meditation in the Tibetan tradition
for refuge to the Buddha,
I go for refuge to the Dharma,
I go for refuge to the Sangha. (3x)
THE MIND TOWARDS ENLIGHTENMENT (a prayer from the Mahayana tradition):
virtue of giving and so forth,
may I become a Buddha for the benefit of all sentient beings.
all sentient beings have equanimity, free from attachment, aggression
May they be happy, and have the causes for happiness.
May they be free from suffering and causes for suffering.
May they never be separated from the happiness that is free from
I prostrate with body, speech and mind;
I present clouds of every type of offerings, actual and imagined;
I declare all my negative actions done since beginningless time,
and rejoice in the merit of all Aryas and ordinary beings.
Please, remain until cyclic existence ends
and turn the wheel of Dharma for all sentient beings.
I dedicate the virtues of myself and others to the great Enlightenment.
(From Pearl of Wisdom, part 1)
aspect of the following visualisation is made of light - transparent,
intangible and radiant. At the level of your forehead, about five
or six feet in front of you, visualise a large golden throne adorned
with jewels and supported at each corner by a pair of snowlions.On
the throne is an open lotus, and on that are two discs - the sun
and moon disc. Seated on this is Shakyamuni Buddha, who has purified
all defilements and attained all perfect realisations. He is the
embodiment of all enlightened beings.
His body is made of golden light and he wears the saffron robes
of a monk.
He is seated in the vajra posture (feet on top of opposite thighs).
The palm of his right hand rests on his right knee, the fingers
touching the moon cushion to symbolise his great control.
His left hand rests in his lap in the meditation pose, holding
a bowl filled with nectar, which is medicine for curing our disturbing
attitudes and other hindrances.
Feel that this is the real Buddha in front of you.
Buddha's face is very beautiful; his smiling, compassionate gaze
is directed towards you and simultaneously encompasses all sentient
He is free of all judgmental, critical thoughts and accepts you
just as you are.
His eyes are long, narrow and very peaceful.
His lips are red and his earlobes long.
His hair is blue-black and each hair is individually curled to
Each feature of his body represents an aspect of his omniscient
Rays of light emanate from each pore of Buddha's body and reach
every corner of the universe.
These rays are composed of countless miniature Buddhas, some going
out to help sentient beings, others dissolving back into the Buddha's
body after having finished their work.
Around you are seated all sentient beings in human form - friends,
strangers and enemies. You are all facing the Buddha together.
the presence of the living Buddha and take refuge in him, recalling
his perfect qualities and his willingness and ability to help
a request from your heart to receive his inspiration and blessings
to help you and others become free from all your negative energy,
disturbing attitudes, misconceptions and problems.
Request to receive all the realisations of the path to enlightenment
so that you may be peaceful and happy and be able to make your
life beneficial for others.
the following three times in Tibetan or English:
tönpa chomdande, dezhin shegpa, dra chompa, yangdagpa dzogpä
pälgyälwa shakya tubpala, chagtsäl ching kyab su
chiwo, chödo, jingyi laptusöl.
the guru and founder, the endowed transcendent destroyer, the
one gone beyond, the foe destroyer,
the completely perfected, fully awakened being, the glorious conqueror,
the subduer from the Shakya clan.
I prostrate, go for refuge and make offerings.
Please bestow upon me your inspiration.
Buddha accepts your request.
A stream of purifying white light, which is the nature of the
enlightened mind of wisdom and compassion, flows from the Buddha's
heart and enters your body through the crown of your head. The
light also flows into all the sentient beings, whom you have visualised
sitting around you. Just as the darkness in a room is instantly
dispelled the moment a light is switched on, so too is the darkness
of your negative energy dispelled as the radiant white light enters
with the visualisation while reciting the Buddha's mantra as many
times as you wish:
OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNIYE SOHA
that the negative energy, problems and subtle obscurations of
yourself and others have been completely purified. Your body is
filled with light and is very blissful. Concentrate on this for
INSPIRATION AND BLESSINGS
that a stream of golden light, the essence of which is the excellent
qualities of the Buddhas' body, speech and mind, descends from
the Buddha's heart and flows into you and into all sentient beings
around you via the crown of the head. These infinite good qualities
permeate every part of you.
Concentrate on this blissful experience of receiving the blessings
and inspirations of the Buddha while reciting:
OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNIYE SOHA
that you have received the infinite excellent qualities of the
Buddha. You have unbiased love and compassion for all beings,
just as the Buddha does. Feel that you have actualised the six
perfections: generosity, ethics, patience, joyous effort, concentration
and wisdom. It is the same for all sentient beings around you.
Feel blissful and satisfied. Concentrate on this for some time.
a determined aspiration to live your life according to the loving
and compassionate thought to become a Buddha for the benefit of
all sentient beings.
Think that Guru Shakyamuni Buddha is extremely pleased with your
noble aspiration and will guide you so that you can actualise
that the throne absorbs into the lotus, and the lotus into the
sun and moon discs.
They, in turn, absorb into the Buddha, who now comes above your
head, facing the same way as you do.
He melts into light and dissolves into you, thus blessing, inspiring
and transforming your mind.
Feel that not even the slightest bit of selfishness remains and
that your mind has become the loving, compassionate though aspiring
to attain enlightenment only for the benefit of others.
your heart centre appears a small Buddha, made of light.
Be mindful of the Buddha at your heart as you do all the daily
activities of your life.
this virtue may I soon
reach a Guru-Buddha-state,
and lead each and every being
to that state of Buddhahood.
the precious Bodhicitta
not yet born, arise and grow
may that born have no decline
but increase forever more.