Sadhanas & Prayers
Performing a sadhana practice is extremely beneficial and helps us overcome mental, physical, and spiritual obstacles. Through a sadhana we are replacing the old patterns and thoughts that we have with new ones. The practitioner is encouraged to see all beings and environments, to hear all sounds, and to experience all thoughts as divine and pure. It is through these practices that we work to attain spiritual realization. Our sadhana practices involves chanting the tantric liturgy, meditation, and chanting of mantras.
I take refuge until I am enlightened in the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Sangha. By the positive potential I create by practising generosity and the other far-reaching attitudes, may I attain Buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings. (3x)
The Four Immeasurables SEM CHEN TAM CHE DAY WA DANG DAY WAY GYU DANG DEN PAR GYUR CHIG SEM CHEN TAM CHE DUG NGEL DANG DUG NGEL KYI GYU DANG DREL WAR GYUR CHIG SEM CHEN TAM CHE DUG NGEL MAY PAY DAY WA DANG MI DREL WAR GYUR CHIG SEM CHEN TAM CHE NYE RING CHAG DANG NYI DANG DREL WAY DANG NYOM LA NAY PAR GYUR CHIG
May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes, May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes, May all sentient beings never be separated from sorrowless bliss, May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger.
(At this point, one may also add other preliminaries.)
Whenever I associate with others I will learn To think of myself as the lowest among all And respectfully hold others to be supreme From the very depths of my heart
I will learn to keep all these practices Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly conceptions And by the understanding of all phenomena as like illusions Be released from the bondage of attachment.
5. That of a servant. Like an obedient servant, even when one is obliged to carry out very difficult assignments one holds no grudges in one’s heart.
(For an extended version, with commentary, click here)
INVOCATION GA-DEN HLA-JI NGON-JYI THUG-KA NEY RAP-KAR SHO-SAR PUNG-DEE CHU-DZIN TSER CHO-KYI GYEL-PO KUN-CHEN LOZANG DRAG SEY-DANG CHE-PA NE-DIR SHEG SU SOL
From the heart of the Lord of the Gaden devas (Maitreya Buddha) emerges a brilliant white cloud, like a great mass of fresh yoghurt. Atop sits Tsongkhapa all knowing, King of Dharma; we request your coming to this place along with your great disciples.
REQUESTING TO STAY DUN-JYI NAM-KHAR SING-TI PEE-DEE TENG JE-TSUN LA-MA JYEH-PI DZUM-KAR CHYEN DAG-LO DE-PE SO-NAM SHING-CHOG TU TAN-PA JYEH-SHIR KAL-DJAR JUG-SU SOL
My Lord Guru is seated before me upon a lion-throne, lotus and moon cushion. His body is white and he smiles blissfully. Please remain many eons and serve as the great merit field for the growth of my mind’s faith, and for the increase of Lord Buddha’s teachings.
PROSTRATION AND PRAISE SHE-JYEH CHON-KUN JAL-WEY LO-DO THUG KAL-ZANG NA-WEY JYIN-JUR LIK-SHEY SUNG DRAG-PI PEL-JYI HLAM-MER DZEY-PI KU THONG-THO DRAN PI DON DHAN LA-CHAG TSAL
His omniscient wisdom-mind encompasses all that is existent. His voice is a profound teaching, which ornaments the ear of the fortunate pupil. His body’s beautiful radiance evokes wondrous admiration. To Lama Tsongkhapa whom merely viewing, hearing or contemplating earns one great merit, I make prostration.
OFFERING YIH-WONG TCHO-YON NA-TSOG ME-TOG DANG DRI-JEM DUG-PO NANG-SAL DRID-CHAB SOG NGO-SHAM YIH TUL TCHO-TIN GYA-TSO DI SO-NAM SHING-CHOG CHE-LA CHO-PA BUL
I present to you, great field of merit, Tsongkhapa, beautiful offerings, water, a display of flowers, fragrant incense, butter-lamps, perfumes and more both physical and mental offerings, vast as the clouds and wide as the ocean.
CONFESSION DAG-GI TO-MEY DU-NEH SAG-PA YI LU-NGAG YIH-KYI DIG-PA CHI-JYI DANG CHEY-PA DOM-PA SUM-JI MI-TUN SHO NYING-NEH JO-PA TRAH-PO SO-SOR SHAG
The unwholesome actions of body, speech and mind, which I have accumulated over a measureless period, especially actions contrary to the three vows (Vinaya, Bodhisattva, Vajrayana), I regret extremely from the depths of my heart, and I reveal each and every such action.
REJOICING NIK-MI DU-DIR MANG-THO DRUP-LA TSON CHO-JYED PANG-PI DAL-JOR DON-YO SHYE NGON-PO CHEY-KYI LAP-CHEN DZE-PA LA DAG-CHAG SAM-PA TAG-PEH YI RANG NGO
We totally rejoice in your magnificent achievements, my Lord, who received numerous teachings and performed the practices with utmost diligence, who abandoned the eight worldly objectives and made the most meaningful use of the eighteen opportune conditions during these degenerate times.
