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Graduation: Dedication of merits

At the end of each session of practice, one should recite the dedication of the merit:

 

Dedication

(ngo mon)
GO SUM DAK PE GE WA GANG GYI PA
KHAM SUM SEM CHEN NAM KYI DÖN DU NGO
DUK SUM SAK PE LE DRIP KÜN JANG NE
KU SUM DZOK PE SANG GYE NYUR TOP SHOK

 

All pure virtue done through the three doors,
I dedicate to the welfare of all sentient beings of the three realms.
Having purified all afflictions and obscurations of the three poisons,
May we swiftly achieve the complete buddhahood of the three bodies.

 

 

Dedication prayer

(ngo wa)
KYAP NE SUM LA DING CHEN TOP PAR SHOK
GO SUM NYAM TOK YE SHE GYE PAR SHOK
DUK SUM DAK NE KU SUM TOP PAR SHOK
RANG GYÜ DRÖL NE ZHEN LA PEN PAR SHOK

 

May I gain great confidence in the three refuges.
May my experiences and my realization of wisdom of the three gates increase.
By purifying the three poisons, may I receive the three bodies.
By liberating myself in my own being, may I benefit others.

 

 

Explanation of the terms in the dedication:
Three doors — body, speech, mind
Three areas — desirable, shape, shapeless
Three Poisons — Aversion, Desire, Ignorance
Three bodies (or dimensions) — bön ku or Dharmakaya; dzok ku, long ku, or Sambhogakaya; and trül ku or Nirmanakaya