June 26, 2008
It is also highly recommended to practice Eight Mahayana Precept for the prevention of man made and natural disaster. Therefore this Eight Mahayana Precept, preserving the eight precepts for 24 hours which start before sunrise (recommended before 5.30 am) and end the next day before sunrise. This practice is not only suitable for holy occasions but can be done at any day. It is very easy plus it has unbelievable benefits.
If the whole world can do this precept even for a day, there could be a great chance to actualize peace in the world from every expect. If you alone do this practice, it has the great benefit to change the world to a better place. And of course it is one of the most powerful practice for protection and purification of past negativities and prevention from any form of future obstacles such as natural disaster, robbery, kidnapping, black magic or charm and negative energies from both human and environment.
If you are inspired to practice either for your own self or for your family, country or the whole world, then you can just follow the practice and preserve the precept purely and dedicate for the peerless happiness in particularly dedicate for actualization of your own wishes.
[Please refer to the Taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts prayers in the section on "Prayers"]
June 24, 2008
The guru is Buddha, the guru is Dharma
The guru is Sangha also
The guru is the creator of all (happiness)
To all gurus I go for refuge (3x)
To accomplish my own and others aim
I generate the mind seeking enlightenment (3x)
Purifying the Place
Everywhere may the ground be pure
Free of the roughness of pebbles and so forth
May it be in the nature of lapis lazuli
And as smooth as the palm of one's hand
May human and divine offerings
Actually arranged and mentally created
Clouds of finest Samantabhadra offerings
Fill the entire place.
OM NAMO BHAGAVATE VAJRA SARA PRAMARDANE / TATHAGATAYA / ARHATE SAMYAKSAM BUDDHAYA / TADYATHA / OM VAJRE VAJRE / MAHA VAJRE / MAHA TEJA VAJRE / MAHA VIDYA VAJRE / MAHA BODHICITTA VAJRE / MAHA BODHI MANDO PASAM KRAMANA VAJRE / SARVA KARMA AVARANA VISHO DHANA VAJRE SHAVA (3X)
By the power of truth of the Three Jewels,
The Power of Truth
Of the blessings of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas
By the power of the great might of the completed two collections
And of the completely pure, inconceivable sphere of reality
May all these offerings become just so
Protector of all beings without exception
Divine destroyer of the intractable legions of Mara
Perfect knower of all things
Bhagavan and retinue, please come here
Reverently, I prostrate with my body, speech and mind
I present clouds of every type of offering, actual and imagined
I declare all my negative actions accumulated since beginningless time
And rejoice in the merit of all holy and ordinary beings
Please remain until end of cyclic existence
And turn the wheel of Dharma for living beings
I dedicate my own merits and those of all others to the great enlightenment
Brief Mandala Offering
This ground, anointed with perfume, strewn with flowers
I imagine this as a Buddha-field and offer it
May all living beings enjoy this pure land!
The objects of my attachment, aversion and ignorance
Friends, enemies, strangers – and my body, wealth and enjoyments
Without any sense of loss I offer this collection
Please accept it with pleasure and bless me with freedom from the three poisons
IDAM GURU RATNA MANDALAKAM NIRTAYAMI
Make three prostrations, reciting this mantra with each one ;
Having made three prostrations, kneel on your knee with your hands together in prostration mudra and your head and shoulders bowed, visualize Guru Avalokitshvara before you, generate the profound bodhicitta motivation for taking the precepts, and repeat three times;
All buddhas and bodhisattvas, dwelling in the ten directions, please pay attention to me. Just as the previous Tathagatas, foe destroyers, perfectly completed buddhas who, like the divine wise horse and the great elephant, did what had to be done, perform actions, laid down the burden, subsequently attained their own welfare, completely exhausted the fetters to existence, and had perfect speech, well-liberated minds, and well liberated wisdom, for the welfare of all sentient beings, in order to benefit, in order to liberate, in order to eliminate famine, in order to eliminate sickness, in order to fully completely the thirty-seven practices harmonious with enlightenment, and in order to definitely actualize the unsurpassed result of perfect, completely enlightenment; similarly, also I, who am called [say your name], from this time until sunrise tomorrow, for the welfare of all sentient beings, in order to benefit, in order to liberate, in order to eliminate famine, in order to eliminate sickness, in order to fully complete the thirty-seven practices harmonious with enlightenment, and in order to definitely actualize the unsurpassed result of perfect, completely enlightenment, shall perfectly undertake the restoring and purifying ordination.
