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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 the kind teacher 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 all night to seize its essence.

My body, like a water bubble,
Decays and dies so very quickly;
After death comes the 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 Bodhicitta.

But I cannot become a Buddha
By this alone without the three ethics;
So bless me with the strength to practice
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 the 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 the 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 path
And my companions all have long lives;
Bless me to pacify completely
All obstacles, outer and inner.

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


Tara Mantra:


OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA