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White Manjushri daily practice

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

Atisha replied that he had already given them all the advice they needed. 9. 8. 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 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 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 meditation on precious human life is the reversal of our previous lack of interest in pure Dharma practice. 5. and Jang Chub Ö requested him to give one last teaching before he left. 3. 6. 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. The indication of having trained in the practice of generation stage is the reversal of our ordinary appearance and ordinary conception.THE ELEVEN REVERSALS BY LAMA TSONGKHAPA 1. 11. The indication of having trained in the practice of emptiness is the reversal of our selfgrasping. 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. where he remained for two years giving many teachings to the disciples of Jang Chub Ö. he first went to Ngari. The indication of having trained in the practice of completion stage is the reversal of our subtle dualistic appearance. 7. 2. or a reversal of our attachment to the things of this life. ADVICE FROM ATISHA’S HEART When Venerable Atisha came to Tibet. 10. 4. The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on impermanence is the reversal of worldly concerns. After two years had passed. The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on the disadvantages of samsara is the reversal of our previous lack of renunciation. 3 .

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

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

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

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

But increase forever more! May whatever virtue that I have gathered here. to flourish! 8 . where born. arise. May it. But increase forever more! Precious view of Shunyata May it. in that state! May all obstacles be pacified And all good conditions be complete For the fully pure Dharma system Of Dharma King. 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. By perfecting the qualities of the paths and stages. never decline. And.) DEDICATION Precious supreme Bodhimind. Tsongkhapa. as time permits. where unborn. Bring benefit to all beings and the Dharma.MANTRA: OM WAKEY DHA-NE-MA (At least one rosary per day minimum or more. where born. 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. arise. Do as much as you can with the above visualization or you can contemplate on Lam Rim subjects also. Without exception. And place each and every being. And.

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