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Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by Sennin » Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:29 pm

What prayers are generally used before reading from dharma texts?
I'm interested to see if there are formal/informal standards or do people just dive right in.
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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:46 pm

The supreme, profound, and sublime dharma is difficult to meet even in a billion eons. But now I have been fortunate enough to have seen it, heard it, received it and kept it. I vow to attain the true meaning of the Tathagata.

Something similar to the above is common.
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that
to guide me, I simply say Namu-amida-butsu.
-- Ippen

"If sentient beings are touched by His radiance, their three afflictions will be eliminated and their bodies and minds will become gentle. They will be filled with joy and exuberance as benevolence arises in their minds. If those who are in extreme suffering, taking any of the three evil life-journeys, see this radiance, they can rest, no more pain or distress." -- Sutra of Amitāyus Buddha

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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by amanitamusc » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:09 pm

Ati guru yoga before reading and dedication after.

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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by philji » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:39 pm

Perhaps something relating to correct motivation.

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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by Miroku » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:16 pm

Depends, recite refuge + motivation prayers or lineage prayer could be a good idea. Or offer 7limb prayer for merit to understand.
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A needle stitches up your clothes.
A horse takes you where you want to go.
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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by Matylda » Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:46 am

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:46 pm
The supreme, profound, and sublime dharma is difficult to meet even in a billion eons. But now I have been fortunate enough to have seen it, heard it, received it and kept it. I vow to attain the true meaning of the Tathagata.

Something similar to the above is common.
This is prayer which authorship is attributed to Wu Zeitan, famous Chinese empress of the Tang dynasty and great sponsor of buddhism. It is common prayer in China and Japan chanted also in zen monasteries and temples.

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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:05 am

:thanks: :buddha1:
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that
to guide me, I simply say Namu-amida-butsu.
-- Ippen

"If sentient beings are touched by His radiance, their three afflictions will be eliminated and their bodies and minds will become gentle. They will be filled with joy and exuberance as benevolence arises in their minds. If those who are in extreme suffering, taking any of the three evil life-journeys, see this radiance, they can rest, no more pain or distress." -- Sutra of Amitāyus Buddha

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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by WeiHan » Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:26 am

The masters at Sethar larung Gar said that their standard routine for any Dharma activities is reciting the King Aspiration Prayers of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra. The standard way to end is also reciting the dedication verses in this prayer.

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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by weitsicht » Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:15 am

Ho! All the possible appearances and existences of samsara and nirvana have the same source, yet two paths and two results arise as the magical display of awareness and unawareness.
HO NANG SRI KHOR DAE THAMCHE KUN ZHI CHIG LAM NYI DRAE BU NYI RIG DANG MA RIG CHOM THRUL TE

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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by pemachophel » Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:40 pm

Prayer to Manjusri known.as Gang Lo Ma for increasing intelligence and memory. Or pray to Saraswati for same.
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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by kirtu » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:27 am

Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
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Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

Post by Sennin » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:25 am

Thanks everyone!
Very practical replies.
I was unaware of the Manjusri prayer (Gang Lo Ma) so I'll incorporate that sometimes as well as the other suggestions.
"Realisation is accomplished on the basis of the
accumulation of wisdom, and accumulating wisdom
means entering the practice of contemplation; there is
no other way to accumulate wisdom."
--ChNNR

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