REQUEST TO TURN THE WHEEL OF DHARMA JE-TSUN LA-MA DAM-PA CHEY-NAM KYI CHO-KU KA-LA CHEN-TI TIN-TIK NEY JI-TAR TSAM-PI DUL-SHIH DZIN-MA LA ZAB-JI CHO-KYI CHAR-PA WHAP-TU SOL
All you holy Gurus, unerring in conduct, may you precipitate a rain of realisation of Bodhicitta and Shunyata from the clouds of all-knowing compassion which fills the Dharmakaya sky, providing for the field of disciples precisely what is needed.
REQUESTING TO REMAIN NAM-DAG WO-SAL YING-LEY JING-PA YI ZUNG-JUG KU-LA CHAR-NUB MI-NGA YANG THA-MAL HNANG-NGOR ZUG-KU RAG-PA NYI SEE-THEE BAR-DU MI-NUB TAN-PA SHUG
May the Vajra body of Tsongkhapa created from the purity of clear light, free of the rising and setting of cyclic existence but visible to the ordinary viewer only in its unsubtle, physical form, stay on unchanging, without waning, until Samsara ends.
DEDICATION DAG-SOG JIN-NYEH SAG-PA GE-WA DEE TAN-DANG DRO-WA KUN-LA GANG-PHAN DANG CHE-PA JE-TSUN LO-ZANG DRAG-PA YI TAN-PI NYING-PO RING-DU SAL-SHEH SHOG
May this merit accumulated by myself and others, beneficially serve all sentient beings and the Buddhadharma and especially may the essential teachings of the unerring master Tsongkhapa, become clear and enduring.
MIG-MEY TZE-WEY TER-CHEN CHENREZIG DRI-MEY KHYEN-PI WANG-PO JAMPAL YANG DU-PUNG MA-LU JOM-DZEY SANG-WEY DAG GANG-CHEN KE-PEY TSUG-GYEN TSONGKAPA LO-SANG TRAG-PEY SHAB-LA SOL-WA DEB
(Recite 21x or more, depending on time)
Je Tsongkhapa, crown jewel of the holy Masters of the land of snows, You are Avalokiteshvara, great goldmine of Compassion untainted by ego’s delusion. You are Manjushri, great Master of stainless wisdom. You are Vajrapani, great subduer of all the gatherings of demons. At your feet, famed Lobsang Drakpa, I humbly bow and earnestly request that all sentient beings achieve Enlightenment.
(Recite 21x or more, depending on time)
Dear worthy root Guru, please ascend the lotus seat atop the head of myself and the other beings, and in your great kindness please remain with us. Bestow upon us the blessings of your body, speech and mind.
PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE CHO-DANG THUN-MONG NGO-DRUP TSAL-DU SOL
Precious, noble, root Guru, please occupy the lotus seat within our hearts and in your great kindness remain with us. Please grant us your blessings for our temporal success and for the supreme attainment.
PAL-DAN TSA-WEY LA-MA RINPOCHE DAG-SOG NYING-KHAR PE-ME DAN-JUG LA KA-DRIN CHEN-PO GO-NEY JE-ZUNG TE JANG-CHUB NYING-PO BAR-DU TAN-PAR SHUG
(At this point, one may insert other deity prayers. These prayers may include: Medicine Buddha, Dzambala, Praises to The 21 Taras, A Song of Longing for Tara The Infallible, Gem to Increase Life and Wisdom (White Tara), Praise to Saraswati, Amitayus, Black Manjushri, Vajrayogini Tea Offering, Praise to Vajrayogini)
Dorje Shugden This is a concise version of the prayer to Dorje Shugden, the Universal World Peace Protector who is extremely effective for our modern times. This prayer is based on the original Tibetan rituals that are performed daily in Shar Gaden and Serpom Monasteries to this day. You can opt to recite the prayers to Dorje Shugden or the prayers to Dharmapala Setrap (in the next section below). You may also recite the prayers of both Dharma Protectors for additional blessings and protection.
INVOCATION HUM! RANG NYI YIDAM HLAR SE WAY DÜN DU MAR NAG ME LUNG Ü PE NYI DRA GEG TZI PA YI JIG RUNG NGAM JI SENGE TENG TEN SUNG NYING GI NORBU CHOG GYELCHEN DORJE SHUGDEN TSEL KU LA RAB JUNG CHE KYI TZE U LA TANG ZHA SER DOG SÖL CHAG NA PU DRI DRA NYING TOG DRUB PA PO LA GYE PAY TSÜL TRO TUM DRA GEG DRÖL WAY NYAM LE JE KACHE MARPO SOG KOR TSOG GYATSÖ KOR WAR GYUR DAG NYI TUG KAY ÖZER GYI RANG ZHIN YING DANG TEN PAY NE GAR ZHUG PODRANG SO SO NE YESHE PA NAM KE CHIG LA CHEN DRANG DAM YE YER ME GYUR
HUM! Before myself as the yidam deity, In the midst of a windswept dark red fire, On a terrifying magnificent lion, Trampling enemies and obstructers on a lotus and sun, Is our supreme heart jewel, Dharmapala, Mighty Gyalchen Dorje Shugden, Adorned with robes of a monk on his body, Wearing the golden domed hat on his head, Holding a razor sword and an enemy’s heart in his hands, With a manner of delight towards the practitioner, And a fierce expression which destroys enemies and obstructers. He is surrounded by an ocean-like host of retinue Such as chief attendant, Kache Marpo. Rays of light from my heart invite From the natural sphere And the individual palaces wherever they abide, The wisdom beings who in one instant are invited And become inseparable with the commitment beings.
