Buddhist Prayer: An Anthology

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<p>Buddhist PrayerAn AnthologyJason Espada, editor</p> <p> for the good of the world </p> <p>1</p> <p>Buddhist Prayer An Anthology</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>page 1</p> <p>Preface An Introduction in Three Parts: Buddhism and Prayer An Outline of Buddhist Traditions, and Buddhism in the West The Contents, in brief:</p> <p>14</p> <p>16 29 36</p> <p>Part I. The Prayers of the Historical Buddha, and Prayers in the Theravada Tradition Part II. The Bodhisattva Vow, and Producing the Mahayana Motivation. Part III. Prayer in Zen; Prayer in Japanese Buddhism; Prayer in the Chinese, and Vietnamese Mahayana Tradition; and, Prayer in Pure Land Buddhism Part IV. Prayers in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition Part V. Dedication Prayers Sources</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>2</p> <p>The Contents, in more detail Part I (A) The Prayers of the Historical Buddha, and (B) Prayers in the Theravada Tradition</p> <p>page</p> <p>I (A) The Prayers of the Historical Buddha The Discourse on Love - The Metta Sutta, Suttanipata Selections from The Dhammapada From the Mahasihanada Sutta Verses of Homage to the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, from the Anguttara Nikaya. X.92 A Reflection from The Dhammapada A Selection from the chapter called Happiness, from the Dhammapada The Jewel Sutta, The Sutta Nipata, 2.1 The 'Banner' Sutta - The Top of the Standard, Samyutta Nikaya, 11.3 The Transference of Merit, from the Tirokudda Kanda 45 46 48 48 49 49 50 54 57</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>3</p> <p>page I (B) Prayers in the Theravada Tradition</p> <p>From 'A Chanting Guide' of the Dhammayut Order The Sublime Attitudes; Blessings From 'The Book of Protection', by Piyadassi Thera The Value of Paritta From Bhavana Vandana, compiled by Gunaratana Mahathera: Offering; Closing Recollection; Asking for Pardon; Great Verses of Joyous Victory; Verses on The Buddha's Joyous Victories; Protection by The Factors of Enlightenment</p> <p>59 61</p> <p>67 76 87 90 91 92</p> <p> Practicing Loving Kindness, By Dr. Henepola Gunaratana Nayaka Thera From The Jewel of the Dhamma, by S.N. Goenka Sharing Merits, from Bhavana Vandana Dedication from 'A Chanting Guide' of the Dhammayut Order From 'Teachings of The Buddha', edited by Jack Kornfield: A Blessing Chant; Sharing Blessings</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>4</p> <p>page Part II. The Bodhisattva Vow, and Producing the Mahayana Motivation From Preparing for Tantra, by Chadragomin From A Guide to the Bodhisattvas Way of Life, from Chapter 1, The Benefits of the Awakening Mind, by Shantideva Making Space with Bodhicitta, by Lama Yeshe Stabilizing in the Bodhimind, by Shantideva From A Guide to the Bodhisattvas Way of Life, by Shantideva The Excellence of Meditation upon the Bodhimind, by The Seventh Dalai Lama A Daily Prayer, from Advice from A Spiritual Friend A Prayer by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, from Ethics for a New Millenium Selections for Contemplation: I Live in This World Tonglen Practice - from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche 115 119 94</p> <p>96 99 101 106</p> <p>107 111 114</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>5</p> <p>page From Ultimate Healing, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche Taking and Giving Prayer Nine Short Prayers 129 133 135 136 138 140 149 163 168 176</p> <p> This is what bodhicitta does Twenty-Two Illustrations of the Mind of Enlightenment, by Haribhadra Three bodhicitta poems Prayers of Universal Aspiration A Bodhisattvas Garland of Jewels, by Atisha Contemplation: Twenty-Seven Verses On Mind Training, by Tsong Khapa Aryasura's Aspirational Prayer in Seventy Stanzas</p> <p>Part III. Prayer in Zen; Prayer in Japanese Buddhism; Prayer in the Chinese, and Vietnamese Mahayana Tradition; and, Prayer in Pure Land Buddhism Prayer in Zen From Not Always So, by Shunryu Suzuki, from the chapter entitled, Supported From Within</p> <p>185</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>6</p> <p>page Selections from 'Opening the Hand of Thought', by Uchiyama Roshi, On Vow Contemplation: Inspiring Yourself to Practice, by Won Hyo From Dogens teacher, Nyojo, as quoted in Classics of Buddhism and Zen From The Bodhisattva Ceremony (San Francisco Zen Center) To-Rei Zenji's Bodhisattva Vow The Meal Chant (2 versions) Small Verses Frequently Used at Zen Center: Robe Chant; Before Lecture, and After Lecture Chant Selections from 'Shikantaza', by Dogen, and Keizan Jokin Zenji</p> <p>186 194</p> <p>203 204 206 207 214 215</p> <p>Prayer in Japanese Buddhism Jizo Bodhisattva Protector of Little Ones, by Jan Chozen Bayes 218 The Jizo Ritual 221</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>7</p> <p>page Prayer in the Chinese and Vietnamese Mahayana Tradition The Universal Door Chapter from The Lotus Sutra From The Great Compassion Repentance Service The Great Compassion Dharani Evoking the Bodhisattvas' Names May the Day Be Well Beginning Anew The Refuge Chant Sutra Opening Verse, and Sutra Closing Verse Incense Offering, and Bowing A Prayer by Thich Nhat Hanh, 1976 224 228 230 232 233 234 237 239 239 241</p> <p>Prayer in