Rinpoche's comments on terrorism:
leave their mark on us. We call them acts of terrorism, but I
feel the main cause of terror comes from inside. These events
have passed, but there remains a tendency to continually
revisit them in our own minds. This recreates suffering and
fear. We do this as individuals, and it seems the media can
also do this for a nation. As practitioners, we have some
means to apply antidotes and overcome this ourselves. There
are means to eliminate the internal terrorist. I pray that we
can emerge from this as stronger individuals who can play a
part in helping others to do likewise - both as individuals
and as nations. If we can find the right words and actions and
put them in the public eye, we can become a force for healing
ourselves, our nations and our world.
When we suffer
so much, we are as victims. When we turn this around, we
become victors - just as Lord Buddha himself. If we see our
suffering in this way, it becomes more bearable. And we
transform victim to victor.
Prayer for Peace by the
Great Yogi Tang Tong Gyalpo translated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
at the time of the terrorist attack in New York and
Here are the
Words of Truth Pacifying the Dangers of Weapons
Om mani padme
Victorious One (Maitreya Buddha), Transcendental Sublime
Compassionate Eye Looking One, Wrathful Victorious Hayagriva,
Fully Accomplished Totally Pure (Jetsun) Tara and so forth,
Merely hearing your holy names eliminates all dangers, Objects
of refuge in the nature of compassion, please pay attention!
sentient beings of the time of quarrelling and five
degenerations By the explosion of the great ocean of evil
karma and jealousy Are tormented by the intensive suffering of
fighting and quarrelling Please dry this up by the power of
transcendental wisdom and compassion.
By letting great
rainfalls of the nectar of loving-kindness fall On the
migratory beings who are enflaming the conflagration of
hatred-fire Please grant blessing with the recognition of each
other like father-mother Then increase happiness and
multitudes of the vicious evil spirits Who enter the mental
continuum and Change it instantly to the mind of asura From
now on never run in this area (country/world).
I am requesting
for even all the sentient beings who have died in the war To
abandon from that time onwards all the evil karma, cause and
effect, Then having entered and been born in the Blissful
Field (Amitabha's Pure Land) To lead all others to that Pure
Please bless all
those who are born and die (samsaric beings) To have a long
life, no sicknesses, to pacify all quarrelling and fighting,
Enjoy the ten virtues, have rainfall at the right times,
always have good harvests And for all the habitat and
inhabitants to be auspicious and increase.
By the ultimate
reality which is pure by nature, By phenomena having ultimate
reality cause and result are unbetrayable, And by the
compassion of the Guru, Mind-seal Deity and Rare Sublime Ones,
May these pure extensive prayers be completed.
When there was
unceasing war in Kham (Me Nyak), Tibet and nobody was able to
create harmony, the Great Lord Yogi (Tang Tong Gyalpo) came to
Kham, generated bodhicitta and just by merely saying these
true words and sprinkling flowers all the vicious minds
(jealousy and anger) were completely pacified and the war that
had been continuous, ceased. There were prosperous harvests
and so forth. The country became auspicious and peaceful. This
is blessed vajra speech.
This is one of
the prayers of the Great Tantric Yogi Tang Tong Gyalpo. The
other prayers that he composed were to stop famine and
Chobgye Trichen Rinpoche who is a Guru of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama (His Holiness received the Sakya Lam Dre teachings
and initiations including Dorje Phurba from him) and also one
of the main teachers of His Holiness Sakya Trizin was invited
to one part of Nepal by the Nepalese government. Rinpoche
checked what could be most beneficial for them and what prayer
was most needed to benefit them. It came out that the best
practice for them to do was these three prayers composed by
Tang Tong Gyalpo. So then Rinpoche decided to give the oral
transmission of these three prayers. That is how I found out
about these prayers and I received the oral transmission from
His Holiness Chobgye Trichen Rinpoche.
merits have come from making this translation available, may
wherever this text is (whichever country) and also by reading
this prayer, cause all the people's hearts be filled with
loving-kindness, bodhicitta and the thought to only benefit
and not harm. May the sun of peace and happiness arise and may
any wars that are happening stop immediately. May there be
harmony, peace and may there never be war or violence again.
the incomparably kind Guru Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Kachoe Dechen
Ling, Aptos, California, USA, 11 September 2001, on the day
that the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in
Washington were attacked and many people killed and injured.
This is a revised and edited version of the original, with the
help of Ven Sarah Tenzin Yiwong.