The Extraordinary Aspiration
Practice of Samantabhadra
(The King of Prayers)
In Sanskrit: samantabhadracarya
In Tibetan: 'phags-pa bzang-po spyod-pa'i smon-lam-gyi
I bow down to the youthful Arya
You lions among humans,
Gone to freedom in
the present, past and future
In the worlds of ten
To all of you, with body, speech and sincere mind I
With the energy of aspiration for the
With a sense of deep respect,
And with as
many bodies as atoms of the world,
To all you Buddhas visualized
as real, I bow down.
On every atom are Buddhas numberless as
Each amidst a host of bodhisattvas,
And I am confident
the sphere of all phenomena
Is entirely filled with Buddhas in
With infinite oceans of praise for you,
oceans of sound from the aspects of my voice,
I sing the
breathtaking excellence of Buddhas,
And celebrate all of you Gone
Beautiful flowers and regal garlands,
music, scented oils and parasols,
Sparkling lights and sublime
I offer to you Victorious Ones.
Fine dress and fragrant perfumes,
powder heaped high as Mount Meru,
All wondrous offerings in
I offer to you Victorious Ones.
With transcendent offerings peerless and
With profound admiration for all the Buddhas,
strength of conviction in the bodhisattva way,
I offer and bow
down to all Victorious Ones.
Every harmful action I have done
body, speech and mind
Overwhelmed by attachment, anger and
All these I openly lay bare before you.
I lift up my heart and rejoice in all positive
Of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas in ten directions,
Of solitary realizers, hearers still training and those beyond,
And of all ordinary beings.
You who are the bright lights of worlds in ten
Who have attained a Buddha's omniscience through the
stages of awakening,
All you who are my guides,
the supreme wheel of Dharma.
With palms together I earnestly request:
who may actualize parinirvana,
Please stay with us for eons
numberless as atoms of the world,
For the happiness and
well-being of all wanderers in samsara.
Whatever slight positive potential I may have
By paying homage, offering, and acknowledging my
Rejoicing, and requesting that the Buddhas stay and
I now dedicate all this for full awakening.
May you Buddhas now living in the worlds of ten
And all you gone to freedom in the past, accept my
May those not yet arisen quickly perfect their
Awakening as fully enlightened ones.
May all worlds in ten directions,
pure and vast.
May they be filled with bodhisattvas
Surrounding Buddhas gathered beneath a bodhi tree.
May as many beings as exist in ten
Be always well and happy.
May all samsaric beings
live in accord with the Dharma,
And may their every Dharma wish
Remembering my past lives in all varieties of
May I practice the bodhisattva way,
And thus, in
each cycle of death, migration and birth,
May I always abandon
the householder's life.
Then, following in the footsteps of all the
And perfecting the practice of a bodhisattva,
always act without error or compromise,
With ethical discipline
faultless and pure.
May I teach the Dharma in the language of
In every language of spirits and nagas,
Of humans and of
And in the voice of every form of being.
May I be gentle-minded, cultivating the
And never forget bodhicitta.
May I completely
cleanse without omission
Every negativity and all that obscures
this awakening mind.
May I traverse all my lives in the
Free of karma, afflictions and interfering forces,
as the lotus blossom is undisturbed by the water's wave,
the sun and moon move unhindered through the sky.
May I ease the suffering in the lower
And in the many directions and dimensions of the
May I guide all wanderers in samsara to the pure bliss
And be of worldly benefit to them as
May I practice constantly for eons to
Perfecting the activities of awakening,
harmony with the various dispositions of beings,
Showing the ways
of a bodhisattva.
May I always have the friendship
whose path is like mine,
And with body, words and also
May we practice together the same aspirations and
May I always meet a spiritual mentor
never displease that excellent friend,
Who deeply wishes to help
And expertly teaches the bodhisattva way.
May I always directly see the
Masters encircled by bodhisattvas,
And without pause
or discouragement for eons to come,
May I make extensive
offerings to them.
May I hold within me the Buddha's genuine
Illuminate everywhere the teachings that awaken,
Embody the realizations of a bodhisattva,
ardently in all future eons.
While circling through all states of existence,
May I become an endless treasure of good qualities -
means, wisdom, samadhi and liberating stabilizations-
limitless pristine wisdom and positive potential.
On one atom I shall see
numberless as atoms,
Inconceivable Buddhas among bodhisattvas in
Practicing the activities of awakening.
Perceiving this in all directions,
into an ocean of Buddha fields,
Each an ocean of three times
Buddhas in the space of a wisp of hair.
So I, too, will practice
for an ocean of eons.
Thus I am continually immersed in the speech of
Expression that reveals an ocean of qualities in
The completely pure eloquence of all the
Communication suited to the varied tendencies of
With strength of understanding I plunge
the infinite enlightened speech of the Dharma
Of all Buddhas in
three times gone to freedom,
Who continually turn the wheel of
I shall experience in one moment
activity of all future eons,
And I will enter into all eons of
the three times,
In but a fraction of a second.
