White Manjushri Daily Practice
(Oct 29, 2012)
I decided to give a White Manjushri practice to one of my students, Moh Mei, who joined the Ladrang a while ago. White Manjushri and all practices of Manjushri (or emanations of Manjushri) are very powerful for helping us to clear our delusions and ignorance, and helping us to gain wisdom. Not ordinary wisdom or ordinary intelligence. It is the penetrative intelligence that lets us see our predicament nakedly and directly. Once we see our situations nakedly and directly we can develop some aversions to getting into self created sufferings deeper. Or getting into them more. Many of the problems we create for ourselves is due to not understanding the true situation in which we create our unwanted predicaments. Manjushri’s practice is very powerful to avert this and overcome.
Many of the difficulties that we have, arise because we have a wrong projection of how things should be. We don’t understand the reality of true cessation of suffering and true cause of happiness. We act ignorantly accruing undesired results.. Therefore, our actions, speech and thoughts act from unwanted and unknown distortion and create more suffering for us. Manjushri practices are very good for helping us to gain penetrative insight and wisdom to counter this…counter wrong distorted views that lead to wrong distorted action and unwanted results.
Although this sadhana was composed for Moh Mei, I thought it would be good to share it with everyone, so you can also adopt this practice for yourself. This practice can be done by anyone! There are no initiations required… but it is very important to have the right motivations and visualizations are described below. This is what will make the practice most effective.
I thought I would share this compilation for anyone wishing to practice without initiation and heavy commitments of tantra. Without initiation you can practice as I have compiled below. May you be blessed. May you be protected by the mystical, magical, peaceful, wrathful and secret emanations of Lord Manjushri until enlightenment.
THE SADHANA AND VISUALIZATION
Anyone can engage in these prayers as a daily practice – you do not need permission or initiation. If you wish to take this as you personal sadhana, it is very important to note the following:
*The most important aspect of this practice is to set a very strong and determined motivation, as has been explained below: namely, you understand that all sentient beings, including yourself, do not have penetrative insight or wisdom, or understand the true reality of life. This is what causes us to create thoughts, speech and action that ultimately bring us unhappiness, difficulties and problems. Realising this, you engage in this practice to gain penetrative insight and wisdom, to help yourself and all beings. You must be consistent in your prayers.
*Do the meditations and prayers daily to be able to gain and experience the results of a clearer mind. You can do the practice as I have layed out for you below in either Tibetan phonetics or English. Up to you. Recite as I have layed it out for you below. Good to recite the 11 Reversals and Atisha’s advice daily as part of the sadhana which I have included. It is good to take up Manjushri’s practice. You can never go ‘wrong’ with any form of Manjushri. I wish everyone luck and happiness. Compiled in Kuala Lumpur by myself holding the name Tsem Tulku Rinpoche October 26, 2012.
NAMO GURU BEH
NAMO BUDDHA YA
NAMO DHARMA YA
NAMO SANGHA YA (3x)
I take refuge in the Guru
I take refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Sangha (3x)
THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES
SEM CHEN TAM CHE DAY WA DANG DAY WAY GYU DANG DEN PAR GYUR CHIG
SEM CHEN TAM CHE DUG NGEL DANG DUG NGEL KYI GYU DANG DREL WAR GYUR CHIG
SEM CHEN TAM CHE DUG NGEL MAY PAY DAY WA DANG MI DREL WAR GYUR CHIG
SEM CHEN TAM CHE NYE RING CHAG DANG NYI DANG DREL WAY DANG NYOM LA NAY PAR GYUR CHIG
May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes,
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes,
May all sentient beings never be separated from sorrowless bliss,
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger.
THE ELEVEN REVERSALS BY LAMA TSONGKHAPA
- The indication of having trained in the practice of relying upon the Spiritual Guide is the reversal of our previous lack of faith in our Spiritual Guide such that we have unchangeable faith.
- The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on precious human life is the reversal of our previous lack of interest in pure Dharma practice.
- The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on impermanence is the reversal of worldly concerns; or a reversal of our attachment to the things of this life.
- The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on the sufferings of the lower realms is the reversal of our previous lack of fear of lower rebirth.
- The indication of having trained in the practice of refuge and karma is the reversal of our previous lack of actual protection from lower rebirth.
- The indication of having trained in the practice of meditation on the disadvantages of samsara is the reversal of our previous lack of renunciation.
- The indication of having trained in the practice of the three higher trainings is the reversal of our previous lack of progress on the path to liberation.
- The indication of having trained in the practice of bodhichitta is the reversal of our self-cherishing mind.
- The indication of having trained in the practice of emptiness is the reversal of our self-grasping.
