Relying on a Spiritual Friend

First Contemplation

Relying on a Spiritual Friend

Residing in the unborn expanse of reality,

inseparable from the Pure Bodies of Truth, Glory, and Compassion,

are the Holders of the Lineage of Definitive Meaning—

the awareness of my own true essence.


Acceptance of Buddha Nature is my unconditional prostration.

I make extensive offerings without concepts of self, giving, and recipient.

I confess all transgressions and abandoned commitments

and rejoice in the complete transcendence of the cycle of suffering.


Noble Friend, please turn the Three Wheels of Pure Dharma!


I pray that you remain in your unchanging nature,

and dedicate both accumulations[1] to Great Benefit.


Buddhas and Bodhisattvas throughout the universe

and the perfect Lama, my good and truly Noble Friend,

please look upon me with compassion.


Please pacify my faults[2] completely.

Please awaken genuine insights[3] within me.

Please dispel all obstacles to the practice of the Great Middle Way[4].


By this virtuous activity,

may all beings perfectly accumulate merit and wisdom

and obtain the Two Forms[5],

arising from the union of wisdom and compassion.

[1] Merit and wisdom

[2] (1) attachment to this body; (2) mistrusting the law of karma; (3) clinging to samsara as a source of happiness; (4) thinking that my own needs are most important; and (5) perceiving temporary phenomena as truly existent

[3] (1) spiritual cultivation is essential; (2) the law of karma in inviolable; (3) samsara is a source of suffering; (4) the needs of others are more important than mine; and (5) all phenomena are mere mental appearances and ultimate truth is Buddha Nature.

[4] Skt. maha madhyamaka; Tib. dbUma chenpo

[5] The Two Forms are the Truth Body (dharmakaya), arising from wisdom, and the Form Bodies (rupakaya), arising from merit. The Form Bodies are the Body of Glory (sambhogakaya) and the Body of Compassion (nirmanakaya).


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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2 Responses to Relying on a Spiritual Friend

  1. garudauk says:

    Beautiful and very sound practice, even to recite every day – sometimes called the Prayer of the Seven LImbs.

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