Prayer & Practice Texts

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General Prayers

Buddhist Prayers for Meditation Sessions
—Refuge and Enlightenment Thought
—Four Limitless Meditations
—Dedication Prayer

Prayer to Shakyamuni Buddha

Seven-Fold Prayers in Samantabhadra Prayer (text)
Watch >>His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin’s teachings on Seven-Fold Prayers in Samantabhadra Prayer

Short Medicine Buddha Prayer
Medicine Buddha is often described as a doctor who cures dukkha (suffering) with the medicine of his teachings. The Medicine Buddha practice can benefit practitioners in healing—physically, mentally, and spiritually. Ultimately, it can empower practitioners to reach enlightenment.

Short Manjushri Prayer (text)
Homage to Manjushri (audio)
Manjushri is the manifestation of all Buddhas’ wisdom. The practice of Manjushri is especially beneficial in developing wisdom in order to reach enlightenment.

Prayers to the Five Founders of Sakya School
Homage to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo 
Homage to Sonam Tsemo
Homage to Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen
Homage to Sakya Pandita
Homage to Drogon Chogyal Phagpo

Sutras

The Heart Sutra with repelling verses
—Also, read His Holiness Sakya Trichen’s teaching on Emptiness: The Heart Sutra.

The Sutra of Recollecting the Three Jewels 
along with a commentary by Khenchen Appey Rinpoche

Dispelling the Darkness of the Ten Directions
The Buddha taught this sūtra near Kapilavastu, to a Shakya youth named Supremely Radiant Face who requested a ritual to protect him from harm while traveling. The Buddha described the names and realms of the Buddhas in each of the various directions, and taught the youth that paying homage to and imagining those Buddhas before him would protect him from fear during his journey and bring about the accomplishment of his goals. This sūtra is often chanted at the beginning of undertakings to overcome obstacles and bring success.

The Three-Part Sutra: Confession Before the Thirty-Five Buddhas
The Three-Part Sutra is one of the most popular scriptures for the practice of purification. Purification practices are the skillful means to eliminate emotional burdens, i.e. guilt, and to remove our obstacles to happiness that were created by our past negative actions.

Noble Demonstration of the Benefit of Giving
The Buddha taught this sūtra to an audience of monks at his main monastery in Srāvasti. This sūtra provides practical advice on how to practice giving, one of the six perfections. It explains thirty-seven appropriate gifts, how to properly give those gifts, and the karmic results that ripens from those gifts.

Mahāyāna Sūtra Known as ‘Advice to a King’

The Questions of an Old Lady (read online)

Verses and Praises

Metered Verses On Circumambulating Stūpas
 A stūpa is a reliquary, usually dome-shaped, which contains relics, especially those of the Buddha. Stūpas serve as objects of veneration and as places to perform acts of worship, such as prayer, aspiration, offering, and especially circumambulation.

The Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones 
It is very important to recite this through once before starting on any activity; whatever the project, it will work out exactly as you wish.

21 Tara Praises (Text)
21 Tara Praises (audio)
“Basically all the deities are the nature of compassion and emptiness; but Tara is special in two ways: firstly, she is in motherly figure, and secondly, she is an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ compassion. Therefore, there is a particular connection between compassion and Tara.” >> Click here to read the complete text of “A Teaching on Tara” by His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin

Remembrance of the Good Qualities of the Triple Gem
>> Read His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin’s commentary on Taking Refuge
[Part 1] [Part 2]

Sadhana

Sojong
“So” means “to restore”; “jong” means “to purify.” As the name suggests, sojong practice has two complementary purposes: First, it allows us to mend our broken vows and it refreshes all that is positive— that is, everything that helps us develop “bodhichitta” (“loving-kindness and compassion”). Second, it helps us clear away our negative karmic propensities – specifically, those patterns of ignorance and dysfunction that undermine our development of bodhichitta.

The Short Medicine Buddha Sadhana [Ewam Choden version]
The Medicine Buddha practice can benefit practitioners in healing—physically, mentally, and spiritually. Ultimately, it can empower practitioners to reach enlightenment.

The Meditation of Arya Avalokitesvara [Ewam Choden version]

The Short Sadhana of Green Tara [Ewam Choden version]

Vajrasattva Meditation [Ewam Choden version]

Long Life Prayers