Happy Birthday Your Holiness!

HIs Holiness the Dalai Lama

| Fourteenth Dalai Lama Series | #HHDL80 | #DalaiLama80

In the heavenly realm of Tibet, surrounded by a chain of snow mountains,
The source of all happiness and help for beings
Is Tenzin Gyatso—Chenrezig in person—
May his life be secure for hundreds of kalpas!

As the whole world celebrates His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday on 6 July 2015, we at Lotsawa House pay homage to this great teacher and champion of peace, compassion and universal responsibility. To mark the occasion, we remind readers that we offer the following texts to support your prayers for His Holiness’s long life and the fulfilment of all his aspirations:

The Melody of the Nectar of Immortality Long Life Prayers
by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

The Music of Immortality Long Life Prayers
by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Prayer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
by Lodi Gyari Rinpoche

Prayer for the Fulfilment of His Holiness’s Aspirations
composed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at the request of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Prayers for Saga Dawa Düchen

Buddha Shakyamuni

FOR SAGA DAWA DÜCHEN, THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BUDDHA’S ENLIGHTENMENT AND PARINIRVANA, WHICH IS TODAY, THE FOLLOWING PRAYERS AND PRACTICES ARE RECOMMENDED:

The Treasury of Blessings by Mipham Rinpoche

Great Praise of the Ten Acts of the Buddha by Nāgārjuna

Short Praise of the Buddha’s Deeds by Ārya Śūra

Verses on the Buddha’s Previous Lives by Ārya Śūra

Praise of the Twelve Acts of the Buddha by Jigme Lingpa

The King of Aspiration Prayers

Prayer for the Future of the Dharma

Lojong Texts: An Anthology

 Image

With the encouragement and blessing of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche, Lotsawa House has produced a booklet of lojong texts for free distribution. The booklet, which includes both the original Tibetan texts and English translation, was modelled on earlier anthologies of lojong texts in Tibetan and Chinese produced by Zenkar Rinpoche, and features additional texts recommended by Rinpoche himself.

The following texts are included in the booklet:

  1. Verses of Refuge and Bodhichitta by Shakyashribhadra
  2. The Bodhisattva’s Garland of Jewels by Atisha Dipamkara
  3. Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa
  4. Parting from the Four Attachments with commentary by Jetsün Drakpa Gyaltsen
  5. The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
  6. How to Transform Sickness and Other Circumstances by Gyalsé Tokmé Zangpo
  7. A Mirror Revealing the Crucial Points: Advice on the Ultimate Meaning by Longchen Rabjam
  8. Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa
  9. A Song of Compassion by Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangrol
  10. Many Aeons Ago by Patrul Rinpoche
  11. Aspirations in Accordance with the Dharma by Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima

The texts have all been translated by Rigpa Translations and are also available on the Lotsawa House website. Several of the translations were revised in recent months.

If you would like to contribute towards the costs of translating, producing and distributing this booklet, or the translation into other languages (we are currently working on French, German and Spanish versions), or even to support similar projects in the future, please make a donation here.

The booklet will also be available as an e-text in various formats. Watch this space for more details.