Foundation Prayer

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This prayer is known as The Four Immeasurables  (Tib. tshad.med.pa.bzhi.) It is also called the Heart of Enlightenment because it expresses the very conditions for the Mahayana objective.   

The Sanskrit title of this prayer is Brahma-Vihara which refers to the base or foundation of Indian temples with their 4 levels representing the Virtues. A Buddhist chaitya or stupa (Tib. chorten) also has a base comprising four steps, but as here, in the 4-immeasurables prayer, they represent our wishes for the ultimate happiness of all beings. 

THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES


SEM-CHEN TAM-CHE NYE-RING CHA-DANG-DANG
How wonderful it would be if all beings were in Equanimity

DREL-WAI TANG-NYOM LA-NE-NA CHI-MA-RUNG
Free from attachment and hatred which keeps some beings close and others far !

NE-PA GYUR-CHIG, NE-PA DAG-GI CHA-WO
May they be in equanimity; I myself will make them be in equanimity.

DE-TAR CHE NU-PAR LAMA-LHA JIN-GYI LAB-TU-SOL
Please, Guru Deities, bless me to be able to do this. [The Limitless Love Meditation.]


SEM-CHEN TAM-CHE DE-WA-DANG
How wonderful it would be if all sentient beings had happiness and

DE-WAY GYU-DANG DEN-NA CHI-MA-RUNG
the cause of happiness!  May they have happiness and its cause.

DEN-PA GYUR-CHIG DEN-PA DAG-GI CHA-WO
I myself will make them have happiness and its cause.

DE-TAR CHE NU-PAR LAMA-LHA JIN-GYI LAB-TU-SOL
Please, Guru Deities, bless me to be able to do this. [The Limitless Compassion Meditation.]

 

SEM-CHEN TAM-CHE DUG-NGEL-DANG
How wonderful it would be if all sentient beings were released from suffering !

DUG-NGEL-GYI GYU-DANG DREL-NA CHI-MA-RUNG
And the cause of suffering. May they be released from suffering and its causes !

DREL-WAR GYUR-CHIG DREL-WAR DAG-GI CHA-WO
I myself will release them from suffering and its causes.

DE-TAR CHE NU-PAR LAMA-LHA JIN-GYI LAB-TU-SOL
Please, Guru Deities, bless me to be able to do this. [The Limitless Joy Meditation.]

 

SEM-CHEN TAM-CHE TORE-DANG
How wonderful it would be if all sentient beings were never separated

TAR-PEY DE-WA DAMPA-DANG MA DREL-NA CHI-MA-RUNG
From the sublime happiness of release and the happiness of higher rebirths !

MI-DREL-WAR GYUR-CHIG MI DREL-WAR DAG-GI CHA-WO
May they not be separated from these; I myself will make them not be separated from these.

DE-TAR CHE NU-PAR LAMA-LHA JIN-GYI  LAB-TU-SOL
Please, Guru Deities, bless me to be able to do this.

This prayer (The 4 Immeasurables) is also called The Heart of Enlightenment.

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Brahma is the Indian god whose intention is the universe.

 

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