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Today, i would like to share a short practice on Chenrezig for anyone who wishes to do this practice. It was written by the Holy Mahasiddha Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche (left). Many people have heard of this master who recently passed into parinirvana in 2007. He belongs to the Drikung Kagyu Tradition and has attained complete enlightenment due to his efforts in one life. A contemporary Milarepa, he did retreat for more than 30 years in difficult circumstances and almost no resources. Many great masters like the Dalai Lama, Garchen Rinpoche, Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche deeply respect his accomplishment. One of the unique thing about Drubwang Rinpoche is that due to a prophecy he received from Guru Rinpoche in a direct vision, he would only teach people to do the recitation of the mani mantra almost exclusively. Sometimes he also advises people to recite the Guru Rinpoche mantra and the Amitabha mantra (these three mantras are collectively the mantras of the 3 kayas or 3 dimensions of a enlightened Buddha mind).
Drubwang Rinpoche completed more than 12 cycles of 100 million mani mantras himself and he has always widely and fearlessly proclaimed that the mani mantra is the all-sufficient and complete practice in itself. That the mani mantra is the Buddha, that the mani mantra can bring us to realize our true nature of the mind (the inner Buddha) and it can eradicate all the past karmic obscurations and bring us to the pureland. Especially he has always emphasized that the benefits of the mani mantra, though not obvious now, would be extremely potent and beneficial after our death. Rinpoche said that for busy people like us with little inclination for more complicated practices, the mani practice can be a most helpful companion in our lives and we should recite the mantra all the time, everywhere. Rinpoche would even recite this mantra in his sleep.
Now, i will write abit about this precious mantra. It has been stated that any other form of virtue carries the danger of being destroyed by the power of aggression or other emotions, whereas the recitation of the mani mantra cannot be destroyed by any external, internal or secret force. There are two kinds of merits: perfect and ordinary merit. Perfect merit can only be attained if the three excellences of pure motivation of Bodhichitta, pure main practice free from conceptualizations and pure dedication are present in the act of virtue. However, for the mani mantra, just reciting it is naturally perfect all by itself. There is limitless benefit in reciting this mantra.
Moreover, reciting this mantra is:
In the Sutra designed as a Jewel, it is mentioned that recitation of this mantra will:
Guru Rinpoche also said,
The mantra OM MANI PADME HUNG is the embodiment of all the Buddhas’ heart, the root of the eighty-four thousand teachings of the Buddha, the essence of the Five Buddhas, and the essence of the secret holders.
To the knowledge of me, Padmakara,
A teaching more profound and more swift (than this practice of Chenrezig and mani mantra)
Has never been taught by the Buddhas of the three times
Lord Avalokiteshvara also said:
Be motivated by faith, devotion and compassion…
Whatever appears is the form of Avalokiteshvara, in whom all victorious ones unite;
audible sounds are the sound of the six-syllable essence mantra
the absence of any ultimate conceptual reference-point is the uncontrived realm of bodhicitta
Never be separate from these three key points;
continually recite aloud the six syllable mantra- that alone is sufficient
When the dakini Dawa Drolma went to see the enlightened master Drimed Khakyod Wangpo in the pureland of Guru Rinpoche, he offered her this advice:
Be vigilant in your devotion
Seeing the lama as the Dharmakaya of Buddhahood
Understanding the six classes of beings to be your parents
Be vigilant in your practice of virtue
Not tarnishing anything you undertake with selfish vested interests.
Be vigilant in your mantra repetition and meditation practices,
Not falling under the eight worldly attitudes,
Understanding the six syllable mani mantra alone to be sufficient for your practice
Be vigilant in your formal practice, subsuming everything within your own true mind.
Don’t make mistakes, don’t make mistakes!
If one recites the mani mantra 1000 times per day:
Here is the sadhana practice of Chenrezig composed by Drubwang Rinpoche. It is short, anyone can practice it and the benefits will be immense. Especially if you can do it till the end of your life. Please don’t don’t don’t underestimate this simple and most incredibly effective practice.
