PRAISE TO SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
To the Guru and Founder, the Endowed
Transcendent Destroyer, the One Gone Beyond, the Foe Destroyer, The Completely
Perfected, Fully Awakened Being, perfect in knowledge and in good conduct, Sugata,
Knower of the World, Supreme Guide of human beings to be tamed, teacher of gods
and human beings; to you, the Completely and Fully Awakened One, the Endowed Transcendent
Destroyer, the Glorious Conqueror, the Subduer from the Shakya Clan, I prostrate,
make offerings and go for refuge.
When, O supreme among humans, you were
born on this earth,
You paced out seven strides,
Then said,"I am supreme in this world".
To you, who were wise then,
With pure bodies, form supremely pure;
a golden mountain;
Fame that blazes in the three worlds,
Winner of the
best - Lord, to you I prostrate.
With the supreme signs, face like spotless
Colour like gold - to you, I prostrate.
You are immaculate, the
three worlds are not.
Incomparably Wise One - to you I prostrate.
Saviour having great compassion,
The Founder having all understanding,
The Field of Merit with qualities like a vast ocean -
To you, the One Gone
to Thusness, I prostrate.
The purity which makes one free from attachment,
The virtue which frees one from the lower realms,
The one path, the sublime
pure reality -
To that Dharma which pacifies, I prostrate.
are liberated and who also show the path to liberation,
The holy field qualified
Who are devoted to the moral precepts -
To you, the
sublime community intending virtue, I prostrate.
Homage to the supreme Buddha!
Homage to the Dharma refuge!
Homage to the great Sangha!
To all three,
To all worthy of respect,
Bowing with bodies as
All realms' atoms, in all aspects,
With supreme faith I pay homage.
not commit any non-virtuous actions,
Perform only perfect virtuous actions,
Subdue your mind thoroughly -
This is the teaching of the Buddha.
star, a mirage, a flame of a lamp,
An illusion, a drop of dew, or a bubble,
A dream. a flash of lightning, a cloud -
See conditioned things as such!
these merits may sentient beings attain the rank of all-seeing,
foe of faults,
And be delivered from samasara's ocean,
Perturbed by the
waves of ageing, sickness and death.
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PRAISE TO 1000-ARM AVALOKITESHVARA
OM, I prostrate to the Protector of the world,
Guru of the world, praised by the three realms, Chief of gods, praised by Mara
and Brahma, by praising You, the supreme King of sages, beings achieve your state.
I prostrate to the sublime Protector of the three worlds.
body is the bodies of countless Tathagatas,
You are crowned by the Sugata
You dispel hunger and thirst of pretas with your supremely
giving right hand,
And are perfectly adorned with a golden lotus in your
Your orange coloured garlands of scented hair are radiant,
Beautiful One with a face like a full moon,
You have supremely good and encompassing
Fragrant One, white like a conch shell or snow.
clusters of flawless glittering pearls,
adorned by beautiful beams like the
red of dawn,
with hands arranged like a lotus lake,
Youthful, You have
the colour of autumn clouds.
Both shoulders are adorned by many jewels.
Your palms are soft and young like exquisite leaves.
Your left breast is
covered with a deerskin.
You wear ornaments such as beautiful earrings and
Standing on a supreme stainless lotus,
Your abdomen's surface
is soft like lotus petals,
Your exquisite golden belt is adorned with jewels.
You wear a skirt of fine cloth around your hips.
Having Buddha's supreme
You have gone beyond the great ocean.
You achieved the supreme
state by collecting vast merit.
Source of continuous joy,
of ageing and disease,
Having fully perfected compassion, wisdom and power,
You show enlightened deeds.
Supreme amongst embodied beings,
won the battle against Mara's forces.
Your feet are attractive with the sound
of golden anklets.
Avoiding Brahma's four abodes,
You move with a swan's
gait and like a great proud elephant.
Collector of full perfect merit and
Caretaker of the Dharma,
You liberate from the ocean of milk and the ocean
Whatever man or woman daily rises at dawn, respectfully directs
the mind to Avalokiteshvara, and recites purely and clearly these supreme praises,
will have all their worldly and transworldly needs fulfilled, in this life and
all future lives.
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PRAISE TO THE 21 TARAS
the supreme abode of the Potala,
the One born from the green letter TAM,
the light of TAM that rescues all beings,
I request You, Tara, to come
with your entourage.
The gods and demigods with their crowns
bow down to your lotus feet and are rescued from all miseries.
You Tara, to come with your entourage.
Homage to the venerable Arya Tara!
Homage! Tara, swift,
heroic / eyes like instant flash of lightning;
Born from tear in op'ning
staments / of Lord Chenrezig's lotus face. Homage!
face resembles / hundred shining autumn full moons;
Blazing with replendent
light rays / as a thousand-star collection.
who hold in your hand / golden-blue, water-born lotus;
Your field: giving,
calm, ascetic, / patience, effort, meditation
Crown of Tathagatas, / You Triumphant over evil;
Honoured much by Bodhisattvas
/ having gained ev'ry perfection.
Homage! With TUTTARA HUM,
You / fill the regions and space-quarters.
Trample seven worlds with your
feet / powerful draw forth all beings.
by the All-lords / Sakra, Agni, Brahma,
Marut; honoured by the hosts of spirits,
/ corpse-raisers, gandharvas, yakshas.
Homage! You whose
TRAT and PHAT sounds / crush all of foes' magic drawings,
Beautiful in raging
fire-blaze, / with your left leg out and right bent.
TURE, very dreadful / having conquered Mara's champion;
With a frowning lotus
visage, / You are slayer of all enemies.
