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The Long-life Prayers of sMin gling gTer chen ‘Gyur med rdo rje

José Cabezón’s brief study of long-life prayers (or zhab brtan) in Tibet (“Firm Feet and Long Lives: The Zhabs brtan Literature of Tibetan Buddhism”), which appeared in Tibetan Literature: Studies in Genre in 1996, makes the claim that “the zhabs brtan [genre] seems to have developed almost exclusively within the dGe lugs school until very recent times.” In a note, he goes on to say that he “searched, in vain, for examples of zhabs brtan in the works of Taranatha (b.1575), ‘Brug pa Pad ma dkar po (1526-1592), Jaya Pandita (b.1642) and ‘Ju Mi pham rgya mtsho (1846-1914).” Well, with the benefit of the TBRC database, we can now say that plenty of zhabs brtan prayers do appear in the writings of sMin gling gter chen ‘Gyur med rdo rje (1646-1714), an important figure in the rNying ma school.

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