First recite one of the various Chenrezig prayers:
- Prayer of Chenrezig by Songtsem Gampo
- Prayer to the Six-Syllable Great Compassionate One
- Request to the Supreme Compassionate One
There is also a Chenrezig meditation text.
Begin your session with one of these prayers, then recite the longest Chenrezig dharani three times. [If you would like to listen to Rinpoche chanting this dharani, you can find links to the audio recording in the FPMT Catalogue.]
Then do one mala of the long mantra, as in the nyung-nä text.
Then do ten malas of OM MANI PADME HUM. During the first five malas concentrate on purifying yourself; you then become Chenrezig and with the last five malas you concentrate on purifying others. At the end of each mala, think that all sentient beings have become Chenrezig.
After your mantras do the requesting prayer from the nyung-nä:
(Kneel down on your right knee and) request your desired goals by repeating the following with great fervor:
O Arya Avalokiteshvara, treasure of compassion
Together with your retinue, please pay attention to me.
Please quickly free me and all mother and father sentient
Beings of the six realms from the ocean of cyclic existence.
Please enable the profound and extensive peerless
Bodhicitta to quickly grow in our mindstreams.
Please quickly cleanse our delusions and actions accumulated
Since beginningless time, with the water of compassion
And, with your compassionate hand, lead me
And all migrators to the blissful pure land.
May Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara act
As our spiritual friends in all lifetimes,
Show us the excellent unmistaken path, and
Quickly place us in the state of buddhahood.
Then dedicate with:
Due to all the past, present and future merits collected by me and all sentient beings, may bodhicitta be generated in the hearts of all the six realm sentient beings, especially in the hearts of the sentient beings in this world and especially in the hearts of the FPMT students, myself and my family members without delay for even a second. May the bodhicitta which has already been generated in the hearts of others be developed more and more.
Due to all the past, present and future merits collected by me and all sentient beings, in all our lifetimes may Lama Tsongkhapa be my direct Mahayana guru and may I never be separate from the pure path admired by all the buddhas. May I be able to meet Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching, which is to live in pure morality and develop the brave heart doing the extensive deeds for sentient beings and generate the yoga of the two stages whose essence is the transcendental wisdom of non-dual bliss and voidness.
In all my lifetimes may I be like Lama Tsongkhapa, who offered extensive benefit to sentient beings and the teachings of Buddha. May I become like you, the glorified Guru. Whatever your body, your entourage, whatever your holy name and pure land, may I become only like that. Without effort and zeal may my wishes be auspicious and may they be fulfilled like a wish-granting jewel or a wish-granting tree to fulfill sentient beings' wishes and hopes.
Due to the three time merits of myself, sentient beings and buddhas, which exist in mere name but are totally empty from their own side, may the I, which exists but is totally empty from its own side, achieve the full enlightenment of Chenrezig, which exists but is totally empty from its own side, and lead all sentient beings, who exist but are totally empty from their own side, to Chenrezig’s full enlightenment, which exists but is totally empty from its own side, by myself alone, which exists but is totally empty from its own side.
Then dedicate with:
JANG CHHUB SEM CHHOG RIN PO CHHE
MA KYE PA NAM KYE GYUR CHIG
KYE PA NYAM PA ME PA YI
GONG NÄ GONG DU PHEL WAR SHOG
May the precious supreme bodhicitta
Not yet born arise.
May that arisen not decline,
But increase more and more.
JAM PÄL PA WÖ JI TAR KHYEN PA DANG
KÜN TU ZANG PO DE YANG DE ZHIN TE
DE DAG KÜN GYI JE SU DAG LOB CHHIR
GE WA DI DAG THAM CHÄ RAB TU NGO
I fully dedicate all these virtues
To be able to train just like
The hero Manjushri, who knows reality,
And just like Samantabhadra as well.
At the end of the last session of the day also do His Holiness’ long-life prayer and the Prayer that Spontaneously Fulfills all Wishes:
GANG RII RA WÄ KOR WÄI ZHING KHAM DIR
PHÄN DANG DE WA MA LÜ JUNG WÄI NÄ
CHÄN RÄ ZIG WANG TÄN DZIN GYA TSHO YI
ZHAB PÄ SI THÄI BAR DU TÄN GYUR CHIG
In the land encircled by snow mountains
You are the source of all happiness and good.
All-powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso,
Please remain until samsara ends.
TONG NYI NYING JE ZUNG DU JUG PÄI LAM
CHHE CHHER SÄL DZÄ GANG CHÄN TÄN DRÖI GÖN
CHHAG NA PÄ MO TÄN DZIN GYA TSHO LA
SÖL WA DEB SO ZHE DÖN LHÜN DRUB SHOG
Savior of the Land of Snows teachings and transmigratory beings,
Who extensively clarifies the path that unifies emptiness and compassion,
To the Lotus Holder, Tenzin Gyatso, I beseech.
May all your holy wishes be spontaneously fulfilled.
It is also good to do the Medicine Buddha sadhana.
[Find links to the prayers and practices mentioned in this advice in the FPMT Catalogue.]