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In the language of India: [[Arya]] Bhadra [[Charya]] [[Pranidhana]] [[Raja]]
In the language of [[Tibet]] [translated into English]:

The King of Aspiration Prayers,
the Aspiration for Noble Excellent Conduct


I pay [[homage]] to the noble [[Manjushri]].

To those, in the worlds of the [[ten directions]], however many there are,
All the [[lions among humans]] who appear during the three times --
To all of them without exception
I pay [[homage]] with respectful body, speech, and mind.

The force of my Aspiration Prayer for Excellent Conduct,
Brings all the [[victorious ones]] directly to mind;
Bowing down with bodies as numerous as atoms in the realms,
I prostrate to all the victorious ones.

In a single atom there are [[Buddhas]] as numerous as atoms,
Each residing in the midst of their sons and daughters;
Like that, I imagine that the whole [[dharmadhatu]]
Is completely filled with victorious ones.

To those with oceans of inexhaustible praise-worthy qualities --
With sounds containing oceans of tones of melodic speech,
I express the qualities of all the victorious ones,
I praise all the [[Sugatas]].

With the finest flowers, the finest garlands,
Music, ointments, supreme [[parasols]],
Supreme lamps, and the finest [[incense]]
I make offerings to the [[victorious ones]].

With the finest cloths, supreme scents,
And fine powders equal to [[Mount Meru]],
All displayed in supreme and magnificent ways,
I make offerings to those [[victorious ones]].

With vast unsurpassable offerings
I venerate all the [[victorious ones]].
Through the power of faith in excellent conduct
I prostrate and offer to the [[victorious ones]].

Whatever negative actions I have performed
With body, speech, and also mind
Overpowered by [[desire]], [[anger]], and [[stupidity]]
I confess each and every one of them.

I rejoice everyone's [[merit]] --
The [[victorious ones]] of the ten directions, the [[Bodhisattvas]],
The [[Pratyekabuddha]]s, those in training,
Those [[beyond training]], and all beings.

I request the [[protectors]],
The [[lamps of the worlds]] of the ten directions,
Who, passing through the [[stages of awakening]], attained [[Buddhahood]] beyond [[attachment]],
To turn the unsurpassable [[Dharma]] wheel.

I [[supplicate]] with my [[palms joined]] together
Those who intend to demonstrate [[nirvana]]
To remain for [[kalpas]] as numerous as [[atoms]] in the realms
For the welfare and happiness of [[all beings]].

I [[dedicate]] whatever slight [[virtue]] is accumulated through
[[Prostrating]], [[offering]], [[confessing]],
[[Rejoicing]], [[requesting]], and [[supplicating]]
To the great [[enlightenment]].

I make [[offerings]] to all the past [[Buddhas]]
And those residing in the [[worlds]] of the [[ten directions]].
May those who have not appeared
Quickly fulfill their intentions, and passing through the [[stages of awakening]], appear as [[Buddhas]].

May the [[realms]] of the [[ten directions]], however many,
Be completely [[pure]] and vast;
May they be filled with [[Buddhas]] and [[Bodhisattvas]]
Who have gone to sit before the powerful [[bodhi tree]].

May [[all beings]] throughout the [[ten directions]], however many they may be,
Always have [[happiness]], free from [[illness]];
May [[all beings]] be in [[harmony]] with the aims of the [[Dharma]]
And achieve what they hope for.

May I perform the [[conduct of awakening]]
And remember my lives during all states.
In all my successive lives, from [[birth]] to [[death]],
May I always be a [[renunciate]]
(monk [[bhikshu]], nun [[bhikshuni]] or [[yogi]], [[yogini]]).

Following the [[victorious ones]], may I train,
Bringing excellent conduct to [[perfection]],
And engage in [[pure]], stainless [[moral conduct]],
Which never lapses and is free from faults.

In the languages of [[gods]], the languages of [[nagas]] and [[yakshas]],
In the languages of [[kumbhandas]] and [[humans]] --
In however many languages of beings there may be,
May I teach the [[Dharma]].

