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Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« on: June 12, 2010, 05:47:26 am »
I was just wondering, how many of my vajra bro's and sisters practice Shakyamuni Sadhanas?  We have protector practices, bodhisattva practices, yidam practices, Amitabha, Guru Rinpoche, lineage prayers, smoke and fire pujas, etc... but Buddha Shakyamuni?

I asked the same question on another board and was sent two practices:  one from a Sakya practitioner and one from a Karma Kagyu practitioner.

When I took the Kagyu practice to my lama (who also happens to be a Kagyu drupon, a teacher for three year retreatants) he was ecstatic.  The practice was written by the current (14th) Sharmapa when he was about 18 years old.  My teacher did not know of this practice.  Of course he quickly found out all the details and gave me the ritual reading and explanation (and translated the practice into French and German, I will be translating it into Greek) so I practice every new moon day.

It seemed so weird to me that we as Buddhists do not regularly practice Shakyamuni sadhanas.  My teacher explained that it was due to the fact that Vajrayanaists do not focus so much on nirmanakaya practices.  I kinda looked at him strangely when he said this...

So does anybody else practice Buddha Shakyamuni sadhanas?
:namaste:
PS If anybody wants a copy of the sadhanas I mentioned please feel free to ask.  Because they are sutra based practices they can be practiced freely (this is what my teacher told me).
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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2010, 06:26:42 am »
Sure greg post a copy away !
Well cant say i practise Shakyamuni Sadhana's but we always do the Liberating prayer of request to Shakyamuni, Always visualise Shakyamuni as inseperable from all the Buddhas and spiritual guides...etc.
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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2010, 09:38:31 am »
Would love too check it out.

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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2010, 09:46:50 am »
Sure greg post a copy away !
Well cant say i practise Shakyamuni Sadhana's but we always do the Liberating prayer of request to Shakyamuni, Always visualise Shakyamuni as inseperable from all the Buddhas and spiritual guides...etc.
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At every NKT event or class, we begin with prostration prayers to Shakyamuni:


Guru Founder Blessed One
Tathagata and Arhat
Completely perfect Buddha
Great Victor, Shakyamuni Lord

To you we bow, go for Refuge
And Offer Gifts
Oh Please Bless Us.  (Chanted x3)



Here is the Liberating Prayer, as chanted at the beginning of meditation sessions and before the sadhanas of other dieties:

Liberating Prayer

PRAISE TO BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI
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O Blessed One, Shakyamuni Buddha,
Precious treasury of compassion,
Bestower of supreme inner peace,

You, who love all beings without exception,
Are the source of happiness and goodness;
And you guide us to the liberating path.

Your body is a wishfulfilling jewel,
Your speech is supreme, purifying nectar,
And your mind is refuge for all living beings.

With folded hands I turn to you,
Supreme unchanging friend,
I request from the depths of my heart:

Please give me the light of your wisdom
To dispel the darkness of my mind
And to heal my mental continuum.

Please nourish me with your goodness,
That I in turn may nourish all beings
With an unceasing banquet of delight.

Through your compassionate intention,
Your blessings and virtuous deeds,
And my strong wish to rely upon you,

May all suffering quickly cease
And all happiness and joy be fulfilled;
And may holy Dharma flourish for evermore.

Composed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso at Manjushri Centre, England, June 2001
© Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and New Kadampa Tradition 2001
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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2010, 09:52:26 am »
There is a Gelugpa empowerment for Shakyamuni but again I have seen no sadhanas.  This is the closest, with in-front Shakyamuni:

BRIEF PREPARATORY  PRAYERS FOR MEDITATION

Going for refuge


I and all sentient beings, until we achieve enlightenment,
Go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. (3x, 7x, 100x, or more)

Generating bodhichitta

Through the virtues I collect by giving and other perfections,
May I become a Buddha for the benefit of all.   (3x)

Generating the four immeasurables

May everyone be happy,
May everyone be free from misery,
May no one ever be separated from their happiness,
May everyone have equanimity, free from hatred and attachment.

Visualizing the Field for Accumulating Merit

In the space before me is the living Buddha Shakyamuni surrounded by all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, like the full moon surrounded by stars.