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This is the famous praise to Chenrezig written by the realised Gelongma Palmo who attained Buddhahood and cured herself of leprosy through her austere practices based on Chenrezig and Nyung Nay (2 days fasting retreat). This prayer is filled with great blessings. Below that is the long dharani of Chenrezig which is good to do. Basically there are four things that happens for a person who practises this dharani constantly:
1. At time of death, one will behold Tathagatas
2. One will not take rebirth in inferior states of existence
3. One will not meet the hour of one’s death unable to avoid its horrors
4. After death, will be reborn in Amitabha’s pureland
NAMO MAN-JU-SHRI-YE NAMO SU-SHRI-YE NAMO UT-TA-MA SHRI-YE SOHA
OM JIG TEN GON PO LA CHAG TSAL LO
I bow to the Protector of the world.
JIG TEN LA MA SRID PA SUM GYI TO PA PO
Everyone in the three world praises and celebrate the Lama.
LHA YI TSO WO DUD DANG TSHANG PAY TOD PA PO
Even the gods and Brahma celebrate and praise Lord Chenrezig
THUB PAY GYAL CHOG TOD PAY DRUB PAR DZAD PA PO
One who wishes to attain buddhahood praises the lord who delivers such accomplisment.
JIG TEN SUM GYI GON PO CHOG LA CHAG TSAL LO
I bow to the supreme protector of the three world.
DE SHEG PAG ME KU TE KU ZANG DZIN PA PO
Holder of a noble form body, filled with infinite tathagathas,
DE SHEG NANG WA THA YE U GYAN DZIN PA PO
You are crowned by Buddha Amitabha.
CHAG YE CHOG JIN YI DOG TRE KOM SEL WA PO
Your supremely bountiful right hand dispels the suffering of pretas;
CHAG YON SER GYI PAD MAY NAM PAR GYAN PA PO
Your left hand hold a golden lotus.
DRI ZHIM RAL PAY THRENG WA MAR SER KHYUG PA PO
Your sweetly scented red and yellow hair sparkles like necklaces.
ZHAL RAY GYE PA DA WA TA BUR DZE PA PO
The expanse of your face is lovely as full moon.
CHEN GYI PAD MA CHOG TU ZANG ZHING YANG PA PO
Like the sublimely supreme lotus, your eyes are beautifully wide.
KHA WA DUNG TAR NAM KAR DRI NGAD DAN PA PO
Your sweet-smelling form is like a snow-white conch shell.
DRI MED OD CHAG MU TIG TSHOM BU DZIN PA PO
You hold a mala of stainless, glowing pearls,
DZE PAY OD ZER KYA RENG MAR PO GYAN PA PO
And radiate stunning beams of light, red as dawn.
PAD MAY TSHO TAR CHAG NI NGAR WA JE PA PO
Your body is like a lake; from it, hands, like lotuses are perfectly arranged.
TON KAY TRIN GYI DOG DANG DEN ZHING ZHON PA PO
They are youthful and like autumn clouds, white and bright and clear.
RIN CHEN MANG PO PUNG PA NYI NI GYAN PA PO
Both shoulders are adorned with many precious jewels.
LO MAY CHOG TAR CHAG THIL ZHON ZHING JAM PA PO
Your youthful palms are soft like the most supreme leaves.
RI DOG PAG PAY NU MA YON PA KAB PA PO
Your left breast is covered with a tenasera skin.
NYEN CHA DU BU GEG CHING GYAN NAM CHANG WA PO
Precious earrings and other ornaments gracefully adorn you.
DRI MA MED PAY PAD MAY CHOG LA NAY PA PO
You dwell up on a supreme and unblemished lotus.
TE WAY NGO NI PAD MAY DAB TAR JAM PA PO
Your navel’s surface is as soft as lotus petal.
SER GYI KA RAG CHOG LA NOR BU TRE PA PO
Your belt is of the finest jewel-encrusted gold.
