Request for Long Life Mantras to Offer His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

by Karma Wangdu on 26 January, 2016

The fourth Dodrupchen Rinpoche, who is one of the greatest living Nyingma masters, has said that if the followers of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje accumulate recitations of this dharani [long mantra], His Holiness will live long and his activities will benefit a great number of beings.

Therefore His Holiness’ sister, Jetsun Ngodup Palzom has invited all students, individuals, groups and centres to join in, and to accumulate recitations that will be said by them or their group over the next year (2016, the Tibetan year of the Fire Monkey), as an offering for the benefit of everyone. She is asking for a commitment from each individual or group who wishes to join in, meaning an accumulated number of recitations will be offered during the year by each individual or group.

Ngodup Palzom would like to know the total numbers to be committed (before February 8th 2016, the start of Tibetan New Year), so that she can inform His Holiness as part of the Long Life Mandala Offering that takes place on the 9th of February during the 33rd Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya.

Please use the form below to register your commitment.

The Dharani of The Essence of Dependent Arising

This form of mantra is used by all schools of Buddhism, and this verse in particular contains the essence of the whole teaching of the Buddha, it is recited as a dharani by the addition of OM at the beginning, and SVAHA at the end. Dharanis are often written down and placed inside stupas and sacred statues.


ये धर्मा हेतु प्रभवा हेतुं
तेषां तथागतः ह्यवदत्
तेषां च यो निरोध
एवं वादी महाश्रमण

ཆོས་རྣམས་ཐམས་ཅད་རྒྱུ་ལས་བྱུང་། །
དེ་རྒྱུ་དེ་བཞིན་གཤེགས་པས་གསུངས། །
རྒྱུ་ལ་འགོག་པ་གང་ཡིན་པ། །
དགེ་སྦྱོང་ཆེན་པོས་འདི་སྐད་གསུངས། །

ཨོཾ་ཡེ་དྷརྨཱ་ཧེ་ཏུ་པྲ་བྷ་བཱ་ཧེ་ཏུནྟེ་ཥཱཉྟ་ཐཱ་ག་ཏོ་ཧྱ་བ་དཏ། ཏེ་ཥཱཉྩ་ཡོ་ནི་རོ་དྷ་ཨེ་ཝཾ་བཱ་དཱི་མ་ཧཱ་ཤྲ་མ་ཎཿསྭཱ་ཧཱ:

All dharmas originate from causes.
The Tathagata has taught these causes,
And also that which puts a stop to these causes—
This too has been taught by the Great Shramana.

Listen to the Essence of Dependent Origination dharani chanted by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, from a recording made for this purpose recently:

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Register of pledged recitations

Our register for pledging recitations for the Long Life Mandala Offering during the 33rd Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya is now closed. In total, 24,442,664 mantras were pledged from all over the world.

However, you or your group can continue to pledge your recitations of the dharani on our new registration page (click button below). These will be gathered together at a later date and also presented as an offering to His Holiness Karmapa.

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Origin of the Dharani of the Essence of Dependent Arising

The verses come from the vinaya beginning “Ye dharmā hetuprabhava” and are the words spoken by the Arhat Assaji, (Sanskrit: Aśvajit) to Upatissa, who was later known as Sariputta (Sanskrit: Śariputra). Sariputta, along with his boyhood companion Kolita, known later as Moggallāna (Sanskrit: Maudgalyayana), were to become the two chief disciples of the Buddha. Upon meeting Assaji, Sariputta was impressed and asked after his teacher and the dharma that he taught. Assaji demurred, being “only a beginner”, but eventually responded with the now famous verse, and even before he had finished, Sariputta had a decisive break-through. Nyanaponika says:

Upon hearing the first two lines, there arose in the wanderer Upatissa, the dust-free, stainless vision of the Dhamma – the first glimpse of the Deathless, the path of Stream-entry – and after hearing the final two lines Upatissa [Sariputta] was already listening as a stream-enterer.

(Nyaniponika Thera, 1994; ‘The Life of Sariputta’)