Prayer of seven limbs

With my body, speech, and mind, humbly I prostrate,
And make offerings both set out and imagined.
I confess my wrong deeds from all time,
And rejoice in the virtues of all.
Please stay until samsara ceases,
And turn the Wheel of Dharma for us.
I dedicate all virtues to great enlightenment.

Offering the mandala

The ground sprinkled with perfume and spread with flowers,
The Great Mountain, four lands, sun and moon,
Seen as a Buddha Land and offered thus,
May all beings enjoy such Pure Lands.

I offer without any sense of loss
The objects that give rise to my attachment, hatred, and confusion,
My friends, enemies, and strangers, our bodies and enjoyments;
Please accept these and bless me to be released directly from the three poisons.

IDAM GURU RATNA MANDALAKAM NIRYATAYAMI

Prayer of the Stages of the Path


The path begins with strong reliance
On my kind Teacher, source of all good;
O Bless me with this understanding
To follow him with great devotion.

This human life with all its freedoms,
Extremely rare, with so much meaning;
O Bless me with this understanding
All day and night to seize its essence.

My body, like a water bubble,
Decays and dies so very quickly;
After death come results of karma,
Just like the shadow of a body.

With this firm knowledge and remembrance
Bless me to be extremely cautious,
Always avoiding harmful actions
And gathering abundant virtue.

Samsara’s pleasures are deceptive,
Give no contentment, only torment;
So please bless me to strive sincerely
To gain the bliss of perfect freedom.

O Bless me so that from this pure thought
Come mindfulness and greatest caution,
To keep as my essential practice
The doctrine’s root, the Pratimoksha.

Just like myself all my kind mothers
Are drowning in samsara’s ocean;
O So that I may soon release them,
Bless me to train in bodhichitta.

But I cannot become a Buddha
By this alone without three ethics;
So bless me with the strength to practise
The Bodhisattva’s ordination.

By pacifying my distractions
And analyzing perfect meanings,
Bless me to quickly gain the union
Of special insight and quiescence.

When I become a pure container
Through common paths, bless me to enter
The essence practice of good fortune,
The supreme vehicle, Vajrayana.

The two attainments both depend on
My sacred vows and my commitments;
Bless me to understand this clearly
And keep them at the cost of my life.

By constant practice in four sessions,
The way explained by holy Teachers,
O Bless me to gain both the stages,
Which are the essence of the Tantras.

May those who guide me on the good path,
And my companions all have long lives;
Bless me to pacify completely
All obstacles, outer and inner.

May I always find perfect Teachers,
And take delight in holy Dharma,
Accomplish all grounds and paths swiftly,
And gain the state of Vajradhara.

Receiving blessings and purifying


From the hearts of all the holy beings, streams of light and nectar flow down, granting blessings and purifying.

At this point we begin the actual contemplation and meditation. After the meditation we dedicate our merit while reciting the following prayers:

Dedication prayers

Through the virtues I have collected
By practising the stages of the path,
May all living beings find the opportunity
To practise in the same way.

May everyone experience
The happiness of humans and gods,
And quickly attain enlightenment,
So that samsara is finally extinguished.

Colophon:
These prayers were compiled from traditional sources by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.


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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2010, 10:12:34 am »
Here is a similar publicaton from the FPMT, who are Gelugpa under HHDL, and whose sadhanas and practices share the same root as NKT:

http://www.fpmt.org/shop/product1.aspx?SID=1&Product_ID=111&Category_ID=265

''One of the four deities of the Kadampas based on self and front generations of Shakyamuni Buddha. Requires empowerment of Shakyamuni to practice in full.

This sadhana is unique to the tradition of the “Kadampas”, the most revered practitioners following in the footsteps of the 10th century saint, Lama Atisha. It includes an extensive seven-limbed prayer and self-generation into the aspect of Shakyamuni Buddha with offerings and mantra recitation. It also includes a unique front generation in which the disciple receives the transmission blessing of the practice from a teacher, whether actually present or visualized. This sadhana is one of the practices used for the “Kadampa Deities Retreat” with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Vajrayogini Institute, France in April/May 2003. Without empowerment, one can do the practice without doing the self-generation, but rather visualizing Shakyamuni Buddha at the crown.

