Dedication of Practice Space

Dedication Of Practice Space

We dedicate this place to the Three Jewels:

To the Buddha, the Ideal of Enlightenment
to which we aspire;
To the Dharma, the path of the Teaching
which we follow;
To the Sangha, the Spiritual Fellowship with
one another which we enjoy.
Here may no idle word be spoken;
Here may no unquiet thought disturb our minds.

To the observance of the Five Precepts,
We dedicate this place;
To the practice of Meditation,
We dedicate this place;
To the development of Wisdom,
We dedicate this place.

Though in the world outside there is strife,
Here may there be peace;
Though in the world outside there is hate,
Here may there be love;
Though in the world outside there is grief,
Here may there be joy.

Not by the chanting of the Sacred Scriptures,
Not by the sprinkling of holy water,
But by our own efforts toward Enlightenment
We dedicate this place

Around this Mandala, this sacred spot,
May the lotus petals of purity open;
Around this Mandala, this sacred spot,
May the Vajra-wall of determination extend;
Around this Mandala, this sacred spot,
May the flames that transmute Samsara into Nirvana arise.

Here seated, here practicing,
May our mind become Buddha,
May our thought become Dharma,
May our communication with one another be Sangha.

For the happiness of all beings,
For the benefit of all beings,
With body, speech and mind,
We dedicate this place.


Incense Offering

Incense Offering

In gratitude we offer this incense
To all awakened beings
Throughout space and time.
May it be fragrant as Earth herself,
Reflecting our careful efforts,
Our wholehearted awareness,
And the fruit of understanding, slowly ripening.
May we and all beings be companions of true spiritual friends.
May we awaken from forgetfulness and realize our own true nature.


Remembering Motivation

Remembering Motivation

May all sentient beings attain happiness and the causes of happiness;
May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering;
May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness that is without suffering;
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity,
free from attachment and anger
that holds some close and others distant.

The Dharma is deep and lovely
We now have a chance to see it
Study it, and practice it.
We vow to realize its true meaning.


Heart Sutra

The Heart Of Perfect Wisdom Sutra

The Bodhisattva Avalokita,
While moving in the deep course
Of perfect understanding,
Shed light on the five skandhas
and found them equally empty.
After this penetration,
he overcame ill-being.

Listen, Shariputra,
Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
Form is not other than emptiness,
Emptiness is not other than form.
The same is true for feelings,
Perceptions, mental formations,
And consciousness.

Hear, Shariputra,
All dharmas are marked with emptiness.
They are neither produced nor destroyed,
Neither defiled nor immaculate,
Neither increasing nor decreasing.
Therefore in emptiness, there is neither form,
Nor feelings, nor perceptions,
Nor mental formations, nor consciousness;
no eye, or ear, or nose,
Or tongue, or body, or mind;
No form, no sound, no smell, no taste,
No touch, no object of mind;
No realms of elements
(from eyes to mind consciousness)
No interdependent origins and
No extinction of them
(from ignorance to death and decay);
No ill-being, no cause of ill-being,
No end of ill-being, and no path;
No understanding, no attainment.
Because there is no attainment,
The Bodhisattvas, grounded
In perfect understanding,
Find no obstacles for their minds.
Having no obstacles, they overcome fear,
Liberating themselves forever from illusion
And realizing perfect Nirvana.
All Buddhas in the past, present and future,
Thanks to this perfect wisdom,
Arrive at full, right, and universal enlightenment.

Therefore one should know that perfect wisdom
Is the highest mantra, the unequalled mantra,
the destroyer of ill-being, the incorruptible truth.
A mantra of perfect wisdom
Should therefore be proclaimed.
This is the mantra:

Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha
(3 times)


Refuge Prayer

Refuge Prayer

At the foot of the Bodhi Tree,
Beautifully seated,
peaceful and smiling,
The living source of
Understanding and compassion
To the Buddha I go for refuge.

The path of mindful living,
leading to healing,
Joy and enlightenment,
The way of peace,
To the Dharma I go for refuge.

The loving and supportive
Community of practice,
Realizing harmony,
Awareness and liberation,
To the Sangha I go for refuge.


