To mark the auspicious occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 87th birthday we engage in the practices of:
Staircase to Potala Pure Land Guru Yoga—A Practice of Avalokiteśvara: A short Chenrezig guru yoga, which references the compassion buddha’s pure land, composed by His Holiness for our ease of practice. Centering on the inseparability of Chenrezig and our own guru, it includes the seven-limb prayer and OṂ MAṆI PADME HŪṂ recitation, and concludes with a request for blessing for us to actualize Chenrezig ourselves in order to benefit all sentient beings.
Request to the Supreme Compassionate One: a newly revised request prayer to Chenrezig that Lama Zopa Rinpoche finds inspiring and effective. “[This is] a very good prayer, in which you are expressing your mistakes,” Rinpoche explains. “You are trying to practice Dharma with your body, speech, and mind, but when you check, in reality, nothing has become Dharma. Nothing has become pure Dharma because your motivation has always been the eight worldly concerns.” This practice can help you purify heavy negative karma. It also helps you generate compassion for others and be guided by Chenrezig.
Time permitting we will include dedication prayers from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s How to do the Great Festival of His Holiness’ Birthday