Please visit Foundation Store for more info.''
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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2010, 10:31:22 am »
This one also looked very interesting:


http://www.scribd.com/doc/20640473/A-Practice-of-Buddha-Shakyamuni-by-Mipham-Rinpoche

Translated by Rigpa Translations, with reference to existing  versions by Tulku
Thondup Rinpoche and the Padmakara Translation Group

There are other possible sources I found with a Google of 'shakyamuni sadhana'.
« Last Edit: June 12, 2010, 10:33:58 am by Yeshe Zopa »

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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2010, 11:21:10 am »
I was just wondering, how many of my vajra bro's and sisters practice Shakyamuni Sadhanas?  We have protector practices, bodhisattva practices, yidam practices, Amitabha, Guru Rinpoche, lineage prayers, smoke and fire pujas, etc... but Buddha Shakyamuni?

I asked the same question on another board and was sent two practices:  one from a Sakya practitioner and one from a Karma Kagyu practitioner.

When I took the Kagyu practice to my lama (who also happens to be a Kagyu drupon, a teacher for three year retreatants) he was ecstatic.  The practice was written by the current (14th) Sharmapa when he was about 18 years old.  My teacher did not know of this practice.  Of course he quickly found out all the details and gave me the ritual reading and explanation (and translated the practice into French and German, I will be translating it into Greek) so I practice every new moon day.

It seemed so weird to me that we as Buddhists do not regularly practice Shakyamuni sadhanas.  My teacher explained that it was due to the fact that Vajrayanaists do not focus so much on nirmanakaya practices.  I kinda looked at him strangely when he said this...

So does anybody else practice Buddha Shakyamuni sadhanas?
:namaste:
PS If anybody wants a copy of the sadhanas I mentioned please feel free to ask.  Because they are sutra based practices they can be practiced freely (this is what my teacher told me).


One of my favourite sadhanas  :jinsyx: :jinsyx: :jinsyx:

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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2010, 11:24:24 am »
I'm gonna need emails from people who want the sadhana, the sadhana (tibetan script, transliteration and translation) is in pecha format but as jpegs pasted into microsoft word 5Mb
The audio of the explanation is 50Mb

Here's the translated text:
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THE PATH OF THE SUGATAS

