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The Eight Auspicious Symbols

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A selection of texts on the theme of auspiciousness (maṅgalam; bkra shis) including verses of auspiciousness (maṅgalagāthā) and prayers:

Verses of Auspiciousness

A very simple four-line prayer for auspiciousness written for a disciple named Kharlo.

These verses, which appear in the Kangyur, invoke the auspiciousness of the seven successive buddhas (sangs rgyas rabs bdun): 1) Vipaśyin, 2) Śikhin, 3) Viśvabhū, 4) Krakucchandra, 5) Kanakamuni, 6) Kāśyapa, and 7) Śākyamuni. The text is included in the Tantra section of the Derge Kangyur (Toh 821) and the Miscellaneous section of the Tengyur (Toh 4412).

In four verses, Jamyang Khyentse invokes the auspiciousness of the Three Jewels, Three Roots, Three Kāyas and Three Deities of Long Life.

Six verses in which Jamyang Khyentse invokes a number of enlightened beings, but especially Mārīcī and other female deities, in order to bring about favourable circumstances and wellbeing.

Verses invoking the buddhas' Three Secrets (body, speech and mind), the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Saṅgha), Three Roots (guru, yidam and ḍākinī), as well as Red Tārā, Vaiśravaṇa and White Tāra, the Sublime Lady of Immortality ('chi med 'phags ma), for the sake of auspiciousness.

This popular prayer, which Mipham wrote in 1896, is addressed to the eight sugatas, eight bodhisattvas, eight goddesses of auspiciousness, and eight guardians of the world. It is recited at the outset of any virtuous project, or indeed any activity of any kind, in order to bring about auspiciousness, success and good fortune.