With gentleness may I exert myself in the paramitas.
May I never forget [[bodhichitta]] (bodhicitta).
May all wrongdoing and whatever obscures
Be thoroughly purified.

May I be liberated from karma, [[kleshas]] (afflictions of greed, hatred, stupidity), and the work of [[maras]],
And act for all beings in the world
Like a lotus to which water does not cling,
Like the sun and moon unhindered in space.

Throughout the directions and reaches of the realms
May the suffering of the lower states be pacified.
May all beings be placed in happiness;
May all beings be benefitted.

May I bring awakened conduct to perfection,
Engage in conduct that harmonizes with beings,
Teach excellent conduct,
And perform these throughout all future [[kalpas]].

May I continuously be with those
Whose actions accord with my own.
May our conduct and aspirations
Of body, speech, and mind be the same.

May I always meet with
Friends who wish to benefit me,
Those who teach excellent conduct,
And may I never displease them.

May I always directly see the [[victorious ones]],
The protectors, surrounded by [[Bodhisattvas]];
In future [[kalpas]] without tiring,
May I make vast offerings to them.

May I retain the genuine [[Dharma]] of the [[victorious ones]],
And cause the appearance of awakened conduct;
Training in excellent conduct,
May I act in this way throughout future [[kalpas]].

When circling in all my existences
May I develop inexhaustible [[merit]] and [[wisdom]],
And become an inexhaustible [[treasury]] of
Methods ([[upaya]]), knowledge ([[vijnana]] and [[prajna]]), [[samadhi]], [[liberation]], and [[virtues]].

In a single atom there are realms as numerous as all atoms;
In those realms reside infinite [[Buddhas]]
In the midst of [[Bodhisattvas]] --
Beholding them, may I perform awakened conduct.

Like that, in all directions
On the breadth of just a hair
There are oceans of [[Buddhas]], as many as in the three times, and oceans of realms --
May I act and be engaged with them for oceans of [[kalpas]].

A single instance of a [[Buddha]]'s speech is a voice endowed with oceans of qualities,
It has the pure qualities of the melodic speech of the [[victorious ones]],
And is the melodic speech that accords with the inclinations of all beings --
May I always be engaged with the [[Buddhas]]' speech.

May I be engaged through the power of my mind
In the inexhaustible melodic speech
Of the [[victorious ones]] appearing in the three times
Who turn the [[Dharma]] like a wheel.

As all future [[kalpas]] are penetrated
May I also penetrate them instantly;
May I be engaged in and penetrate, in each part of an instant,
As many [[kalpas]] as are in the three times.

May I see instantly
Those lions among humans appearing in the three times.
May I always be engaged in their sphere of experience
Through the power of illusion-like liberation.

May I produce in a single atom
All the arrays of realms there are in the three times;
May I be engaged with the arrays of the [[Buddha]] realms
In all directions always.

Those lamps of the worlds who have not yet appeared
Will gradually awaken, turn the [[Dharma wheel]],
And demonstrate [[nirvana]], the final peace --
May I go into the presence of those [[protectors]].

Through the power of swift [[miracles]],
The power of the great vehicle, the door,
The power of conduct endowed with qualities,
The power of all-pervasive [[love]],
The power of [[virtuous]] [[merit]],
The power of [[wisdom]] free from [[attachments]],
And the powers of knowledge, methods, and [[samadhi]]
May I perfectly accomplish the power of awakening.

May I purify the power of [[karma]],
Conquer the power of [[kleshas]],
Render the power of [[maras]] powerless,
And perfect the power of excellent conduct.

May I purify oceans of realms,
Liberate oceans of beings,
Behold oceans of [[Dharma]],
Realize oceans of [[wisdom]],
Purify oceans of [[conduct]],
Perfect oceans of aspiration prayers,
Offer to oceans of [[Buddhas]],
And act without weariness throughout oceans of [[kalpas]].

All the [[victorious ones]] who appear in the three times
Awaken into [[enlightenment]] through the excellent conduct
Of various aspiration prayers for awakened conduct --
May I perfect all of these.

The eldest son of the [[victorious ones]]
Is called [[Samantabhadra]] by name.
I dedicate all this [[virtue]]
That I may act with skill similar to his.

