White Manjushri daily practice


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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