A concise practice of Buddha Shakyamuni with offerings

For whoever would be a sensible follower of the Buddha, there is no other way to receive his blessing than actual practice with undivided devotion. Therefore this concise sadhana of Buddha Shakyamuni has been composed.
First, Refuge and Bodhicitta
I go for refuge until enlightenment in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. By the merit of generosity and other virtues, may I attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings.
Repeat three times. – Then the Contemplation of the Four Immeasurables
May all sentient beings find happiness and the cause of happiness. May they be free from sorrow and the cause of sorrow. May they not be bereft of the supreme bliss which is free from sorrow. May they rest in great equanimity, free from attachment and aversion to those far and near.
Repeat three times. – Then imagine in front:
In the middle of a lovely garden, flat as the palm of one’s hand, adorned with jewel ornaments and clear lakes with wishfulfilling trees, is a beautiful throne made from measureless jewels upon which there is a lotus and moon as the supreme seat. Around the throne are arranged many actual and imagined offerings as an ocean of great offering clouds.
NAMO RATNA TRAYAYA NAMO BHAGAWATE BENZA SARA TRAMAR DHANE TATAGATAYA ARHATE SAMYAK SAMBUDDHAYA TEYATA OM BENZE BENZE MAHA BENZE MAHA TEDZO BENZE MAHA VIDYA BENZE MAHA BODHICITTA BENZE MAHA BODHI MENDOPASAM TRAMANA BENZE SARWA KARMA AWARANA BISHO DHANA BENZE SOHA.
Recite this Offering Cloud Mantra three times accompanied by music. – For the Invitation hold the incense in your hand beautifully chant the following with strong inspiration.
Protector of all sentient beings without exception, the master who defeats the hoards of all classes of Mara with the wisdom that knows everything without exception, just as it is. Bhagawan and your entourage, please come here.
Bhagawan for countless eons you have practiced compassion because you love sentient beings and you have brought to completion all your vast aspirations. Please come now and accomplish the benefit of beings.
From the palace of Dharmadhatu please spontaneously show the great variety of your magical displays and blessings and come here with your retinue to liberate the limitless sentient beings.
Thus the invited Bhagawan surrounded by his entourage of limitless Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Arhats arrives through the sky in front and comes to rest upon the great throne which has been arranged in the centre.
Conclude with music. – Then with the invited Buddha and his entourage in front gather the accumulations by offering the Seven Branches starting with the prostrations.
With my voice and body and sincere heart, I pay homage to all the lions of humanity present throughout all times and in all world systems in every direction with none excepted, however great their number.
The force of my resolve to practice excellence brings all Victors clearly to mind. Emanations of my body, as numerous as the atoms of all universes, bow down in obeisance before them.
All Buddhas, as numerous as the atoms of all Buddha realms, stand in a single atom surrounded by their sons. Similarly this host of victors stands in every single atom throughout the realm of totality. To them I direct my devotion and faith.
Sounds from an ocean of melodious instruments sing of the qualities of all the victors. The ocean of their qualities is never depleted. In this way, I praise all the well-gone ones.
Then:
When you were born as the Lord of men, you took seven steps on this great earth saying, “In this world, I am the greatest”. To you Most Noble One I bow.
With a pristine beautiful body, like a golden immovable mountain, ocean of wisdom, your fame resounds throughout the three worlds. To you Great Lord I bow.
With fine features and face like a perfect moon, to you, as bright as gold, I bow. There is no immaculate being such as you in the three realms. To you, peerless one of great knowledge, I bow.
Subduing human pride and steering beings away from the wrong path, breaking through the shackles of ignorance to reach total awareness, the deluded senses subdued, you are skilful in attaining peace. To you, who dwell in Shravasti, I bow.
Then, present offerings
To all the victors, I present and offer perfect flowers and holy garlands, cymbals, balms and parasols, oil lamps and fragrant incense. Moreover I offer to all the victors elegant garments and the finest of scents, curative powders piled high as Mount Meru, all displayed in exceptional splendor. Vast and unsurpassable offerings I create and present to all the victors. With a firm appreciation of the practice of excellence, I render homage and offerings to all the victors.
NAMO RATNA TRAYAYA NAMO BHAGAWATE BENZA SARA TRAMAR DHANE TATAGATAYA ARHATE SAMYAK SAMBUDDHAYA TEYATA OM BENZE BENZE MAHA BENZE MAHA TEDZO BENZE MAHA VIDYA BENZE MAHA BODHICITTA BENZE MAHA BODHI MENDOPASAM TRAMANA BENZE SARWA KARMA AWARANA BISHO DHANA BENZE SOHA.
Offer this dharani together with music. – Then the Mandala Offering.
The foundation I sprinkle with water and flowers and adorn with the perfect mountain, the four continents the sun and the moon. May my offerings of this imagined Buddha realm establish all beings in a realm of total purity.
Then recite slowly the confession and the rest of the Seven Branch Prayer.
Overpowered by lust, hatred and stupidity, I have perpetrated much evil through my actions, words and also in my thoughts. All such evil I confess completely.
With great joy, I think of the merit gathered by the victors in all directions, by the Buddha’s sons and by the self-realized Buddhas and those partly and thoroughly trained. I rejoice in the merit of all beings.
I urge the unsurpassable Dharma-wheel be set in motion by all the lords, the lights of the world in all directions, who have traversed the stages of enlightenment and attained Buddhahood, the state of pure awareness and non-attachment.
With my hands folded in prayer, I beseech those who have transcended misery, whatever be their concern, to abide for as many eons as there are atoms in all realms for the benefit and happiness of sentient beings.
I dedicate to perfect enlightenment all virtue, however slight, that I have gathered through homage, offerings, confession, rejoicing, entreaty and supplication.
Then if wished recite the dharani.
Calling the mighty Bhagawan and his entourage by name the connection with his heart-mind is stimulated.
With fully concentrated aspiration recite:
TEYATA. OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI SHAKYA MUNAYE SOHA.
Do one hundred repetitions or as many as you can. – Then do the concluding ritual starting with the offering and praise:
Just as Manjushri and the others made offerings to all the Buddhas, in that way, I too make offerings to all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
With many melodious songs, I pay homage to all of those of limitless qualities. May these harmonious words of praise always prove to be true.
The request for forgiveness
I ask forgiveness for the impurities and bad behavior of beings in these dark times, and for all the mistakes and discrepancies in this offering, such as my body, speech and mind being mixed with negativity, the actual offerings being scant and inferior, neglecting the cleanliness of the offerings and not performing the sadhana as advised in the sutras. Your mind being filled with love please have patience with me and grant your blessings to prevent obscurations from arising now and in the future.
Prayer to depart and return
Protectors, endowed with great compassion, you have perfectly accomplished the benefit of myself and all beings, now each of you please return to your abodes together with your retinue. And I request you to please return again to benefit sentient beings with your compassion.
Dedication
By this virtue, may we become enlightened and, having vanquished all negative influences, liberate all beings from this ocean of existence which is turbid with the waves of birth, old age, sickness and death.
Aspiration Prayers
Lord Buddha, may we come to possess all those fine qualities which you possess, your form, size, entourage and pure land, whatever they may be. By the power of honoring and praying to you, please pacify sickness, poverty and war and increase the holy dharma and everything auspicious, wherever we may be. The only medicine for beings pain, the source of all happiness, may the Dharma live on through devotion and service.
Prayer of Auspiciousness
May the Buddha appear in the world. May the Dharma shine like the sun. May the Sangha grow and flourish. May the teachings remain a long time.
THE BENEFITS OF THIS PRACTICE
The most excellent individual will be able to actually see the Buddha and listen directly to the profound Dharma teachings. He will quickly attain the state of Buddhahood. The benefits for ordinary people are that in all future lifetimes, they will be born in whatever place the Buddhas are dwelling and become disciples. Because of constantly receiving blessings, their minds will be happy; negative forces will have no effect; and the bad obscurations of karma will be purified. The intellect will be sharpened and awareness increased, and love and compassion will arise. They will have the ability to greatly benefit sentient beings. There are many more benefits of this practice, limitless in number.
Seeing that the one great need at this time is to supplicate directly the Buddha, Guide of the World, I compiled and translated this text in order to clear up the evils of this troubled time, and in order to increase the good fortune and merit of beings. Completed by the Shamar Tulku Mipham Chokyi Lodro in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the land of the Red Indian, on the morning of November 19, 1980.
SARWA MANGALAM

