prayer (*.rtf format)
In the language of India: Arya Bhadra Charya Pranidhana
In the language of Tibet [translated into
The King of Aspiration Prayers,
the Aspiration for
Noble Excellent Conduct
I pay homage to
the noble Manjushri.
To those, in the worlds of the ten
directions, however many there are,
All the lions among humans
who appear during the three times-
To all of them without
I pay homage with respectful body, speech, and
The force of my Aspiration Prayer for Excellent
Brings all the victorious ones directly to
Bowing down with bodies as numerous as atoms in the
I prostrate to all the victorious ones.
single atom there are buddhas as numerous as atoms,
in the midst of their sons and daughters;
Like that, I imagine
that the whole dharmadhatu
Is completely filled with victorious
To those with oceans of inexhaustible praise-worthy
With sounds containing oceans of tones of melodic
I express the qualities of all the victorious ones,
praise all the sugatas.
With the finest flowers, the finest
Music, ointments, supreme parasols,
and the finest incense
I make offerings to the victorious
With the finest cloths, supreme scents,
powders equal to Mount Meru,
All displayed in supreme and
I make offerings to those victorious
With vast unsurpassable offerings
I venerate all the
Through the power of faith in excellent
I prostrate and offer to the victorious
Whatever negative actions I have performed
body, speech, and also mind
Overpowered by desire, aggression,
I confess each and every one of them.
rejoice everyone's merit-
The victorious ones of the ten
directions, the bodhisattvas,
The pratyekabuddhas, those in
Those beyond training, and all beings.
request the protectors,
The lamps of the worlds of the ten
Who, passing through the stages of awakening,
To turn the unsurpassable dharma
I supplicate with my palms joined together
who intend to demonstrate nirvana
To remain for kalpas as
numerous as atoms in the realms
For the welfare and happiness of
I dedicate whatever slight virtue is accumulated
Prostrating, offering, confessing,
requesting, and supplicating
offerings to all the past buddhas
And those residing in the
worlds of the ten directions.
May those who have not
Quickly fulfill their intentions, and passing through
the stages of awakening, appear as buddhas.
May the realms of
the ten directions, however many,
Be completely pure and
May they be filled with buddhas and bodhisattvas
have gone to sit before the powerful bodhi tree.
beings throughout the ten directions, however many they may
Always have happiness, free from illness;
May all beings
be in harmony with the aims of the dharma
And acheive what they
May I perform the conduct of awakening
remember my lives during all states.
In all my successive lives,
from birth to death,
May I always be a
Following the victorious ones, may I train,
Bringing excellent conduct to perfection,
And engage in pure,
stainless moral conduct,
Which never lapses and is free from
In the languages of gods, the languages of nagas and
In the languages of kumbhandas and humans-
many languages of beings there may be,
May I teach the dharma.
With gentleness may I exert myself in the paramitas.
I never forget bodhicitta.
May all wrongdoing and whatever
Be thoroughly purified.
May I be liberated from
karma, kleshas, and the work of maras,
And act for all beings in
Like a lotus to which water does not cling,
sun and moon unhindered in space.
Throughout the directions
and reaches of the realms
May the suffering of the lower states
May all beings be placed in happiness;
beings be benefitted.
May I bring awakened conduct to
Engage in conduct that harmonizes with
Teach excellent conduct,
And perform these throughout
all future kalpas.
May I continuously be with those
actions accord with my own.
May our conduct and aspirations
body, speech, and mind be the same.
May I always meet
Friends who wish to benefit me,
Those who teach excellent
And may I never displease them.
May I always
directly see the victorious ones,
The protectors, surrounded by
In future kalpas without tiring,
May I make vast
offerings to them.
May I retain the genuine dharma of the
And cause the appearance of awakened
Training in excellent conduct,
May I act in this way
throughout future kalpas.
When circling in all my
May I develop inexhaustible merit and wisdom,
become an inexhaustible treasury of
Methods, knowledge, samadhi,
liberation, and virtues.
In a single atom there are realms as
numerous as all atoms;
In those realms reside infinite
In the midst of bodhisattvas-
Beholding them, may I
perform awakened conduct.
Like that, in all directions
the breadth of just a hair
There are oceans of buddhas, as many
as in the three times, and oceans of realms-
May I act and be
engaged with them for oceans of kalpas.
