
Please bless us to gain spiritual experiences
And help us remove two impediments
Om ah hum vajra guru padma shiddi hum”.
       

“The Wish-fulfilling Jewel”

Siddha Dilgo Khentse taught us “The Prayer to Guru Rinpoche” in the “Wish-fulfilling Jewel” to increase wisdom as follows:

 
“I have no object of hope but you. In this decadent age, when all beings are sinking in the swap of unbearable suffering, protect them from all this, O great Guru.
 
You who are endowed with wisdom and grace and waves of blessing, grant the four initiations. You who are endowed with compassion, enhance my realization. You who are endowed with ability, purify the two obscurations.
 
You in whom I place my hopes, establish me on the path toward enlightenment. Through you, may all the blessings of the buddhas enter my mind-stream.  
                     
 

Padmasambhava

I pray to you now with my whole heart. You, in your omniscience, can see that I have taken birth in this decadent age, full of disease and strife, when sentient beings are violent, proud and arrogant, lacking diligence in the practice of dharma and always seeking what is unwholesome. In such an age, attachment, anger, stupidity, illness, famine and war are always increasing; here we are experiencing the fruits of our karma. Like a madman happy to walk into the fire, we happily accumulate the seeds of our future suffering. Like a blind man without a guide or a madman without a keeper, we are utterly sunk in the mire of suffering without even realizing it. You, Guru Rinpoche, can protect me from wandering aimlessly in this inferior, vile wilderness. Please bestow upon me the vajra wisdom of your body, speech and mind and grant me the four initiations so that I may realize the profound meaning of the Great Perfection.

 
Through your compassion, may my realization increase, and may you kindle within me the wisdom of the natural state”.
 
Phuoc Thanh Village, October 25, 2013
THINLEY-NGUYEN THANH
Translated by Mat Hue Phap
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Original Vietnamese version: Kỳ 5: CẦU NGUYỆN: đức huệ song tu

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. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:

    Venerebol GURU;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra.

    To the holy guru’s of the tree times, with great reverence of body, spich, and mind I prostait.

    To all Buddha’s of the tree times I prostait my self with great reverence of body spich and mind.

    May this action of faith and devotion bring peace and happiness to all sentient beings.

    OM MANI PADME HUNG……

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Siramitra (Salvatore Antonio Fois) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Hỡi vị Thầy tôn quý của ba thời, với lòng tôn kính chân thành và  thân ngữ tâm thanh  tịnh, con xin đảnh lễ dưới chân ngài.

      Hỡi chư Phật mười phương của ba thời, con xin chí tâm đảnh lễ chư Phật bằng thân ngữ tâm thanh tịnh.

      Con nguyện hồi hướng công đức có được từ niềm tin, sự sùng mộ và sự thực hành pháp của con để cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh được bình an và hạnh phúc.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  2. Tantra Amishuta says:

    Dear holy guru,

    Bestow upon me the way to ease suffering and being happiness to all sentient beings. That is all i want to do. Help this i can help. Thank you for this beautiful article and your wonderful lesson. For your sake, my sake, and sake of all sentient beings may you be blessed and enlightened. May your lessons continue and your teachings grow in our hearts

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Amishuta sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con cầu xin Thầy để tâm gia hộ cho con, chỉ dẫn con để con tinh tấn hành pháp nhằm lại dịu nổi đau và mang lại hạnh phúc cho con và tất cả hữu tình. 

      Con cầu xin Thầy giúp cho ước nguyện được thực hành pháp của con được viên thành.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho được đọc bài viết ý nghĩa, lợi lạc này cũng như đã dạy cho con những bài học sâu sắc.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy thân tâm an tịnh, trường thọ vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

      Con cầu nguyện các bài viết của Thầy được lan tỏa khắp muôn nơi và chúng con luôn ghi nhớ những lời dạy của Thầy”

  3. Tantra Mikaya says:

    Dear holy guru
    Thank you very much for your article and the translation. I would like to take the time to answer. I think it is in the hands of ourselves how active we are to go the right path. Reading your articles gives me lots of food for thought and I can expand my knowledge and follow you with dedication. I learned that there are two types of people in Buddhism. First of all, those who grew up with Buddhism grew up with them, and the second group are those like myself who studied themselves and found out that Buddhism is the only true religion. That Buddhism speaks the truth and we can learn a lot to free ourselves from suffering. I am infinitely grateful for that.

