The King of Aspiration Prayers, the Aspiration for Noble Excellent Conduct
To those, in the worlds of the ten directions, however many there are, All the lions among humans who appear during the three times – To all of them without exception I pay homage with respectful body, speech, and mind.
The force of my Aspiration Prayer for Excellent Conduct, Brings all the victorious ones directly to mind; Bowing down with bodies as numerous as atoms in the realms, I prostrate to all the victorious ones.
In a single atom there are Buddhas as numerous as atoms, Each residing in the midst of their sons and daughters; Like that, I imagine that the whole dharmadhatu Is completely filled with victorious ones.
To those with oceans of inexhaustible praise-worthy qualities – With sounds containing oceans of tones of melodic speech, I express the qualities of all the victorious ones, I praise all the Sugatas.
I make offerings to all the past Buddhas And those residing in the worlds of the ten directions. May those who have not appeared Quickly fulfill their intentions, and passing through the stages of awakening, appear as Buddhas.
May all beings throughout the ten directions, however many they may be, Always have happiness, free from illness; May all beings be in harmony with the aims of the Dharma And achieve what they hope for.
May I perform the conduct of awakening And remember my lives during all states. In all my successive lives, from birth to death, May I always be a renunciate (monk bhikshu, nun bhikshuni or yogi, yogini).
With gentleness may I exert myself in the paramitas. May I never forget bodhichitta (bodhicitta). May all wrongdoing and whatever obscures Be thoroughly purified.
May I be liberated from karma, kleshas (afflictions of greed, hatred, stupidity), and the work of maras, And act for all beings in the world Like a lotus to which water does not cling, Like the sun and moon unhindered in space.
Throughout the directions and reaches of the realms May the suffering of the lower states be pacified. May all beings be placed in happiness; May all beings be benefitted.
May I bring awakened conduct to perfection, Engage in conduct that harmonizes with beings, Teach excellent conduct, And perform these throughout all future kalpas.
May I continuously be with those Whose actions accord with my own. May our conduct and aspirations Of body, speech, and mind be the same.
May I always meet with Friends who wish to benefit me, Those who teach excellent conduct, And may I never displease them.
When circling in all my existences May I develop inexhaustible merit and wisdom, And become an inexhaustible treasury of Methods (upaya), knowledge (vijnana and prajna), samadhi, liberation, and virtues.
A single instance of a Buddha's speech is a voice endowed with oceans of qualities, It has the pure qualities of the melodic speech of the victorious ones, And is the melodic speech that accords with the inclinations of all beings – May I always be engaged with the Buddhas' speech.
May I see instantly Those lions among humans appearing in the three times. May I always be engaged in their sphere of experience Through the power of illusion-like liberation.
May I produce in a single atom All the arrays of realms there are in the three times; May I be engaged with the arrays of the Buddha realms In all directions always.
Through the power of swift miracles, The power of the great vehicle, the door, The power of conduct endowed with qualities, The power of all-pervasive love, The power of virtuous merit, The power of wisdom free from attachments, And the powers of knowledge, methods, and samadhi May I perfectly accomplish the power of awakening.
May I purify oceans of realms, Liberate oceans of beings, Behold oceans of Dharma, Realize oceans of wisdom, Purify oceans of conduct, Perfect oceans of aspiration prayers, Offer to oceans of Buddhas, And act without weariness throughout oceans of kalpas.
May my conduct be without measure, May my qualities also be measureless. Remaining within conduct without measure, May I send out emanations.
Sentient beings extend As far as the limits of space; May my aspiration prayers extend As far as the limits of their karma and kleshas.
Though someone adorns with precious jewels The infinite realms of the ten directions, and offers these to the Buddhas, Or offers the supreme happiness of gods and men For kalpas as numerous as atoms in the realms, The genuine merit of someone who Hears this king of dedications, Who is inspired towards supreme awakening, And gives rise to faith in it is more supreme.
Whoever makes this Aspiration Prayer for Excellent Conduct Will be free from the lower realms, And free from negative friends; They will see Amitabha soon, Acquire all benefits and be sustained in happiness – With all of this their life will go well. Before long they will become Just like Samantabhadra.
Whatever has been done through the power of not knowing, All evil, even the five acts of immediate consequence, Will be quickly purified By those who recite this Excellent Conduct.
The full ripening for those who are involved with, teach or recite This Aspiration Prayer for Excellent Conduct Is known only by the Buddhas; Without any doubt, it is supreme enlightenment (anuttarasamyaksambodhi).
Having gone there, may I actualize All these aspiration prayers, Fulfill them completely, And benefit beings as long as worlds exist.
Through whatever slight virtue I have accumulated (see two collections) By making this Aspiration Prayer for Excellent Conduct, May the virtue of the aspiration prayers for all beings Be accomplished instantly.
This completes The King of Aspiration Prayers, The Aspiration for Excellent Conduct.
Translated [from Sanskrit], edited, and finalized by the Indian scholars Dzina Mitra and Surendra Bodhi with the lotsawa and great editor, Bande Yeshe De and others.
Translated into English under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso by Elizabeth Callahan. August 1994
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