HUM! With devotion I prostrate with body, speech, and mind, and make offerings, Both outer and inner, with flowers, incense, light, perfume, food, flesh and blood, Collections of tormas, beer, tea, buttered tsampa, milk, and yoghurt, Actually arranged and mentally visualised, filling the whole of space.
Samaya substances, fulfilment substances, basal substances, and mantric substances, Outer, inner, and secret favourite visual objects and fragrant smoke offering; With my offering of these, filling space, O entourage, May you be satisfied and restore degenerated commitments!
DAG CHAG SAM JOR JA CHÖ NONG PA YI TEN SUNG CHENPÖ TUG DANG GEL GYI KÜN NYING NE SHAG SO NYUR DU JANG TZÖ LA MA YI BU ZHIN TSE WE JE ZUNG TZÖ
All of our mistaken actions of body, speech, and mind, Which have contradicted the mind of the great Dharmapala, We confess from the heart; quickly purify them And care for us with compassion like a mother for her child!
HLA CHOG KYE LA NYING NE KÜL WA NI LOZANG GYEL WAY RING LUG DAR ZHING GYE PELDEN LAMAY KU TSE CHAB SI PEL GENDÜN DE NAM SHE DRUB PEL WAR TZÖ
This heart-felt exhortation of you, supreme deity, Is to spread and increase the Victorious Lozang’s tradition, To extend the life and dominion of the glorious Gurus, And to increase the study and practice of the communities of Sangha.
Never separated from me, like my body and its shadow, May you dispel adverse conditions and obstructers without exception, Accomplish favourable conditions and desires as I wish, And protect and care for me without ever breaking!
KYE PAR YI LA NAG PAY DÖ DÖN NAM SAM PA JI ZHIN NYUR DU DRUB PA YI LE ZHIY TRINLE NO NYUR TOG ME KYI TU TSEL NGÖN SUM TÖN PAY DÜ LA BAB
Especially, the time has now come to show directly Your unobstructed might in quick, decisive enlightened conduct Of the four activities to swiftly accomplish Our deepest heart-felt desires according to our wishes!
GYUN DRE DEN SHEN JE PAY DÜ LA BAB MA NYE KA YOG SEL WAY DÜ LA BAB NYAM CHUNG GÖN ME KYOB PAY DÜ LA BAB CHÖ DEN BU ZHIN KYONG WAY DÜ LA BAB
The time has come to judge the truth in accord with the law of causality! The time has come to clear the innocent of accusations! The time has come to protect the humble who are without a protector! The time has come to nurture Dharma practitioners like your children!
In short, from now until attaining the essence of enlightenment, Since we venerate you as the embodiment of the Guru and Protector, May you protect us uninterruptedly with your enlightened activity, And watch over us during the three periods of day and three of night!
MANTRA RECITATION RANG YIDAM DU SEL WAY TUG KAY SABÖN LE ÖZER TRÖ CHÖ KYONG GYELCHEN SUGDEN RIG NGA DRAG PO TSEL NAM KYI TUG KAR NYI DEN GYI TENG DU HUM YIG GI TAR NGAG TRENG RANG RANG GI KADOG DANG TSUNG PE KOR WA LA POG PE TUG GYU RANG WANG ME PAR KÜL TE CHI DÖ PAY ZHI GYE WANG DRAG GI LE TAMCHE TOG PA ME PAR DRUB PAR GYUR
From the heart syllable of myself visualised as the Yidam, light rays emanate. They strike the HUM syllables and surrounding mantra garlands which, matching each deity in colour, stand upon the sun seats at the hearts of Dharmapala Gyalchen Shugden’s five fierce families, exhorting them, without choice, to perform whatever desired peaceful, increasing, powerful, or wrathful activity, without obstruction.
