Memorized Practice

Memorized Practice

Date Posted:
October 2009

A student who had memorized the Thirty-five Buddhas practice wrote to Rinpoche.

My very dear June,
I heard from Geshe-la that you memorized or almost finished memorizing the Thirty-five Buddhas practice. This is very encouraging, because in the East they memorize a lot in monasteries and in schools, but in the West they don’t like to memorize things, both laypeople and Sangha. Because of that, in retreats or in groups, one person has to read the practice. This means that the person who is reading doesn't get to do the prostrations. Also, the group that hasn’t memorized the Thirty-five Buddhas’ names doesn’t get the chance to purify thousands of eons of negative karma by reciting the names even one time.

So, I am very happy to see your strong interest in Dharma besides intellectual learning. You also want to practice and purify, so that is great. The world is suffering so much, with so many problems, and the practice of the Thirty-five Buddhas is the solution for that, to purify past negative karma, and especially for successful realizations on the path to enlightenment. I am sure you will be able to memorize Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and other important prayers as well, like daily life practices, also the King of Prayers, which I think you will enjoy very much, and which has so many extensive bodhisattva prayers in it. Also, you can memorize the eight verses of thought transformation. These are just some basic ideas. Within Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga is a lam-rim prayer, so that is a very good combination. To receive lam-rim realizations you need the blessings of the guru, so you need to practice guru yoga to develop realizations. This is a very unique and fundamental practice in daily life in order to grow on the path to enlightenment.

I hope everything is OK with your family.

With much love and prayers...