The greatest obstacles to the fulfilment of our wish to experience pure happiness are death and ignorance. In these prayers we make requests to Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of Long Life.
Death destroys our opportunity to take the essence of our precious human life, and ignorance destroys our opportunity to develop a pure experience of Dharma. To overcome these obstacles, we need to increase our lifespan and our wisdom, and the principal method for doing this is the yoga of Buddha Amitayus, which is also a special method for increasing the positive power of our mind, or merit.
Once a year in February we also engage in a short retreat on this practice, see the retreats section of the website for the next one.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. He is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition.