If you don't understand that whatever appears is meditation,
What can you achieve by applying an antidote?
Perception are not abandoned by discarding them,
But are spontaneously freed when recognized as illusory.

- Niguma


Traversing the Path:
A Brief Teaching on Refuge by H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa
The Four Dharmas of Gampopa by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Opening the Dharma by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro
The Wisdom Essence of Oral Instructions in Stages of the Path by Guru Rinpoche
The Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra

Preliminary Contemplations - Renunciation:
A Garland of Essential Points by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche
The Four Thoughts Changing the Mind
Becoming Weary of Samsara by Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
The Separation from the Four Attachments by Jetsun Trakpa Gyaltsen
Milarepa's Advice
Advice from Me to Myself by Patrul Rinpoche
The Three Principle Paths by Je Tsongkhapa
Teachings on the Nature of Cyclic Existence
Dzogchen View of Tantric Ngondro by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche

Training the Mind - Impartial Love and Compassion:
The Seven Points of Mind Training
Tonglen Meditation by Thrangu Rinpoche

Mediation - Tranquility and Insight
The Reason We Practice Meditation by Thrangu Rinpoche
A Guide To Shamatha Meditation by Thrangu Rinpoche
Buddhist Meditation and Mental Well Being by Traleg Rinpoche
A Lamp For the Path to Liberation by Dezhung Rinpoche
Correct Meditation by Lama Shabkar
Dzogchen and Mahamudra

Sadhana Practice - Blessing and Transformation
The Five-Fold Profound Path of Mahamudra by Jigten Sumgon
The Song of the Four Mindfulness by the Seventh Dalai Lama
Fifty Stanzas of Guru Devotion
Introduction to Chod by H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche
The Essence of Diamond-like Teaching by Shechen Rajam Rinpoche
Devotion by Garchen Rinpoche
Seven Line Prayer
Amitabha Sadhana by Tulku Tenga Rinpoche
Medicine Buddha Practice
Buddha Nature - the Ground:
H.H. The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa
A Spontaneous Teaching on Emptiness by H.H. The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa
Essence of Buddha by H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche
Nature of The Mind by H.H. Sakya Trizin
Buddha Nature by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Death and Dying:
Heart Advice on Helping the Dying
Tasks for a person who is dying
The Six Bardos and the Nature of Mind by Kalu Rinpoche
Helping the Dead
Death, Dying and Reincarnation by Traleg Rinpoche

Rime - Non-sectarianism:
The Rime Movement by Ringu Rinpoche
Non-sectarianism by Ven. Deshung Rinpoche

Sutra and Tantra:
Influence of Yogacara on Tantra
The Diamond Sutra
The Chinese Buddhist Canon
The Heart Sutra
Kalachakra Tantra's Background

Teachings and Instructions:
The Four Noble Truths by Thrangu Rinpoche
Tibetan Buddhism taught at KTD
Shenpen Osel Online Edition
Working with Attachment and Desire by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
Sakya Teachings
Understanding Buddhist Shrine by Lama Choedak

Guru Biographies:
The Life of Lord Buddha
The Life of Milarepa
The Stories of the Dzokchen Masters
The Stories of the Mahasiddhas
The Life of Tilopa
The Life of Mahasiddha Virupa
The Karma Kagyu Lineage
The Jamgon Kongtruls by Ven. Bokhar Rinpoche

Maitreya Statue

Buddha Maitreya will manifest in this world system to expound the profound teachings after Buddha Shakyamuni's teachings become forgotten. Buddha Shakyamuni taught the following prayer of Maitreya in the forty-first chapter of the Ratnakuta Sutra.

The Aspiration Prayer of Maitreya

I prostrate to all the buddhas
And to the bodhisattvas,
Endowed with the divine eye of the sages,
And to the sravakas as well.

I prostrate to bodhicitta
Which counteracts [birth in] all lower realms,
Perfectly shows the path to the higher realms,
And leads to no ageing nor death.