OM BENZASATTO SAMAYA MANU PALAYA
BENZASATTO TENO PATITA DIDRO MAY BHAWA
SUTO KAYO MAY BHAWA SUPO KAYO MAY BHAWA
ANU RAKTO MAY BHAWA SARWA SIDDHI ME PAR YATSA
HA HA HA HA HO BHAGAWAN SARWA TATAGATA
BENZA MA MAY MUN TSA BENZA BHAWA MAHA
GANG GAY GYÜN TSUNG NYING TRAG CHÖ YÖN DRENG
NAM TRA WANG PÖ METOG DÜ TRIN TRIG
TRI CHEN DRI CHAB SHA RÜ KANG LING DRA
ZAG ME DÜTSI GYATSO GYE ZHIN ZHE
ZHEN YANG DÖ YÖN GYEL SI RINCHEN DÜN
CHANG SHE TA LANG JIG RUNG YAG LUG KYI
NGUR MIG LA GÖ SA TEN GO TRAB PUB
DA DUNG REL DRI CHI NANG SANG WAY TEN
JIG TEN DE DANG MA DE CHÖ TRIN GYI
DORJE SHUGDEN NANG SI DREG PAY TSOG
TUG DAM KANG ZHING NYAM CHAG SÖ GYUR CHIG
KYE PAR DAG CHAG MA RIG ZHEN WANG GYUR
GO SUM JA WAY NYE TSOG CHI CHI PA
SUNG MA KYE KYI TUG DANG GEL GYUR PA
THAMCHE NONG ZHING GYÖ PAY SEM KYI SHAG
ZHEN YANG TEN SUNG CHENPO KOR CHE LA
DAM TSIG LE DE NYEN DRUB CHÖ TOR SOG
NELJOR DAG CHAG NYAM CHAG CHI CHI NAM
KOR SUM MIG ME YING SU SHAG PAR GYI
Please accept these as well as an ocean of undefiled nectar!
Arrows, spears, swords, and outer, inner, and secret bases,
We have committed under the influence of ignorance,
We practitioners confess all of these
HUM! O Gurus who rain down accumulations of excellence fulfilling our own and others’ purposes, And Yidams who bestow all ordinary and supreme attainments, Through offering you this ambrosial drink which bestows bliss, (Pour serkym) May you, having partaken, swiftly and spontaneously accomplish our wishes!
NE SUM PAWO KANDRÖ TSOG KÜN DANG TU DEN TEN SUNG DAM CHEN GYATSO LA DE TER DÜTSIY TUNG WA DI BÜL GYI (Pour serkym) ZHE NE SAM DÖN NYUR DU HLÜN DRUB TZÖ
O all hosts of heroes and dakinis of the three places, And ocean of powerful, oath-bound Dharma Protectors, Through offering you this ambrosial drink which bestows bliss, (Pour serkym) May you, having partaken, swiftly and spontaneously accomplish our wishes!
(This is the main verse and we are recommended to recite this verse at least 7 times) KYE PAR JIG TEN LE DE TEN SUNG CHOG TU TOB NYEN NYUR DORJE SHUGDEN LA DE TER DÜTSIY TUNG WA DI BÜL GYI (Pour serkym) ZHE NE SAM DÖN NYUR DU HLÜN DRUB TZÖ
And especially, supreme, supramundane Dharmapala, Forcefully powerful, strict, and swift Dorje Shugden, Through offering you this ambrosial drink which bestows bliss, (Pour serkym) May you, having partaken, swiftly and spontaneously accomplish our wishes!
ZHI GYE WANG DANG NGÖN CHÖ RAB JAM LE TOG ME TSÖL TZE NAM GYUR RIG NGA LA DE TER DÜTSIY TUNG WA DI BÜL GYI (Pour serkym) ZHE NE SAM DÖN NYUR DU HLÜN DRUB TZÖ
O five families who openly bestow Infinite activities of peace, increase, power, and wrath, Through offering you this ambrosial drink which bestows bliss, (Pour serkym) May you, having partaken, swiftly and spontaneously accomplish our wishes!
TZE DUG YUM GU NA DREN GELONG GYE LE KEN TUM PAY TAG SHAR CHU SOG LA DE TER DÜTSIY TUNG WA DI BÜL GYI (Pour serkym) ZHE NE SAM DÖN NYUR DU HLÜN DRUB TZÖ
O nine beautiful consorts, eight guiding monks, And ten fierce and youthful guardians, and so on, Through offering you this ambrosial drink which bestows bliss, (Pour serkym) May you, having partaken, swiftly and spontaneously accomplish our wishes!
(Serkym offering to Dharmapala Setrap. We are recommended to recite this verse 7 times) HRI KYE PAR GYEL WAY TEN PA SUNG WAY TSO SE YI TRAB CHEN KOR DANG CHE NAM LA DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI (Pour serkym) BUL LO SUNG KYOB YEL WA ME PAR TZÖ
HRI Especially, principal guardian of the Conquerors’ Teachings, Setrap Chen along with entourage to you This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered; (Pour serkym) Never waver in your protection!
(Serkym offering to Kache Marpo. We are recommended to recite this verse 3 times) KA KOR NYEN PO DAM NYAM SOG GI SHE SHINTU TRO TUM KACHE MARPO LA DE TER DÜTSIY TUNG WA DI BÜL GYI (Pour serkym) ZHE NE SAM DÖN NYUR DU HLÜN DRUB TZÖ
O extremely fierce Kache Marpo, the strict attendant, Executioner of those with degenerated samaya, Through offering you this ambrosial drink which bestows bliss, (Pour serkym) May you, having partaken, swiftly and spontaneously accomplish our wishes!
