Realizing that the root of the
path, The foundation for every realization, Is to properly rely on my
kind Guru, Bless me to do so with great effort and devotion. Knowing
that this life of freedom, found but once, Is difficult to gain and
greatly meaningful Bless me to develop the continual wish All day and
night to take its essence. Mindful of death, this life disintegrates
As swiftly as a bubble in turbulent water And after death my good and
bad Karma follows me like my shadow.
Having gained firm certainty of
this, Bless me to be ever conscientious To abandon even the slightest
harm And practice every possible virtue. Enjoying deceptive samsaric
pleasure Brings no contentment and is the door to all suffering.
of its drawbacks, bless me to develop A strong wish for the bliss of
liberation. With mindfulness, introspection, and great care Induced
by that pure aspiration Bless me to make my essential practice The Pratimoksha,
root of Buddha's teachings.
Just as I've fallen in this sea of suffering
So have all beings, my kind mothers; Seeing this, bless me to train
in Bodhicitta, Taking up the burden of liberating them.
And yet, just
wishing this, without practicing The three ethics, enlightenment cannot
be attained. Knowing this well, please bless me to intensively Strive
to train in the Bodhisattva vows. Properly analyzing the correct object
And pacifying distraction to mistaken objects Bless me to swiftly realize
the path Which unifies quiescence and special insight.
When I'm a pure
vessel, trained in common paths, Bless me to enter with perfect ease
The sacred gateway of fortunate ones, The supreme of vehicles, Vajrayana.
Then, foundation for the two attainments Is keeping the pure vows and
commitments. Having found unfeigned conviction in this Bless me to guard
them with my life. Having precisely understood the essentials Of the
two stages, heart of the tantras, Bless me to strive without break in
four sessions To practice Yoga as taught by holy Masters.
May the spiritual
guides who reveal this excellent path And the friends who practice it
all live long. Please grant blessings that outer and inner Hindrances
all be fully pacified.
In all lives may I never be parted From perfect
masters and enjoy the glory of Dharma. Perfecting realizations of the
paths and stages, May I swiftly gain the state of Vajradhara.
By Je Tsong Khapa Lozang Dragpa