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


It is said that audible prayer with any content is a kind of self-help practice since the devotee can express his very own thought. This is a kind of direct praying to the Guru and Yidam, quite different from Catholics who often pray to the priest who will be then responsible for transferring this prayer to God.

Mat Nga prays during the practice of Dharma in Song Nguyen Tantric House – Vung Tau Branch

Upon praying, a Tantric practitioner will gradually have his wisdom developed from getting used to ways of expression. Through this practice, he can develop the ability of conversation skill – the first step of Dharma expounding activity in the future. Through prayer, practitioner expresses his fervent devotion to the Guru, Yidam and his true feeling towards sentient beings and outside situation (disasters, epidemics). Unlike sitting meditation, bowing, offering, listening to Dharma, sutra hand-copying, Buddha’s name chanting, and mantra recitation which may evoke a rise of delusion as the practitioner’s mind is in passive state, the action of praying will help him activate and promote at maximum his wisdom to express his thoughts in audible words. The practitioner will never or rarely have his mind been distracted. Therefore, praying becomes a self-help practice, a kind of Vipassana and the best connection between the devotee and the Yidam through a tranmission channel (the Guru). The practitioner will then gradually transit from developed wisdom to early awakened state which means from a wisdom attained with a teacher to self-attained wisdom.

HH. Dalai Lama is praying for earthquake victims in Tibet

When someone is doing meditation, hardly could he follow the development of his mind and wisdom. However, by praying with audible words, it’s easy to realize the spiritual inner force of a practitioner (as a way illustrated for Guru devotion, feelings for sentient beings, environment). After all, praying is the way to show his fervent aspiration to generate Bodhicitta.

Practitioners in Song Nguyen Tantric House always pray during each session of Dharma practice. The length of prayer depends on their spiritual level and it may last from five minutes up to one hour. Obviously they recite audible prayer, not kind of silent praying which easily gets them distracted. It is said that a Tantric Master may spend hours praying at a grand ceremony, assembly or Dharma project with standard words.

Praying with his spiritual Guru in a session of Dharma practice

A prayer sent from the bottom of his heart could be seen as a way of self-help practice which will definitely get blessed from the Buddha. This is the fact that has been proved by lots of comments of Song Nguyen’s members through 238 articles on Any prayer of the practitioner will receive blessing from the Yidam but his achievement coming slow or fast or appearing in which form depends on his spiritual level. The sole cause for achievement is the belief in Guru and Yidam. Therefore, those who have broken Tantric Vow No.1 will be less likely to achieve from praying, unless they recover Tantric vows.

Song Nguyen Tantric House has been using a praying text as follows:

1/ Opening is the expression of gratefulness to Yidam, Master, Dakini through transmission channel of the Guru who bestowed blessings upon practitioners in the past ( may be yesterday, last week, month or year…). He shows his absolute faith in the subject of the prayer. When we believe, we get countless merits as the Buddha taught:” Faith is mother of all kinds of blessing. When we believe, we accumulate the very first of seven noble treasures – the faith – (seven noble treasures include faith, morality, contemplation, modesty, having a sense of being ashamed of oneself, having a sense of dishonor, wisdom).

Lotus Flower Estrade in Song Nguyen Tantra House

2/ Praying to do penance for wrong doings which means the practitioner can perform the 31st practice of Bodhisattva taught by Thogme Zangpo as well as one of ten virtuous vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva. Once we  do penance, we would definitely purify bad karmas.

3/ Praying to petition the Yidam, Guru, Dakini, through the spiritual Master as the transmission channel, for dispelling existing obstacles and granting us blessings. We contemplate the Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha while praying, which can help us maintain a composure through any happening in daily life.

Mat Hai prays in a session of Dharma practice

4/ Praying for sentient beings and the world, for the long-lasting and disaster-free existence of Vietnam, the happiness of Vietnamese people. This aims to show gratefulness to good graces we’ve obtained from the Nation, Parents and Almsgivers. Hence, the practitioner becomes one of three kinds of hardly met person as taught by the Buddha in “Three Kinds of Hardly Met Persons” sutra. Doing this prayer also means practicing the quintessence of Mahayana – Bodhicitta aspiration. Once we pray for sentient beings and the world, then we can root up our selfishness.

