Drong Ngur is delighted to announce our upcoming teaching series, with Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche and Virginia Blum! Drupon Rinpoche will continue his teachings on the renowned aspiration prayer Samantabhadra’s Aspiration to Good Actions—the King of Aspiration Prayers (Skt. Ārya-bhadracaryā-praṇidhāna-rāja; Tib. Zangchö Mönlam), beginning this Sunday, February 21st @ 11amEST. Drupon Rinpoche will guide sangha members through each verse of Samantabhadra’s Aspiration to Good Actions—the King of Aspiration Prayers, providing history, insight, and instruction, and also revealing the profound meaning of this special prayer. The series will continue each Sunday until the teaching of the prayer is complete. Each session will be held from 11am – 1pm Eastern Standard Time on Zoom and Facebook Live.
The path to enlightenment is possible for each one of us and it is realized through aspiration prayer and applying ourselves to the practice. Aspiration prayers (Skt. praṇidhāna, Tib. mon lam) are essential to actualizing the path and are practiced from the very beginning of the path to enlightenment to the very moment of attaining Buddhahood. The benefits of aspiration prayer are endless. They are a profound method – or an altruistic wish – to attain the qualities of buddhas and bodhisattvas, clear away obstacles, and ripen oneself and others on the path. As it states in the Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra:
“Intention associated with striving
and impelled by wisdom—
the aspiration prayers of the intelligent
are unequaled on all bhūmis.
They are to be understood as being causes
and results accomplished through the mind.
Their functionality is to bring about future goals,
because they are successful merely through the mind.”
This event is free and open to all. If you would like to make an offering for this teaching series or to support Drong Ngur Jangchubling in this challenging time, please consider donating at our website (https://dnjus.org/donate/). No amount is too small, and every donation is appreciated. Our goal is to make the Dharma accessible to all and these special events are open to anyone with the wish to participate.
You can download The King of Aspiration Prayers text as well as other sadhanas, prayers, and digital resources at https://dnjus.org/virtual-dharma/