Homage! You who
show the mudra / of the Triple Gem at your heart;
Wheels adorning your hands
and feet / spread their light in all directions.
You possess the great joy, / diadem shining light-garlands,
of TUTTARE / overpowers maras, devas.
Homage! You able to
summon / all earth-guardians assembly,
Frowning, shaking with your HUM-sign,
/ rescueing from all misfortunes.
Homage! In your crowning
hair-locks / crescent-moon crown, brightly shining,
From Amitabha in your
hair / radiate eternal light rays.
Homage! You in blazing
circle, / like the eon-ending fire,
Right left out, left bent, destroying
/ enemies to the wheel-turners.
Homage! You whose palm smite
the ground / and with your foot beat the surface,
With the HUM of wrathful
wrinkles, / seven underworlds You shatter.
virt'ous, peaceful / You whose field is peace, Nirvana,
You endowed with
OM and SVAHA, / nat'rally destroy all downfalls.
You joyful crush bodies / of enemies to the wheel-turners,
the HUM-mantra / and the ten-syllable garland.
Swift One, HUM-seed, / Foot-stamper, You shake the mountains;
and Kailash / and make all the three worlds tremble.
You who hold in your hand / deer-marked moon of deva-lake form,
spoken TARA and PHAT / totally dispell all poison.
You are honoured by gods, / rulers of gods and kinnaras,
your fullness / clears away conflicts and bad dreams.
You whose eyes are bright with / radiance of sun and full moon,
HARA and TUTTARE, / You dispell all chronic fevers.
Full of liberating / force by three Realities-set,
Crushing crowds of spirits,
yakshas / and corpse-raisers. Supreme TURE!
OM TARE TUTTARE
With this, the praise to the root mantra and the
21 salutations is completed.
The intelligent one, who clearly recites the
21 praises, perfectly endowed with respect to the deity, on waking at dawn and
in the evening, and remembering it, will grant all fearlessness by completely
vanquishing all the non-virtues.
The very detruction of all the unfortunate
realms will be obtained.
The seven million Tathagatas will soon give the
By this, the Very Great One will be achieved and one will go
to the ultimate state: Buddhahood.
By remembering this praise, complete cure
will be obtained from the most dreadful poisons, long lasting or transient which
one has either eaten or drunk.
If oneself or others are afflicted by evil
spirits, epidemicsa and poisons, all sufferings will be completely overcome.
If one recites the praise twice, thrice or even seven times, one who wishes a
son will obtain a son, one who wishes weath will obtain wealth.
will be fulfilled and all obscurations will be cleared when they arise.
Slightly edited version (by webmaster) from Martin Wilson's translation. Note
that this version can be chanted with the same tune as the traditional Tibetan
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PRAISE TO MANJUSHRI
Obeisance to my Guru and Protector, Manjushri.
You hold to your heart a scripture symbolic of seeing all things as they are.
Your sun-like understanding shines unclouded by defilements or traces of
With the loving compassion of a father for his only son,
You teach in sixty ways all beings caught in the prison of samsara, who are confused
in the darkness of their ignorance and overwhelmed by suffering.
proclamation of the Dharma arouses us from the stupor of our delusions and frees
us from the iron chains of our karma.
Your powerful sword of wisdom hews
down suffering wherever its sprouts appear, clearing away the darkness of all
Your princely body is adorned with the 112 marks of a Buddha.
You have completed the ten stages, achieving the highest perfection of a Bodhisattva.
You have been pure from the beginning. I prostrate to You, Manjushri.
OM A RA PA TSA NA DHIH
Compassionate One, with the brilliance of your wisdom,
illuminate the darkness enclosing my mind.
Enlighten my intelligence and
wisdom, so that I may gain insight into the Buddha's words and the texts that
DOOR OF THE PURE LAND (PRAISE TO AMITABHA)
By Lama Tsong Khapa
Ruler of Sukhavati Pure
Land, praised by all the Sugatas - Bhagavan Lord Amitayus, Teacher of gods and
humans, king of Conquerors - You grant long life to beings.
As the cloud-free
moon is reflected in clear water in all infinite kinds of vessel, so to countless
fortunate beings at once, in many aspects
You display your body.
the same instant You cut every net of doubt besetting infinite disciples and open
the eye of wisdom to reality with your speech, unceasingly proclaimed.
pervasive knowledge to all knowables, ruled by compassion for beings of the five
streams, its' power of wisdom and love saves from fears of samsara and peace,
as your mind is unstirred by signs or effort.
With your body, a heap of splendour
that fills with endless masses of light all countless lands, as the sun's rays
do the heaven's vault, provide a banquet for my fortunate eyes.
brahmic voice, of five members, just to hear which grants the highest bliss, like
sweet thunder to the peacocks' heart, sprinkle drops of nectar in my ears.
With supreme calm mind, all fancy stilled by putting your awareness in emptiness,
like a still cloud-mass in the sky's expanse, quell all mental focus (on) imagining.
Even if all Conquerors described for countless eons your (great) mass of
virtues, to find the end would be no easy task; just so, they are more than I
Therefore, there's no other teacher like You, an inexhaustible
store of qualities from whom all seeds of faults have gone forever.
then, are migrators' refuge.
Through your thousand million vows, Protector,
You founded well the best of Supreme Lands where even the name of suffering is
not found, hence called the Pure Land, Sukhavati.
There, as soon as the light
of this life fades, let me be born in a thousand-petalled lotus, rise from within
the lotus without hindrance, behold your form, and drink my fill of your speech.
When, Lord, I've heard your mahayanic speech, just as Avalokita behaves to
free those sinking in samsara's mire, and mahasthama-prapta, let me too.
updated: February 6, 2011