Text Recitation for Bipolar Disorder

Text Recitation for Bipolar Disorder

Date of Advice:
July 2018
Date Posted:
December 2019

A student with bipolar disorder wrote to ask Rinpoche if there was a practice that would be helpful for the illness. The student had long periods of depression alternating with short periods of mania and had to take medication for the rest of his life.

My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one,
Thank you very much for your kind letter. I am sorry for the many eons of delay replying to you.

I checked regarding your question, and you need to have the Prajnaparamita text—the small, middle and elaborate versions—recited by the monks at Kopan Monastery. You can contact Kopan to request this and see if you can afford it. If you cannot afford it, then ask Kopan if you can join with somebody who requested that puja and have it done together and you can contribute some amount.

It is very important to request the monks—specifically ask the disciplinary monk to announce to the monks—to make strong prayers for you and then to read the text, for you to have a meaningful life, to be most beneficial for sentient beings by actualizing bodhicitta in this lifetime and for you to actualize Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings, to be most beneficial to sentient beings all the time—every day, hour, minute and second.

You also need to request Kopan Monastery to read zungdu [Collection of Dharani, a text in the Kangyur] five times.

You need to recite Guhyasamaja root text one day. This is not yet translated into English, so we only have the phonetics, but soon it will be translated. Anyway, you can try to recite this text, as even just trying to recite it leaves positive imprints. Then the next day, recite Chanting the Names of Manjushri. So keep doing this, reciting one of these texts each day.

Reciting the texts, even without understanding, leaves positive imprints if it is done correctly, with a correct motivation, to purify the mind and negative karma and to collect merits, and this brings you to enlightenment.

This is my advice generally for you. It isn’t related to stopping medication but is generally for bipolar.

What makes your life most meaningful is meditation on the lamrim and living your life with bodhicitta motivation. This is the best.

With much love and prayers ...