I found a commentary on the King of Aspiration Prayers, or Samantabhadra Prayer of Aspiration, otherwise known in Sanskrit or Tibetan as Arya Bhadra Charya Pranidhana Raja, or Phag Pa Zang Po Chod Pay Mon Lam Gyi Gyal Po. It is delightful to me to find such a treasure so i wanted to share with all readers of this blog.
According to HH Jigme Phuntsok, this prayer is one of the best way to accumulate merits and make wishes for rebirth in Amitabha pureland. In his monastery, it is emphasized in one of the four major annual festivals where they arrange many offerings of flower, incense, lights, perfume, food offerings etc and recite this prayer. Many repetitions of this prayer are accumulated and the group merit is fantastic. His Holiness said that there was nothing in this world he was attached to, but if there were one thing he was attached to, it is to the infinite merits that is generated each year during this festival when this prayer was recited many times by thousands of monastics with pure offerings and pure motivation.
Any practitioner can recite this prayer daily as a general dedication at night, or specially on special days like the 8th, 15th, 25th, 30th, lunar/solar eclipses, duchens, birthdays and anniversaries of yourself and great masters and so forth. It is also good recite this aspiration prayer at special holy places like Bodhgaya, in front of holy objects like relics, stupas, statues, thangkas, great masters, etc. Truly, this is a wish-fulfilling jewel. Many times i feel like this: we have so many precious practices in the dharma and ways to create infinite merits and purify obscurations but it is up to the individual to utilise it. If we do not, it is like having a blank cheque put in your hand by a king, and you fill it up with zero dollars. You do not use this precious chance at all. These prayers given by Buddha himself are of infinite value. Even though it can be found everywhere, but that does not detract from its value at all. Some people think that only rare things are valuable. They think that practices like mani mantra or this particular prayer are so common, so it must be quite ordinary. I beg to think otherwise. If we do not trust in the words of perfectly enlightened beings, then what is the value of our refuge mind or refuge vows? In many sutras, the value of these prayers and mantras have been well explained and they contain unimaginable benefit. All it takes now is for one to take them up as practices seriously so as to reap the benefit. Having doubts will not help one to progress. With deep faith, if one takes them up, over time, the benefit will become apparent. This has been my own experience.
The commentary can be found here (right click to download):
As soon as i get it ready, i’d post up a version of this prayer with English and Tibetan phonetics. There are many varying versions out there so i thought i will prepare one to the best of my ability and add it to the public domain for more variety of choice.