- The indication of having trained in the practice of generation stage is the reversal of our ordinary appearance and ordinary conception.
- The indication of having trained in the practice of completion stage is the reversal of our subtle dualistic appearance.
ADVICE FROM ATISHA’S HEART
When Venerable Atisha came to Tibet, he first went to Ngari, where he remained for two years giving many teachings to the disciples of Jang Chub Ö. After two years had passed, he decided to return to India, and Jang Chub Ö requested him to give one last teaching before he left. Atisha replied that he had already given them all the advice they needed, but Jang Chub Ö persisted in his request and so Atisha accepted and gave the following advice.
Friends, since you already have great knowledge and clear understanding, whereas I am of no importance and have little wisdom, it is not suitable for you to request advice from me. However, because you dear friends, whom I cherish from my heart, have requested me, I shall give you this essential advice from my inferior and childish mind.
Friends, until you attain Enlightenment the Spiritual Teacher is indispensable, therefore rely upon the holy Spiritual Guide.
Until you realize ultimate truth, listening is indispensable, therefore listen to the instructions of the Spiritual Guide.
Since you cannot become a Buddha merely by understanding Dharma, practise earnestly with understanding.
Avoid places that disturb your mind, and always remain where your virtues increase.
Until you attain stable realizations, worldly amusements are harmful, therefore abide in a place where there are no such distractions.
Avoid friends who cause you to increase delusions, and rely upon those who increase your virtue. This you should take to heart.
Since there is never a time when worldly activities come to an end, limit your activities.
Dedicate your virtues throughout the day and the night, and always watch your mind.
Because you have received advice, whenever you are not meditating always practise in accordance with what your Spiritual Guide says.
If you practise with great devotion, results will arise immediately, without your having to wait for a long time.
If from your heart you practise in accordance with Dharma, both food and resources will come naturally to hand.
Friends, the things you desire give no more satisfaction than drinking sea water, therefore practise contentment.
Avoid all haughty, conceited, proud, and arrogant minds, and remain peaceful and subdued.
Avoid activities that are said to be meritorious, but which in fact are obstacles to Dharma.
Profit and respect are nooses of the maras, so brush them aside like stones on the path.
Words of praise and fame serve only to beguile us, therefore blow them away as you would blow your nose.
Since the happiness, pleasure, and friends you gather in this life last only for a moment, put them all behind you.
Since future lives last for a very long time, gather up riches to provide for the future.
You will have to depart leaving everything behind, so do not be attached to anything.
Generate compassion for lowly beings, and especially avoid despising or humiliating them.
Have no hatred for enemies, and no attachment for friends.
Do not be jealous of others’ good qualities, but out of admiration adopt them yourself.
Do not look for faults in others, but look for faults in yourself, and purge them like bad blood.
Do not contemplate your own good qualities, but contemplate the good qualities of others, and respect everyone as a servant would.
See all living beings as your father or mother, and love them as if you were their child.
Always keep a smiling face and a loving mind, and speak truthfully without malice.
If you talk too much with little meaning you will make mistakes, therefore speak in moderation, only when necessary.
If you engage in many meaningless activities your virtuous activities will degenerate, therefore stop activities that are not spiritual.
It is completely meaningless to put effort into activities that have no essence.
If the things you desire do not come it is due to karma created long ago, therefore keep a happy and relaxed mind.
Beware, offending a holy being is worse than dying, therefore be honest and straightforward.
Since all the happiness and suffering of this life arise from previous actions, do not blame others.
All happiness comes from the blessings of your Spiritual Guide, therefore always repay his kindness.
Since you cannot tame the minds of others until you have tamed your own, begin by taming your own mind.
Since you will definitely have to depart without the wealth you have accumulated, do not accumulate negativity for the sake of wealth.
Distracting enjoyments have no essence, therefore sincerely practise giving.
Always keep pure moral discipline for it leads to beauty in this life and happiness hereafter.
Since hatred is rife in these impure times, don the armour of patience, free from anger.
You remain in samsara through the power of laziness, therefore ignite the fire of the effort of application.
Since this human life is wasted by indulging in distractions, now is the time to practise concentration.
Being under the influence of wrong views you do not realize the ultimate nature of things, therefore investigate correct meanings.
Friends, there is no happiness in this swamp of samsara, so move to the firm ground of liberation.
Meditate according to the advice of your Spiritual Guide and dry up the river of samsaric suffering.
You should consider this well because it is not just words from the mouth, but sincere advice from the heart.
If you practise like this you will delight me, and you will bring happiness to yourself and others.
I who am ignorant request you to take this advice to heart.