TA ZUR TRI PAY RE ZANG SHAM THAB DZIN PA PO
Your lower robe wraps your hips in the noblest cloth.
THUB PAY KHYEN CHOG TSHO CHEN PHA ROL CHIN PA PO
Gone to the other shore of the great ocean, you have supreme knowledge and capability.
CHOG NYE SOD NAM MANG PO NYE WAR SAG PA PO
You, who properly gathered so much virtue, received the supreme state of being.
TAG TU DE WAY JUNG NE GA NAD SEL WA PO
Dispeller of the misery of old age and illness, you are the permanent source of joy.
SUM THAR DZAD CHING KHA CHOD CHOD PA TON PA PO
You act to liberate beings from the three lower realms, and show and perform equally for space dwellers.
LU CHEN CHOG TE DUD PUNG THRUG LAY GYAL WA PO
Supreme among beings, you are victorious in battle over hosts of demons.
SER GYI KANG DUB DRA YI ZHAB YID ONG WA PO
Your feet tinkle with the pleasing sound of golden anklets;
TSHANG PAY NAY PA ZHI YI WEN PAR DZAD PA PO
And you create the four silences, which are the cause of Brahmahood.
NGANG PAY DRO DRA LANG CHEN DREG TAR SHEG PA PO
You walk with the grace of a swan and the dignity of an elephant.
TSHOG KUN NYE WAR SAG SHING TEN PA NYER WA PO
Provider of the doctrine, who has completely and properly accumulated,
O MAY TSHO DANG CHU YI TSHO LAY DROL WA PO
You liberate from the ocean of milk and the ocean of water.
GANG ZHIG TAG TU THO RANG LANG NAY GU PA YI
Whoever will rise with respect at dawn,
CHEN RE ZIG KYI WANG PO YID LA SEM JED CHING
Thinking in their mind of powerful Chenrezig,
TOD PAY CHOG DI DAG CHING SAL WAR TOD JED NA
To purely and clearly extol this supreme praise,
DE NI KYE PA AM NI BUD MED YIN KYANG RUNG
Whatever they are male or female,
JIG TEN DI AM MA ONG KYE WA THAM CHAD DU
In this life and all future lives,
JIG TEN JIG TEN LAY DE GO PA KUN DRUB SHOG
In this world and the world beyond, all their purposes will be accomplished.
Long Chenrezig Dharani
NA-MO RAT-NA TRA-YA-YA / NA-MA AR-YA JHA-NA / SA-GA-RA BE-RO-TSA-NA BA-YU-HA RA-DZA-YA/ TA-THA-GA-TA-YA / AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM BUD-DHA-YA / NA-MA SAR-WA TA-THA-GA-TE-BHE / AR-HA-TE-BHE / SAM-YAK-SAM BUD-DHE-BHE / NA-MA AR-YA A-WA-LO-KI-TE-SHVA-RA-YA / BO-DHI-SA-TO-YA / MA-HA-SA-TO-YA / MA-HA-KA-RU-NI-KA-YA / TAD-YA-THA / OM DHA-RA DHA-RA / DHI-RI DHI-RI / DHU-RU DHU-RU / IT-TE WIT-TE / TSA-LE TSA-LE / PRA-TSA-LE PRA-TSA-LE / KU-SU-ME KU-SU-MA-WA-RE / I-LI-MI-LI TSI-TI DZO-LA MA-PA-NA-YA SO-HA
OM MA NI PAD ME HUNG
SPECIAL WISH PRAYER
TEN PA TEN DZIN YUN RING NAY PA DANG
May the Buddhadharma and its lineage-holders remain long,
DAG SOG DRO NAM JANG CHUB SEM JONG SHING
May I and all sentient beings practice the Bodhichitta mind
ZHI LHAG ZUNG DREL TING DZIN RAB THOB NAY
Having obtained the perfect state of samadhi, union of shamatha and insight
KUN KHYEN SHE RAB TOG PAR JIN GYI LOB
please bless that omniscient wisdom is realised.