Whatever negative actions I have done
Under the influence of an [afflicted] mind,
In the presence of the buddhas,
I fully acknowledge them [all].

By the accumulation of any merit I have created
Through the three kinds of activities,
May my seed of omniscience [grow]
And may I [attain] awakening that never ends.

Whatever offerings to the buddhas
[That can be found] in realms of the ten directions
Are known to the buddhas who rejoice in them;
I rejoice in [all] these [offerings].

I fully acknowledge all negative actions
[And] rejoice in all merit.
I prostrate to all the buddhas.
May I attain supreme primordial wisdom.

I earnestly request the bodhisattvas,
Who reside on the ten levels
In all the direction of the [worlds in the] ten directions,
To awaken into supreme enlightenment.

Once you have awakened into genuine enlightenment
And tamed the maras and their hordes,
May you turn the wheel of Dharma
So that all living beings may be healed.
With the sound of the great Dharma drum
May you free all sentient beings who are suffering.

Throughout inconceivable millions of kalpas
May you remain and teach the Dharma.
Mired in the swamp of desire,
Entangled in the strands of cyclic existence,
I am fettered by all that binds.
I supplicate those, supreme among humans, to look upon me.

The buddhas do not blame
Sentient [beings] who are flawed.
With a loving heart for all sentient beings,
May [the buddhas] free them from the ocean of cyclic existence.

Any perfect buddhas who are present,
Those who have passed away, and those yet to come,
May I train following in their way
And engage in enlightened conduct.

Having perfected the six paramitas,
May I liberate the six [families of] sentient beings.
Having actualized the six extraordinary faculties
May I reach unexcelled enlightenment.

[Future phenomana] are not born and [those past] will not occur;
[Present phenomena] have no [inherent] nature. There is no [actual] location.
There is no perception; there are no [outer] things.
May I realize the dharma[dhatu] which is empty.

According to the buddhas, the great sages,
There are no [truly existent] sentient beings nor life force;
There is no [truly existent] individual [and] no nurturing [of a self].
May I realize the dharma[ta] where the self is not present.

An entity [such as] grasping onto a self and "mine"
Is not present within any [of the paramitas]
To benefit all sentient beings,
May I give with generosity free of avarice.

Since things do not exist as entities,
May my wealth appear spontaneously.
Since all things totally disintegrate,
May I perfect the paramita of generosity.

Endowed with a flawless ethics [that is guided by] rules,
And an ethics that is completely pure,
With an ethics free of an arrogant mind
May I perfect the paramita of ethics.

Just as the elements of earth, water, fire, and wind,
[Bodhisattvas] do not remain [caught by mental constructs];
[By attaining] patience, anger never arises,
May I perfect the paramita of patience.

Through [the power of] previous perseverance
Having become stable, enthusiastic, and free of laziness,
And through a strong body and mind,
May I perfect the paramita of perseverance.

Through the samadhi [where all] is illusion-like,
Through the samadhi of the hero's stride,
And through the samadhi that is like a vajra,
May I perfect the paramita of meditative concentration.

Through actualizing the three gates of full liberation,
The equal nature of the three times,
And the three types of knowing as well,
May I perfect the paramita of prajna.

Through persevering in a bodhisattva's [practice],
[May I attain] the [kaya] praised by all the buddhas,
The luminous [kaya], and the kaya blazing with majesty.
[Thus] may my intention be fulfilled.

May [I be like] the famed Maitreya,
Who engaged in such a practice,
Perfected the paramitas,
And perfectly abides at the zenith of the tenth level.

Excerpt from the translation by Michele Martin with the assistance of Karl Brunnholzl and Chryssoula Zerbini under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. For the complete text with commentary, please contact:

Marpa Institute for Translators
P.O. Box 4017
Kathmandu, Nepal

Marpa Foundation
10204 Miner Place
Cupertino, Ca 95014 USA

Marpa Translation Committee
Fliederweg 15
813 Starnberg, Germany

Back to Home Page