SETTING THE MOTIVATION
Our mother and father are to our left and right, as usual. Our ‘enemies’ are in the front of us. All mother sentient beings of the six realms are all around us. We especially stress the point that all mother sentient beings around us really do not have the in-depth wisdom to be able to penetrate into the reality of life; to penetrate into the projections that chain us to our actions, and our actions and result bring us much, much more unwanted, unwarranted problems, difficulties and neurosis. Contemplate all of this deeply before going further in the practice. Get the motivation correct by contemplation this. We are setting the motivation as to why we are engaging in this holy practice.
So therefore, realise that all sentient beings around us, including ourselves, are really, really in need of supreme wisdom, supreme insight and supreme intelligence. It is not just intelligence, but meritorious intelligence where we can penetrate into the reality of our lives, our existence – past, present and future. Simply to have intelligence and understand or grasp things quickly, or be able to see things quickly doesn’t help much because there are many, many intelligent people out there whose intelligence is geared more towards self-benefit or short-term benefit, which means that it is just for this life. Very rare is their intelligence penetrative into future lives.
So realising this, and thinking very strongly that all sentient beings and myself have this type of unrecognized suffering – which is not having true penetrative wisdom – then we take refuge in White Manjushri sitting in front of us, as pictured in the thangka. We shouldn’t think of him as flat. We should think of him as three-dimensional. The special refuge we take in him is with the motivation explained above.
This is my personal White Manjushri Thangka
WHITE MANJUSHRI PRAISE AND VISUALISATION
With as much clarity as possible, we visualise Manjushri on a vast, unending ocean of milk. The ocean is vast like the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean and the milk is white, auspicious and nurturing. We are at the shore. At the shore, there are beautiful white elephants, walking all over with their trunks up, with their tusks facing up, undamaged, peaceful and happy, wandering around.
We can also visualise that White Manjushri is on an island, on this ocean in front of us. On this island, surrounding White Manjushri, are a lot of white elephants also, and dakas and dakinis dancing, rejoicing and singing songs of emptiness.
From Manjushri’s heart, we visualise lights going out, inviting Tsongkhapa, Chenrezig and Vajrapani, and then to all Buddhas. It goes especially to these three deities, and then we visualise then coming and dissolving into Manjushri. And then all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Deities come and Manjushri is completely empowered. The Manjushri in front of you is really actually Manjushri, the Wisdom of all Buddhas, past, present and future.
With this clear, concise visualization in mind – and we have practice every day to make it clear – we recite White Manjushri’s holy mantra. As we recite his holy mantra, we visualise white lights from Manjushri coming, entering our foreheads or crown, washing away our ignorance, disease and problems. Believe this is happening.
From our bottom anus side, black, horrific lights –f that are disgusting, putrid, smelly, diseased, toxic, with scorpions, snakes and reptiles – all go out to 7 levels below the ground. The Lord of Death is there. (The Lord of Death is pictured around the wheel of samsara. He is black, ferocious; he is the one who comes to take our lives away). Visualise the Lord of Death rising, opening his mouth and accepting all of this putrid, horrible negative karma, ignorance, disease and doubt. He swallows it completely. We have to visualise that he’s very happy to eat and drink this. Then, he lays down, closes his eyes and goes to sleep; that he will not disturb us anymore. This part is important, according to Zong Rinpoche – that he actually lays down and he goes to sleep. We have to visualise that. Our life is extended, our merits grow, our health becomes vibrant and our mind becomes free from disharmony we should think strongly.
Then the ground under us seals up – all seven levels. On top of the ground is a double vajra, sealing the ground so that the Lord of Death cannot come to disturb our mind, our body and our speech. The Lord of Death represents the potential of our own negative karma also catching up to us.
Then, we are sitting on top of the ground and our bodies are filled with white light and a great amount of wisdom, compassion, penetrative insight. An in-depth understanding into the Buddha’s teachings which will be applicable and which we can apply just pours into our bodies and fills us, as we recite the mantra. This blessed white light comes from Lord Manjushri.
We should do this every single day with a lot of conviction, a lot of trust and a lot of faith in Manjushri. Then, you will see your mind turn around better and better.
WHITE MANJUSHRI’S PRAISE AND MANTRA
(composed by His Holiness the 2nd Dalai Lama)
To be recited with the motivation and visualisation explained above.
I make humble obeisance to you, Manjushri
Great destroyer of mistaken perception,
Wide like the lotus petals are your eyes,
Your mind the pinnacle of expansive bliss.
Your body resplendently white as the effulgent moon,
A sword of Wisdom and Holy Writ in hand,
Your hair coiled in five knots: thus you
Epitomise the splendour and tranquillity of eternal youth.
OM WAKEY DHA-NE-MA
(At least one rosary per day minimum or more, as time permits. Do as much as you can with the above visualization or you can contemplate on Lam Rim subjects also.)
