Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing prostrations before giving Hayagriva oral transmissions, Drati Khangsten, Sera Je Monastery, Bylakuppe, India, November 2017. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

FPMT Education Services has recently published a short text with updated advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on how to do the practice of prostrations. In Advice for Prostrations from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, you can find holy names and mantras to recite before prostrations; advice for the practice of making prostrations to the Thirty-Five Buddhas; a meditation to use while making prostrations to the Thirty-Five Buddhas; the meaning behind “touching the four places” while prostrating, and more!

Advice for Prostrations from Lama Zopa Rinpoche comes from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India, January 2017. There, Rinpoche provided some new instructions regarding prostrations, including some changes to the preliminary holy name mantras, and also dictated a new meditation.

Rinpoche asked that these instructions be integrated into the FPMT booklets on the practice of prostrations. They will be included in forthcoming updated versions of the booklets The Practice of Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas and The Preliminary Practice of Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas, both available through the Foundation Store.


During a retreat in Bendigo, Australia, 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche made extensive changes to many practices including Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas. Rinpoche advised that preliminary prayers be done before doing the practice of prostrations and that at the end of the practice the “Mantra of Pure Morality” and “Prayer to Keep Pure Morality” be recited. These changes can be found in the FPMT Retreat Prayer Book, 2016 edition.

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