Translated by Ven. Gyalten Lekden, additions by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Ngulchu Dharmabhadra's The Flowing Water of the Ganga: A Thorough Praise of the Thirty-Five Sugatas is a versified homage to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas, which has been expanded by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to include the recitation of the names of the Medicine Buddhas, as well as the confession prayer from the Bodhisattva's Confession of Moral Downfalls (also known as the Confession of a Bodhisattva's Downfalls to the Thirty-Five Buddhas).
Several authentic lineages for visualizing the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas exist within the Gelug tradition. These include: a system stemming from Nagarjuna and Taranatha; a system stemming from Lama Tsongkhapa; and a system taught by teachers such as Sakya Pandita and explained by Phabongkha Dechen Nyingpo in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. This latter system of visualization as taught by Phabongkha, which is based on the five types (or families) of buddhas, is the commonly practiced version in the FPMT.
The Flowing Water of the Ganga, on the other hand, describes these buddhas according to Nagarjuna's tradition of visualization. The text also describes the color of the buddhas, their hand implements, the pure lands in which the buddhas reside, as well as the specific negative karmas that the recitation of their names purify.
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Confession of a Bodhisattva’s Downfalls to the Thirty-Five Buddhas and General Confession, a complete practice of prostrations that includes a typical motivation by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the visualization of the Thirty-Five Buddhas and the Seven Medicine Buddhas, additional holy name mantras to make the practice more powerful, a translation of the main practice, and the final General Confession. The text also includes meditation instructions from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to support one's prostrations.
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