Dedication of Merit

Dedication Of Merit

Sod Nam Di Yi Tham Ched Zig Pa Nyid
By this merit, through the nature of Awakened mind,
Thob Nei Nyei Pa'i Dra Nam Pham Chei Shing
And the total defeat of all negative forces,
Kye Ga Na Chi'i Ba Long Trug Pa Yi
From the turbulent waves of birth, old age, sickness and death,
Sid Pa'i Tso Lei Dro Wa Drol War Shog
From this ocean of existence, may all beings be set free!

Through this accumulation of priceless merit dedicated to all beings,
may they never be separated from the precious Dharma.
By myself and others perfectly realizing the two purposes,
May the melodious beat of the Dharma drum beautify this world.
May the propagation of the Buddha's teaching be ever increasing.
May all sentient beings be blissful and happy,
May they practice the Dharma through the day and night,
And may the two purposes - of self and others - be spontaneously accomplished.


Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche

Seven-Line Prayer To Guru Rinpoche

On the north west border of the country of Urgyen

In the pollen heart of the lotus,

Marvellous in the perfection of your attainment,

You are known as the Lotus-born,

And are surrounded by your circle of many Dakinis.

By following in your footsteps,

I pray that you will come to confer your blessing.



Twenty One Verses in Praise of Tara

Twenty One Verses In Praise Of Tara

OM! Homage to the holy and noble Tara.

1. Homage, Tara, quick and brave, whose eyes flash like lightning,
Born from the open corolla of the lotus face of the Lord of the triple world.

2. Homage, Lady whose face is filled with a hundred autumn moons,
Blazing with the laughing beams of a thousand stars.

3. Homage, Lady whose hand is adorned with a lotus, a lotus blue and gold,
Whose field of practice is generosity, striving, austerity, calm, patience, and meditation.

4. Homage, Lady with the Tathagata crown, abiding in infinite victory,
Attained to every perfection, served by the sons of the Buddha.

5. Homage, Lady who fills all quarters of space with the
sounds of TUTTARE and HUNG,
Trampling the seven worlds with her feet, able to summon all before her.

6. Homage, Lady worshipped by Indra, Agni, Brahma, by
the Maruts and Vishveshvara,
Honoured by hosts of spirits, of ghosts, celestials and yakshas.

7. Homage, Lady who destroys the spells of others with
the sounds of TRAT (TRE) and PHAT (PE),
Trampling with left foot up and right extended, blazing with a blazing mass of fire.

8. Homage, Lady who annihilates the heroes of Mara, TURE, the terrible lady,
Slaying all enemies by frowning the brows of her lotus face.

9. Homage, Lady holding her hand over her heart in the
mudra that symbolizes the Three Jewels,
Her palms adorned with the universal wheel swirling with masses of its own light.

10. Homage, Lady radiating garlands of light and joy from
her shining crown,
Subjugating Mara and the world with a laughing, mocking TUTTARE!

11. Homage, Lady able to summon before her all the hosts of protectors of the earth,
Saving from all distress by the movement of her frowning brows and the sound of HUNG!

12. Homage, Lady blazing with all jewels, whose diadem is a crescent moon,
Continually shining with the light from Amitabha on her mass of piled hair.

13. Homage, Lady placed within the centre of a garland that blazes like the fire at the end of the world era,
Annihilating the army of the enemy in her joyous posture of royal ease.

14. Homage, Lady who strikes the earth with her hand, who pounds upon it with her feet,
Shattering the seven underworlds with the sound of HUNG made by her frowning brows.

15. Homage, Lady  blissful, virtuous, calm, whose field of practice is calm nirvana,
With SVAHA and OM, destroying great sins.

16. Homage, Lady who shatters the bodies of enemies in her joyous posture,
Saviouress manifested from HUNG in the mantra composed of ten syllables.

17. Homage, Lady who strikes with the feet of TURE, whose seed is the form of the syllable HUNG,
Shaking Mount Meru, Mandara, Kailasha, and all the triple world.

18. Homage, Lady holding the deer-marked moon in the form of an ocean of gods,
Dispelling all poison with the sound of PHAT (PE) and twice-spoken TARA.

19. Homage, Lady served by the ruler of hosts of gods, by gods and celestials,
Dispelling disputes and bad dreams with the brilliance of her joyous armour.

20. Homage, Lady in whose eyes is the brilliant light of the sun and the full moon,
Dispelling terrible fevers and illnesses with TUTTARE and twice-spoken HARA.

