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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 Vajrakīla—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

Dezhung Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche

Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima

Dodrupchen Rinpoche

Dudjom 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, which was adapted from a verse composed by Polhané Sonam Tobgyé (1689–1747) for the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kalzang Gyatso (1708–1757).

Composed in December 1957 at the request of Tibetans resident in Gangtok, this is one of at least four prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's longevity by Jamyang Khyentse.

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).

This prayer for longevity, which Jamyang Khyentse composed at the request of Sakya Dagchen Rinpoche (1929–2016) incorporates the syllables of the Dalai Lama's full name: Jetsün Ngawang Lobzang Tenzin Gyatso Sisum Wangyur Tsungmé Palzangpo.

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 Lama, 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.

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jetsün Lochen Incarnation

Khandro Tāre Lhamo

Khandro Tsering Chödrön

Khyenrab Chökyi Özer

Lochen Dharmaśrī

Lodi Gyari Rinpoche

Mayum Tsering Wangmo

Minling Chung Rinpoche

Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

Neten Chokling Rinpoche

Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche

Patrick Gaffney

Penor Rinpoche

Pewar Rinpoche

Sakya Dagchen and Son

Sakya Trichen

Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Sixteenth Karmapa

Sogyal Rinpoche

Soktsé Rinpoche

Tai Situ Rinpoche

Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

Tenth Paṇchen Lama

Tertön Sogyal Lerab Lingpa

Trulshik Rinpoche

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

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