For me, the beauty of the Tibetan Buddhist path is the focus on joy.
Although most find it hard to believe, the essential purpose of karma
is to bring us to greater levels of awareness and perfect levels of
discernment... so that we can live lives full of joy and love. The
teachings of the Tibetans can be summed up this simply and powerfully
(as in the prayer below): "bless me to be extremely cautious, always
avoiding harmful actions, and gathering abundant virtue... as my
O Protector, from the very depths of my heart, I rejoice in the great
waves of your deeds. Please send down a rain of vast and profound
Appropriate to the disciples of this world. May the Vajra
Body created from the purity of clear light, free from the rising and
setting of cyclic existence, but visible to the ordinary viewer only in
its unsubtle, physical form, stay on unchanging, without waning, until
samsara ends. Through the virtues I have accumulated here, May the
doctrine and all living beings receive every benefit.
The path begins with strong reliance, On my kind Teacher, source of all good;
O bless me with this understanding, To follow the kind teacher with great devotion.
This human life with all its freedoms, Extremely rare, with so much meaning;
O bless me with this understanding, All day and all night to seize its essence.
My body, like a water bubble, Decays and dies so very quickly;
After death comes the results of karma, Just like the shadow of a body.
With this firm knowledge and remembrance, Bless me to be extremely cautious,
Always avoiding harmful actions, And gathering abundant virtue.
Samsara's pleasures are deceptive, Give no contentment, only torment;
So please bless me to strive sincerely, To gain the bliss of perfect freedom.
O bless me so that from this pure thought, Come mindfulness and greatest caution,
To keep as my essential practice, The doctrine's root, the Pratimoksha.
Just like myself all my kind mothers, Are drowning in samsara's ocean;
O so that I may soon release them, Bless me to train in Bodhicitta.
But I cannot become a Buddha, By this alone without the three ethics;
So bless me with the strength to practice, The Bodhisattva's ordination.
By pacifying my distractions, And analyzing perfect meanings,
Bless me to quickly gain the union, Of special insight and quiescence.
When I become a pure container, Through the common paths, bless me to enter,
The essence practice of good fortune, The supreme vehicle Vajrayana.
The two attainments both depend on, My sacred vows and my commitments;
Bless me to understand this clearly, And keep them at the cost of my life.
By the constant practice in four sessions, The way explained by holy teachers,
O bless me to gain both the stages, Which are the essence of the Tantras.
May those who guide me on the path, And my companions all have long lives;
Bless me to pacify completely, All obstacles, outer and inner.
May I always find the perfect teachers, And take delight in the holy Dharma,
Accomplish all grounds and paths swiftly, And gain the state of Vajradhara.