This is the Year of the Horse. According to traditional Tibetan astrology it is important that special practices are done this year to ward off obstacles to our beloved Teacher’s long life and well-being.
HH Chungtsang Rinpoche, the joint Head of Rinpoche’s Drikung Kagyu lineage, has recommended the Amitayus prayer and mantra be performed for this purpose. Accordingly, between May 13 and 15, one thousand Namdroling monks are chanting the prayer, and performing a grand tsog offering daily.
As Rinpoche’s students, each of us has the precious opportunity to support this practice, and make offerings for our Master’s good health, long life and the complete success of all his enlightened activities for the benefit of all beings. The costs of having 1,000 monks practicing intensively for three days are substantial. It would be wonderful and auspicious if every one of Rinpoche’s many students could contribute towards this.
You can make an offering by credit card or Paypal through Amitabha Foundation US, or through one of Rinpoche’s other centers worldwide. You may also wire the money directly to the Drikung Charitable Account in India (see the information below). In the US, you can send a check (with “Long Life Prayers” in the memo line) to:
11 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14607
Each of us can also can join in the practice, chanting the Amitayus mantra, with the visualization done as in Phowa, but with Rinpoche himself receiving the blessings.
Mantra of Buddha Amitayus: Om A Ma Ra-ni Dzi-wan Ti-ye So-ha
If you do not know the Amitayus practice, you can accumulate the Guru Rinpoche 7-Line prayer, dedicating the merit to Rinpoche:
7-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
Hung. U Gyen Yul Gyi Nub Jang Tsham/ Ped-ma Ge Sar Dong Po La/
Hung. In the northwest country of Urgyen/ On the stamen of a blooming lotus
Ya Tshen Chog Gi Ngo Drub Nye/ Ped-ma Jung Ne Zhe Su Drag/
Having attained the most wonderful and perfect siddhi -/ You are the one renowned as the “Lotus Born.”
Khor Du Kha Dro Mang Po Kor/ Khyed Kyi Je Su Dag Drub Kyi/
Surrounded by a host of Dakinis./ I follow you and practise accordingly
Jin Gyi Lob Chyir Sheg Su Sol/ Guru Ped-ma Sid-dhi Hung/
Please come and bestow your blessings./
||Drikung Charitable Society
||Syndicate Bank, Bylakuppe -571104 Branch
||Kagyudpa Monastic Institute
Swift Codes for:
- US dollars: SYNBIN BB 118 BKTRUS 33
- UK Pound: SYNBIN BB 118 BARCCB 22
- Euro: SYNBIN BB 118 DUTCH BANK-953492610
- Swiss Franc: SYNBINN BB 118 UBSWCH2H 80A