21. Homage, Lady truly possessing the strength of tranquillity by the array of the three essences,
Destroying the hosts of demons, ghosts and yakshas, TURE, most excellent Lady!

This is the praise of the root mantra and the Twenty-one verses of praise.


Vajrasattva Hundred Syllable Mantra

Vajrasattva Hundred Syllable Mantra

Palyul Nam Cho Version

Om Benza Sato Samaya Manupalaya
Om Vajrasattva, keep your vows
Benza Sato Te No Pa
Vajrasattva, reside in me
Tisthra Dridho Me Bhawa
Become strong within me
Suto Khayo Me Bhawa
Be well satisfied with me
Anurakto Me Bhawa
Be loving towards me
Supo Khayo Me Bhawa
Increase wisdom in me
Sarwa Siddhi Me Prayatsa
Bestow on me all powers
Sarwa Karma Sutsa Me
Chittam Shriyam Kuru Hung
And a virtuous mind in all actions
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ho
(this line represents four kinds of bliss)
Bhagawan Sarwa Tathagata Hridaya
Blessed One, Heart essence of all the Buddhas
Benza Ma Me Muntsa
Do not abandon me
Benzi Bhawa Maha Samaya Sato Ah!
Oh Great Being of Vows, may I become like you, inseparable from the wisdom of non-duality.

Short Mantra

Om Benza Sato Hung


Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Long-life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama


To the assembly of most kind teachers, both present and past,
 the miraculous dance of the body, speech and mind of innumerable Buddhas
manifesting in accord with aspirants' spiritual capacities, the wish-granting jewel, the source of all virtue and goodness -
to you, we offer our prayers with fervent devotion:
That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the Land of Snows, live for a hundred aeons.
Shower on him your blessings that his aspirations are fulfilled without hindrance.

To the assembly of all meditational deities manifesting as countless mandalas and divinities,
 the magical clouds of immaculate, transcendent wisdom reaching to the farthest expanse of the space of ultimate reality,
to you, we offer our prayers with fervent devotion:

You are the jewel-heart embodying all compassionate, beneficial deeds;
O most courageous one, you carry upon your shoulders the burden of all the Buddhas of the infinite realms.
May all your noble aspirations be fulfilled as intended.

By virtue of this may the heavenly doors of the fortunate era open eternally as a source of relief and respite for all beings;
And may the auspicious signs reach the apex of existence and release, as the sacred teachings flourish through all times and in all realms.

May the nectar-stream of the blessings of the 'Lotus Holder' always enter our hearts and nourish it with strength.
May we please you with our offerings of dedicated practice, and may we reach beyond the shores of perfect, compassionate deeds.

Through the blessings of the wondrous Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, by the infallible truth of the laws of dependent origination,
and by the purity of our fervent aspirations, may the aims of my prayer be fulfilled without hindrance:

That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the Land of Snows, live for a hundred aeons.
Shower on him your blessings that his aspirations are fulfilled without hindrance.

To all the victorious Buddhas of the three times endowed with ten powers,
who are even masters of the gods, and whose attributes of perfection are the source of all compassionate deeds benefiting the vast ocean-like realm of sentient beings,
to you, we offer our prayers with fervent devotion:

That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the Land of Snows, live for a hundred aeons. Shower on him your blessings that his aspirations are fulfilled without hindrance.

To the assembly of sacred doctrine embodied in the Three Vehicles, supremely serene,
a jewel-treasure of enlightenment, stainless, unchanging, eternally good, and the glory of all virtues, which actually liberates beings from the sufferings of the three worlds,
to you, we offer our prayers with fervent devotion:

That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the Land of Snows, live for a hundred aeons. Shower on him your blessings that his aspirations are fulfilled without hindrance.

To all members of the enlightening, noble spiritual community, who never stray from the thoroughly liberating adamantine city,
who possess the wisdom eye that directly sees the profound truth and the highest valour to destroy all machinations of cyclic existence,
to you, we offer our prayers with fervent devotion:

That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the Land of Snows, live for a hundred aeons. Shower on him your blessings that his aspirations are fulfilled without hindrance.

