Long Life and Swift Rebirth Prayers

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The Three Deities of Long Life

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A selection of prayers for longevity (zhabs brtan), first more general ones, then those for specific individuals (arranged alphabetically by subject):


The author mentions that he wrote this general long-life prayer with teachers such as the Karmapa and Shamarpa particularly in mind, and that he was instructed to compose a practice incorporating both Guru Padmasambhava and Vajrakīlaya—although several other long-life deities are also invoked, including Tārā.

Kongtrul wrote this prayer while at the site of Yamalung, sacred for its connection with Guru Padmasambhava. In a series of verses aspiring for the longevity of all non-sectarian teachers, he offers not only a powerful practice text, but also a concise statement of his celebrated Rimé ideals.

These verses in which the guru's body, speech and mind are related to the three kāyas—nirmāṇakāya, sambhogakāya and dharmakāya—constitute a brief prayer for longevity, or 'stable abiding' (brtan bzhugs), which can be recited to support the long life of any teacher.

This general prayer for the long life of the holders of the teachings was composed by Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche in 1888. It is part of the daily liturgy at the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, or great prayer festival, held every year in Bodhgaya.

Alak Zenkar Rinpoche

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche

Dodrupchen Rinpoche

Dzogchen Rinpoche

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Khandro Tsering Chödrön

Lodi Gyari Rinpoche

Mayum Tsering Wangmo

Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche

Patrick Gaffney

Pewar Rinpoche

Sakya Trichen

Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Sogyal Rinpoche

Soktsé Rinpoche

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