Sadhana

In Buddhism, and especially in Tibetan Buddhism, there are numerous sadhana (instructions for practice) for a wide range of meditations, visualizations, guru yogas and deity yogas. People are very busy nowadays and so I would like to offer some prayer books of varying lengths that you can use to begin or maintain a daily practice. These prayer books present authentic Buddhist meditations, visualizations, deity yoga, and guru yogas that are from a tradition that is over 2600 years old. I hope these prayer books will be beneficial for you and all living beings.

Feel free to download and make your own copy of these prayer books. If you enjoy them and find them beneficial and would like support the creation of future prayer books please click the link below to make a donation.


Je Tsongkapa Guru Yoga
Guru yoga and guru devotion are one of the central practices in the Vajrayana (Tantric) tradition. In Tibetan Buddhism there are four lineages, Nyigma, Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug, and in the Gelug tradition one of the most important practices is Je Tsongkapa's Guru Yoga, Ganden Laghyama, as well as Lam Rim and Yonten Zhirgyurma. This Guru Yoga contains all the principle teachings of the Buddha.
Je Tsongkapa Guru Yoga (pdf)

Je Tsongkapa–Principle Teachings of Buddhism
This booklet provides an introduction to the three essential practices in the Buddha dharma: Renunciation, Bodhicitta and Sunyata.
Je Tsongkapa–Principle Teachings of Buddhism (pdf)

Guru Padmasambhava Guru Yoga
Guru Padmasambhava's guru yoga is one of the essential practices in the Nyigma tradition in Tibetan Buddhism. This booklet contains the Guru Yoga of Guru Padmasambhava, including the four common preliminary practices that are done to prepare for higher level (tantric) practices. This is a profound guru yoga, offering great blessings in the Nyigma tradition.
Guru Padmasambhava Guru Yoga (pdf)

Shakyamuni
This booklet contains an homage to Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, as well as his mantra, and the heart sutra. This is one of the most common practices among Buddhists around the world.
Shakyamuni (pdf)

Amithaba Powa Practice
This booklet contains a prayer requesting to be reborn in the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha.
Amithaba Powa Practice (pdf)

Medicine Buddha
Medicine Buddha is one of the most important healing practices in the Buddhist tradition. This booklet describes the visualization of Medicine Buddha and contains his mantra, with an explanation of the meaning. It outlines the practice for healing oneself and others.
Medicine Buddha (pdf)

Tara–2 practices
Green Tara is one of the most important practices in Mahayana Buddhism in all four lineages in Tibet. This practice helps clear obstacles, provide healing, remove fear, and ultimately remove the three poisons: ignorance, greed, and anger. This booklet includes two practices. The first includes a Tara visualization, the meaning of her mantra, and the dedication. The second is a short version of the homage to 21 Taras, called The Eight Profound Essences, which uses the same motivation and visualization as the first practice.
Tara–2 practices (pdf)

Tara–1 practice
This booklet contains only the first of the two practices mentioned above. This booklet includes a Tara visualization, the meaning of her mantra, and the dedication.
Tara–1 practice (pdf)

Tara–short practice
This booklet contains a short Tara practice, including the homage to Tara, her mantra, and dedication.
Tara–short practice (pdf)

Chenrezig Buddha of Compassion
This booklet contains the visualization and the mantra for the practice of Chenrezig: to cultivate loving-kindness and compassion.
Chenrezig Buddha of Compassion (pdf)

Manjushri
This booklet includes a short Manjushri practice to increase wisdom.
Manjushri (pdf)


Vajrasattva A Purification Meditation
The practice for the deity Vajrasattva is one of the most important practices for cleansing negative karma in Tibetan Buddhism. This booklet contains the Vajrasattva visualization, the one-hundred syllable mantra and its translation, as well as an explanation of the purification of our own negative karma through the four powers.
Vajrasattva A Purification Meditation (pdf)

Dorje Namjum
The practice of Dorje Namjum is a practice for the purification of ourselves, others, and the environment. This booklet explains the ritual for purification, and provides the mantra of Dorje Namjum and the meaning of the mantra.
Dorje Namjum (pdf)

Panden Lhamo Practice
Panden Lhamo is one of the most important female protector deities in Tibetan Buddhism. This booklet explains the practice of Panden Lhamo for receiving protection, healing, and removing obstacles.
Panden Lhamo Practice (pdf)

Panden Lhamo Tea Ceremony
This is one of the most common practices in Tibet and is performed primarily for wishing and requesting. This booklet outlines the practice of tea ceremony, including the homage to Panden Lhamo, her mantra, and dedication.
Panden Lhamo Tea Ceremony (pdf)

Panden Lhamo–short version
This booklet contains an abbreviated form of the Panden Lhamo practice for protection, healing, and removing obstacles. It contains the homage, mantra and dedication.
Panden Lhamo–short version (pdf)

Dedication–Homage to Chenrezig
Even though each practice booklet provides its own dedication, this document provides a special dedication that includes an homage to Chenrezig, as well as prayers from St. Francis of Assisi and Shantideva. This is a meaningful and profound dedication that you can use after meditating or following any significant event. These prayers are especially dedicated to loved ones in the death and dying process and to world peace.
Dedication–Homage to Chenrezig (pdf)

 

Introduction to Buddhism Texts (pdfs)
Introduction to Buddhism 1: The Three Vehicles | The Three Vehicles
Introduction to Buddhism 2: The Four Tenets | The Four Tenets
Introduction to Buddhism 3: The Five Dhyanas | Five Dhyanas
Introduction to Buddhism 4: The Five Paths | The Five Paths
Introduction to Buddhism 5: Introduction to Tantra | Introduction to Tantra
Introduction to Buddhism 6: Death and Dying | Death and Dying
Introduction to Buddhism 7: Dzogchen | Dzogchen

 

Feel free to download and make your own copy of these prayer books. If you enjoy them and find them beneficial and would like support the creation of future prayer books please click the link below to make a donation.

 

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