In one instant I shall see all those awakened
Past, present and future lions among humans,
the power of the illusion-like stabilization
I will constantly
engage in their inconceivable activity.
I shall manifest upon one single atom
array of pure lands present, past and future.
Likewise, I shall
enter the array of pure Buddha fields
In every direction without
I shall enter the very presence of all my
Those lights of this world who are yet to
Those sequentially turning the wheels of complete
Those who reveal nirvana - final, perfect peace.
May I achieve the power of swift, magical
The power to lead to the great vehicle through every
The power of always beneficial activity,
of love pervading all realms,
The power of all surpassing
The power of supreme knowledge unobstructed
And through the powers of wisdom, skillful
means and samadhi,
May I achieve the perfect power of
Purifying the power of all contaminated
Crushing the power of disturbing emotions at their
Defusing the power of interfering forces,
perfect the power of the bodhisattva practice.
May I purify an ocean of worlds,
May I free
an ocean of beings,
May I clearly see an ocean of Dharma,
I realize an ocean of pristine wisdom.
May I purify an ocean of activities,
fulfill an ocean of aspirations,
May I make offerings to an ocean
May I practice without discouragement for an ocean of
To awaken fully through this bodhisattva
I shall fulfill without exception
All the diverse
aspirations of the awakening practice
Of all Buddhas gone to
freedom in the three times everywhere.
In order to practice exactly as the wise
Called Samantabhadra, 'All Embracing Good',
brother of the sons and daughters of the Buddhas,
dedicate all this goodness.
Likewise may I dedicate
Just as the skillful
With pure body, speech and mind,
and pure Buddha fields.
I shall give rise to the aspirations of
For this bodhisattva practice of all embracing
To perfect these practices
Without discouragement or
pause in all future eons.
May my pure activities be endless,
And through abiding in immeasurable
May I actualize infinite emanations.
Limitless is the end of space,
limitless are living beings,
Thus, limitless are karma and
May my aspiration's reach be limitless as well.
One may offer to the Buddhas
All wealth and
adornments of infinite worlds in ten directions,
And one may
offer during eons numberless as atoms of the world
greatest happiness of gods and humans;
But whoever hears this extraordinary aspiration,
And longing for highest awakening
Gives rise to faith just
Creates far more precious positive potential.
Those who make this heartfelt aspiration for the
Will be free of all lower rebirths,
And will quickly see Amitabha, Infinite
And even in this very human life,
be nourished by happiness and have all conducive
Without waiting long,
They will become like
Those who give voice to this extraordinary
Will quickly and completely purify
boundless harmful actions
Created under the power of
Blessed with supreme knowledge,
body, family, attributes, and appearance,
They will be invincible
to vast interfering forces and misleading teachers,
And all the
three worlds will make offerings.
Going quickly to the noble bodhi tree,
sitting there to benefit sentient beings,
They will fully awaken and turn the great
wheel of Dharma
Have no doubt that complete awakening
fully ripened result - comprehended only by a Buddha -
holding in mind by teaching, reading or reciting
of the bodhisattva practice.
In order to train just like
Manjushri who knows reality as it is
And just like Samantabhadra
I completely dedicate all this goodness, just as they
With that dedication which is praised as
By all the Buddhas gone to freedom in the three
I, too, dedicate all my roots of goodness
attainments of the bodhisattva practice.
When the moment of my death arrives,
eliminating all obscurations
And directly perceiving
May I go immediately to Sukhavati, Pure Land of Great
Having gone to Sukhavati,
May I actualize the
meaning of these aspirations,
Fulfilling them all without
For the benefit of beings for as long as this world
Born from an extremely beautiful, superlative
In this joyful land, the Buddha's magnificent
May I receive a prediction of my awakening
from the Buddha Amitabha.
Having received a prediction there,
create vast benefit
For beings throughout the ten
With a billion emanations by the power of wisdom.
Through even the small virtue I have
By offering this prayer of the bodhisattva
May all the positive aspirations of beings
fulfilled in an instant.
Through creating limitless positive
By dedicating this prayer of Samantabhadra's
May all beings drowning in this torrent of
Enter the presence of Amitabha.
Through this king of aspirations, which is the
greatest of the sublime,
Helping infinite wanderers in
Through the accomplishment of this scripture dazzling
with Samantabhadra's practice,
May suffering realms be utterly
emptied of all beings.
Thus, The Extraordinary Aspiration
of the Practice of Samantabhadra, also known as The King of
from the Gandavyuha chapter of the Avatamsaka sutra
(translated by Jinamitra, Surendrabodhi and Yeshes-sde circa
900c.e.), is complete.
The Tibetan was compared with the
Sanskrit and revised by lotsawa Vairocana.