Pure Land Buddhism From An Introduction to Pure Land Buddhism, by J.C. Cleary 242</p> <p> Selections from Pure Land Buddhism The Path of Serene Trust 243</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>8</p> <p>page A quote by Master T'ien-Ju Wei-Tse 245</p> <p> Self Power, Other Power I from the Amitabha Pureland website 246 Self Power, Other Power II from Zen Philosophy, Zen Practice, by Thich Thien-An 247 Prayers From A Daily Pure Land Practice Part IV. Prayers in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition: Verses for Training the Mind; Lam Rim Prayers; Guru Yoga; Prayers for Accomplishment in Meditation; Prayers to different Deities, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas; Prayers for the time of death and transition; Swift Return and Long Life Prayers Verses for Training the Mind The Four Immeasurables Eight Verses for Training the Mind, by Geshe Langri Tangpa The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, by Togmay Sangpo 254 255 257 253</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>9</p> <p>page Lam Rim Prayers The Foundation of All Good Qualities, by Tsong-Khapa Lam Rim Prayer, given to Anila Ann Guru Yoga About Guru Yoga, from An Introduction to Tantra, by Lama Yeshe Calling the Lama From Afar A Prayer to Tsong Khapa Three Guru Yoga Prayers A Prayer By Which to Recognize My Faults and Keep the Objects of Refuge in Mind, by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche A Short Song of the Six Similes to Satisfy the Heartfelt Yearning of Devoted Disciples, by Bokar Rinpoche The Karma Kagyu Lineage Prayer 265 268</p> <p>271 273 274 275</p> <p>276 286 289</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>10</p> <p>page Prayers for Accomplishment in Meditation The Heart - Essence of the Great Masters, by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche The Aspiration Prayer for the Attainment of Mahamudra, by The Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje Prayers to different Deities, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas Chenrezig, by Bokar Rinpoche Four Line Prayer to Tara Prayer to Tara The Twenty-One Verses in Praise of Tara A Requesting Prayer to Tara A Song of Longing for Tara, the Infallible A Deity for All Reasons Request to the Supreme Compassionate One 306 308 309 311 316 318 322 326</p> <p>291 301</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>11</p> <p>page Prayers from the Chenrezig Sadhana: Refuge Prayer; Prayer of Refuge and to generate bodhicitta; Homage;The Seven-Branch Prayer; Prayer to Chenrezig I; The Six-Realm Prayer, by Tang tong Gyalpo; Prayer to Chenrezig II; Dedication Prayer Request Prayer from A Meditation on 1000-Armed Chenrezig Prayer to Chenrayzig, the Buddha of Compassion, by King Songtsen Gampo, translated by Lama Thubten Choedak 332 333 328</p> <p> The Prayer Liberating Sakya from Disease, by T'ang Tong Gyalpo 336 Medicine Buddhas Aspiration A Prayer to Medicine Buddha Two Prayers from the Healing Buddha Sadhanas Homage to Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom Homage from a Manjushri Sadhana The Confession Sutra Prayers to Vajrasattva 338 339 339 340 341 342 346</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>12</p> <p>page Prayers for the Time of Death and Transition From The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche A prayer of forgiveness and vow From 'The Transference of Consciousness', by Lama Yeshe Swift Return and Long Life Prayers Swift Return Prayers for Bokar Rinpoche, and Geshe Kenrab Tobgye Long Life Prayers for H.H. The Dalai Lama, and For All of the Great Lamas in the World Today Part V. Dedication Prayers From Milarepa By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from 'The Direct and Unmistaken Method' Words of Truth, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama The Door of Happiness Prayer for the Happiness of All Sentient Beings, by Ngor Kunga Zangpo 357 358 360 363</p> <p>347 351 352</p> <p>353 355</p> <p>Table of Contents</p> <p>13</p> <p>page A Selection of Dedication Prayers from Lama Zopa Rinpoche From The Guide to the Bodhisattvas Way of Life, by Shantideva Dedication Prayers from the commentary on the White Tara Sadhana, by Geshe Wangdu, and from the White Tara Sadhana 366 373 374</p> <p> Prayer for the Doctrine to Flourish, from The Sublime Path of the Victorious Ones 375 Prayer for Buddha's Teachings to Flow Throughout the Length and Breadth of the West, by Longdzin Ling Rinpoche</p> <p>377</p> <p>Sources</p> <p>378</p> <p>14</p> <p>Buddhist PrayerPreface</p> <p>When I set the table of contents of this book before me, I feel wonder. First, because of the range of Buddhist prayers that are here, and then because of the fact that we are all heirs to these traditions. Being born in these times, we have access to teachings such as these like never before. The way I look at it, the spiritual teachings that have come down to us are our birthright, whether we know it or not, and whether or not we lay claim to them and benefit from our good fortune. As I have thought about these teachings the last few months, Ive come to see that there are three distinct ways that people can benefit from a Dharma book, or a collection such as this. The first thing a person can gain is knowledge. All spiritual traditions offer guidelines