As well as the inconceivable emanations and their emanations, Attendant deities and demons who shake the three thousand worlds, Through offering you this ambrosial drink which bestows bliss, May you, having partaken, swiftly and spontaneously accomplish our wishes!
DE TAR CHÖ CHING TRINLE KÜL WAY TÜ NAM ZHIY TRINLE DÜ DRUG KE CHIG KYANG YEL WA ME PAR PA YI BU ZHIN DU TAG TU KYONG SHING TAG TU JE ZUNG TZÖ
HUM! With the Vajradhara root and lineage masters, The assembly of Yidams who grant all realisations, And Protectors who remove all obstacles, We recognise you as a king among those who effortlessly bless and accomplish purposes.
GANG KU MUG NAG NYI MA JE WAY ZI CHÖ GÖ SUM DEN RAB JUNG ZHÖN NUI TSUL SER GYI DANG DEN THANG THEB BU LA SÖL CHÖ KHOR YONG KYI SUNG MAR NGA SÖL LO
Your dark-red form blazes like a hundred suns. You appear as a youthful monk in the triple robes. You wear a gold-hued hat of high-rank on your head I recognise you as the Protector of all Dharma practitioners.
TEN DANG TEN DZIN BU ZHIN KYONG DZE CHING NAM ZHI TRINLE THOG MAY NYUR DRUB PA DRAG SHUL TOB DEN DORJE SHUGDEN TSEL DAG GI TEN GYI DRA LHAR NGA SÖL LO
DOR NA DAG GI LEG NYE JA WA KÜN CHÖ SUNG CHEN PO KYE LA NYER TAY KYI NYIN TSEN YEL WA ME PAR SUNG WA DANG CHOG DÜ KÜN TU GYE PAY TRA SHI TSÖL
This is the concise version of the prayer to Lord Setrap Chen, the Dharma Protector of Kechara House. This prayer is based on the original Tibetan scripture that is done daily in Gaden Shartse Monastery to this day. These prayers to Setrap can be recited in place of the prayers to Dorje Shugden above, or in addition to Dorje Shugden’s prayers for additional blessings and protection.
DAG DUN GYI TUG KAY SA BON LE O ZER TRO PE RANG ZHIN GYI NE NE CHO KYONG KOR DANG CHE PA
BEDZA SAMA TZA!
From the excellent temples of India and Tibet, Those bases which you are under oath to protect. By order of the root and lineage Gurus such as Padmasambhava Who is, in actuality, all Buddhas, pray come!
KYE PAR PO YUL JIG TEN MIG CHIG PU KE NYI MA WA LO DEN SHE RAB KYI TEN PA TEN TZING GE DUN DE CHE NAM SUNG CHIR YAR DAM GONG TE SHEG SU SOL
OM MAHA YAKCHA TSA SAPARIWARA E HYE HI TZA HUNG BAM HO
DAM TSIG PA DANG NYI SU ME PAR GYUR PEMA KAMALAYE TAM HUNG RAB YANG KA PA LA YI NO NANG DU RANG ZHIN DE TONG NAM PA CHO PAY TZE NGO SHAM YI TRUL (1.CHO YON) PAG ME DI CHO KYONG CHEN PO KOR DANG CHE LA BUL
HO GYEL PO NO JIN CHEN PO SE YI TRAP
KOR DANG CHE PA KYE NAM
KYI TA DRIN WANG GI GYEL PO RIG TZIN
PADMA JUNG NE NGO LOG LODEN
SHERAB SOG LAMA DAMPA NAM KYI
CHEN NGAR YAR DAM NYEN PO SHEL GYI
ZHE PA ZHIN GYEL WAY TEN PA SUNG
KON CHOG GI U PANG TO GE DUN GYI
DE KYONG DRO WAY DE KYI PEL KYE
PAR PEL DEN DHARMA CENTER CHO DEY
TSON PAY KAM SUM CHO KYI GYEL PO
TSONG KHAPA CHEN PO RING LUG GANG
DU GYE PAY GON NE DU DE DANG CHE
PA SUNG ZHING KYAB TE DE NO SUM
GYI TO SAM DANG LAB PA SUM GYI
NYAM LEN SOG KOR LO SUM GYI JA WA
NAM PEL WA DANG DAG SOG NAM KYI
GEL KYEN BAR CHO ZHI ZHING TUN
KYEN SAM DON YI ZHIN DU DRUB PAR
TZE DU SOL
Just as you have strictly sworn before the lord of power Hayagriva, the wisdom holder Padmasambhawa, the translator Loden Sherab and other holy Gurus, Protect Buddha’s teachings! Raise status of the Supreme Rare Jewels! Protect community of Sangha! Spread the happiness of beings! And especially guard and protect Dharma communities wherever the three realms’ king of Dharma Tsongkhapa’s tradition has spread, such as glorious Kechara House.
