During the 100 Million Mani Mantra Retreat in Pomaia, Italy, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the following advice to control the wildfires in California:
Everybody should make strong prayers to Chenrezig to purify all the six-realm sentient beings—their negative karma and defilements collected since beginningless rebirths up to now—in this world and in California in particular. The fire depends on the wind. It seems that the wind there is strong and so the fire continues. Therefore, we need to make strong prayers to Chenrezig, visualizing nectar like a waterfall on the six realms, on this world, and on California in particular. Visualize that the fires are immediately stopped and the wind is controlled. Make strong prayers.
[Rinpoche instructed retreat participants to recite the long dharani of Chenrezig sixty times.]
Long Dharani of Chenrezig
NAMO RATNA TRAYĀYA / NAMA ĀRYA JÑĀNA SĀGARA VAIROCHANA VYŪHA RĀJĀYA / TATHĀGATĀYA / ARHATE / SAMYAKSAṂ BUDDHĀYA / NAMAḤ SARVA TATHĀGATEBHYAḤ / ARHATBHYAḤ SAMYAKSAṂ BUDDHEBHYAḤ / NAMA ĀRYA AVALOKITEŚHVARĀYA / BODHISATTVĀYA / MAHĀSATTVĀYA / MAHĀKĀRUṆIKĀYA / TADYATHĀ / OṂ DHARA DHARA / DHIRI DHIRI / DHURU DHURU / IṬṬE VAṬṬE / CHALE CHALE / PRACHALE PRACHALE / KUSUME / KUSUMA / VARE / ILI MILI / CHITI JVALAMAPANAYA SVĀHĀ
After reciting, think that all the people’s negative karma to be affected by the fire is totally purified. Think that all the negative karma to be burned and killed by fire is totally stopped and purified. Then, think that all the negative karma of the people who died in the fire is purified at the same time. Pray: “I request to Chenrezig that they not be reborn in the lower realms and to be born instead in the pure land of a buddha, where they can become enlightened. At the very least, may they receive a perfect human body, meet Mahayana teachings, meet a perfectly qualified Mahayana guru revealing the unmistaken path to enlightenment, and achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave this advice during the October 16, 2017, evening session of the 100 Million Mani Mantra Retreat at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy. Transcribed by Ven. Joan Nicell. Edited by Mandala.
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