Tibetan Buddhists often end their daily prayer practice with a “dedication prayer.” The basic idea is that praying and other Buddhist practices are good actions that generate merit. The merit can lead to many positive outcomes, such as a better next life, or a good long life, or as the seed of enlightenment. In the dedication prayer, we are asking that the good merit generated from our practice be directed specifically to enlightenment for all beings.
Video: Learn How to Pronounce Two Common Tibetan Dedication of Merit Prayers
Nagarjuna’s Dedication of Merit Prayer
Sonam diyi tamchay zigpa nyi
Tobne nyepay dranam pam chenay
Kye ga na chi balap drukpa yi
Sipay tsole drowa drolpar sho
By this merit may all attain omniscience.
May it defeat the enemy, wrongdoing.
From the stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness and death;
From the ocean of samsara, may I free all beings!
Another Common Dedication of Merit Prayer
Gewa diyi nyurdu dag
Lama sanggye drupgyur nay
Drowa chigkyang malu pa
Kyekyi sala go par shog
By this virtue may I quickly
Attain the state of Guru Buddha, and then
Lead every being without exception
To that very state!
Both translations above are from Khandro.net
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Thank you so much, I really wanted that Merit manter I had forgotten long ago.
God bless you.
You are so welcome, thank you for the kind feedback!
Jo Jo says
Thank you. Enjoyed hearing the correct pronunciation. Blessings to you.
It’s our pleasure, Jo Jo! Blessings to you.
hi, i have been following you for quite some time now. I follow nichiren buddhism and i meditate to the White Tara. I wanted to know there are so many buddhist mantras, how does one decide which ones to follow?
I think should say White Tara mantras since you are meditating White Tara. Here is the Mantra: https://www.yowangdu.com/tibetan-buddhism/white-tara.html
Thank you for the useful information.
Thank you Wangdu
You are welcome, Alan!
Thank you for this video and all of your videos. I appreciate your site very very much…. I am going to practice this today.
Thank for this wonderful video. I just started learning tibet buddhism and having problem with all the prayers pronouncation.
Can you do one for the four immesuarable and sojong vow too? Both are extremely difficult for me and I am not sure if I am pronouncing it correctly.
Thanks so much for your kind thoughts, Kelly! It’s a good idea to make a video for those two, and we will add this to our list, but have to say that the list is long at this point! All our best to you 🙂
Thom Knox says
I’ve enjoyed your video’s and have learned quite a lot. Unfortunately the video on how to say the dedication of merit doesn’t seem to be working and I didn’t find it on your YouTube channel. Is there any way to correct this? Your video instructions are invaluable.