Proliferate activities of the three wheels of Dharma such as studying the three pitakas and practising the three trainings! And for myself and others pacify non-conducive conditions and obstructions and bring about conducive conditions as we wish!
HUNG KU SUM GAR DANG LO DEN SHE RAB SOG TSA GYU LA MAY TSOG NAM GONG SU SOL PEL DEN LA MA KU ZHI DAG NYI DU YI CHE DE PA NYING NE MA GYI SHAG
O dance of the three kayas, hosts of root and lineage Gurus such as Loden Sherab; please pay attention! Not maintaining heartfelt faith in the glorious Guru As being of a nature of the four kayas, I confess.
TAB SHE NYI SU ME PAY GYU GYEL GYI YI DAM LHA YI TSOG NAM MA LU GONG NGO DRUB TSA WA DOR JEY DAM TSIG LE NYAM CHAG NONG PA GANG GYUR TAM CHE SHAG
Hosts of yidam deities of the non-dual means and wisdom Victorious tantras, without exception, listen! Whatever is faulty or degenerated among these roots of attainments My tantric commitments, all I confess.
TRO PA KUN DREL YE SHE CHO KU LE YO WA ME KYANG GANG DUL ZUG KYI NI DRO WAY DON TZE CHO KYONG SE TRAP CHEN KOR DANG CHE PA TSE WE DAG LA GONG
Though unmoving from the wisdom Dharmakaya devoid of elaboration Benefiting migrators with whatever form will subdue them Dharmapala Setrap Chen together with entourage, Out of compassion, listen to me!
Protector; being lax in doing your retreat and offering tormas, Not getting substances for outer, inner, and secret bases, Not giving thanks at the accomplishment of all activities, And missing regular and permanent tormas, I reveal and confess.
CHO TOR MEN DANG NYAM DANG MI TSANG BAG DAM NYAM DRA GEG DRAG PO LE JOR GYI TSAR CHO MA GYI DE DANG DAM DRE SHING ZE ZO SUNG KYOB GYI PA LA SOG SHAG
Offering tormas that are inferior, degenerate or polluted, Not using wrathful yogic activities To destroy those with broken commitments, enemies, and obstructors, Hypocrisy, hoarding, and so forth I confess.
DOR NA TOG ME DUN NE LE NYON GYI WANG DU GYUR PE GON PO KYO NYI KYI KU SUNG TUG DANG GEL WA GANG GYI PA MA LU SAM PA TAG PE SHAG GYI NA
In short, whatever transgressions of your body, speech and mind, Protector, I have committed under control of beginningless karma and delusions, Without exception I confess from the depths of my heart.
TSE WAY PA ME CHE PAY BU TSA ZHIN TUG JE CHEN PO ZO PA ZHE TZO LA CHOG DANG TUN MONG NGO DRUB GYA TSO NAM GEG ME DE LAG DU WAY TRIN LE TZO
Therefore, like a loving parent for their own beloved child, Show forbearance out of great compassion And exert enlightening influence to easily gather without obstruction, Infinite attainments, common and supreme!
Composed by H.H. the 5th Dalai Lama
HUNG PE MA RA GAY LHUN PO TA DONG ME LEN GYAR KYU PAY PEL TZIN SIN PO ZUG JIG RUNG GAR GU NYAM KYI NAM ROL WA CHO KOR KYONG WAY SUNG MA CHE LA TO
In raksha’s form, a ruby mountain glorious with a hundred-fold Embrace of the southern ocean’s submarine fire, Emanation in a dance of all possible fury, Praise the great guardian Protector of the teachings!
ULA SEL TSER BAR WAY SE MOG GYON LHAG LHAG O TONG KYUG PAG SE TRAB SOL GA SAB CHE TZE CHANG SHE LA CHIB NE SI SUM KE CHIG NYUL WA KYOL LA TO
Wearing brightly blazing leather helmet on your crown, And leather mail glittering with exceedingly bright light, Mounted on beautifully saddled, bridled wisdom horse, Exploring the three realms in a single instant, praise to you!
MAG TSOG JE WA GYE PAY BENG CHEN CHAR DRA GEG CHING WAY ZHAG PA TUG KAR TZIN KE LA TAG REL ZIG SHUB REL DRI CHANG TU DEN TSEN GO CHEN PO KYO LA TO
Raising great cudgel dispatching millions of armed hosts, At heart holding the noose which binds enemies and obstructers At belt hang tiger-skin quiver, leopard-skin bow case and sword The powerful great wild ‘tsen’, praise to you!
Dancer who sends forth peaceful and wrathful emanations Of body, speech and mind, qualities and activities, With powerful ability to exhibit any appearance whatsoever Praise to your transformations as wild ‘tsen’, devas and nagas!
BEN NGAG MON PA TAG SHAR A TSAR YA TSEL LU JI LA TRUL NAG TRA TREU SOG DRANG ME TRUL PA JIG RUNG KOR TSOG KYI SA ZHI BAR NANG KYON KUN GENG HA TO
ZE TSANG SE KYI TEN PA RIN PO CHE SHE DANG DRUB PE PEL WAY DU PAY DE DE TZIN KYE BU GYU JOR JIN PAY DAG YAR NGO DA TAR PEL ZHING GYE PAR TZO
Cause the precious teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, The assembly which spreads them through teaching and practice, And the sponsors of those who uphold the teachings, To increase and flourish like the waxing moon!
JIG TEN KUN TUN NE MUG TRUG TSO SOG DU KYI CHE PA MA LU KUN ZHI NE GYE TRI TSE TUB TZAM LING MI ZHIN DU TZOG DEN SAR PAY TSE GA GO PAR TZO
In all worlds pacify interruption without exception, Such as disease, starvation, arguments and conflict, And, as when people live to 80,000 in Jambudvipa, Set beings in perfection, fresh culmination of joy!
KYE PAR PA ROL CHIN DANG TSE MA SOG GYEN DRUG CHOG NYI ZHUNG LUG TO SAM GYI TEN LA BEB PAY DHARMA CENTERS TIDE JE DRANG CHE KUN DAR ZHING GYE PAR TZO
Especially cause the spread and flourishing of all Dharma Centers, Together with all its followers, those who understand Through study, the two supreme and six ornaments’ Scriptures on the perfections, valid cognition and so forth.
DOR NA DAG CHAG GON NE MI NOR KUN TEN SUNG CHEN PO KYO LA NYER TE NA NYIN TSEN DU DRUG SUNG ZHING KYOB PA DANG ZHI GYE WANG DRAG TRIN LE LHUN DRUB TZO
In brief, since we entrust to you, Great Dharmapala, Our spiritual abode, people, property and all, Protect us throughout day and night’s six periods, And spontaneously exert peaceful, increasing, powerful and wrathful enlightening influence!
An ocean of blood stirred by waves
Smoke of burnt flesh gathered like clouds
Various weapons which destroy enemies
Baboons, monkeys, cat and cocks
A mountain of torma soaring to the sky
Swirling lake of tea and beer to drink
Actually arranged and mentally envisioned
And blessed into a sky treasure, with this
Those who pour down the attainments, Gurus, yidam deities, Performers of activity, dakinis, Dharmapalas, and so forth This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered; Never waver in your protection! (T)
HRI KYE PAR GYEL WAY TEN PA SUNG WAY TSO SE YI TRAB CHEN KOR DANG CHE NAM LA DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI BUL LO SUNG KYOB YEL WA ME PAR TZO (T)**
HRI! Especially, principal guardian of the Conquerors’ Teachings, Setrap Chen along with entourage to you This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered; Never waver in your protection! (T)**
KU YI TRUL PA MI ZE MUN PAY ZUG NEU LU TREN YANG TRUL PO NYAR CHE DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI BUL LO DANG WAY DRA WO TSE NE CHO (T)
SUNG TRUL DU KYI ME CHE YO WAY GAR TRO TUM DRAG SHUL TSEN GO PO NYAR CHE DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI BUL LO LOG TAY DE PUNG CHAM LA POB (T)
Speech emanation dancing like fire of time’s end’s flames, And messenger, wild ‘tsen’ with expression of fierce wrath, This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered; Banish forces with distorted views completely! (T)
BUM TRAG TON DA TSEG PAY LANG TSO CHE TUG KYI TRUL PA LHA RIG PO NYAR CHE DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI BUL LO MI TUN BAR CHE ZHI WAR TZO (T)
With graceful beauty of hundred-thousand-fold autumn moons, Mind emanation and messenger of deva family, This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered; Pacify negative interferences! (T)
SI SUM YI WANG YE KYIL DUNG GI DRE NYO JE JE YI GYEL PO PO NYAR CHE DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI BUL LO TEN YO LEG TSOG WANG DU DU (T)
Crazer of the three realms’ beings’ minds with sounds Of right-spiralling conch, and messenger, King of lords, This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered; Powerfully attract all goodness of animate and inanimate worlds! (T)
LHUN DUG GANG RI DUM BU KYO PAY NYAM YON TEN TRUL PA TER SUNG PO NYAR CHE DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI BUL LO SI ZHI GE TSEN GYE PAR TZO (T)
With expression shaking the atoms of massive snow mountains, Quality emanation and messenger, Guardian of treasures, This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered; Increase all samsaric and nirvanic excellence! (T)
DUG CHEN TRAG GI SHER WAY SIN PO ZUG TRIN LE TRUL PA TSEN GO PO NYAR CHE DO GU TSANG WAY SER KYEM CHO PA DI BUL LO NEL JOR LE LA TSEL MA ZHEN (T)
In form of a raksha, wet with vicious beings’ blood, Activity emanation and messenger, wild tsen This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered; In yogic activity be not weak of power! (T)
Furthermore, devas, nagas, ‘tsen’, maras and tantrikas, Tribal natives, and fearsome proud army forces, This golden drink replete with all one could wish is offered; Dispel contrary conditions and provide all facilities! (T)
(At the verse below, pour tea till finished:) GYEL TEN SHE DRUB CHO ZHIN GYE PA DANG DE TZIN LA MAY KU TSE TRIN LE PEL NO PAY GEG DOG DANG DRA ZHOM PA DANG CHOL WAY LE KUN TRIN LE YI ZHIN DRUB
Increase Buddhist Teaching and Practice in accord with Dharma, Augment life span and spread activities of Gurus who uphold it, Stop harmful obstructers and conquer hateful enemies, And accomplish all requested aims with activity as wished!
