Prayer for Protection at Death

Oh You Buddhas and Bodhisattvas abiding in the ten directions,

Endowed with great compassion, endowed with foreknowledge,

Endowed with the divine eye, endowed with love,

Affording protection to sentient beings,

Condescend through the power of Your great compassion to come here.

Condescend to accept these offerings actually laid out and mentally created.


Oh You Compassionate Ones,

You posses the wisdom of understanding,

The love of compassion,

The power of performing divine deeds and of protection,

In incomprehensible measure.


You Compassionate Ones,

We and all sentient beings

Must pass from this world to the world beyond.

We must leave this world. We must take the great leap.

No friends do we have; our misery is great.

We are without defenders, without protectors,

Without strength and kin.


The light of this world will set.

We shall go to another place; we shall enter thick darkness.

We shall fall down a steep precipice.

We shall enter into a jungle solitude.

We shall be pursued by karmic forces.

We shall go into the vast silence.

We shall be borne away by the great ocean.

We shall be wafted on the winds of karma.

We shall go in the direction of instability.

We shall be caught by the great affliction.

We shall be awed and terrified by the messengers of death.

Existing karma will lead us to repeated existence.

No strength do we have left.

We shall come upon a time when we must go alone.


Oh You Compassionate Ones,

Defend us who are defenseless.

Protect us who are unprotected.

Be our strength and our kin.

Protect us from the great gloom of the bardo.

Turn us away from the red stormwind of karma.

Turn us from the great awe and terror of death.

Save us from the long narrow passage of the bardo.


Oh You Compassionate Ones,

Let not the force of Your compassion be weak, but aid us.

Let us not go into misery.

Forget not Your ancient vows,

And let not the force of Your compassion be weak.


Oh You Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,

Let not the might of the method of Your compassion

Be feeble towards us.

Catch hold of us with the hook of Your grace.

Let us not fall under the power of karma.


Oh You Three Jewels,

Protect us from the miseries of the bardo!

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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