The Showers of True Bliss:

A Long-Life Prayer for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso


OM AMARANI JIVANTAYE SVAHA!

For the hosts of beings caught in this

prison of projections and hallucinations,

you gently show the path of clearing

away the imprints resulting from dualistic

fixation. Avalokiteshvara, you pour the

nectar of cherishing others on the

seeds of our innate love and compassion.

Lord of Love, the 14th Dalai Lama, may you abide forever,

raining down the showers of true bliss.

OM MANI PADME HUM

Declaring peace and waging non-violence

in a world beset by the evil forces of

fundamentalist ideology and greed, you have made the

actual transmission of awakened mind

blow across the eight directions of the world.

Your example and influence brings tears to

the eyes of those with faith,

and to recall your face of unimaginable

benevolence makes fears scatter like the parting clouds.

Lord of Compassion, the 14th Dalai Lama, may you abide for kalpas upon kalpas,

raining down the showers of true bliss.

OM MANI PADME HUM

Wish-fulfilling Jewel, when the sprouts of

our bodhichitta shoot forth, we must look to you

in gratitude. When the suffering of cyclic

existence is weakened, we must acknowledge

the force of your enlightened intent. When

we at last begin to see the inseparable

nature of dependent arising and emptiness,

we must know that this was after all your

real wish. When the essence nakedly dawns as clear

light, we shall prostrate to you with

bodies as numerous as dust motes.

Lord of Joy, the 14th Dalai Lama, may you abide for aeons,

raining down the showers of true bliss.

OM MANI PADME HUM

Now a dark age has fallen upon the

people of the world. The armies of ignorance

have turned the world into a fortress of confusion.

The armies of attachment have turned the world

into a citadel of avarice. The armies of anger

have turned the world in a maelstrom of hatred.

The armies of jealousy have turned the world into

a machine of competition. The armies of pride

have turned the world into a swamp of conceit.

For the people of this great Earth, and especially for your

subjects of Tibet, summon forth the unexcelled power of

your extraordinary dynamic skill. We pray:

overwhelm the cold forces of negative emotions

with the warm light of your expedient means.

The time has come! Help all beings

to recognize eachother as their mothers and friends.

Lord of Equanimity, the 14th Dalai Lama, may you abide for as long as space endures,

raining down the showers of true bliss!

OM MANI PADME HUM


This prayer of longing for the longevity of the Victorious Precious One, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, was written on the occasion of His Holiness’ 73rd birthday, a time of much celebration — an auspicious day, at an auspicious place, near the Great Stupa of Jalungkhashor, where all wishes can come true. It was written amongst the playing of Tibetan horns, drums, and other instruments, announcing the presence of victory. It was completed in Darjeeling, where the rain truly showers down (but its bliss is in the eye of the beholder!). May the Dalai Lama live long! May auspiciousness pervade the realms of all beings in all times, and may the nectar of deathlessness wash away the defilements of self-grasping! Sarva Mangalam!

Composed by Erick Sherab Zangpo.

© Erick Tsiknopoulos (Sherab Zangpo)

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One thought on “The Showers of True Bliss: A Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

  1. Erik, this is totally awesome. I like it better than your translations. Now you should translate it into Tibetan and be sure that His Holiness gets a copy!

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