for living. There are perennial truths here that are expressed in ways particular people will be able to relate to. These ideas about how to live are made clear to us especially in the poetry and prayers of the contemplatives, the saints and the teachers of the various Buddhist Traditions. A second kind of benefit has to do with the energy a person can receive when they connect with a teacher or a tradition. There are great resources of nourishment, inspiration and encouragement we can tap into when we have an affinity to teachings. The worlds great religious traditions have built up their richness, and power and momentum over time, added to by generations of practitioners and realized beings. There is protection and healing here. Its quite wonderful. Of course, receiving this is on a completely personal and more subtle level, but from what Ive experienced in myself and seen in others along the way, I know that for some its something that can happen quite naturally.</p> <p>Preface</p> <p>15</p> <p>The third, and most substantial way a person can benefit from teachings is when they cultivate and begin to receive the fruit of the practice for themselves. It is my wish that we each person receive what is rightfully theirs knowledge of what religions have taught, the encouragement of those who have gone before, and that they practice so they produce within themselves the kinds of freedom and fullness of life that is indicated. Each generation has this responsibility to receive the precious wisdom gathered by previous generations, to understand it and apply it, and to pass it along to future generations. May this work help us in meeting our responsibility to the next generation. May it bring you bright nourishment and inspiration along the way. And may it be, for you as well, a celebration of our heritage.</p> <p>16</p> <p>Buddhist Prayer</p> <p>An Introduction in Three Parts: I Buddhism and Prayer II An Outline of Buddhist Traditions, and III - Buddhism in the West</p> <p>Part I - Buddhism and PrayerThe teachings of the Historical Buddha can be likened to a golden thread, running through Buddhist history and through the whole range of genuine Buddhist teachings. Buddhism is essentially teachings on practices that bring liberation through insight into our own nature. Significantly, Buddhism is also the whole range of the practices that support this knowing, as well as the result of such insight- acting in the world to relatively and ultimately benefit others. The necessary supporting practices come from insight into what we need, and these can include such things as ethics, meditation, loving kindness, gratitude, humility, patience, generosity, sobriety, and so on. The word Buddhism comes from the Sanskrit root 'Budh' which means 'awake'. The Tibetan word for Buddha is 'San-gye' which means 'completely purified, and fully developed'. What is purified, or removed, is wrong view, and what is fully brought out and developed is all of our excellent qualities, especially those of love, compassion, wisdom and power. It's helpful to know, or to develop for oneself an idea of what characterizes Buddhism. This way we will know where the various teachings fit with one another. We will have this sense of reference, like looking at a map and</p> <p>An Introduction Part I Buddhism and Prayer</p> <p>17</p> <p>knowing where we are at any moment. And we will have a sense of the direction that Buddhist teachings would have us go in as well. Traditionally, what is called merit is positive energy, creating happiness. This is produced by right actions of body, speech and mind. Some examples of right action would include: speaking gently, having patience, forgiveness, gratitude, humility, and devotion; generosity, calm, encouraging others, and having and cultivating loving kindness and compassion. These produce positive energy, positive conditions. We all need a lot of this. While merit is not the essential point in Buddhism, it is necessary as a supporting condition, without which the full actualization of the path is not possible. The same could be said of devotional practices such as chanting, reflections that generate faith, calm concentration meditation, ethics and love that while these are not the main point, depending on the individual, they have this use, they can be necessary to get a full result. In one sense, Wisdom is dependant on nothing. In another important way however, Wisdom arising in a persons mind is dependant on a number of causes. The Seventh Dalai Lama said: Even the eagle, king of birds, cannot fly if he is missing a wing. Many find the wing perception of emptiness, (discernment) but only those with the wing of bodhimind (great universal love and compassion) fly to the omniscient state of Buddhahood In these times of receiving the transmission of Buddhist teachings from other cultures, it is vital that we be clear about the key elements from Traditional Buddhist teachings. Knowing these points will make it possible to benefit form a range of material, without getting confused as to their purpose, or their place in the scheme of things.</p> <p>An Introduction Part I Buddhism and Prayer</p> <p>18</p> <p>In every Buddhist Tradition presenting a complete path, it's not enough to cultivate eth...</p>


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