Sādhanās​

Sādhanā prayer practice texts are: In original Tibetan script with transliterations along with both English and Vietnamese translations. Lama Dawa leads the rest of us Vietnamese Kagyüpa students to recite in Tibetan and then afterwards one of the students will recite and lead with the Vietnamese portion, so that we may all recite together in unison. English can be also recited by students if requested.

 

Sādhanā prayer practice texts are: Provided to students for dharma practice use while at the center and may not be taken home. As property of the center, we ask that you may respect this arrangement as the center works and operates with very limited financial resources, donations and through lots of volunteer work.  We want to make sure to always have enough available on hand for current and additional new students to use. 

 

We have also provided links below so that you may print your own set of both Tibetan Pecha and Western style prayer book texts for personal use.

Downloadable ebook: epub format

61 Pages (Tibetan with English translations)


 

Source: dharmaebooks.org which operates under the editorial guidance of the Karmapa and actuates his vision to use modern technology to preserve and propagate ancient traditions and ancient translated Tibetan documents in a digital format.

 

The practice is intended as an alternative for non-Tibetans who do not have the time for the traditional preliminary practices. The Gyalwang Karmapa has also given permission for people to recite this practice in their own language. Also available instructions for this ngondro practices: Ngondro for Our Current Day


Note: Anyone wishing to do that practice must first receive the reading transmission (lung) and then ask an experienced Kagyü lama such as Lama Dawa for instructions and guidance.

Table of Contents:

  • The Short Vajradhara Lineage Prayer

  • The Four Ordinary Foundations

 

Brief Recitations for the Four Preliminary Practices

  1. Going for Refuge and Giving Rise to Bodhichitta

  2. Vajrasattva Meditation and Recitation

  3. The Mandala Offering, Which Gathers the Two Accumulations

  4. Guru Yoga

Downloadable ebook: epub format
112 Pages (English Translation)

 

Source: dharmaebooks.org

In this succinct teaching presented in 2006 by the Gyalwang Karmapa in Bodhgaya, India, he guides students through the details of the visualizations of Refuge, Vajrasattva purification, and Mandala offerings — often punctuated with his good humor. The commentary does not include the practice of Guru Yoga, which according to the Gyalwang Karmapa’s advice should be done only with blessing and instructions of one’s own guru.

 

A summary of the practice sequences and a list of precepts of the refuge vow are also included in two appendices.

About the Author

 

Motivated by the purest of compassion, the Gyalwang Karmapas have taken rebirth continuously since the eleventh century. The present seventeenth incarnation, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was born in Eastern Tibet in 1985. Seven years later, he was recognized by a letter of prediction and brought to Tsurphu Monastery, the seat of the Karmapas in Tibet. Here, he received a traditional education in practice and philosophy, and at the turn of the millennium, he journeyed over the Himalayas to India where he presently resides. Known for his clear and direct teaching style, the youthful Karmapa radiates the brilliance of his heritage, connecting with our daily lives and our deepest aspirations.

Table of Contents:
Translator’s Introduction 

The Short Mahamudra Ngondro Practice (English only)

  • The Short Vajradhara Lineage Prayer

  • The Four Ordinary Foundations

  • Brief Recitations for the Four Preliminary Practices

 

Instructions on the Four Special Preliminaries

  • Common Preliminaries

  • Refuge and Bodhichitta

  • The Vajrasattva Practice

  • Mandala Offerings

 

Appendixes

  • The Sequence of Practice

  • The Precepts of the Refuge Vow

Downloadable ebook: epub format 

87 Pages (English Translation)



Source: dharmaebooks.org

Guru yoga is essential for the realization of mahamudra, and in the Karma Kagyu lineage, the primary guru yoga practiced is the Four-Session Guru Yoga by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje. This volume presents newly rediscovered instructions for this practice by the Fifth Shamar Könchok Yenlak and the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje along with the more well-known commentaries by Karma Chakme, Karmay Khenchen Rinchen Dargye, and the Fifteenth Karmapa Khakhyap Dorje.

Note: These texts give clear guidance that, when accompanied by instruction from a qualified master, will help practitioners develop the profound realization of devotion mahamudra.

Commentaries by the Fifth Shamar Könchok Yenlak, the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje, Karma Chakme, Karmay Khenchen Rinchen Dargye, and the Fifteenth Karmapa Khakhyap Dorje.

Table of contents:

  • Methods for Meditating on Mahamudra at the End of the Four-Session Practice (The Fifth Shamar Könchok Yenlak)

  • An Adornment to the Four-Session Supplication with Visualizations for the Six Yogas (The Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje)

  • Lucid Notes on the Visualizations for the Four-Session Guru Yoga (Karma Chakme)

  • Key Points and Main Topics of the Visualizations for the Four-Session Guru Yoga (Karmay Khenchen Rinchen Dargye)

  • Instructions on the Supplication “Granting the Great Relief of Fearlessness” (The Fifteenth Karmapa Khakhyap Dorje)

Downloadable ebook: epub format

78 Pages (Tibetan with English translations)

The ebook also features a recording of the Four-Session Guru Yoga recited by H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapa.


