Prayers Series

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A selection of prayers or supplications (Skt. adhyeṣaṇa; Tib. gsol 'debs):

Akhyuk Rinpoche says that he composed this prayer to himself in order to increase the pure perception of his disciples. In it he lists some of his previous incarnations: the mahāshiddha Śāntipa, Drokmi Palgyi Yeshe, Langdro Lotsāwa, Gyalwa Chokyang, Longchen Rabjam, and Longsal Nyingpo (1625–1692).

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche composed this 16-line prayer to the great Dzogchen master Longchen Rabjam (1308–1363) based on the writings of Ju Mipham.

A short prayer to Guru Padmākara, written at the request of the late Sharpa Tsenam, who played an important role in the construction of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche's Zandokpalri Monastery in Kalimpong.

This prayer by Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen is addressed to eight of the most famous Indian siddhas: Nāgārjuna, Indrabhūti, Ḍombī Heruka, Saraha, Ghaṇṭapa, Kukkurīpā, Luipa, and Padmavajra.

This four-line text, which was requested by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, is both a panegyric on His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and a prayer for the fulfilment of his aspirations.

This prayer to Jamgön Kongtrul was composed by the master himself at the request of one of his disciples. It contains references to his life and the qualities he considers important, such as—to adopt the words of the text—the pure perception, with which he upheld all Buddha's teachings impartially.

A short prayer written at the request of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (1931–2011).

This prayer to the extraordinary Gyarong Khandro Dechen Wangmo, who was considered to be an emanation of Mandāravā, was written by Jamyang Khyentse at the request of Khandro Tsering Chödrön (1929–2011).

A short, four-line prayer to Yeshe Tsogyal, "the foremost of ḍākinīs" and "Great Bliss Queen".

Jamyang Khyentse wrote this twelve-line prayer to Patrul Rinpoche during the festival of Chökhor Düchen in 1860. The text identifies Patrul as an emanation of Śāntideva and the early Dzogchen adept Aro Yeshe Jungne, and praises his qualities of renunciation, bodhicitta and wisdom.

Khyentse Wangpo composed this five-verse supplication prayer to Thangtong Gyalpo at the request of the Eighth Sangye Nyentrul Rinpoche by combining and supplementing previous prayers.

Jigme Lingpa wrote this prayer recalling his own life and liberation at the request of the First Dodrupchen, Jigme Trinlé Özer (1745–1821). The prayer includes a summary of his previous lives, as well as his most important accomplishments and qualities, when—as he puts it—he emphasized the positive.

Jigme Lingpa wrote this prayer for a student who was accumulating prayers before the famous Jowo Rinpoche statue in the Jokhang temple in Lhasa. It is not only a prayer to Śākyamuni Buddha, but also a means to receive the four empowerments: vase, secret, wisdom-knowledge, and the supreme empowerment of great rays of light.

The most famous four-line prayer to Khenchen, which he himself composed.

This devotional prayer to invoke the blessings of the guru is one of Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok's best known compositions. It was written in 1987 at Mount Wutai (Wutai Shan) at the request of an elderly disciple, Lama Rigdön.

Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, who was the Dalai Lama's special envoy in Washington DC for many years, composed this short prayer to His Holiness in 2006.

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche added a line to this popular invocation of Longchen Rabjam, transforming it into a prayer to realize the natural state, which is the true nature of the mind.

Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche composed this prayer to the great ḍākinī Tsering Chödrön, spiritual consort of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, shortly after her passing in 2011.

This prayer, which recounts Mandāravā’s lives and liberation, forms the 37th chapter of Samten Lingpa’s famous terma biography of Princess Mandāravā.

The treasure-revealer Sera Khandro Dekyong Wangmo wrote this short, six-line prayer to herself for the sake of her followers.

An elaborate practice of supplication or prayer to the great poet-yogi Milarepa, preceded by practices for taking refuge and generating bodhicitta.

A devotional prayer to the guru Shakya Shri for inspiration and blessings to realize the Great Perfection.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, one of the pioneers of Tibetan Buddhism in America, composed this short prayer to Khandro Tsering Chödrön, the spiritual wife of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, shortly after her parinirvāṇa in 2011.

Tsongkhapa composed this five-line verse in honour of his teacher Rendawa Shönnu Lodrö (who then in turn adapted it into the famous Miktséma prayer to Tsongkhapa himself).

This concise prayer of just fourteen stanzas encapsulates the entire teaching of the graduated path (Tib. lamrim) to enlightenment, including both sūtra and tantra.

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Prayers to Previous Incarnations

Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö himself composed this prayer to the 'garland' of his own previous incarnations (skye phreng gsol 'debs), from the Buddha Mañjuśrī down to his immediate predecessor, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892).

Jigme Lingpa wrote this prayer at the request of his students. It invokes many of his previous incarnations, beginning with the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra.

Jigme Lingpa wrote this prayer to the Dzogchen Rinpoches and their previous incarnations at the request of his disciple Jigme Ngotsar (b. 1763).

In this short prayer, written at the insistence of his disciples, Khenchen Jigme Phuntsok lists his own previous incarnations according to a prophecy by Apang Tertön Pawo Chöying Dorje (1895–1945).

A short prayer to the previous incarnations of the famous tertön Trulshik Dongak Lingpa (1862–1922), who was also known as Kunzang Tongdrol Dorje.

Written in verse, this is a list of Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche's previous incarnations and a prayer to receive their inspiration and blessing.

A supplication prayer that recalls Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche's thirty previous incarnations and their major accomplishments, as well as the master's own life and future emanations.

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