Lama Tsongkhapa’s A Prayer for Birth in Sukhavati is one of the great devotional verses in Mahayana Buddhism. Alongside The King of Prayers and Maitreya’s Prayer of Love, this prayer is one of the nine great prayers in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It is also an important practice text composed to help us cultivate the aspiration and enthusiasm we need to practice the entire path to enlightenment. As always, Geshe Tashi’s emphasis in these teachings will be on how we can best experience the material for ourselves.
Geshe Tashi continues with verse 3 and 4 in his commentary on the main body of the text. Here we look at the first two Noble Truths. Geshe la expands on Lama Tsong Khapa’s vivid description of our current situation, how we are “trussed (lit. lassoed) by the ropes of desire in the prison of samsara, carried helplessly to the oceans of existence by rivers of karma.”
In verse 5 Geshe la gives us a very helpful and detailed guide to visualising Amitabha with Chenrezig and Vajrapani in their bodhisattva form, one face and two arms. If you plan to recite this text, we expect this will be a very helpful section.
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