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 now comments on the actual prayer on page 87, which is no longer in verse form. This is a prayer for the last part of our life, he explains, or the lives of others. What kind of mindset should we have at the end of our life, and why does this prayer help us and others as we die?
What can we expect once we are born in Sukhavati? Why would we want to be born there in the first place? These are vital questions for many of us, not often, if ever, addressed. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity.
We hope you enjoy this class, and look forward to seeing you again on the 6th June.
With best wishes,
The Admin Team