White Manjushri daily practice


do not have penetrative insight or wisdom. or understand the true reality of life. Compiled in Kuala Lumpur by myself holding the name Tsem Tulku Rinpoche October 26. *Do the meditations and prayers daily to be able to gain and experience the results of a clearer mind. You can do the practice as I have layed out for you below in either Tibetan phonetics or English. I wish everyone luck and happiness. If you wish to take this as you personal sadhana. Recite as I have layed it out for you below. Realising this. speech and action that ultimately bring us unhappiness. including yourself. May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes. May all sentient beings never be separated from sorrowless bliss. it is very important to note the following: *The most important aspect of this practice is to set a very strong and determined motivation.THE SADHANA AND VISUALIZATION Anyone can engage in these prayers as a daily practice – you do not need permission or initiation. This is what causes us to create thoughts. It is good to take up Manjushri’s practice. you understand that all sentient beings. May all sentient beings abide in equanimity. you engage in this practice to gain penetrative insight and wisdom. Up to you. free of bias. You can never go ‘wrong’ with any form of Manjushri. to help yourself and all beings. 2012. attachment and anger. You must be consistent in your prayers. Good to recite the 11 Reversals and Atisha’s advice daily as part of the sadhana which I have included. 2 . TAKING REFUGE I take refuge in the Guru I take refuge in the Buddha I take refuge in the Dharma I take refuge in the Sangha (3x) THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes. difficulties and problems. as has been explained below: namely.

and Jang Chub Ö requested him to give one last teaching before he left. he decided to return to India. but Jang Chub Ö persisted in his request and so Atisha accepted and gave the following advice. The indication of having trained in the practice of bodhichitta is the reversal of our selfcherishing mind. 5. The indication of having trained in the practice of refuge and karma is the reversal of our previous lack of actual protection from lower rebirth. The indication of having trained in the practice of the three higher trainings is the reversal of our previous lack of progress on the path to liberation. 4. The indication of having trained in the practice of generation stage is the reversal of our ordinary appearance and ordinary conception. 7. ADVICE FROM ATISHA’S HEART When Venerable Atisha came to Tibet. The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on the disadvantages of samsara is the reversal of our previous lack of renunciation. The indication of having trained in the practice of emptiness is the reversal of our selfgrasping. The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on impermanence is the reversal of worldly concerns. where he remained for two years giving many teachings to the disciples of Jang Chub Ö. or a reversal of our attachment to the things of this life. After two years had passed.THE ELEVEN REVERSALS BY LAMA TSONGKHAPA 1. 3 . 11. 10. The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on precious human life is the reversal of our previous lack of interest in pure Dharma practice. The indication of having trained in the practice of relying upon the Spiritual Guide is the reversal of our previous lack of faith in our Spiritual Guide such that we have unchangeable faith. The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on the sufferings of the lower realms is the reversal of our previous lack of fear of lower rebirth. The indication of having trained in the practice of completion stage is the reversal of our subtle dualistic appearance. 8. 2. 9. 3. he first went to Ngari. 6. Atisha replied that he had already given them all the advice they needed.

it is not suitable for you to request advice from me. listening is indispensable. Always keep a smiling face and a loving mind. therefore blow them away as you would blow your nose. therefore practise contentment. and always remain where your virtues increase. Generate compassion for lowly beings. and love them as if you were their child. Since you cannot become a Buddha merely by understanding Dharma. and arrogant minds. have requested me. However. and rely upon those who increase your virtue. Friends. and remain peaceful and subdued. Do not look for faults in others. Until you realize ultimate truth. and purge them like bad blood. conceited. therefore rely upon the holy Spiritual Guide. Since there is never a time when worldly activities come to an end. but look for faults in yourself. proud. Avoid friends who cause you to increase delusions. Dedicate your virtues throughout the day and the night. practise earnestly with understanding. I shall give you this essential advice from my inferior and childish mind. the things you desire give no more satisfaction than drinking sea water. and respect everyone as a servant would. worldly amusements are harmful. until you attain Enlightenment the Spiritual Teacher is indispensable. results will arise immediately. without your having to wait for a long time. but contemplate the good qualities of others. Since future lives last for a very long time. but which in fact are obstacles to Dharma. If from your heart you practise in accordance with Dharma. Avoid all haughty. Friends. limit your activities. Avoid activities that are said to be meritorious. 4 . pleasure. therefore abide in a place where there are no such distractions. but out of admiration adopt them yourself.How wonderful! Friends. and no attachment for friends. Do not contemplate your own good qualities. both food and resources will come naturally to hand. whereas I am of no importance and have little wisdom. since you already have great knowledge and clear understanding. and speak truthfully without malice. put them all behind you. because you dear friends. If you practise with great devotion. Profit and respect are nooses of the maras. Have no hatred for enemies. so brush them aside like stones on the path. and always watch your mind. Do not be jealous of others’ good qualities. Since the happiness. and friends you gather in this life last only for a moment. See all living beings as your father or mother. Words of praise and fame serve only to beguile us. whom I cherish from my heart. Until you attain stable realizations. whenever you are not meditating always practise in accordance with what your Spiritual Guide says. This you should take to heart. therefore listen to the instructions of the Spiritual Guide. Avoid places that disturb your mind. Because you have received advice. gather up riches to provide for the future. and especially avoid despising or humiliating them. so do not be attached to anything. You will have to depart leaving everything behind.

