As we know, Phakchok Rinpoche has requested that the global sangha accumulate the 6 Vajra Line Dusum Sangye supplication. We are slowly making progress, but we’d like to use our first Sharing Practice with Sangha Blog to “reboot” this effort.
If each of us were to add just 10 minutes of reciting a day, we could easily reach the goal of 10 million prayers that Rinpoche set for us! But most importantly, we can make supplication meaningful in our own practice.
Why do we accumulate large numbers of supplication prayers?
As we supplicate, we might want to reflect that these numbers are not to benefit Rinpoche himself–he doesn’t get some sort of prize! Instead, out of his tremendous compassion he is offering us this opportunity to amass great merit. Of course the numbers seem very high–but time and time again, Rinpoche teaches on the importance of supplication and of aspiration. The numbers are high because Rinpoche wants us to truly integrate these practices into our very being. Moreover, the sheer vastness of the numbers helps us to go beyond our normal limits–we then engage in opening our minds. When we set our motivation to attain awakening for the benefit of all beings as far as space pervades we also shatter our habits of thinking in a narrow and constricted way. When we embrace the idea of these vast numbers, we take more steps toward changing our limited perspectives.