Sadhana of Shakyamuni Buddha

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The Sadhana of Shakyamuni Buddha, Treasury of Blessings of the Liturgy of the Muni, was written by Mipham Rinpoche in 1900. Ju Mipham composed this sadhana of Shakyamuni Buddha, or '[Shakya]muni-ritual' (Tib. ཐུབ་ཆོག, Wyl. thub chog), at the request of Orgyen Tendzin Norbu. Both the sadhana and its vast 'supporting teaching' known as The White Lotus (Tib. རྒྱབ་ཆོས་པདྨ་དཀར་པོ་, yab chö pé ma karpo, Wyl. rgyab chos pad+ma dkar po) are among the most popular of Mipham's works.

A commentary on this sadhana, entitled the Sadhana of Shakyamuni Buddha, written by Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche, was published in 2009 by Jeweled Lotus Publishing. Khenpo Gawang performing the sadhana with members of the Pema Karpo Meditation Center in Memphis TN, USA can be experienced at [1]. The sadhana takes about 15 minutes to perform. It does not require an empowerment according to Khenpo Gawang.

A commentary by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (Treasury of Blessings: A Sadhana of the Buddha) was translated and edited by the Nalanda Translation Committee and includes practice instructions, including refuge and bodhichitta, the four limitless voew, a front visualization of the Buddha and the TAD YATHA (TAD YATHÂ OM MUNI MUNI MAHĀMUNAYE SVÂHÂ) and OM MUNI (OM MUNI MUNI MAHĀMUNAYE SVÂHÂ) mantras.

Additional publications include a practice guide to accompany the text. "The Blessing Treasure, A Sadhana of the Buddha Shakyamuni", a commentary by Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, published by Dharma Samudra, 2009; "The Treasury of Blessings, A Sadhana of the Buddha, translated by the Padmakara Translation Group and published by Editions Padmakara in 1991, and "The Treasury of Blessings of the Ritual of Buddha" (no publication information given).

All of the published versions included here begin with a reference to verses from the Samadhiraja Sutra: "In general, whatever you are doing, whether it is moving, walking, sleeping or sitting, you should constantly remember the Buddha. Even at night, when you go to sleep, consider that the radiance of the Buddha’s form illuminates the whole of space in every direction, lighting it up as brightly as during the day."

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