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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Buddhist Prayers

Let us discuss sets of Buddhist prayers (or Sa-dha-nas, if your nasty). What is the most spiritually productive attitude we could have towards them?

If we tap into our inner Darth Sidious (or Mace Windu) and view them through the lens of being: rigid, fearful, controlling, elitist, and competitive then we could find ourselves treating the objects of Buddhist refuge as a legion of celestial Santa Clauses and Krampus come to reward or punish us. It could come as little surprise that this path could feed our aversion, avarice, and clinging as well as superstition.

If we tap into our inner Qui Gon Jinn and view sets of Buddhist prayers through the lens of being: flexible, loving, laid-back, egalitarian, and cooperative then we could experience various Sadhanas as skillful tools with which we could further train in a liberating view (the FIRST fold of Buddha’s path), liberating love (the SECOND fold of the Buddha’s path), and liberating enthusiasm (the SIXTH fold of the Buddha’s path).

Interdependently words guide intentions, which guide thoughts, which guide energy, which shift our habits and experience. Write to any lama asking for a collection of Buddhist recitations and they should be glad to send you a PDF.

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