The first day of the first lunar month is the Royal Tibetan New Year’s Day. In 2023, this coincides with February 21st and is an auspicious day for making prayers of aspiration. As a gift of practice support for the worldwide Yungdrung Bön family, the English language translation of the Aspiration Prayer of the Ten Grounds from The Three-fold Aspiration Prayer known as the Mönlam Namsum, is being made freely available for private use. Below is an excerpt of the translation.
The complete translation of the prayer along with the Tibetan text can be downloaded as a pdf from the Publications page of this website.
May everyone have a year of happiness, health, and prosperity! And may those favorable conditions support rapid spiritual accomplishments!
“I prostrate to the teacher Küntu Zangpo who has not gone beyond, and who is a completely compassionate guardian! To begin, in order for suffering sentient beings to traverse the extraordinary place of the grounds, with a completely pure mind of enlightenment, through the compassion of Trül Bön Sangwa Nangring, and having renounced all negative places of cyclic existence, I offer this aspiration prayer in order to traverse the pure paths and grounds.
(First: The Ground of Immense Joy) Upon the ground of immense joy, having cleansed and purified the stain of greed and having perfected the great accumulation of generosity, may I see the face of Jinpa Jamma, the Loving Mother of Generosity!
(Second: The Ground of Stainless Crystal) Upon the ground of stainless crystal, having cleansed and purified the stain of immorality and having perfected the great accumulation of moral discipline, may I see the face of Tsultrim Jamma, the Loving Mother of Moral Discipline!
(Third: The Ground of Radiance) Upon the ground of radiance, having cleansed and purified the stain of insensitivity and impatience and having perfected the great accumulation of patience, may I see the face of Zöpa Jamma, the Loving Mother of Patience!
May I see the face of Satrik Érsang! Having seen the face of Satrik Érsang, may I spontaneously accomplish benefit for myself!
Having spontaneously accomplished benefit for myself, may I perfect benefit for others!
Having perfected benefit for others, may the welfare of sentient beings ripen! Having ripened the welfare of sentient beings, may I tread upon the ground of universal light!
Having tread upon the ground of universal light and also upon the ground of the great bliss of Bön, may I perfect the three bodies upon the ground of unmoving equanimity where everything is inexpressible!
Having perfected the three bodies upon the ground of unmoving equanimity, may I instantly be born upon a pure lotus!
Having been instantly born upon a pure lotus, may I fulfill complete benefit for sentient beings!”—Excerpt from Aspiration Prayer of the Ten Grounds from The Three-fold Aspiration Prayer, the Mönlam Namsum
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Gratitude !!! 🙏🏼🌈🙏🏼🌈
A beautiful prayer !!!
Tashi Delek !!!