Tibetan Prayer – Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama lyrics in Tibetan:
”Gang ri ra we kor way shing kam dir
Pen dang de wa ma lu jung way ne,
Chen-re-sik wang ten-zin gya-tso yi.
Shab pe si tay bar-du ten gyur chik.”
Translation of long life Tibetan prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama:
”In the land encircled by a ring of snow mountains
You are the source of all happiness and benefit,
Tenzin Gyatso, the embodiment of Avalokiteshvara, resides.
May you stand firm until samsara ends.”
Meaning on syllables:
GANG means snowy mountain, and RI also means mountain, so, this is referring to the snowy mountains, in this case, Himalaya. RA WA is a strange word; it has the small triangle at the bottom called
RA WA is a strange word; it has the small triangle at the bottom called ”vasur”. This letter is used as a way to separate words that are spelled the same way in order to avoid misunderstandings. So, this corresponds in this case to walls (of snow), so this is indicating that the walls are operating on something, in other words on the mountains.
KOR-WA means to surround or circle. It could also mean to go around such as circumambulate a place. SHING means field or land. However, this word continues as SHING KAM, this is usually defined as a pure buddha-field or a pure realm.
DIR means here. PEN means to benefit. DE-WA means bliss or happiness. MA-LU means without exception. It could also mean element, or to appear, come into existence. NE means place, abode. CHEN-RE-ZIK is the Tibetan word for the Buddha Avalokiteshvara. TENZIN GYATSO means DALAI in Mongolian, namely Ocean. SHAB is another example of an honorific word for body parts, in this case, feet. PE is short for lotus. SI means existence. TA means end. BAR-DU means until. TEN is solid. GYUR CHIK is a very common way to end prayers, and it means „May it be so!.”
The fact that Tibetans are devoted to the Dalai Lama is pretty much a given. Most of them express this devotion enthusiastically by celebrating his birthday, by holding “Long Life” ritual ceremonies in his honor. You can chant this Tibetan prayer in dedication to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.