Practices › Dedication
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Through this merit, may all beings attain the omniscient state of enlightenment,
And conquer the enemy of faults and delusion,
May they all be liberated from this ocean of saṃsāra
And from its pounding waves of birth, old age, sickness and death!
A selection of prayers and texts related to the transfer or dedication of virtue or merit (pariṇāmana; dge ba bsngo ba), which is the seventh of the seven branch practices and the third of the three noble principles:
A brief explanation of the three noble principles (of arousing bodhicitta in the beginning, remaining without reference in the middle, and dedicating merit at the end), which are said to be the root of the Mahāyāna path.
Only recently discovered, this prayer of dedication by Patrul Rinpoche is to be recited when the construction of a temple is complete. It is not only an aspiration for the new temple to prosper and be of as much benefit as possible, but also a plea to the protective spirits to watch over the temple and guard its contents.
Sometimes classified as a Sukhāvatī aspiration (bde smon), this well-known prayer for the dedication of virtue (dge ba bsngo ba) is attributed to Buddha Amitābha, who spoke to Tulku Mingyur Dorje in a vision in 1657.