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Prayers are ways of guiding our thoughts and energy in a certain direction; they are a technique in helping us transform our mind. By repeatedly thinking of the meaning of what we are saying or reading, we train and familiarize ourselves in a way of regarding and relating to ourselves and others. The testing ground that shows us which qualities are firm within us and which ones still need to be developed is our daily life with all its various activities. Thus for a person dedicated to developing his or her Buddha potential, prayers and the activities of daily life complement each other.

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Various Mantras


It is good to recite the following mantras in the morning, to prepare for the day's activities:

Multiplying mantra
Audio for multiplying mantra: download mp3
The following prayer was recorded by the Sravasti Abbey Sangha in April 2010 and is included here in high-quality mp3 format.

om sambhara sambhara bimana sara maha dzawa hung/ om mara mara bimana kara maha dzawa hung

The parinata-cakra-sutra says that if this is recited seven times, whatever virtuous actions one does that day will be multiplied by 100,000.

Blessing the rosary

om rutsira mani prawa taya hung

In the Palace of Vast Jewels, it says to recite this seven times and then blow on the rosary to increase the power of subsequent recitations.

Blessing the feet

om kraytsara ghana hung hri soha

By reciting this three times, then spitting on the soles of your feet, it helps any living creature that dies beneath your feet that day to be reborn in the god realm of the Thirty-three.

Blessing the speech

To the Three Jewels I go for refuge. May I become Buddha for the benefit of migrating beings. 3x

I am the deity. On my tongue from an AH comes a moon disc. On it is a white OM. Around that are the white Sanskrit vowels standing clockwise. Around that are the red Sanskrit consonants standing anticlockwise. Around that are the blue syllables of the heart of dependent arising mantra, standing clockwise. Visualizing this, I recite these in succession, beginning with the innermost.

Sanskrit vowels: om a a i i u u ri ri li li e ai o au am ah soha* 3x

Sanskrit consonants: om ka kha ga gha nga/ cha chha ja jha nya/ tra thra dra dhra nra/ ta tha da dha na/ pa pha ba bha ma/ ya ra la wa/ sha shha sa ha ksha soha 3x

Heart of Dependent Arising: om ye dharma haytu prabhava haytunte shan tatagato hyawadat/ teshan tsayo nirodha ewam wadi maha shramanaye soha 3x

Light from the OM and the mantra garlands summons inspiring power of speech, worldly and supermundane, in the form of the three mantras, the seven perfect royal treasures and the eight auspicious signs. These dissolve into the OM and the mantra garlands. Then the Heart of Dependent Arising mantra dissolves into the Sanskrit consonants, that into the Sankrit vowels, that into the OM, and that into the moon disc. This transforms into an AH, which melts into white and red nectar and dissolves into the tongue, making it the nature of vajra.

The benefits of this practice are: the ability of one's speech is perfected, one's recitations are multiplied in strength ten million times; the power of one's mantra recitation is not diminished by eating non-vegetarian food; one's idle talk becomes like recitation, and one does not accumulate so much negative karma from idle talk.

Eating meat

om ahbirakay tsara hung

Recite this seven times over the meat to stop the fault of eating meat and to help the sentient beings whose flesh it was to be reborn in a happy realm.

The Medicine Buddha's Mantra

tayata om bhaykandze bhaykandze maha bhaykandze bhaykandze radza samudgate soha

Another version of the Medicine Buddha's mantra:

tayata om bhaykandze bhaykandze maha bhaykandze radza samudgate soha [Download mp3 file]


* i i is pronounced e ee (long e as in beet); e is pronounced as a long a, as in gate; ai is also a long a as in aisle.

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