therefore always repay his kindness. unwarranted problems. All mother sentient beings of the six realms are all around us. We especially stress the point that all mother sentient beings around us really do not have the in-depth wisdom to be able to penetrate into the reality of life. Since this human life is wasted by indulging in distractions. Get 5 . therefore be honest and straightforward. Being under the influence of wrong views you do not realize the ultimate nature of things. to penetrate into the projections that chain us to our actions. Friends. If the things you desire do not come it is due to karma created long ago. there is no happiness in this swamp of samsara. difficulties and neurosis. Since all the happiness and suffering of this life arise from previous actions. therefore investigate correct meanings. Always keep pure moral discipline for it leads to beauty in this life and happiness hereafter. I who am ignorant request you to take this advice to heart. Our ‘enemies’ are in the front of us. Since you cannot tame the minds of others until you have tamed your own. therefore sincerely practise giving.If you talk too much with little meaning you will make mistakes. and you will bring happiness to yourself and others. SETTING THE MOTIVATION Our mother and father are to our left and right. so move to the firm ground of liberation. All happiness comes from the blessings of your Spiritual Guide. begin by taming your own mind. Distracting enjoyments have no essence. therefore speak in moderation. Contemplate all of this deeply before going further in the practice. only when necessary. therefore keep a happy and relaxed mind. but sincere advice from the heart. If you engage in many meaningless activities your virtuous activities will degenerate. as usual. Since hatred is rife in these impure times. much more unwanted. You remain in samsara through the power of laziness. therefore ignite the fire of the effort of application. free from anger. and our actions and result bring us much. do not blame others. now is the time to practise concentration. It is completely meaningless to put effort into activities that have no essence. Meditate according to the advice of your Spiritual Guide and dry up the river of samsaric suffering. Beware. therefore stop activities that are not spiritual. You should consider this well because it is not just words from the mouth. offending a holy being is worse than dying. If you practise like this you will delight me. Since you will definitely have to depart without the wealth you have accumulated. do not accumulate negativity for the sake of wealth. don the armour of patience.

Bodhisattvas. or be able to see things quickly doesn’t help much because there are many. It goes especially to these three deities. black. Chenrezig and Vajrapani. And then all Buddhas. From our bottom anus side. including ourselves. smelly. We can also visualise that White Manjushri is on an island. and dakas and dakinis dancing. So realising this. we visualise lights going out. many intelligent people out there whose intelligence is geared more towards self-benefit or short-term benefit. with scorpions. really in need of supreme wisdom. At the shore. putrid. On this island. We are setting the motivation as to why we are engaging in this holy practice. unending ocean of milk. washing away our ignorance. but meritorious intelligence where we can penetrate into the reality of our lives. Simply to have intelligence and understand or grasp things quickly. As we recite his holy mantra. and thinking very strongly that all sentient beings and myself have this type of unrecognized suffering – which is not having true penetrative wisdom – then we take refuge in White Manjushri sitting in front of us. with their tusks facing up. It is not just intelligence. we visualise Manjushri on a vast. supreme insight and supreme intelligence. We should think of him as three-dimensional. past. wandering around. Believe this is happening. horrific lights –f that are disgusting. we visualise white lights from Manjushri coming. there are beautiful white elephants. snakes and reptiles – all go out to 7 levels below the ground. rejoicing and singing songs of emptiness. Deities come and Manjushri is completely empowered. and then we visualise then coming and dissolving into Manjushri. our existence – past. concise visualization in mind – and we have practice every day to make it clear – we recite White Manjushri’s holy mantra. present and future. Very rare is their intelligence penetrative into future lives. We shouldn’t think of him as flat. peaceful and happy. We are at the shore. So therefore. walking all over with their trunks up. With this clear. From Manjushri’s heart. realise that all sentient beings around us. which means that it is just for this life. on this ocean in front of us. and then to all Buddhas. The Lord of 6 . are really. The ocean is vast like the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean and the milk is white.the motivation correct by contemplation this. The special refuge we take in him is with the motivation explained above. WHITE MANJUSHRI PRAISE AND VISUALISATION With as much clarity as possible. disease and problems. entering our foreheads or crown. surrounding White Manjushri. undamaged. present and future. diseased. are a lot of white elephants also. toxic. auspicious and nurturing. the Wisdom of all Buddhas. inviting Tsongkhapa. The Manjushri in front of you is really actually Manjushri. as pictured in the thangka.

