I hope this new year of the ox brings you many blessings and joy. This is a good year to practice Avalokiteśvara. Therefore, I am sharing one of my favorite paintings of him and my calligraphy of his six-syllable mantra.

ཨ”་མ་ཎི་པ(ེ་*།ྂ
Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hung
oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ

I hope you are able to practice the Prayer to Noble Avalokiteśvara this year.

Best wishes,

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo
Spiritual Director
Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute


Prayer to Noble Avalokiteshvara
Excerpt from the prayer by Thangtong Gyalpo

I pray to you, guru Avalokiteśvara.
I pray to you, deity Avalokiteśvara.
I pray to you, perfect noble Avalokiteśvara.
I pray to you, lord protector Avalokiteśvara.
I pray to you, lord of love Avalokiteśvara.
Great, compassionate Victorious One, please hold us with your compassion.
For numberless beings who wander in endless saṃsāra experiencing unbearable suffering, there is no refuge other than you.
Please bestow the blessing to obtain omniscient buddhahood.

ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྂ།
Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hung
oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ

Through this virtue, may I quickly achieve the realization of Avalokiteśvara and may I bring every single being to that same state.

The entire Prayer to Noble Avalokiteśvara from the great siddha Thangtong Gyalpo’s life as bhikṣu Padma Karpo may be found on Lotsawa House. This excerpted version of the prayer may be downloaded as a PDF for practice from our website.

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