May I also be equal to him
In his skill in excellent [[dedications]]
For pure [[body]], [[speech]] and [[mind]],
[[Pure conduct]] and [[pure realms]].

May I act according to the aspiration prayers of [[Manjushri]]
In order to perform excellent virtue.
Not tiring throughout future [[kalpas]],
May I perfect these activities.

May my conduct be without measure,
May my qualities also be measureless.
Remaining within conduct without measure,
May I send out [[emanations]].

Sentient beings extend
As far as the limits of space;
May my aspiration prayers extend
As far as the limits of their karma and kleshas.

Though someone adorns with [[precious jewels]]
The infinite [[realms]] of the [[ten directions]], and offers these to the [[Buddhas]],
Or offers the supreme happiness of [[gods]] and [[men]]
For [[kalpas]] as numerous as atoms in the realms,
The genuine [[merit]] of someone who
Hears this king of dedications,
Who is inspired towards [[supreme awakening]],
And gives rise to faith in it is more supreme.

Whoever makes this Aspiration Prayer for Excellent Conduct
Will be free from the [[lower realms]],
And free from negative friends;
They will see [[Amitabha]] soon,
Acquire all benefits and be sustained in happiness --
With all of this their life will go well.
Before long they will become
Just like [[Samantabhadra]].

Whatever has been done through the power of not knowing,
All evil, even the five acts of immediate consequence,
Will be quickly [[purified]]
By those who recite this Excellent Conduct.

They will possess [[wisdom]], beauty and the [[signs]],
Be of good family with fine complexion.
They will not be overpowered by [[maras]] or [[tirthikas]];
The three worlds will make [[offerings]] to them.

They will soon go before the [[bodhi tree]],
And having gone there, they will sit to [[benefit beings]],
Awaken into enlightenment, turn the [[Dharma]] wheel,
And subdue all [[maras]] and their hordes.

The full ripening for those who are involved with, teach or [[recite]]
This Aspiration Prayer for Excellent Conduct
Is known only by the [[Buddhas]];
Without any doubt, it is [[supreme enlightenment]] ([[anuttarasamyaksambodhi]]).

I dedicate all this virtue,
Following and emulating
The warrior [[Manjushri]] who is [[omniscient]],
As is [[Samantabhadra]].

With [[dedications]], praised as supreme
By the [[victorious ones]] who appear in the [[three times]],
I dedicate all my [[roots of virtue]] ([[kusala mula]])
Towards excellent conduct.

When the time of death comes for me
May all my [[obscurations]] vanish;
Seeing [[Amitabha]] directly
May I go to his realm of [[Sukhavati]].

Having gone there, may I actualize
All these aspiration prayers,
Fulfill them completely,
And benefit beings as long as worlds exist.

May I be born within a beautiful lotus
In that excellent and [[joyous realm]] ([[Sukhavati]]) of the [[victorious one]];
And from the victorious one [[Amitabha]] directly
May I receive a [[prophecy]].

Having received his prophecy there,
May I benefit all beings in the [[ten directions]]
Though the power of my mind
With many billions of [[emanations]].

Through whatever slight [[virtue]] I have accumulated (see [[two collections]])
By making this Aspiration Prayer for Excellent Conduct,
May the virtue of the aspiration [[prayers]] for all beings
Be accomplished instantly.

By the infinite and genuine [[merit]],
Attained through [[dedicating]] The Aspiration Prayer for Excellent Conduct,
May all beings drowning in the rivers of sufferings
Reach the place of [[Amitabha]].

May this King of Aspiration Prayers
Bring about the supreme aim ([[bodhichitta]]) and benefit for all infinite beings;
Completing this scripture adorned by [[Samantabhadra]],
May the lower realms be empty.



This completes The King of Aspiration Prayers,
The Aspiration for Excellent Conduct.


Translated [from Sanskrit], edited, and finalized by the Indian scholars Dzina Mitra and Surendra Bodhi with the lotsawa and great editor, Bande Yeshe De and others.



Translated into English under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso
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