He is black. We have to visualise that. Then. horrible negative karma. he is the one who comes to take our lives away). Then. Then. WHITE MANJUSHRI’S PRAISE AND MANTRA (composed by His Holiness the 2nd Dalai Lama) To be recited with the motivation and visualisation explained above. Wide like the lotus petals are your eyes. that he will not disturb us anymore. He swallows it completely. Your mind the pinnacle of expansive bliss. a lot of trust and a lot of faith in Manjushri. sealing the ground so that the Lord of Death cannot come to disturb our mind. We have to visualise that he’s very happy to eat and drink this. our body and our speech. disease and doubt. Your hair coiled in five knots: thus you Epitomise the splendour and tranquillity of eternal youth. compassion. according to Zong Rinpoche – that he actually lays down and he goes to sleep. penetrative insight. Our life is extended. Your body resplendently white as the effulgent moon.Death is there. Manjushri Great destroyer of mistaken perception. We should do this every single day with a lot of conviction. On top of the ground is a double vajra. opening his mouth and accepting all of this putrid. we are sitting on top of the ground and our bodies are filled with white light and a great amount of wisdom. ferocious. as we recite the mantra. ignorance. An in-depth understanding into the Buddha’s teachings which will be applicable and which we can apply just pours into our bodies and fills us. The Lord of Death represents the potential of our own negative karma also catching up to us. you will see your mind turn around better and better. A sword of Wisdom and Holy Writ in hand. Visualise the Lord of Death rising. This blessed white light comes from Lord Manjushri. our health becomes vibrant and our mind becomes free from disharmony we should think strongly. This part is important. our merits grow. he lays down. 7 . closes his eyes and goes to sleep. I make humble obeisance to you. Then the ground under us seals up – all seven levels. (The Lord of Death is pictured around the wheel of samsara.

where unborn. where born. as time permits. And may it make Venerable Losang Drakpa’s Essence teachings specially shine forever! (Prayer by Je Tsongkhapa) In all lives may I never be parted From perfect Gurus and may I enjoy the glory of Dharma. never decline. Do as much as you can with the above visualization or you can contemplate on Lam Rim subjects also. And place each and every being. But increase forever more! Precious view of Shunyata May it. never decline. And. But increase forever more! May whatever virtue that I have gathered here.MANTRA: OM WAKEY DHA-NE-MA (At least one rosary per day minimum or more. Tsongkhapa. where born. May it. And. Bring benefit to all beings and the Dharma. Without exception. arise.) DEDICATION Precious supreme Bodhimind. By perfecting the qualities of the paths and stages. where unborn. May I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara! (Dedication of Virtue) Through this virtue may I swiftly Attain the Guru Deva’s state. in that state! May all obstacles be pacified And all good conditions be complete For the fully pure Dharma system Of Dharma King. arise. to flourish! 8 .

May Lord Tenzin Gyatso. brightly blaze forever! (Auspicious dedication) May all be auspicious.H. Chenrezig. please bless us! Three Jewels of Refuge. And may the lamp of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Teachings. day and night! May auspiciousness increase both day and night Like the sun rising to its highest in the heavens! Three Jewels of Refuge. May the Teachings of the Conqueror Tsongkhapa Losang Drakpa. please bestow attainments! May there be auspiciousness of the Three Jewels! (Dedication for the Guru’s long life) May the Venerable Guru’s life be completely stable. May pure deeds spread to the ten directions. Remain in this life until samsara’s end! 9 . the 14th Dalai Lama) In this land encircled by snow mountains. Source of every benefit and joy.Because of the combined two accumulations Of myself and others in the three times. Always remain. dispelling the darkness of the ignorance of beings! (Dedication for the long life of H.

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