5/ Praying for the longevity of saints, authentic gurus and particularly our spiritual Master will help us gain stronger health and a life longer than the one programmed by the Principle of Causality in previous life.

From these points on, we realize that praying is not simply an ordinary way of petition like burning incenses at pagoda to ask for oneself’s health and prosperity, but more than that, it measures the spiritual level of the Buddhist practitioner, particularly the Tantric one. I would end this article by the saying of Dilgo Khyentse:” Praying to the Guru is the kernel of the sadhana while merging your mind with the Guru’s is the essence of cultivation.”

Phuoc Thanh Village, November 11, 2013
Translated by Mat Hue Phap

The original Vietnamese version: Kỳ 8: CẦU NGUYỆN: Tự lực hành pháp, tha lực hộ trì, nhân quả tương ưng

  1. Tantra Amishuta says:
    Dear Holy Guru,

    I have read your article and am wondering, when we pray do we write the prayers out to you so that you know what our prayers are? I don’t think I”m understanding because it says to say out loud the prayers but it says to pray to you. Thank you as always for teaching us and being devoted to Buddha teaching us his ways. May you be well for the sake of all sentient beings. Om Mani Padme Hum

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

    It’s a interesting one.

    May people start praying for other beings in the world and for their Guru longevity and protection.

    May Guru live long for other beings and get enlightened.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened

    Om Mani Padme Hum..

    • 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 được đọc bài viết này của Thầy.

      Bài viết của Thầy hay và lợi lạc.

      Con cầu nguyện tất cả mọi người đều thực hành cầu nguyện vì lợi lạc của tất cả hữu tình và cầu nguyện cho sự trường thọ của vị Đạo sư của họ.

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

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ phiền não và đạt được giác ngộ.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  3. tantra mahavita says:
    Querido Santo Guru : Muchas Gracias por compartir sus maravillosos articulos. Por favor , quisiera saber que oraciones tenemos que orar, mantras , sutras?…Las oraciones tienen que ser en voz alta ?…Dice que ore por ti …Amado Guru …Como lo hacemos ? Agradecidos profundamente por tanta amabilidad y por enseñarnos y dedicarnos a que Buda …nos enseñe sus caminos ,Que nuestro Guru pueda vivir mucho tiempo para beneficio de todos los seres sintientes . Que todos los seres sintientes disfruten de la felicidad y la raiz de la felicidad. Puedan ser libres de sufrimiento y de la raiz del sufrimiento. Que vivan en la ecuanimidad libre de apego y aversion . Que la preciosa Bodhichita haya nacido en aquellos donde no lo es. Puede una vez que nazca no decaiga y se expanda mas y mas . Que el  precioso espiritu donde de despertar nazca en aquellos donde no esta. Que una vez que nazca ,no se deteriore y aumente cada vez mas . OM MANI PADME HUM
  4. Gautam Sandesh-yan varman says:
    dear guru,

    Again thanks for an enlightening article with oodles of information on the topic of praying.

    May you be always happy and healthy, may you get the causes of happiness.may the triple gems bless you always.

    Namo buddhay. Jai bhim

    • Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của bạn đọc Gautam Sandesh-yan varman sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy!

      Một lần nữa, con xin cảm tạ ơn Thầy vì đã cho con được đọc thêm một bài viết khai sáng nữa của Thầy với rất nhiều thông tin về chủ đề cầu nguyện.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy thân tâm an tịnh.

      Con cầu nguyện Tam Bảo luôn gia hộ cho Thầy.

      Mô Phật.”


