Long Life Prayer for Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche
All Gurus, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Dakas and Dakinis, Please draw close and bear witness to my heartfelt supplication. Please bestow your blessings.
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, Jetsun Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, We prostrate to your lotus feet, with the infinite bodies of all our parents.
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, we offer in the nature of bliss and void, countless universes full of all the enjoyments of gods and humans.
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, from beginning less lives, we have been tossed here and there by our delusions and karma, in all forms of miserable existences.
But now we have found you, Lama, glorious Buddha of the Lapis Land.
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, you are inseparable from the vast inconceivable Wisdom Mind of all the Buddhas.
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, you are supreme bliss, peace and satisfaction.
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, you are ultimate compassion manifesting in myriad emanations.
How wonderful to have found you, who displays all the qualities and activities of the three kayas, appearing in the form of a very humble monk.
Using your holy body, speech and mind to lead all sentient beings to Enlightenment you circle the earth countless times. It is truly amazing to contemplate your wondrous holy works:
- Establishing Monasteries and Nunneries
- Offering food to thousands of Sangha in India
- Returning the Dharma to Mongolia
- Pacifying minds and hearts and environments by propagating the building of thousands of Stupas and Prayer Wheels
- Creating endless merit for your students, the world and all beings with the thousands of Pujas that you sponsor
- Providing education, support and guidance to Venerable Lama Osel Rinpoche
- Directing and Guiding the Dharma activities of over 130 Mahayana Centres of study retreat, healing and publishing
- Translating texts, writing many books and commentaries, perfectly preserving the pure tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa
- And courageously undertaking the most extraordinary feat of building a 500 ft statue of Maitreya Buddha in India! This is a most awesome example of magnificent Guru devotion.
Just one of these great deeds would be supremely outstanding for a simple humble monk. But you, dearest and Supreme Refuge, proficiently manage even more than all these wondrous works for sentient beings. It is inconceivable to imagine all this sublime merit. It is surely infinite, such skies of merit, and completely empty of inherent existence! Wow!
Yet, somehow, dearest and Supreme Refuge, you still have time for all us students from all over the world! How is that possible? Surely, it is only your perfect practice of Dharma. What a truly marvelous example of Refuge!
If not for you dearest and Supreme Refuge, we would be in the hells by now. But you compassionately protect with nectar-like teachings and demonstrate your perfect example of patience, even when we constantly fail to practice or follow your advice.
If not for you dearest and Supreme Refuge, we would be in the Preta realm by now. So kindly you explain the golden aspirations and practices of a Bodhisattva and always cherish each of us with the greatest of care and love, even though we constantly cultivate bias with attachment and aversion.
If not for you, dearest and Supreme Refuge, we would be in the animal realm by now. But relentlessly you remind us of emptiness and your immaculate behavior of abandoning the eight worldly worries inspires us, even though we refuse to give up this life.
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, who else would stay up all night with us? And after we have flooded your lap with our tears of self-cherishing, or vomited poisonous passions of attachment and aversion, or exploded our verbal diarrhea of pitiful petty selfish concerns, you, kindest Lama, the ultimate mother, gently and lovingly wipe away our evil thoughts and sooth our troubled hearts with the wisdom nectar of all the Buddhas.
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, Jetsun Lama, as the source of the three jewels; how would we know anything if not for you?
And when we take our first steps toward Enlightenment, with your great compassion, you encourage us tenderly with praise, gifts and gentle advice.
Your jokes and laughter destroy the shackles of our closed minds and open our hearts to the true freedom from suffering.
With the precision of the ultimate surgeon, you remove the tumors of our wrong views that produce all the ill habits and endless pain.
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, how else would we know and develop the three principal aspects of the path, if not for you?
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, who else would take us by the hand into the mandala of the deities, if not for you?
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, how else would we approach, practice and accomplish the two stages of Tantra, if not for you?
Dearest and Supreme Refuge, reverently, in the presence of the whole assembly of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, Dakas, Dakinis and Protectors, gods and humans please listen closely.
It would be the worst disaster for us students to lose you.
It would be the most tragic day in the history of the world to lose you.
Please live long, please live long, please please live long.
Dearest and Supreme refuge, you know our every thought, please bless us to completely unify with every pore of your holy body, speech and mind.
Please remain as our supreme guide and protector, our Supreme Refuge, until we reach the highest most complete Enlightenment.
Please honored assembly pour your blessings on us struggling students to always keep our Samaya pure, so that we may never loose our dearest and Supreme Refuge.
Please honored assembly, bestow your infinite blessings that, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche will remain until Samsara ends and that all his wishes will be fulfilled immediately forever.