Recitation of Namo Buddhaya
Practice According to the Dzogchen Lineage
Excerpt from The Buddha Path ~ Sutra Practice:
Great Peace Prayer of Buddha
Absolute truth is beyond conception and definition. The realization of absolute truth occurs through the realization of relative truth. The realization of relative truth occurs through the practice of The Buddha Path. Within relative truth, all phenomena arise interdependently and are impermanent, and cause and effect are infallibly related. Relative truth is single-present-thinking. Ceaselessly and restlessly from beginningless time, from past lives up to the present moment of this life, thinking has been traveling through countless universes. This thinking is called by many names, including “being,” “consciousness,” “karma,” and “Samsara,” all of which should be understood to encompass all types of gross and subtle mental activities, sensations, and experiences.
It is important to understand that the only time that exists is the present time, and therefore there can be no predestination, no “fate” whatsoever. It is also impossible that two or more distinct instances of thinking should occur in the exact same moment. Everything that is perceived is the manifestation of single-present-thinking only.
In general, thinking is the instantaneous process of choosing, or grasping, the object of thinking. Whatever choice is made, this can be seen as the cause for the experience of, as well as the direction that thinking takes into, the following moment. Repeatedly thinking of an object is meditation. The meditation of positively thinking of Buddha two or more times is Dharma practice.
Meditating on Buddha, either intentionally or spontaneously, increases positive thinking and happiness, prevents negative thinking and suffering, and leads you in the direction of Enlightenment. This thinking itself is not the absolute Buddha, but it is exactly the manifestation of the Buddha within relative truth.
Therefore, meditate according to the following five points of this practice:
1) Generate the pure intention of Enlightenment
—the unerring direction of practice.
2) Clearly visualize the luminous body of Buddha
—the holy inner environment of practice.
3) Recite the powerful mantra “Namo Buddhaya”
—the great force and augmentation of practice.
4) Adhere to perfect Mudra, or meditation posture
—to provide the sublime condition of practice.
5) Continuously, with faith and awareness, think upon the Buddha
—the profound meditation of Vast Awakening.
May I realize that relative truth
is my single present thinking only.
May I realize that absolute truth
is the nature of my single present thinking only.
Ego-clinging is Samsara.
Pride is an obstacle.
Doubt is weakness.
Fear is delusion.
Anger is hell.
Jealousy is pure evil.
Greed is disease.
Miserliness is hunger.
Selfishness is violence.
Laziness is poison.
Worry is useless.
Guilt is self-immolation.
Negative thinking is suffering.
Faith is precious.
Devotion is blessing.
Renunciation is victory.
Mindfulness is protection.
Pure perception is Samaya.
Compassion is the essence of Dharma.
Love is the root of beneficial activity.
Generosity is wealth.
Discipline is power.
Patience is composure.
Learning is luminosity.
Contemplation is purification.
Diligence is joyful practice.
Meditation is realization.
Prayer is the force of peace.
Virtuous rejoicing is miraculous.
Pure dedication is the wellspring of merit.
Noble aspiration is the guide to fulfillment.
Awareness is Dzogchen. Wisdom is Enlightenment.
I trust in Buddha.
May all beings be free from
suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all beings be free from
disease and the causes of disease.
May all beings be free from
hunger and the causes of hunger.
May all beings be free from violence and the causes of violence.
I am devoted to Buddha.
May all beings be free from fear and the causes of fear.
May all beings be free from worry and the causes of worry.
May all beings be free from sadness and the causes of sadness.
I take refuge in Buddha.
May all beings be free from negative thinking
and the causes of negative thinking.
May all beings be free from pride and the causes of pride.
May all beings be free from anger and the causes of anger.
May all beings be free from jealousy and the causes of jealousy.
May all beings be free from ignorance and the causes of ignorance.
I have faith in Buddha.
May all beings have positive thinking and the causes of positive thinking.
May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
I rest in Vast Awakening.
May all beings have peace and the causes of peace.
May all beings have joy and the causes of joy.
May all beings have faith and the causes of faith.
May all beings have merit and the causes of merit.
I realize Vast Awakening.
May all beings realize compassion and the causes of compassion.
May all beings realize loving kindness and the causes of loving kindness.
May all beings realize awareness and the causes of awareness.
May all beings realize wisdom and the causes of wisdom.
May all beings realize the nature of mind.
I dissolve in Vast Awakening.
May all beings swiftly attain the Enlightenment of the Buddha!
AH AH AH AH AH
(Rest in the emptiness of great equanimity—absolute truth.)
May I accomplish the virtuous path of accumulation.
May I accomplish the virtuous path of application.
May I accomplish the enlightened path of realization.
May I accomplish the enlightened path of meditation.
May I attain the enlightened path of accomplishment.
(The mantra “Namo Buddhaya” is the essence of all mantras and is of supreme importance in the practice of The Buddha Path. One should recite this mantra daily while sitting, standing, walking or working, and as often as possible in every situation. In particular, it is recommended that the practitioner should keep count of repetitions of the mantra, and eventually recite “Namo Buddhaya” a minimum of one million times.)
© 2004 Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche