Prayers for Free Download
In keeping with the Buddhist tradition of freely giving out copies of Buddhist scripture, Saraswati Bhawan offers a variety of prayers and Sutras for free download. They include the original Tibetan script, an line of phonetics and an English translation. We are also working on offering translations in Spanish, French and German. Once you have printed out copies of these texts, please remember to treat them with respect, do not allow them to be put on the floor, stepped over, or thrown in the trash. If you no longer wish to keep the text, please burn it. Otherwise, share the merit by offering copies of these prayers and Sutras to others and encourage them to recite them daily.
Opening and Closing Prayers
These are the prayers we use for Lama Dawa Rinpoche’s teachings. If you are hosting a teaching in your area, you can download these prayers in preparation for the teaching event.
The Prayer of Calling the Lama From Afar
Calling Lama From Afar: From the Depths of the Heart
Short Tashi Tsigpa
Opening prayer for any sadhana
The Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
Called “A Spontaneous Song of the Original Nature,” by His Holiness Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje. This essential and profound prayer is part of our daily ‘body, speech and mind preliminary practice. ‘ (Tsig-Dun Sol-Deb)
Offering Prayers (Chopa)
Tsog Song by Dudjom Lingpa
Condensed Tsog Offering Verse by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche
Apology Prayers (Shagpa)
Long Sampa Lhundrub Prayer
Short Sampa Lhundrub Prayer
Prayer to be Reborn in Copper Mountain Palace
Long Life Prayer to Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche written by His Holiness Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
In the Buddhist tradition, reciting the Sutras is considered to be a very auspicious activity, generating much positive energy. Typically, monks and nuns in the monasteries would be commissioned to dedicate a special day to recite a particular Sutra on behalf of the sponsor. Sometimes, a group of monks or nuns would be invited into one’s home to recite Sutras all day. It is believed that the merit generated from uttering the sacred words of the Buddha enhances all aspects of our lives. In fact, the benefit of reciting Sutras is extended to include all living beings, as well as the surrounding environment. There are many kinds of Sutras and some are especially effective for certain situations, such as extending one’s life, healing, increasing success of one’s endeavors, bringing good fortune, etc.
The Sutras that we offer here are ones that are particularly effective for addressing common life challenges and obstacles. These are the one’s that are recommended again and again in mirror divinations. It is Lama Dawa’s wish that these Sutras be made available – along with English phonetics and translations – so that anyone can recite them and benefit from their great blessings.
Sutras represent the actual words of the Buddha, and therefore should be treated with respect. If you choose to print out copies of these Sutras, we ask you to be careful not to place them on the floor, or step over them. Please keep them in a safe place, preferably on or near a shrine. If, for whatever reason, you need to dispose of them, they should be burned and never thrown in the trash.
Gyaltsen Tsemo Sutra
The Sutra Called: Powerful Armor which is the Summit of the Victory Banner. This was the teaching that Shakyamuni gave to Indra, the King of the god realms, after the gods had been defeated by the demi-gods. It is particularly effective in helping to become victorious in any kind of conflict. This Sutra is also displayed as a prayer flag.
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Tashi Tsigpa Sutra
Praises to the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones
This prayer, which was written by Mip’ham, is a condensed version of the Mangalam Sutra. It is recited to invokes the blessings of the eight great Buddhas, bodhisattvas, goddesses and guardians; and is typically recited before embarking on any venture.
Chogchu Munsel Sutra
Dispelling the Darkness of the Ten Directions
This Sutra is recited to bring success in any venture, remove obstacles and to protect from harm.
Condensed Chogchu Munsel prayer by Chagme Raga
This concise prayer is suitable to be recited as a daily practice, particularly when about to leave the home and travel.
Tse-Do Tse-Sung Sutra
Arya Aparamita Ayurjnana Nama Mahayana Sutra): The Sutra called ‘Immeasureable Long-Life and Transcendental Wisdom’
This beautiful Sutra which recites the 108 names of Buddha Amitayus (sometimes called the Longevity Sutra, or Amitabha’s Long-Life Sutra) is revered by all Buddhist sects. It is often called upon to be recited for someone who is suffering from a serious disease, or whose life is in danger. It is prescribed as an effective method for extending one’s lifespan. It is also recited at the bedside during the dying process. It is said that by chanting this Sutra, in the ears of animals, even at their death, they will be reborn in Amitabha’s pure land.
Palchenmo (Mahashri Sutra)
This Sutra is recited to increase one’s wealth energy
Kha-Chu Nag-Po Sutra
The ‘Black Lawsuit’ Sutra, is recited when dealing with legal matters and legal disputes such as lawsuits. According to divinations, it is recommended to recite this as many times as your age.
English: P’hag-Pa Kha-Chu Nag-Po
Prajnaparamita Sutra, including the prayer to reverse negative energy.
English: Prajnaparamita Sutra
Khorlo Barwa Sutra
Thirteen Chakra Sutra, The Accomplishment of the Blazing Wheel of the Thirteen Chakras, for reversing the negative energy of broken samaya.
English: Thirteen Chakra Sutra