To the assembly of heroes and dakinis, heavenly beings of the three worlds,
who appear in the highest paradises, in the sacred places, and in the cremation grounds,
and who, through creative play in the hundred-fold experiences of bliss and emptiness, support practitioners in their meditation on the excellent path,
 to you, we offer our prayers with fervent devotion:

That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the Land of Snows, live for a hundred aeons. Shower on him your blessings that his aspirations are fulfilled without hindrance.

To the ocean of protectors endowed with eyes of transcendent wisdom
the powerful guardians and upholders of the teaching who wear inseparably on their matted locks the knot symbolising their pledge to the 'Vajra Holder'
to you, we offer our prayers with fervent devotion:

That Tenzin Gyatso, protector of the Land of Snows, live for a hundred aeons. Shower on him your blessings that his aspirations are fulfilled without hindrance.

Thus to this congregation of excellent, undeceiving refuge, we pray that by the power of this prayer expressed from a heart filled with fervent devotion and humility,
may the body, speech and mind of  the supreme Ngawang Lobsang Tenzin Gyatso
be indestructible, unfluctuating and unceasing;
may he live immutable for a hundred aeons, seated on a diamond throne, transcending decay and destruction.


Long Life Prayer for Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche

Long-life Prayer for Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche

When the Bodhicitta of the Victorious Ones of the three times ripens,
From the Dharmakaya clear light in which abandonment and realization are accomplished,
Primordially complete, primordially pure, the great release-by-itself,
The unmoving and unchanging enlightened mind of emptiness and compassion
Delights in the release of beloved students to be tamed.
Glorious Supreme Guru, holder of the three vows,
Enlightened body filled with the merit and primordial wisdom of the Sage's teaching,
Indestructible, permanent, stable, limitless vajra life,
Having received nourishment in Amitayus Buddha's essence,
May you turn the wheel of the profound and vast Dharma
And may your lotus feet be firm for as long as an eon!

(Composed by the 11th Throne Holder of the Palyul Lineage, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche in 1998, Tibetan Royal Earth Tiger year 2125, 20th day of the 5th month).

Newcomers | Palyul Ottawa


About Palyul Dhonyag Shedrup Ling

The Ottawa Palyul Dharma Centre, Palyul Dhonyag Shedrup Ling, was formally inaugurated by Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoché on June 29, 2008. It is the manifestation of the sincere intentions of many people who have come together to form the Ottawa Palyul Sangha. This sangha is under the spiritual direction of Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoché, who was sent to further the Dharma in the west by the late HH Pema Norbu (Penor) Rinpoché. Although the main liturgical practices of the Ottawa Palyul Sangha follow the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, the culture of the Centre is one of inclusiveness and non-sectarianism. It is a place where one can find support for the difficult task of blending the Dharma with everyday life.

Description of Practices at the Ottawa Palyul Dharma Centre

(Please check the practice calendar monthly for exact days and times)

Practice sessions at the Ottawa Palyul Centre are open to all who wish to explore the teachings of Buddhism and the riches of their own mind. Our sessions include:

- Silent and guided meditation for the purpose of stilling the mind and regaining equilibrium in our daily lives;

- Vajrayana visualization practice and rituals that are intended to transform those deep-seated aspects of ourselves that the conscious mind cannot access;

- Dharma talks, debates, and discussions where we can learn from tradition, question tradition, challenge our ordinary perceptions of things, and expand our intellect.

All sessions take place at the Centre, 58 Lindhurst Crescent. There are no fees for participating in any Dharma activity at the Centre. Our work is carried out entirely by volunteers and the bills are paid by the donations of those who wish to see this Centre continue and flourish. If you find yourself returning because you benefit from our activities, then do help us in whatever ways you can

Meditation & Dharma Discussions

Dharma Discussions & Meditation Practice on Sunday afternoons

These sessions are intended for all who would like to learn more about various Buddhist topics (Buddhist thought, philosophy, ritual, meditation, etc.). It will provide an opportunity for contemplation and discussion as it relates to our daily lives and to our ongoing spiritual paths and practices. It will also be beneficial to those who want more sitting meditation time and find that group support is helpful to establish and strengthen their own practices. The sessions will open and close with about 15-20 minutes of meditation. There will be some meditation instruction given and questions are encouraged. Suggestions for group discussion topics are also welcome.

