Prayers for Dad

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Prayers for Dad

Post by Monlam 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!
Namu Amida Bu Namu Amida Bu Namu Amida Bu

"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. After their death, they will be saved." -- Sutra of Amitāyus Buddha

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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

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

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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.

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