Wednesday, 11 July 2012

One Million Migtsemas for the flourishing of Dharma

What is Migtsema?
Migtsema is the praise and mantra of Lama Je Tsongkhapa composed by the great Sakyapa master Jetsun Rendawa in praise and appreciation of Je Tsongkhapa’s qualities and virtues. In this praise, we evoke the energies of the Buddhas’ Compassion, Wisdom and Spiritual Strength. This is a complete balance of the energies innate in us which can help us to find peace and happiness in our lives.

You are Avalokitesvara, great goldmine of compassion untainted by ego’s delusion.
The entire universe is kept rolling through the power of love. Love without agenda in Buddhism is compassion and the Buddha’s visual manifestation of Compassion is represented by Chenresig, the great Buddha of Love and Compassion. This evokes the qualities of compassion within us to be able to help ourselves and fuel us on our spiritual path.

You are Manjushri, great master of stainless wisdom.
With knowledge, we understand the meaning of life. Through constant study, contemplation and meditation, we realize a purpose in our life when wisdom arises in us. It is a spontaneous realization which brings us to higher levels of thought to solving problems in our lives which we’ve never thought of before.

You are Vajrapani, great subduer of all the gatherings of demons.
We are faced with obstacles many a times in our life and yearn for protection from a higher Being for protection both spiritually and physically. The Buddha Vajrapani, who is also an embodiment of Lama Tsongkhapa provides us protection towards inner and outer interferences.

Je Tsongkhapa, crown jewel of the holy Masters of the land of snows,
Celebrated as one of the greatest scholar saints since the 14th century, Lama Tsongkhapa is also dubbed as the Second Buddha during his lifetime. His teachings, influence and inspiration has spread across the globe, inspiring people towards the road of Happiness.


At your feet, famed Lobsang Drakpa, I humbly bow and earnestly request
That all sentient beings achieve Enlightenment.

We make request at this last line of the prayer for ourselves and others to both the outer and inner Buddha nature in us. This creates causes for us to attain a state of peace within ourselves.

How does reciting Migtsema contribute to the flourishing of the Dharma?
By reciting Migtsema as a group we generate a vast amount of merits which is harvested from the blessings of the Buddhas’ compassion, wisdom and spiritual strength. By the power of the sound and vibration generated from reciting this prayer, we clear away the problems which arises in our minds. With a clear mind, we evoke upon these three qualities of the Buddhas in the form of Lama Tsongkhapa, enriching our mind stream with these virtues.

As a group, we come together combined to realize a spiritual community enabling Dharma to grow within ourselves and be able to influence others to find their spiritual path. Many spiritual seekers are out there looking for a path to follow and as we recite, we create the causes for Spiritual Guides from different traditions to have long life in order to be able to show the way to these spiritual aspirants.

Does Migtsema only help aspirants who are only inclined to Lama Tsongkhapa?
Buddhas manifest in many forms to help us realize happiness within our lives. In Modern Buddhist Fellowship, we propitiate Lama Tsongkhapa as He is the embodiment of a Spiritual Guide of all the Buddhas. As he is a living saint in a time close to ours, we find it easier to connect with Him, through his writings, teachings and experiences.

The teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa are based on the schools of old such as the Nyingma, Kadam, Kagyu and Sakya schools of Buddhism in Tibet. Lama Tsongkhapa’s realizations come from His study of the three scopes of Buddhism which is the smaller, middling and larger scopes. As such, regardless which lineage or school you belong, it does not matter as Lama Tsongkhapa is a fully enlightened Buddhas free of all labels and dogmas.

Why one million?
When we put ourselves to the challenge, we realize that there is a height in spirituality which we can put ourselves to achieve. Coupled with group effort, we create a community focused on collecting spiritual merits to fuel ours and others’ spiritual path. One million is a number which we put for ourselves as a challenge in order to dedicate towards this cause.

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