A Daily Practice for Children

A Daily Practice for Children

Date Posted:
October 2005

Rinpoche suggested this outline for daily practice to a group of children in Australia.

As a motivation, think:

By the kindness of all sentient beings and the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, I have not died yet. I am so fortunate to be a human being again today, and to be able to practice Dharma. What I am going to do from now on, especially today, is to not harm others and to give only happiness to all living beings. The only way for me to live my life in this way is to keep my mind in loving kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta all the time. With this attitude, whatever I do becomes a cause of happiness for all sentient beings and this causes me to have a happy, fulfilling life.

I am responsible for each and every sentient being’s happiness and peace. How? Without compassion, I give harm to others directly and indirectly from life to life, besides harming myself. Due to compassion, I stop harming others and instead benefit them. All other living beings receive so much peace and happiness from this, so that is why I have this responsibility.

Therefore, please, kind compassionate Lord Buddha, please help me to bring each and every sentient being to enlightenment.

Then, you imagine that Guru Shakyamuni Buddha is very happy and loves you so much, and emanates beams of light, which completely eliminate and purify all your obscurations and negative karmas (from which come all the things you don’t like), and you receive all the buddhas’ wisdom, compassion, and power within you.

Recite Buddha’s Mantra: TADYATHA OM MUNÉ MUNÉ MAHAMUNAYÉ SOHA. Recite this five times, three times, or more.

Then, you can pray to Chenrezig, the Buddha who is the essence of all Buddha’s compassion:

Please help me to be able to benefit all sentient beings, from now on, as you did, Compassionate Buddha, by giving me all your qualities, especially compassion.

Then, Compassionate Buddha, Chenrezig, is so happy with you and loves you so much. He grants you all his qualities, especially Buddha’s compassion, and blessings in the form of light beams, which you receive, while you recite the mantra: OM MANI PADME HUM. Recite this five times, three times, or more.

Next make requests to Manjrushri, who is the essence of all Buddha’s wisdom:

Please help me to be able to benefit all sentient beings from now on, as you did, Buddha of Wisdom, by giving me all your qualities, especially wisdom.

Then, Manjrushri is so happy with you and loves you so much, and grants you all his qualities, especially Buddha’s wisdom and blessings in the form of light beams that you receive, while reciting the mantra: OM AH RA PA TSA NA DHIH. Recite this five times, three times, or more.

Then, after that, pray to Vajrapani, the essence of all Buddha’s power:

Please help me to be able to benefit all sentient beings from now on, as you did, Buddha of Power, by giving me all your qualities, especially power.

Then, Vajrapani is so happy with you and loves you so much, grants you all his qualities, especially Buddha’s power, and blessings in the form of light beams that you receive, while reciting the mantra, OM VAJRAPANI HUM. Recite this five times, three times, or more.

Then pray to Tara, who is the essence of all Buddha’s action (success), to give all happiness, including enlightenment, to you and all sentient beings:

Please help me to be able to benefit all sentient beings from now on, as you did, Buddha of Action, by giving me all your qualities, especially action (success).

Then, Tara is so happy with you and loves you so much, and grants all her qualities, especially Buddha’s action or success, and blessings in the form of light beams that you receive while reciting the mantra, OM TARA TUTTARE TURE SOHA. Recite this five times, three times, or more.

To dedicate these requests, recite the following:

May the good heart, cherishing others, be generated within my mind and in the minds of every living being. May that which has already developed increase forever more.

Due to all my positive actions, all those I have done right now, whatever I have done in the past, and whatever I will do in the future, and also all the good actions done by others in the past, present, and future, may I be most beneficial like Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, Compassion Buddha (Chenrezig), Manjrushri, and Tara, for all living beings, achieve enlightenment, and lead each and every living being to that enlightenment, by myself alone.

Due to all the merits of the three times created by myself, buddhas, and bodhisattvas, which are like a dream, may I lead all sentient beings, who are like a dream, to enlightenment, which is like a dream, by myself alone.

Due to all my merits—the positive actions I have done—in the past, present, and future, and also those which are done by others, may every living being have a good heart. May there be world happiness and peace.