Akshobhya Buddha Prayer

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Buddha Akshobhya Prayer by Choekyi Gonpo IX

Brief Introduction

This is a concise Buddha Akshobhya Prayer chanted by Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche that begin with a short supplication and end with a typical dedication verses of Tathagatas.

Rinpoche has once said, if one can hear the chant of Buddha Akshobhya mantra for just once, it already worth the living of this life, especially when it's chanted by an enlightened master! Even if the listeners are not chanting the mantra, by simply listening to the chant with faith brings tremendous benefits!

Rinpoche briefly explained the differences between the mantra of Buddha Akshobhya and Buddha Vajrasattva, even though both are effective for karma purification. Buddha Vajrasattva mantra is more incline for purifying negativities related to Vajrayana practices, particularly broken and breaches of samayas. Whereas Buddha Akshobhya mantra is very powerful for cleaning the general negative karma, and thus is very beneficial even for non-Vajrayana practitioners.

Drukpa Kagyu's Lineage holds the main lineage of Buddha Akshobhya, mainly in Dechen Choekhor (the seat of Choegon Rinpoche), Khampagar (the seat of Khamtrul Rinpoche) and Nangchen Garh (the seat of Adeu Rinpoche) and all their Lineage Holders. This lineage is directly from Buddha Akshobhya, Vajrapani, Arya Deva, down to Atisha who travel to Tibet, and then, from Tsangpa Gyare to Choegon Rinpoche's Lineages of Dechen Choekhor tradition. From there, the practice of Buddha Akshobhya has spread to most Drukpa Kagyu monasteries in the 16th century.

Dechen Choekhor put particular emphasis in Buddha Akshobhya practices. It has been their exclusive and intensive practices for puja, Jangchok, retreat, purification and other rituals. This blessings lineage was kept intact unbroken through their perseverance and diligent practices, particularly by the Drukpa Choegon Lineage for over 500 years.

Being the mother monastery, not only to Khampagar and Hemis Monastery, but also to most of the other Drukpa Kagyu monasteries that branched-out and spread throughout Tibet in the 16th century including Nangchen Garh, Dechen Choekhor and all the lineage holders kept this lineage very strong. What strong means here, not merely referring to doing pujas, but practiced as main practices in retreat, for purification etc. The Buddha Akshobhya practice is still a mandatory retreat practices in their tradition till today.

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