  5. Erna Ho says:
    • Dear Guru
      Thank you for sharing this wonderful Dharma article.
    • May you be filled with loving kindness.
    • May you be safe from inner and outer dangers.
    • May you be healthy in body and mind.
    • May Buddha Bless.
  6. Erna Ho says:
    Dear Guru

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful Dharma article. May you be filled with loving kindness. May you be safe and free from sufferings. May you be healthy in body and mind.

    May Buddha Bless


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

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    Hindus pray Gods !

    Chrstians pray God ( Jesus) !

    Muslims pray Allah !

    Buddhists too pray  Yidam, Dakini, Gurus and Buddha !  Etc.

    So, ” Prayer ” is a common factor NBC’s in almost all Religions desiring for the welfare of all sentient beings and humanity. !

    The benefits and advantages of such a Prayer are highlighted at length in all the Religions including Buddhism.

    Yet, the great Gotham Buddha did only Meditation, sitting under a sacred Banyon tree day and night till he got the knowledge of wisdom and Enlightenment ! There is no single instance of Buddha  offering Prayer to any gods  Gurus  Yidam and Dakini etc. !

    Does it mean the importance of superiority of MEDITATION over Prayer ? Is it the enlightening  difference between Buddhism and other Religions ?

    Does it emphasizes the saying of the Great Master Dilgo Khyentse, ”  Praying the Guru (PRAYER) is the kernel of the Sadhana while merging your mind ( MEDITATION) with the Guru’s is essence of cultivation.!

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

  8. Tantramikaya ( Jane) says:
    dear holy guru. Thank you very much for your great article. For me, it is very instructive and interesting to learn how the precious sangha prays and the components of your prayers that are now clearer and more understandable to me. I know We students should visualize Yidam in our meditative exercises to identify with them. They serve as help in our transformation process of Tantra. In order to experience the purity of all things, we need to understand that on a relative level, things appear to be of different conditions, and in interdependence, in the final analysis, they are not truly existent. The two things are not separated. It is not the mere appearance of things that makes the confusion, but the way we refer or cling to it. By purifying our minds and daily meditation and recitation we can achieve a transformation. I thank you holy Guru for your extraordinarily instructive article and the explanation of the prayers and their meaning. May be happy and succesful on the path of enlightment. May our holy guru live long and happy for the sake of all beings. May all beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature. HAPPY NEW YEAR OM MANI PADME HUM. OM MANI PADME HUM. OM MANI PADME HUM
  9. Steve Rogers says:
    Dear Holy Guru

    I am Tantra Haramitra

    I thank you for reminding me of the importance of praying out loud. It helps me speak from the heart and be responsible for my words.

    To honour you guru openly and pray for all sentient beings will be of both benefit to them and myself.

    thank you for your guidance in the right way.

    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.

    Om Mani Padme hum


    • Mật Diệu Hằng says:
      Kính bạch Thầy!

      Con xin phép dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantar Haramitra (Steve Rogers) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý!

      Con là Tantra Haramitra.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con hiểu tầm quan trọng của việc thực hành cầu nguyện lớn tiếng. Điều này giúp con thực hành cầu nguyện chân thành từ tâm và ý thức trách nhiệm với từng lời nói của bản thân.

      Con hoan hỷ tán thán công hạnh của Thầy đã viết bài này và con hiểu rằng cầu nguyện cho tất cả hữu tình sẽ mang lại lợi lạc cho tha nhân và bản thân.

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã dạy con để con được thực hành theo đúng quỹ đạo chánh Pháp.

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy tôn quý khỏe mạnh và trường thọ vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả chúng sanh.

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh thành tựu hạnh phúc của Phật tánh.

      Om Mani Padme Hum.”

  10. Lan Trần says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for teaching us a beneficial lesson: “Self-help practice and dinivity support – A synchronicity connection”. Now I realize that praying is not simply an ordinary way of petition but also measures the spiritual level of each practitioner, particularly the Tantric one.

    I am also delighted with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s teaching at the end of this article.