Amitabha Practice on the 15th of the lunar month (full moon)

These sessions are particularly helpful for anyone who wishes to discuss topics related to the end of life. They are also beneficial to anyone who is dealing with a sick or dying loved one. The session includes prayers to the Medicine Buddha and Bardo prayers as well as a brief visualization and mantra recitation dedicated to the Buddha Amitabha, whose name means ‘Boundless Light’ and who is particularly associated with the clear light of liberation that dawns when one recognizes the true nature of one’s own mind. This subtlest manifestation of mind arises also at death and is known as the clear light of death.

Discussion - After this practice, we discuss a particular topic or passage either from various books or u-tube videos that promote our familiarization with death. The session will end with a few minutes of silent meditation.

Palyul Ritual and Liturgical Practices

Tsok on the 10th and 25th days of the lunar month

Tsok means “gathering together” for a spiritual feast. The practitioners come together, the food and drink to be offered to everyone is assembled, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas gather together, and finally as a result of this practice, merit and wisdom are accumulated or “gathered together” by the participants. All are welcome to attend; it is traditional to
bring a small offering to contribute to the tsok – fruit or nuts or cookies or chocolate, whatever you consider delicious and worthy of offering to the Buddhas. Flowers are also welcome or tea or candles for the centre.
Rigdzin Dupa tsok on the 10th of the lunar month is dedicated to the archetypal Nyingma
Lama, Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche.
Queen of Great Bliss tsok on the 25th of the lunar month is dedicated to Padmasambhava’s
consort, the female face of Enlightenment, the enlightened wisdom Dakini, Yeshe Tsogyal.
Chanting is done in both Tibetan and English

Vajrakilaya Practice on the 29th day of the lunar month

Vajrakilaya is the main Nyingma protector deity that dispels harmful beings and negative circumstances, creating beneficial conditions for Dharma practice and the path to enlightenment. This practice will also help you to establish a connection with the Palyul lineage practices and liturgy that are done in Palyul monasteries and at the upstate New York summer retreat centre.
It includes the following:
- Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones – the opening prayer that establishes an auspicious beginning to any program or project
- Riwo Sangcho – the offering of smoke and scent to benefit all wandering spirits and to avert obstacles
- Vajrakilaya sadhana – visualization and mantra recitation dedicated to Vajrakilaya.
- 21 Verses of Praise to Tara – a homage to the female Buddha of Compassion, Tara, who is regarded by Tibetans as a quick and powerful saviouress from all that we fear. Chanting on this day is done in Tibetan as a way of familiarizing ourselves with, and preparing for the traditional Palyul practices carried out at the upstate retreat.

Medicine Buddha Practice on the 8th day of the lunar month

The Medicine Buddha practice is dedicated to all those who are in need of healing whether of body or mind, including ourselves. The chanting is done in both Tibetan and English.

Suggested Reading

Buddha: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Carrithers
Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown
Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana
What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
Tibetan Buddhism from the Ground Up by B. Alan Wallace
A Flash of Lightening in the Dark of Night by HH the Dalai Lama
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
Enlightened Journey: Buddhist Practice as Daily Life by Tulku Thondop
Path to Buddhahood: Teachings on Gampopa's Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Ringu Tulku

For more in depth reading:

The Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche
The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva - Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara by the Padmakara Translation Group
Introduction to Tantra: the Transformation of Desire by Lama Yeshe - edited by Jonathan Landaw
Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection by HH the Dalai Lama

Palyul Chants and Prayers

Opening and Closing Prayers for Ottawa Palyul Sangha Gatherings

Dedication of Practice Space
Incense Offering
Remembering Motivation
Heart Sutra
Refuge Prayer
Dedication of Merit

Other Chants and Prayers

Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
Twenty One Verses in Praise of Tara
Vajrasattva Hundred Syllable Mantra
Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the 4th Pema Norbu Rinpoche
Long Life Prayer for Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
Long Life Prayer for His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
Food Offering Prayer

Prayers in MP3 Format

Benza Guru Mantra
Long Life Prayer for Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
Palyul Prayer


In no particular order, here are some links that may be of interest:

Study Buddhism
Lotsawa House
early Tibet
Dharma Dictionary
The Tibet Map Institute
Tibetan Studies WWW Virtual Library
Access To Insight
Dalai Lama
Sati Saraniya Monastery
Tisarana Buddhist Monastery