Upon completing the third recitation, think that you have received the vows in your continuum and rejoice. Then generate the thought of bodhicitta, the altruistic aspiration to attain enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings, by thinking:
Just as the foe destroyers of the past have abandoned all misconduct of body, speech and mind such as taking lives of others, so shall I, for the sake of all beings, abandoned for one day these wrong actions and devote myself to the pure practice of the training.
The Commitment Prayer to Keep the Precepts
From now on I shall not kill
Steal others' possession
Engage in sexual activity
Or speak false words
I shall avoid intoxicants
From which many mistakes arise
I shall not sit on large, high and expensive beds
I shall not eat food at the wrong times
I shall avoid singing, dancing and playing music
And I shall not wear perfumes, garlands or ornaments
Just as the arhats have avoided wrong actions such as taking the lives of others
So shall I avoid wrong actions such as taking the lives of others
May I quickly attain enlightenment
And may the living beings who are experiencing the various sufferings
Be released from the ocean of cyclic existence
The Mantra of Pure Morality
OM AMOGHASHILA SAMBHARA /BHARA BHARA / MAHA SHUDDHA SATTVA PADMA BIBHUSHITA BHUDZA / DHARA DHARA / SAMANTA / AVALOKITE HUM PHAT SVAHA (21X)
Prayer to Keep Pure Morality
May I maintain faultless morality of the rules
And immaculate morality
May the perfection of moral conduct be completed
By keeping morality purely and untainted by pride
Make three prostrations
May the supreme jewel bodhicitta
That has not arisen, arise and grow
And may that which has arisen not diminish
Increase more and more
Source – Essential Buddhist Prayers, Kopan Prayer Book
June 13, 2008
June 10, 2008
The long life pujas was very well organized much to the delight of everyone. Although the journey from
By the great merit of everyone in the group, we also had the opportunity to visit the
Immediately after the long life puja, the Malaysian group had a private audience with Khen Rinpoche. With the permission of Khen Rinpoche and Ven Lhundup, we had the opportunity to view and receive great blessing of all the holy relics of the Great Mahasiddha Geshela Lama Konchog. This exhibition granted the opportunity to thousands of people in
These holy relics were also placed for viewing and blessing in Thekchen Choeling Centre for one day.
By now, the holy relics have returned to Relic Shrine in Kopan Monastery. There are still a lot of invitation of hosting of relics to various parts of the world mainly Ladak in
So it is indeed really rejoicing and I hope that all the people from the different parts of the world had the most meaningful Wesak by accumulating extensive merits and purifying numerous obstacles.
On top of all that, one of the greatest satisfaction I had this Wesak is the opportunity to organize 1 million recitation of Guru Padmasambhava mantra and 1 million Compassionate Buddha mantra as well as many sets of the Compassionate Buddha Nyung Nya especially focussing on the practice of taking the 8 Mahayana Precept. These are conducted not only by sanghas but by the lay people of Tsum in Rachen Nunnery and Mu Monastery led by the founder Drukpa Rinpoche and the respected Geshe Tenzin Choklek. These practices are dedicated especially to the victim of the Cyclone Nargis in
May whoever sees this message, able to accumulate great amount of merits by rejoicing on this practices and immediately dedicate the merits accumulated for the same purpose. This will definitely benefit the victims.
Many thanks also goes out to all the sincere, humble and dedicated lifelong practitioners monks and nuns in Rachen Nunnery and Mu Monastery in Tsum and specially heartfelt thanks to Rinpoche and Geshela. Of course the root cause is all due to the kindness of our root guru Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche and the late Geshela Lama Konchog.
Pictures taken by Candy.
Pictures courtesy of Keng Yong during Singapore Wesak at the CD counter.
