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

Praying (Part 7): WORDS OF WISDOM LEAD TO ACHIEVEMENTS

APPROPRIATE PRAYERS: WORDS OF WISDOM LEAD TO ACHIVEMENTS

In previous parts (1-4), I have introduced classic prayers fixed in texts and scriptures that become familiar with generations of practitioners. They are words of wisdom that lead to achievement.

But there also exist non-scripture prayers which mean words proposed naturally from the heart of a Tantric practitioner. Whether or not these words may lead to achievement depends on his endeavor, i.e his sincerity, devotion and compassion (for sentient beings). Accordingly, his wishes are proposed to the Yidam (the visualized deity of each practitioner) based on his own situation and condition and on happenings in the past, at present and in the future. For many years, members of Song Nguyen Tantric House have been doing such form of prayer during their meditation session which I will introduce in this part:

Mat Hai prayed in a session of Dharma practice

These words of prayer are based on the essence of Mahayana, that is Bodhicitta. We pray for the joy and peace of the world and beings, and the minimization of negative effects on the nature that are caused by environmental pollution. On the other hand, before moving to the main part of the prayer, we express our gratefulness towards the Yidam who bestows blessings upon our life. Then we pray for our own issues and finally for the longevity of Buddhist saints.

This is the general structure of the prayer:

1. Firstly, we thank to the Yidam for good things we gained in the past ( may be yesterday, last week, last month or previous year);
2. Then we perform penance for our mistakes ( if any);
3. Pray for sentient beings and the world be safe from on-going or upcoming battles, disasters or epidemics;
4. Pray for our current concerns, fervently petitioning the Yidam, Guru and Dakini to assist and grant blessings in the future ( may be tomorrow, next week…);
5. Finally, pray for the longevity of HH. 14th Dalai Lama and our spiritual Guru.

Following is the sample text:

“To holy Guru
To the Supreme Yidam (the visualized deity of the practitioner)!

I’d like to express my sincere thanks to you for blessing me in my dealing with X or Y job. Thanks to your attention, I could get through such hopeless situation (1). I am now getting stuck with X or Y issue, may the Yidam bestow blessings upon me to overcome this difficult situation (2).

In front of you my Supreme Yidam! Let me offer penance for incident X, conequence Y that I have caused directly or indirectly. You, precious treasury of compassion, please allow me to purify these bad karmas and I promise not to commit them again. Please give me the weapon of discernment and right mindfulness to protect my mind from unwholesome thoughts (3).

Praying at Lien Hoa Dai after finishing digging work

Vajra brother M currently has difficulties in solving X or Y problem; wishing him to get through all of them; all happenings, either favorable or unfavorable, are blessings of the Yidam. I myself will deal with X or Y work; O Guru, Yidam and Dakini, please protect and bless me in all behaviors of body, speech and mind (4).

Tomorrow, vajra brother X or Y will depart for X pagoda or Y monastery; May Guru, Yidam, Dakini protect and bless his trip so that he won’t be hindered by the beings and non-beings.

Now, from the bottom of my heart, may all victims of flood, fire, earthquake in country X or city Y soon overcome consequences. May the deceased in this accident be reborn into higher realms.

Now, in this solemn atmosphere, I pray for the longevity of HH. 14th Dalai Lama, HH. 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, Most Venerable Chin Kung, Lama Zopa, and especially venerated Master Thinley Norbu.

May the influential power of the mantra protect two big icebergs in the North pole and South pole from being melt so that this Saha world is safe from future deluge. May Vietnam be long lasting and avoidable of any natural disaster and war.

My gratefulness to you! Please listen to my prayer and bestow blessings upon me. OM AH HUM (5).”

A praying ritual in Song Nguyen Tantric House – Vung Tau branch

Depending on the on-going outside situation or the inner mind, will the practitioner select appropriate prayers from this sample text, may be just part (1), (2), (5), or (1), (3), (4)… or all five parts.