A single instance of
a buddha's speech is a voice endowed with oceans of qualities,
has the pure qualities of the melodic speech of the victorious
And is the melodic speech that accords with the
inclinations of all beings-
May I always be engaged with the
May I be engaged through the power of my
In the inexhaustible melodic speech
Of the victorious
ones appearing in the three times
Who turn the dharma like a
As all future kalpas are penetrated
May I also
penetrate them instantly;
May I be engaged in and penetrate, in
each part of an instant,
As many kalpas as are in the three
May I see instantly
Those lions among humans
appearing in the three times.
May I always be engaged in their
sphere of experience
Through the power of illusion-like
May I produce in a single atom
arrays of realms there are in the three times;
May I be engaged
with the arrays of the buddha realms
In all directions
Those lamps of the worlds who have not yet
Will gradually awaken, turn the dharma wheel,
demonstrate nirvana, the final peace-
May I go into the presence
of those protectors.
Through the power of swift
The power of the yana, the door,
The power of
conduct endowed with qualities,
The power of all-pervasive
The power of virtuous merit,
The power of wisdom free
And the powers of knowledge, methods, and
May I perfectly accomplish the power of
May I purify the power of karma,
power of kleshas,
Render the power of maras powerless,
perfect the power of excellent conduct.
May I purify oceans
Liberate oceans of beings,
Behold oceans of
Realize oceans of wisdom,
Purify oceans of
Perfect oceans of aspiration prayers,
Offer to oceans
And act without weariness throughout oceans of
All the victorious ones who appear in the three
Awaken into enlightenment through the excellent
Of various aspiration prayers for awakened
May I perfect all of these.
The eldest son of the
Is called Samantabhadra by name.
all this virtue
That I may act with skill similar to
May I also be equal to him
In his skill in excellent
For pure body, speech and mind,
Pure conduct and
May I act according to the aspiration prayers of
In order to perform excellent virtue.
throughout future kalpas,
May I perfect these
May my conduct be without measure,
qualities also be measureless.
Remaining within conduct without
May I send out emanations.
Sentient beings extend
As far as the limits of space;
May my aspiration prayers
As far as the limits of their karma and
Though someone adorns with precious jewels
infinite realms of the ten directions, and offers these to the
Or offers the supreme happiness of gods and men
kalpas as numerous as atoms in the realms,
The genuine merit of
Hears this king of dedications,
Who is inspired
towards supreme awakening,
And gives rise to faith in it is more
Whoever makes this Aspiration Prayer for Excellent
Will be free from the lower realms,
And free from
They will see Amithaba soon,
benefits and be sustained in happiness-
With all of this their
life will go well.
Before long they will become
Whatever has been done through the power of
All evil, even the five acts of immediate
Will be quickly purified
By those who recite
this Excellent Conduct.
They will possess wisdom, beauty and
Be of good family with fine complexion.
not be overpowered by maras or tirthikas;
The three worlds will
make offerings to them.
They will soon go before the bodhi
And having gone there, they will sit to benefit
Awaken into enlightenment, turn the dharma wheel,
subdue all maras and their hordes.
The full ripening for
those who are involved with, teach or recite
Prayer for Excellent Conduct
Is known only by the
Without any doubt, it is supreme enlightenment.
dedicate all this virtue,
Following and emulating
Manjushri who is omniscient,
As is Samantabhadra.
dedications, praised as supreme
By the victorious ones who appear
in the three times,
I dedicate all my roots of virtue
When the time of death comes for me
all my obscurations vanish;
Seeing Amitabha directly
May I go
to his realm of Sukhavati.
Having gone there, may I
All these aspiration prayers,
And benefit beings as long as worlds exist.
May I be born within a beautiful lotus
In that excellent
and joyous realm of the victorious one;
And from the victorious
one Amitabha directly
May I receive a prophecy.
received his prophecy there,
May I benefit all beings in the ten
Though the power of my mind
With many billions of
Through whatever slight virtue I have
By making this Aspiration Prayer for Excellent
May the virtue of the aspiration prayers for all
Be accomplished instantly.
By the infinite and
Attained through dedicating The Aspiration Prayer
for Excellent Conduct,
May all beings drowning in the rivers of
Reach the place of Amitabha.
May this King of
Bring about the supreme aim and benefit for
all infinite beings;
Completing this scripture adorned by
May the lower realms be empty.
This completes The King of Aspiration Prayers,
Translated into English under the guidance of
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso
The Aspiration for Excellent Conduct.
[from Sanskrit], edited, and finalized by the
Dzina Mitra and Surendra Bodhi
with the lotsawa and great
editor, Bande Yeshe De and others.
by Elizabeth Callahan. August 1994. ©
Elizabeth Callahan 1994.