June 07, 2008
During Vesak Celebration 2008, Amitabha Buddhist Centre was greatly honoured to host the Relics Exhibition of the Great Mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog. Many people were blessed and inspired by the holy presence of Geshe-la's relics. On Vesak Day, we have accumulated the liberation of about 100 million animals. We joyously dedicate these merits to the long and healthy lives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, Phuntsok Rinpoche, Geshe Chonyi, Geshe Zopa, and all FPMT Sangha.
We offer our deepest thanks to our Gurus for their blessings. May all their Dharma wishes be successfully accomplished.
This Saka Dawa, we will be conducting Medicine Buddha Puja, Guru Puja and Shakyamuni Puja with 1,000 offerings. Through the accumulation of merit and wisdom, may Amitabha Buddhist Centre continue to benefit many living beings, and be the cause for their full enlightenment.
Amitabha Buddhist Centre
June 03, 2008
These are some additional prayers and mantras you can recite for all the different purposes;
Picture by Candy Tan
(Also known as Guru Padmasambhava - to clear any form of obstacles especially black magic, charm, curse, robbery, harm of elements, harm of spirits, harm from negative energies from both human and non human and environments. It also helps to clear whatever aspect of unfortunate in business, at work and obstacles in spiritual development.)
Precious guru, embodiment of all buddhas of the three times;
Great bliss, the lord of all accomplishments;
Wrathful power, who dispels all hindrances and subdues demons;
Pray bestow your blessings
Please remove the outer, inner, and secret obstacles and grant
your blessings to accomplish wishes spontaneously.
Du sum sang gyay guru rinpoche
Ngo drup kun dak de wa chhen poi zhap
Bar chhad kun sel dud dul drak po tsai
Sol wa deb so jyin gyiy lap tu sol
Chhyl nang sang wai bar chhad zhi wa dang
Sam pa lhun gyi drup par jyin gyi lob
When, due the obstacles of the elements earth, water, fire and wind,
This illusory body, which is rented, is meeting the time to be perished,
Requesting undoubtedly, without two pointed mind to
Padmasambhava and the Goddess of the Elements, [there is] no
doubt the four elements get naturally pacified.
I request, Orgyen, the One Rising From the Lotus (Orgyen Padma Chung Na),
Please bless the wishes to succeed naturally.
These are some additional prayers and mantras you can recite for all the different purposes;
29. Black Manjushri Mantra
(Beneficial for spirit harms, black magic, naga harms and cure of cancer.)
Om Tra So / Chu So / Dur Ta So / Dur Mi So /
30. Mantra for blessing meat
(Recite then blow on the meat before consumption. It will purify the meat and it will bring the benefit of liberation to the being. The mantra will transform the meat to nectar and create extensive generosity and merits so it becomes a cause of enlightenment. One will not commit heavy negative karma of eating the meat rather one will bring great benefit to the being the meat belongs to.)
31. Geshe Lama Konchog’s Holy Name Mantra
(For accumulation of extensive merits to actualize enlightenment within one brief life time)
Om Su Ma Ti Sam Pan Na Sarwa Siddhi Hum Phet (7x)
June 02, 2008
During the auspicious period of Vesak , Singapore was blessed to be able to welcome the inspiring precious relics of His Eminence Geshe Lama Konchog. On a bright Saturday morning Thekchen Choling (Singapore) welcomed Geshe-la’s relics. Everyone was amazed at the range of relics brought very kindly to Singapore by Ven Thubten Lhundrup and which remained in the main gompa for the next two days. We were overjoyed when after much consideration, Ven Thubten Lhundrup agreed to have Geshe-la’s relics remain at the temple overnight . Some students and staff kept vigil through the night . Many people came to venerate Geshe-la’s relics and read about his life and reincarnation.
On that same day we released 400,000 lives as part of our regular animal liberation practice dedicated to the long lives of all kind and precious gurus.
We wish to thank everyone who made it possible for so many people in Singapore to venerate Geshe-la’s relics and receive great blessings. In particular to Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lama Lhundrup due to whose kindness this was made possible.
Thekchen Choling (Singapore)