(translated by the Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche himself; slightly edited)

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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2010, 06:09:29 pm »

So does anybody else practice Buddha Shakyamuni sadhanas?
:namaste:

Hi Greg!

In Sakya we practice Shakyamuni Buddha sadhana often (local groups will often rotate sadhanas on Sundays or whenever they meet between 21 Arhats, Shakyamuni Buddha and Medicine Buddha sadhanas).

In 2000 in NYC HH Trulshik Rinpoche gave a Shakyamuni Buddha empowerment and gave detailed instructions on practice (the empowerment was not actually necessary for the practice instructions he gave).

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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2010, 07:25:52 am »
Hey people!

Anybody that wants the oral commentary to the practice given by lama sonam lhundrup (you can find his biography here http://www.blog.awakeningtosanity.net/ ) to me in august 2009 you can find it here for download (51kb) http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14604585/Deshek%20Lamten%20Complete%20Teachng.mp3
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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2010, 07:46:06 am »
My teacher is teaching and transmitting Mipham's Shakyamuni sadhana. We practice it regularly in my group as well as other groups all over the world.

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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2010, 08:36:30 am »
Which tradition/lineage do you practice heart?
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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2010, 10:48:22 am »
Which tradition/lineage do you practice heart?
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Kagyu/Nyingma, my teacher is Chökyi NYima Rinpoche.

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Re: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2010, 03:19:45 pm »
This is just awesome   :jinsyx:

 


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