Source: dharmaebooks.org

The Four-Session Guru Yoga (ཐུན་བཞིའི་བླ་མའི་རྣལ་འབྱོར།) by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje is a short yet powerful practice for developing the realization of devotion mahamudra. As it is one of the principal practices of the Karma Kagyu school, many monastic and lay practitioners recite this text daily. This new translation has been prepared under the guidance of the Seventeenth Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje for the occasion of the 34th Kagyu Monlam.

Table of contents:

  • The Four-Session Guru Yoga recited by H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapa

  • The Four-Session Guru Yoga

44 Pages in Tibetan Pecha format (Tibetan, transliteration, English and Vietnamese translations)

Source: Hồng Như Archives (www.hongnhu.org)

  1. The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

  2. Devotion that Moves the Heart

  3. Prayer for Mañjuśrī (Praises for the Glorious Wisdom Qualities of the Excellent One)

  4. Aspiration for the Activity of Karmapa to Flourish

29 Pages in Western style prayer book format (Tibetan, transliteration, English and Vietnamese translations)

Source: Hồng Như Archives (www.hongnhu.org)

 

His Eminence Jamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche WASHINGTON — FEBRUARY 1995

 

As you know, in Buddhism every person who teaches dharma and also every person who receives the dharma has their own responsibility. That is very simple — the pureness and the authentic future of the lineage depend totally on the people who have the lineage of transmission, and by my teaching this to you, you are going to have the transmission of this particular teaching and lineage. So this is not a public talk. This is not just a simple introductory lecture. This is very serious. I take it that way, and hope you all know that. After this teaching, you will be connected to the Mahāmudrā lineage just as we all have been connected to it throughout the history of the Mahāmudrā lineage. I wanted to let you know this, because that is the way it was taught to me.

At the beginning, it is necessary to give you the definition of Mahāmudrā. Mahāmudrā, both the term and the teaching itself, is actually derived from the essence of the teachings of Lord Buddha.

4 Pages in Western style prayer book format (Tibetan, English and Vietnamese translations)

Source: Hồng Như Archives (www.hongnhu.org)

58 Pages in Western style prayer book format (Tibetan, transliteration, English and Vietnamese translations)

Source: Hồng Như Archives (www.hongnhu.org)

68 Pages in Tibetan Pecha format (Tibetan, transliteration, English and Vietnamese translations)

Source: Hồng Như Archives (www.hongnhu.org)

The Tara Praise, called the Praise of the Twenty-One-Fold Homage is not a text of human origin. It is contained in a tantra called The Seven Hundred Thoughts, The King of the Tara Tantra.

​​160 Pages in Tibetan Pecha format (Tibetan, transliteration, English and Vietnamese translations)

Source: Hồng Như Archives (www.hongnhu.org)

113 Pages in Tibetan Pecha format (Tibetan, transliteration, English and Vietnamese translations)

Source: Hồng Như Archives (www.hongnhu.org)

76 Pages in Tibetan Pecha format (Tibetan, transliteration, English and Vietnamese translations)

Source: Hồng Như Archives (www.hongnhu.org)

Traditionally, it is practiced during Lha Bab Düchen and this year it lands on November 10'th, 2017. On Lha Bab Düchen, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times. It is part of Tibetan Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on this day.

Lha Bab Düchen, the 'Festival of the Descent from Heaven' — one of the four major Buddhist holidays. It occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth Lunar month based on the Tibetan Calendar. Buddha’s mother Mayadevi was reborn in Indra’s heaven. To repay her kindness and to liberate her, and also to benefit the gods, Buddha spent three months teachings in Trāyastriṃśa (the realm of the gods) also known as "The Heaven Of Thirty-Three" at the age of 41. When he was about to return to this world, Indra and Brahma manifested three stairs of 80,000 yojanas each reaching this world in Sankisa. As the Buddha walked down the central one, they accompanied him to his left and right carrying umbrellas to honour him. He descended to earth in Sankisa, which is located in modern Uttar Pradesh, and which is counted among the eight holy places.

Source: Rigpa Shedra Wiki

68 Pages in Tibetan Pecha format (Tibetan, transliteration, English and Vietnamese translations)

Source: Hồng Như Archives (www.hongnhu.org)

20 Pages in Tibetan Pecha format (Tibetan, transliteration, English and Vietnamese translations)

Source: Hồng Như Archives (www.hongnhu.org)

In Patrul Rinpoche's How to Keep the Eight One-Day Vows of a Layperson (bsnyen gnas yan lag brgyad pa'i sdom pa srung thabs) it says:

The 'Second Buddha' of Oddiyana (Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava) said:
It fully restores all positivity,
And clears away all negativity without exception,
In order to replenish virtue and purify harmful deeds,
The Tathāgata has taught the practice of Sojong.


In fact, the quote appears in Kalyanamitra's Extensive Commentary on Questions of the Vinaya ('dul ba dri ba rgya cher 'grel pa) as:

All harmful deeds are perfectly purified in this.
Since it restores (so) and purifies (jong) negativity completely
The Tathāgata has called this the practice of Sojong.

Source: Rigpa Shedra Wiki

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