THE FOUNDATION OF ALL GOOD QUALITIES -Lama Tsong Khapa

Please let me see that proper devotion to my Guru,
who is foundation of all the good qualities,
forms the root of the Path and let me strive with effort
and great devotion to him – please inspire me.

Please let me understand that this rare, precious body,
endowed with freedom is found only once,
and may I cultivate both day and night unceasing
the mind that grasps its essence – please inspire me.

Please let me realize that my unstable body
quickly decays and dies like water bubbles.
Convinced that after death – like shadows follow bodies
black and white karma ripens – please inspire me.

Please let my actions be guided by karmic insight
avoiding even smallest wrongful actions
and working to complete accumulating merit
with mindfulness and caution – please inspire me.

Please let me understand that seeking worldly pleasures
will never satisfy; they can’t be trusted!
Aware of all these faults may I attain the wish
to strive for liberation – please inspire me.

Please let these pure thoughts give rise to the greatest caution,
may mindfulness and watchfulness increase.
May I act in accordance with pratimoksha vows;
the root of Dharma teachings – please inspire me.

Please let me see that all my mother sentient beings
are in samsara’s ocean just like me,
and take upon myself to free all transmigrators
with supreme Bodhicitta – please inspire me.

Please let me clearly see that with just Bodhicitta,
without the practice of the threefold ethics,
I will not be enlightened thus practice with strong effort
the Bodhisattva vows – please inspire me.

Please let me pacify distractions to wrong objects,
and analyze correct reality’s meaning.
Thus quickly generating the unifying path
of insight and samadhi – please inspire me.

Please let me have the fortune trained in the common path
to be a vessel, pure enough to enter
the holy entrance of the hightest of all yanas,
the supreme Vajra Path – please inspire me.

Please let me clearly see that keeping all my pledges
is the foundation of the two attainments
thus may I keep my vows and all commitments purely,
even risking my life – please inspire me.

Please let me recognize the heart of tantric practice
and grasp the importance of both the stages.
Then practice enthusiastic four-session meditation
and realize Guru’s teachings – please inspire me.

Please may the virt’ous Guides who show the Noble Path
and Dharma friends who practice all have long lives
and may all hindrances, internal and external,
be pacified completely – please inspire me.

May I throughout all lives not part from perfect teachers
and enjoy all the Buddha’s Noble Teachings.
Stages and paths completed may I quickly achieve
the state of Vajradhara – please inspire me.

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