    Millions of people in this world are interested in a version of meditation or yoga, or one of the many so-called spiritual activities that are now so widely marketed. A closer look at why people engage in these practices shows a goal that has little to do with the liberation from the deception, and everything to do with their desperation to escape the busy, unhappy life, and heartfelt longing for a healthy, stress-free, happy life. These are all romantic illusions. So where do we find the roots of these illusions? Mainly in our habitual patterns and their related actions. Of course, nobody of sound minds, each of us would like to live an illusion. But we are opposing beings, and although we are convinced that we would taunt a life based on self-delusion, we continue to keep the habits that are the cause of innumerable delusions
    We can free ourselves through prayer, meditation that strengthens our mind and our knowledge. I work because it is our karma to use compassion for the sake of all our time here, and I am grateful for the wise articles of our holy Guru that give me fulfillment. False illusions or arrogance and lies create bad karma and we can free ourselves from this cycle with your help. May our holy guru live long with good health and all human beings. Om Mani Padme Hum

  4.  Tantra Mahavita says:

    Querido Santo Guru : Muchas Gracias por compartir tan interesantes articulos. No tengo palabras para expresar agradecimiento, ya que con sus articulos ampliamos nuestro conocimiento y seguimos con dedicacion. El budismo , nos da las herramientas necesarias para liberarnos del sufrimiento. Tan tremenda tarea asignada a la busqueda de la verdad…y  en esa busqueda , aprendemos como liberarnos de el …Por eso nuestro agradecimiento , es infinito. A traves de la Devocion y el recitado de la oracion , a Guru Rimpoche , …La oracion de Siete Lineas … Hum !!!…En la frontera del Noroeste del pais de Oddiyana…Nacido sobre pistilos de un Loto…estas dotado con los sidhhis supremos mas maravillosos…Se te conoce como PADMASAMBHAVA ,el nacido del Loto…Estas rodeado por un sequito infinito de dakas y dakinis …Siguiendo tus pasos practicare …Te pido que vengas y me otrogues inspiracion ….Guru Pema Sidhhi Hung …Tu Guru Rimpoche puedes protegernos de vagar sin rumbo en este desierto inferior y vil . Por favor concedenos la sabiduria Vajra de tu cuerpo. Que nuestro Guru tenga salud y pueda vivir mucho tiempo para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes. Que todos los seres tengan felicidad y las causas de la felicidad. Que todos los seres sean libres de sufrimiento y de sus causas. Que todos los seres nunca se separen de la dicha que no conoce el dolor . Que todos los seres vivan en la ecuanimidad libre de apego y aversion . OM MANI PADME HUM

  5. Tantra Upatissa says:
    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    May we all have blessings of our Guru so we can easily walk in path of liberation.

    May Guru be protected and live long.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

  6. Dear Holy Guru,

    I would like to express my gratitude to you for your wonderful article: “praying: accumulation of merit and wisdom”. Praying is the wonderful means which helps Buddhist practitioners make progress on the path to enlightenment.

    Buddhist practitioners make prayers in order to turn their mind toward the positive qualities of compassion and clarity. They are voicing an aspiration that they become able to extend compassion and wisdom to themselves and others. When the energies of compassion, understanding and mindfulness are present, wisdom is more likely arise. They do not change themselves alone, but they change the collective consciousness. When there is a change in the collective consciousness, then the situation of individual can change, the situation of those who are the objects of prayers can change.

    In Buddhism, everything arises from the mind. The mind is a creation of the collective consciousness. If we want to have change, we have to return to our mind. The mind is the center that produces energy. Especially, when we make prayer to Buddha and Saints, we connect with their pure energy which activates our Buddha’s pure energy within us. So we can change our life and collect merit and wisdom together.

    I am really delighted in your article as well as I highly appreciate your wisdom and compassion towards all sentient beings.

    May the holy Guru and your consort have a good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    I also rejoice in the good deed of Mat Hue Phap who translated your article into English. Her translation supports to flourish your teachings all over the world.

    May Mat Hue Phap have a happy family and get joyful on the path to liberation.

    May all sentient beings get the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

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

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva

    I am of the view that  Prayer with  one-pointed   mind  and wth  ” relative  Tantra Trinity ”  is  nothing but another form of Meditation !? Let Guruji and Buddhist  Scholars  throw light on this and enlighten me. Om Mani Padme Hum.Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

  8. nyimasangpo says:
    Dear guru   thank you  so much to giving us knowledge   through  Articles as we are so war . Thank you so much  and long live Dear Guru
    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Nyima Sangpo sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì đã ban cho con kiến thức Phật đà thông qua các bài viết của Thầy, mặc dù chúng con cách xa Thầy về mặt địa lý.

      Một lần nữa, con xin cảm tạ ơn Thầy!

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy trụ thế lâu dài.”

  9. Tantra Kasila(Vivek S) says:
    Dear holy Guru

    Thanks for the article.We are all part of the same consciousness.Through actual prayers one can realise that.For others prayers just mean vibration of sound organs.Prayer should come from our mind.Then only it will be useful

    May the guru live long and all the sentinel beings have the calmness and peace of Buddha

  10. Pamela Burridge says:

    You have given me a great gift of prayers. They help heal my mind and body. I found Buddhism late in life. As soon as my meditation teacher started talking of her Buddhist faith, I knew I had found the Jewel I had been looking for all my life.

    Thank you Guru for your teachings.

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