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):

General

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

Ḍākinī Muntso Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche

Dodrupchen Rinpoche

Dzogchen Rinpoche

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Fourteenth Dalai Lama

One of several prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama that Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche composed.

The most commonly recited prayer for the longevity of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.

It was while he was staying in Lhasa in the mid-1950s that Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö composed this prayer for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö wrote this shorter long-life prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in three four-line verses, in the sacred place of Yamalung near Samye (most likely in 1956).

Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok composed this prayer for the longevity of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama on 17 July 1990, shortly after their first meeting.

A four-line prayer for the long life of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai, Tenzin Gyatso.

This five-line prayer is constructed around the syllables of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's full name: Jetsün Jampal Ngawang Lobzang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso.

Khandro Tsering Chödrön

Lodi Gyari Rinpoche

Mayum Tsering Wangmo

Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche

Patrick Gaffney

Penor Rinpoche

Pewar Rinpoche

Sakya Trichen

Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Sogyal Rinpoche

Soktsé Rinpoche

Trulshik Rinpoche

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