Note: (T) – Pour tea once (T)** – Pour tea 21x or 108x (as instructed)
HUNG NGO DRUB GYA TSO DE LAG TSOL TZE CHING SA LAM BAR CHE MA LU KUN SEL WAY DOR JE CHANG WANG TSA GYU LA MA DANG YER ME JE TSUN DAM PAR NGA SOL LO
We enthrone you in the nature embodying the three refuges; The fully enlightened, verbal and realised Dharma’s sovereign, Holy Dharma, peaceful, freed from all attachment, And Sangha, untiring in serving others’ welfare!
CHO YING CHE NE GANG DUL NA TSOG ZUG CHU DA TA BUR MA DRE YONG SHAR WA DRANG ME GYU DEY KYIL KOR KUN GYI TSO YI DAM LHA YI NGO WOR NGA SOL LO
From emptiness’ great sphere, whatever various forms will subdue Full distinctly appear like the moon’s reflection in water; Principal of all tantric sets’ countless mandalas, We enthrone you in nature of the yidam deity!
TZAM BU LING GI TSUG LAG KANG NAM DANG TEN DANG TEN TZIN GE DUN DU PAY DE MA LU KYONG TZE DOG MAR SIN PO ZUG CHO KYONG YONG KYI TSO WOR NGA SOL LO
TSUL ZHIN TEN CHING CHO PAY GANG ZAG LA CHOG TUN NGO DRUB YI ZHIN WANG GI GYEL DE LAG TSOL TZE YI ZHIN NOR BU TAR RE WA KUN KANG GON POR NGA SOL LO (3x)
Powerful King granting all wished common and supreme attainments To anyone who properly relies on and propitiates you; Bestowing all easily like a wish-granting gem, We enthrone you as Protector who fulfils all hopes! (3x)
DAG CHAG PON LOB KOR CHE GON KYO LA NYER DU TE DO YEL ME SUNG WA DANG MI TUN KUN ZHI CHI DO NGO DRUB KUN SAM PA TSAM GYI DRUB PAR TZE DU SOL (3x)
We, master, disciples and entourage, Entrust ourselves to you, Protector, guard us unceasingly! Pacify all negative circumstances and grant accomplishment Of whatever desired attainments at our mere wish! (3x)
DAG-SOG JIN-NYEH SAG-PA GE-WA DEE TAN-DANG DRO-WA KUN-LA GANG-PHAN DANG CHE-PAR JE-TSUN LO-ZANG DRAG-PA YI TAN-PI NYING-PO RING-DU SAL-SHEH SHUG
May this merit accumulated by myself and others beneficially serve all sentient beings and the Buddhadharma and especially may the essential teachings of the unerring Master Tsongkhapa, become clear and enduring.
KYE-WA KUN-TU YANG-DAK LA-MA DANG DRAL-ME CHO-KYI PAL-LA LONG-CHO CHING SA-DANG LAM-GYI YON-TEN RAP-DZOK NA DORJE CHANG-GI GO-PANG NYUR-TO SHUG
CHO KHI GYAL PO TSONG KHA PA CHO TSUL NAM PAR PHEL WA LA GEK KI TSHAN MA ZHI WA DANG THUN KYIN MA LU TSHANG WAR SHOK
DA DANG SHEN GI DU SUM DANG DRIL WA TSOK NYI LA TEN NAY GYA WA LO ZANG DRAG PA YI TAN PAR YUN RING VAR GYUR CHIG
At dawn or dusk, at night or midday, may the Three Jewels grant us their blessing, may they help us to achieve all realisations and sprinkle the paths of our lives with various signs of auspiciousness.
May the holy teachers have long lives. May the enlightened activities be fully displayed in the ten directions, and may the brightness of the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa continuously dissipate the veil of darkness covering the beings of the three realms.
GANG RI RAWE KORWAI SHING KHAM DIR PEN DANG DEWA MALU GYUNG WAI NE CHENREZIG WANG TENZIN GYATSO YI SHA PEI SITHAI BARDU DEN GYUR CHIG
In this holy Land surrounded by snow mountains, You are the source of all benefit and happiness May your lotus feet, O powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso Remain in this world until the end of existence.
Yonten Shigyurma – The Foundation of All Realisations Well-realising that the root of the path the foundation for every realisation, is to properly rely on my kind Guru, bless me to do so with great effort and devotion.
(At this point, one may also add other auspicious dedication prayers. These prayers may include: A Prayer for The Beginning, Middle and End, Praise to Vajrayogini, The King of Prayers and Shantideva’s Dedication Prayer)