Prayers for Dad

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Mönlam Tharchin
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Prayers for Dad

Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:44 pm

For something like 20+ years, my dad has been in medical limbo of some kind.

He's in the hospital now.

I have no idea how one man can spend so much time in the hospital, yet remain kind and happy.
The moment he returns home, he gets right back to hiking, beach trips, DIYing his house to make it nicer for his extended family.
He has more energy in his fingertip than I do in my entire body.
He's one of my greatest inspirations, and I wake up every day expecting him to die.

I trust in the buddhas and bodhisattvas, so I trust in the efficacy of your practice.
Please dedicate even a sliver of your Vajrasattva or Amitabha practice to him.
His name is Jan. You would like him if you met him.

May my dad be able to live in peace.
Whether he departs soon or later, may he see Amitabha and follow him to Sukhavati.
May my dad's already considerable compassion grow to include all beings in effortless bodhicitta.
May he become utterly free and save many.

namo amitābhāya tathāgatāya tadyathā!
amṛtabhave amṛtasaṃbhave
amṛtavikrānte amṛtavikrāntagāmini
gagana kīrtīchare svāhā!
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that, to guide me I simply say Namu-amida-butsu. -- Ippen

If in your heart you hold the thought, "I shall continue to utter the nembutsu," the Buddha will turn his attention to you, and thus you are one among those who are thought about and cherished. -- Master Hōnen

The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have unobstructed vision in all directions. Everything is in their presence; and I stand in front of them. -- Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

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Re: Prayers for Dad

Post by Motova » Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:53 pm

Ayang Rinpoche does Liberation Prayer for the deceased every Phowa course (I think) and he did it for our Vajrasattva course. In addition, he does divinations and gives advice on how to bring deceased loved ones to Buddha Amitabha's Pure Land.
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Re: Prayers for Dad

Post by Miroku » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:28 pm

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A boat delivers you to the other riverbank.
A needle stitches up your clothes.
A horse takes you where you want to go.
Bodhicitta will bring you to Buddhahood.
~ Khunu Lama Rinpoche

Even non-buddhists have many virtuous accomplishments
~ Jigten Sumgon

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Re: Prayers for Dad

Post by anjali » Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:59 pm

Brief Sukhāvatī Aspiration, slightly modified for your father...

Emaho! Amitābha, magnificent Buddha of Boundless Light,
With the great compassionate lord Avalokiteśvara to his right,
And Vajrapāṇi-Mahāsthāmaprāpta on his left,
Surrounded by an assembly of countless buddhas and bodhisattvas
In the place of wonder and boundless joy and happiness
That is the heavenly realm of Sukhāvatī, the Blissful Paradise.

When the time comes for your father to leave this present life,
May he go there directly, without any other birth upon the way,
And being reborn there, may he see Amitābha face to face!

May this, my fervent prayer of aspiration,
Be blessed by all the buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions
So that it is accomplished, without the slightest hindrance!

tadyathā pañcendriyāvabodhanīye svāhā

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Re: Prayers for Dad

Post by Fortyeightvows » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:09 am

Wishing you and your father good luck.
He is lucky to have a son like you.
Amitofo.

Mönlam Tharchin
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Re: Prayers for Dad

Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Thu May 02, 2019 4:28 am

Dad's sick again in the hospital, with increasing frequency over the past months.

Your prayers and practice in any capacity are appreciated.

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

If in your heart you hold the thought, "I shall continue to utter the nembutsu," the Buddha will turn his attention to you, and thus you are one among those who are thought about and cherished. -- Master Hōnen

The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have unobstructed vision in all directions. Everything is in their presence; and I stand in front of them. -- Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

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Re: Prayers for Dad

Post by amanitamusc » Thu May 02, 2019 5:33 am

Mönlam Tharchin wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 4:28 am
Dad's sick again in the hospital, with increasing frequency over the past months.

Your prayers and practice in any capacity are appreciated.

Hrih hrih hrih
Om Ah Hung

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Re: Prayers for Dad

Post by Jerafreyr » Tue May 07, 2019 9:48 am

May your father receive the blessings of celestial protectors and may behold their forms with unobstructed vision.
May the rains of perfect dharma clouds ascend upon his body and may he be entirely free from any discomfort
May the sacred door of the ear be free from obstacles that he may hear the voice of manjushri
May he free living beings from imprisonment, may he offer medicines to the sick, may he provide contentment to the wretched, and wealth to the poor.
May the fruits of his good works provide him with long life, bodily ease, energetic striving, keen intelligence, and good health.
If he is not already perfectly enlightened, may he be instantly liberated with perfect enlightenment.

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Re: Prayers for Dad

Post by well wisher » Mon May 20, 2019 12:16 pm

May your dad live happily and healthily, with minimized pains and suffering from medical conditions and human body limtations.
May all Buddhists be able to reach the Buddha's pure land of their choosing on the time of their bodily death without any obstructions!
May all sentient beings be liberated from samsaric sufferings and the chaotic cycles of life and death!
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namo bhagavate bhaiśajyaguru vaidūryaprabharājāya tathāgatāya arhate samyaksambuddhāya tadyathā: oṃ bhaiśajye bhaiśajye bhaiśajya-samudgate svāhā.

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