Visualization While Reciting Amitayus Long-life Mantra

Visualization While Reciting Amitayus Long-life Mantra

Date of Advice:
January 2016
Date Posted:
January 2021

Rinpoche advised these meditations and visualizations for students reciting the Amitayus long-life mantra. This mantra is beneficial for the long life of our teachers as well as for our own good health, long life and realizations. Rinpoche also warned of the negative karma of even one second of anger toward a bodhisattva, a buddha or the guru. This advice is posted here.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Sarnath, India, 2009. Photo: Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

While reciting Amitayus mantra, do these meditations:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Visualize immortal nectar from the ten-direction Amitayus Buddhas entering His Holiness’s holy body, so his holy body is calm and clear. You can think, “May he have a stable life until samsara ends and may all his holy wishes be fulfilled.” Controlling that from the ten-direction Amitayus Buddhas, visualize immortal nectar entering the holy body and filling it up. Then recite the mantra. Do some malas with that visualization. That is most important.

Rimé practitioners. Not just Gelug, Nyingma, Sakya or Kagyu, but all the holy beings who are in the world to benefit others. Visualize immortal nectar from the ten-direction Amitayus Buddhas entering the bodies of these holy beings. Their bodies are like crystal, calm and clear, their life is sustained, they are able to live for so long and all their wishes to benefit the teachings of the Buddha and sentient beings succeed.

Sangha, those who preserve and spread the Dharma. Visualize nectar coming from the ten-direction Amitayus Buddhas, purifying the Sangha of all their defilements and prolonging their healthy life so they are able to benefit the teachings of the Buddha.

Benefactors of the Sangha and the teachings. Visualize immortal nectar completely filling their bodies, so they become calm and clear, purified of all the negative karmas and defilements collected from beginningless rebirth. Think that their health [is good] and all their wishes to benefit and serve the Sangha and the teachings of Buddha succeed.

The Chinese who control China. Visualize immortal nectar from Amitayus purifying their karma and defilements collected from beginningless rebirth. Their bodies become calm and clear, and their minds are totally changed; the negative thoughts and heresy and so forth toward His Holiness the Dalai Lama are totally changed. They have unbelievable realizations that His Holiness is Chenrezig and they have strong faith to follow exactly as His Holiness wishes. They invite His Holiness to China so that all the billions of people can receive teachings. They are able to see His Holiness’s holy face and hear teachings and enjoy the happiness of Dharma, and then spread the pure Dharma in China either independently or by following the Middle Way view, which happened in Tibet. Visualize perfect peace and happiness in Tibet. Long-life nectar enters the bodies of the Tibetan people, purifying all their defilements and negative karma, so their bodies become calm and clear, they have a healthy body and mind, all their wishes succeed in the holy Dharma and all their actions become the cause only of enlightenment. Visualize more bodhisattvas and buddhas in Tibet, even more now than before, because that’s how to spread pure Buddhism, which helps not only in this world. Think, “May Buddhadharma spread and last a long time and may sentient beings meet the Dharma and achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible.” Pray that all this happens.

Dolgyal practitioners. Visualize immortal nectar going inside their bodies, so they are purified, their bodies become calm and clear, and they are free from heresy and a negative mind toward His Holiness. Some of them have received teachings and initiations from His Holiness, like the Kalachakra, so they have His Holiness as their guru already. [Read advice about the karma of getting angry with the guru here.] Think the immortal nectar enters their bodies, purifying all the defilements and negative karma, their bodies become clear, their negative mind is totally changed, all the heresy to His Holiness is gone and they have unbelievable strong faith and realizations, that [he is] Chenrezig. Think that they have faith to follow His Holiness exactly, and they have meaningful long life.

FPMT: all the staff, all the students, all the benefactors and all the volunteers. Think immortal nectar is received, purifying all their defilements and negative karma collected from beginningless rebirths, so their body and mind becomes calm and clear. They receive immortal life, all their wishes succeed according to the holy Dharma and all their actions of the body become only the cause of enlightenment. Think they receive all the realizations, of guru devotion, renunciation, bodhicitta, emptiness and tantra realizations, so they have meaningful long life. Do this visualization and recite the mantra.

All those who rely upon me, whom I promised to pray for, whose names have been given to me. Visualize immortal nectar from Amitayus Buddha is received by them, purifying all their defilements and negative karma collected from beginningless rebirths, so their body and mind becomes calm and clear. They receive immortal life and all their wishes succeed according to the holy Dharma and all their actions of body become only the cause of enlightenment. Think they receive all the realizations—guru devotion, renunciation, bodhicitta, emptiness and tantra realizations, so they have a meaningful long life. Do this visualization and recite the mantra.

All the Sangha in FPMT, here in Nepal and in all the countries. Visualize that immortal nectar from Buddha Amitayus enters their bodies, so the whole body is purified of all the defilements and negative karma, it becomes calm and clear, all their wishes succeed according to Dharma and all their actions become only the cause of enlightenment. Think they actualize correctly following the virtuous friend, renunciation, bodhicitta, right view and particularly tantra realizations. They have an outwardly pacified manner, with conduct as a hearer-listener, and are inwardly extremely subdued, having the mind with bodhicitta and secretly developing the bliss, experiencing the great bliss nondual with emptiness. Think they actualize Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching and they become like that.