JANG JUB SEM CHOK RINPOCHE
MA KYE PA NAM KYE GYUR CHIK
KYE PA NYAM PA ME PA YANG
GONG NA GONG DU PEL WAR SHUG
Precious supreme Bodhimind,
May it, where unborn, arise,
And, where born, never decline,
But increase forever more!
TONG NI TONG WA RINPOCHE
MA KYE PA NAM KYE GYUR CHIK
KYE PA NYAM PA ME PA YANG
GONG NA GONG DU PEL WAR SHUG
Precious view of Shunyata
May it, where unborn, arise,
And, where born, never decline,
But increase forever more!
DAG SOG JIN NYEH SAG PA GE WA DEE
TAN DANG DRO WA KUN LA GANG PHAN DANG
CHE PAR JE TSUN LO ZANG DRAG PA YI
TAN PI NYING PO RING DU SAL SHEH SHOG
May whatever virtue that I have gathered here,
Bring benefit to all beings and the Dharma,
And may it make Venerable Losang Drakpa’s
Essence teachings specially shine forever!
KYE WA KUN TU YANG DAK LA MA DANG
DRAL ME CHO KYI PAL LA LONG CHO CHING
SA DANG LAM GYI YON TEN RAP DZOK NA
DORJE CHANG GI GO PANG NYUR TOP SHUG
(Prayer by Je Tsongkhapa)
In all lives may I never be parted
From perfect Gurus and may I enjoy the glory of Dharma.
By perfecting the qualities of the paths and stages,
May I quickly attain the state of Vajradhara!
GE WA DI YI NYUR DU DAK
LA MA SANG GYE DRUP GYUR NA
DRO WA CHIK KYANG MA LU PA
DE YI SA LA GO PAR SHUG
(Dedication of Virtue)
Through this virtue may I swiftly
Attain the Guru Deva’s state,
And place each and every being,
Without exception, in that state!
CHO KHI GYAL PO TSONGKHAPA
CHO TSUL NAM PAR PHEL WA LA
GEK KI TSHAN MA ZHI WA DANG
THUN KYIN MA LU TSHANG WAR SHOK
May all obstacles be pacified
And all good conditions be complete
For the fully pure Dharma system
Of Dharma King, Tsongkhapa, to flourish!
DA DANG SHEN GI DU SUM DANG
DRIL WA TSOK NYI LA TEN NAY
GYA WA LO ZANG DRAG PA YI
TAN PAR YUN RING VAR GYUR CHIG
Because of the combined two accumulations
Of myself and others in the three times,
May the Teachings of the Conqueror Tsongkhapa Losang Drakpa,
brightly blaze forever!
NYIMO DELEK TSEN TELEK
NYIME GUNG YANG DELEK SHIN
NYITSEN TAKTU DELEK PEL
KON CHOK SUM GYI JIN GYI LOB
KON CHOK SUM GYI NGOR DRUL TSOL
KON CHOK SUM GYI TRA SHI SHOK
May all be auspicious, day and night!
May auspiciousness increase both day and night
Like the sun rising to its highest in the heavens!
Three Jewels of Refuge, please bless us!
Three Jewels of Refuge, please bestow attainments!
May there be auspiciousness of the Three Jewels!
JETSUN LAMA KU TSE RABTEN CHING
NAM KAR TRINLEY CHOG CHUR GYE PA DANG
LOBSANG TEN PE DRON ME SA SUM GYI
DRO WE MUNSEL TAKTUR NE GYUR CHIG
(Dedication for the Guru’s long life)
May the Venerable Guru’s life be completely stable,
May pure deeds spread to the ten directions,
And may the lamp of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Teachings,
Always remain, dispelling the darkness of the ignorance of beings!
GANG RI RAWE KORWAI SHING KHAM DIR
PEN DANG DEWA MALU GYUNG WAI NE
CHENREZIG WANG TENZIN GYATSO YI
SHA PEI SITHAI BAR DU DEN GYUR CHIG
(Dedication for the long life of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama)
In this land encircled by snow mountains,
Source of every benefit and joy,
May Lord Tenzin Gyatso, Chenrezig,
Remain in this life until samsara’s end!
This is your daily practice to White Manjushri daily. You should obtain a thangka, photo, statue or image of White Manjushri and have a shrine set up if convenient. Make clean and clear water offerings, incense, flowers or whatever is convenient daily. Making offerings to Manjushri daily will generate tremendous merits to empower our realizations. Anyone can do this practice anytime.
You can do this practice morning, afternoon or night. Up to you. But consistently do it daily and reap the benefits! I wish everyone well and wisdom!
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