The Prayer that Saved Sakya from Disease
This prayer was recommended by one of our Tibetan teachers, Khenpo Lodrö Donyö Rinpoche, for recitation during this time. I have also linked to a recitation of the prayer, in case you need help with the pronunciation, should you choose to do it in Tibetan. PDFs of both the letter and the prayer can be downloaded by clicking on the red PDF icon.
Thank you to Kagyu Changchub Chuling, Portland, OR, for posting the letter on their listserv.
Letter from Rinpoche about practice in the time of Covid-19
The text for the Prayer that Saved Sakya from Disease, by Thongtong Gyalpo. Lotsawa House translation in PDF.
Teachings by Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche
on Medicine Buddha
There used to be a wonderful dharma magazine called Shenpen Osel. It was produced in Seattle and it contained beautifully edited transcripts of teachings of great Kagyu masters. They went out of business, unfortunately.
Here are extensive teachings by Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche, completely appropriate for these times, on Medicine Buddha from a back-issue.
I asked Rinpoche in 2018 if it is true that one may do these without an empowerment, and he confirmed that yes, one may.
Download and practice for all beings.
Learning to Chant a Pandemic Sutra
When there was an epidemic in the city of Vaishali, the Buddha gave a teaching on what to do. Ananda carried out these instructions, and the epidemic was quelled
Link to the text for the sutra, the commentary and a recorded two hour class. Beautiful music. Easy to chant.
Prayers for the Time of the Pandemic by HH Karmapa
This free download of prayers were assembled by HH Karmapa. I hope you will consider reciting them to benefit all beings. Much gratitude to all who created this book and those who sponsored it.
The Karmapa's book in PDF if you prefer it over the e-book version.