So what is the consequential development of reality after the performance of such prayers? Just a small example from Song Nguyen Tantric House where a member named Minh Lieu successfully moved his workplace from Ca Mau City to Vung Tau City in 2008 thanks to praying. In our House, normally a member practices praying alone. Sometimes he wishes to accelerate the dealing with a certain issue, he could asks other members (who may stay near or far from his place) to co-pray  and it’s better to fix the time for that performance. If this plan for some reasons cannot be realized, other members should include his issue in their private practice. Apart from blessings of the Yidam as an inseperable factor, praying in group proves to be truly effective if all members do it with consent and sincerity.

Phuoc Thanh Village, November 7, 2013
THINLEY – NGUYEN THANH
Translated by Mat Hue Phap


Original Vietnamese version: Kỳ 7 CẦU NGUYỆN: LỜI VÀNG THÀNH TỰU

  1. Tantra Mahavita says:
    Estimado Guru : Oramos por la Alegria suprema ….Esa Alegria Suprema es admirar y adorar al Buda ,,,,respondio Vimalakirti…es admirar y adorar el Dharma y escuchar las palabras del Dharma …es admirar, rendir homenaje y servir a la sangha …es aplastar tu propio ego y orgullo ….no estar atrapado por objetos de placer ….es ver los cinco agregados como carniceros sanguinarios..es ver que todos los elementos son completamente impredecibles, como las serpientes temperamental …es ver todos los sentidos y percepciones sensoriales como ciudades vacias…es para atesorar Bodhichita ….es ayudar a otros , para aspirar a ser generoso y la alegria de practicar disciplina , paciencia , diligencia , concentracion de una sola mente….es entusiasmo por salir con aquellos que comparten las mismas vistas ,,,,que todas las cosas compuestas son efimeras, todas las emociones son dolor .etc…..no es despreciar a los que no comparten tu opinion ,sino ser paciente y tolerante y de mente abierta ….es rendir homenaje y venerar al Guru …es alejarse de los amigos que ejercen una mala influencia sobre ti ….es el deseo de practicar el Dharma … Oramos por la Paz en el mundo …hacemos penitencia por nuestros errores….oramos para que el mundo este a salvo de batallas ,desastres y epidemias …..Expresamos Nuestro Profundo Agradecimiento a nuestro Guru por sus bendiciones a nuestra vida ….Que todos los seres sensibles disfruten de la felicidad y la raiz de la felicidad…Puedan estar libres de sufrimiento y de la raiz del sufrimiento ….Que no esten separados de la gran felicidad carente de sufrimiento …Que vivan en la equanimidad libre de apego y aversion .Que Nuestro Guru viva muchos años para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes …OM MANI PADME HUM
  2. Dr.V.K.SAGAR says:
    Dear guru…

    NAMO BUDDHAY..

    THANKS FOR TEACHING MORE ABOUT BUDDHISTS. MAINLY ABOUT PRAYER..IT’S GREAT AND USEFUL FOR US .I’M GLAD TO SEE AND READ ALWAYS ABOUT YOUR ARTICLES..ALL THE SUPER AND GREAT FOR US.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH ..

    I’M WAITING FOR MORE AGAIN..

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của bạn đọc  Dr. V.K. Sagar sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Mô Phật!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã dạy chúng con thêm một bài nữa về Phật pháp, đặc biệt là về cầu nguyện. Bài viết của Thầy sâu sắc và mang lại lợi lạc cho chúng con.. Con rất hoan hỷ được đọc các bài viết của Thầy. Các bài viết của Thầy tuyệt vời và hữu ích cho chúng con.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy!

      Con mong chờ được đọc nhiều bài hơn nữa.”

  3. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    I am having difficulty with this. I’m not sure how to pray. Is this sitting in meditation and thinking these things or do you say them outloud? I’m not sure the proper way to pray. Thank you for your service and commitment to Buddha and your students in the Buddhist way. May you live long and healthy for sake of all sentient beings

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      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 không hiểu được cách cầu nguyện như thế nào ạ. Con ngồi thiền và cầu nguyện thầm trong đầu hay cầu nguyện lớn tiếng ạ? Con không biết cầu nguyện cách nào cho đúng pháp.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì Thầy luôn tận tụy đối với chư Phật và nhiệt tâm dạy dỗ học trò giúp học trò được thực hành theo con đường Phật giáo.

      Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.”

  4. Tantra Upatissa says:
    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this information.

    It’s very helpful to us as well as good for other beings around us.

    May Guru live long and protected.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Upatissa sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết này.

      Bài viết của Thầy mang lại lợi lạc cho chúng con và hữu tình xung quang chúng con.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy khỏe mạnh và trụ thế lâu dài.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ đau khổ và đạt được giác ngộ tối thượng.”

       

  5. Salvatore Antonio Fois says:
    Venerebol GURU;

    My name is Tantra Siramitra.

    Very nice prayers, of good devotion,and auspicious,

    May Avery pratictoner with clear mind, and dip devotion as the opportunity to learn and cultivate spich prayers!

    OM MANI PADME HUM……

    Faithfully.

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Siramitra sáng tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con là Tantra Siramitra.

      Con đã đọc bài viết hay, lợi lạc về cầu nguyện với lòng sùng mộ chân thành và nhờ đó những hành giả đạt được thành tựu, có được phước lành.

      Con cầu nguyện tất cả hành giả có được tâm thành tịnh và sự sùng mộ chân thành để có được cơ hội được học và thực hành cầu nguyện.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.

      Con xin đảnh lễ Thầy.”

  6. TANTRA MAHAJAN (BHUSHAN MAHAJAN) says:
    Dear Guru,
    I have read this article. I love it very much. It is so wonderful.
    I have known that prayers can help me accomulate merit and wisdom, which leads me on the path to enlightenment.
    Thank you so much for sharing such an interesting article.
    May Guru and your consort have a good health and live long for the sake of all beings.
    May all beings free from suffering and its causes.
    Om Mani Padme Hum.
    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Mahajan (Bhushan Mahajan) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con đã đọc bài viết này rồi ạ. Con rất thích đọc bài viết này. Bài viết rất hay và lợi lạc.

      Sau khi đọc bài này còn hiểu rằng cầu nguyện có thể giúp con tích tập được hai bồ tư lương công đức và trí tuệ, giúp con tiến tu trên đạo lộ giải thoát.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc một bài viết lợi lạc như vậy.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô khoẻ mạnh và trụ thế lâu dài vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện đau khổ của tất cả chúng sanh được lắng dịu.

      Om Mani Padme Hum”

  7. RISHI RANJAN says:
    Thnks guru
  8. Tantramikaya ( Jane) says:
    dear holy guru. Thank you for your article. It is valuable to read your words about prayer. The prayer for the well-being of all with dedication and deep knowledge. We should pray with deep conviction and devotion for the benefit of all. I give my prayers to all people that all sentient beings are happy and that they are free from suffering. May no one ever be separated from happiness. May all have equanimity free from hatred and attachments. In the Christian religion I often heard prayers for the benefit of individuals and only in Buddhism with all its wise knowledge did I find the explanation and the fulfillment. Because if everyone is well, everyone is fine. With daily meditations and prayers, we have a clear mind to see things as they are. If we pray out of pure greed (for example, that we have material things) then we cling to it and are not on the path of enlightenment. Our thinking determines our actions, and action will be our karma. I have learned to pray with dedication and a sincere heart for the benefit of all. Sometimes it took a lot of strength in the beginning when I first got to know Buddhism, my prayers were a bit awkward. Thanks to you holy guru and the learned knowledge, it is easier for me today to pray. I have never prayed before and today it fills me up a lot. May our holy guru live for the sake of all beings. May be happy and free from Suffering. May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature. Om Mani Padme Hum
  9. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    I give thanks to Yidam for getting me through darkness and depression in the past. I am now struggling with it again. I pray that all sentient beings are blessed and that the earth recovers from the damage that has been done to it. I hope that one day we have a healthy earth and a people and beings that take care of each other and our earth. I pray that the holy Guru and all his diciples live long and healthy good lives. I hope we all find enlightenment and do no harm to those we encounter. Bringing only joy to the world. thank you for your lessons and your  dedication to Buddha and his teachings

  10. nyimasangpo says:
    Dear guru  Thank you   so much  for your knowledg Long live  dear guru

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