    May you and your consort live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May all beings get successful on the path to enlightenment.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  11. Tantra Amishuta says:

    I will practice audible prayers. This is something that’s been missing in practice. Thank you dear guru for pointing me in the right direction. May you be well for the sake of all and may wr continue on our path to enlightenment and teach others the way of buddhism. Om mami padme hum

  12. Tantra Mahadeva says:

    Greetings Holy Guru

    Thank you for your constant guidance and sharing of supreme dharma. May your words benefit all beings and help them understand the true nature of reality.

    May all beings be at ease and happy

  13. Bishnu Prasad Das says:

    Respected Guru Ji,

                                   I have gone through the above article / letter and learn much more about prayer. Prayer is such a thing which can change your body and mind as well as your lifestyle. When we concentrate our  mind and heartily we engage our self for prayer, no doubt we must feel the inner meaning of prayer. Prayer can achieve anything as you desire for the betterment of human life and nature. Prayer makes you cool, silent, calm, philosopher, gentle and perfect devotee / disciple of Lord Buddha.

                         Thanks Guru ji   for remind us nice and useful advice through your letters. 

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Bishnu Prasad Das


    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Bishnu Prasad Das sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      “Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý! 

      Con đã đọc bài viết này của Thầy và con học được nhiều điều về cầu nguyện. 

      Con hiểu rằng thực hành cầu nguyện có thể giúp chúng con thay đổi hành vi thân và tâm,  cũng như thay đổi về cách sống. Khi chúng con thành tâm,  tập trung tâm trí vào  thực hành cầu nguyện thì chúng con hiểu được ý nghĩa của việc cầu nguyện. 

      Cầu nguyện giúp chúng con viên thành ước nguyện chính đáng vì sự lợi lạc của tất cả hữu tình. Cầu nguyện giúp chúng con được bình an, yên vui, trưởng dưỡng lòng sùng mộ và trở thành người con Phật chân chính. 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy tôn quý vì đã cho con bài học quý báu thông qua bài viết này. 

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 

      Con – Bishnu Prasad Das,  từ Ấn Độ “

  14. Jeffrey King says:
    Dear Holy Guru! Thank you once again for the article. I understand that I have a lot to learn about prayer and meditation.  I do know that I pray for you, my friends and family for peace health and wisdom. I believe that we all need those three things! Many blessings to you!
  15. Aman Prakash says:
    Dear guru

    I am very thankful for this article. I bow my head before your lotus feet.

    Prayers are the best way to connect with guru,budha,dhamma and Sangha. I think doing prayers purifies our thought and good thought gives good action.Thus we able to benefit sensient being. First of all we have to develop faith towards the yidam then doing prayers. Guru has vast wisdom and compassion through which he able to understand our situation.He always use to appreciate us.we all need his blessings to overcome from selfishness. We all learners have only one intention to guru and dakini good health.

    I am only a drop of your ocean of love and compassion,guru.

    May all sensient being attain true nature.

    Om mMan padme hum


  16. Simon Michael says:
    Dear Guru,

    We thank you for this article which you share to us. May you have good health so that you can be doing this wonderful work for sentient being may our prayers to Guru and Yidam lead to achievement may our penance remove bad karma and give us the good one may our essence of being with Guru bring liberation to me and all human sentient being

  17. Simon Michael says:
    Dear Guru,

    We thank you for this article as stated above may you give us the mine praying to for buddah for the liberation human sentient and doing good, penanc to avoid bad karma.

    May Guru accept all our prayers


  18. Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Simon Michael sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã viết bài và cho chúng con được đọc bài viết của Thầy.

    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy để chúng sanh được nương tựa vào Thầy và những công trình giải thoát tuyệt vời của Thầy.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy, Bổn tôn gia hộ, chỉ dẫn chúng con đạt được giải thoát.

    Con cầu nguyện những lời sám hối của chúng con sẽ giúp chúng con tịnh hóa nghiệp xấu.

    Con cầu nguyện cho con luôn nghĩ nhớ đến Thầy để con được giải thoát khỏi khổ đau cho mình và cho tất cả chúng sanh.


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