White Manjushri daily practice

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You can do the practice as I have layed out for you below in either Tibetan phonetics or English. to help yourself and all beings. 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. If you wish to take this as you personal sadhana. This is what causes us to create thoughts. it is very important to note the following: *The most important aspect of this practice is to set a very strong and determined motivation. 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. you understand that all sentient beings.THE SADHANA AND VISUALIZATION Anyone can engage in these prayers as a daily practice – you do not need permission or initiation. including yourself. Good to recite the 11 Reversals and Atisha’s advice daily as part of the sadhana which I have included. attachment and anger. 2 . *Do the meditations and prayers daily to be able to gain and experience the results of a clearer mind. 2012. May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes. or understand the true reality of life. Up to you. do not have penetrative insight or wisdom. Realising this. Compiled in Kuala Lumpur by myself holding the name Tsem Tulku Rinpoche October 26. as has been explained below: namely. free of bias. You must be consistent in your prayers. I wish everyone luck and happiness. you engage in this practice to gain penetrative insight and wisdom. speech and action that ultimately bring us unhappiness. difficulties and problems. It is good to take up Manjushri’s practice. May all sentient beings abide in equanimity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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