On May 25, 2021, 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje shared a message on the eve of Vesak–the day that marks the birth, enlightenment, and passing of Shakyamuni Buddha. In his address, Karmapa asked practitioners to formulate prayers and aspirations. He said:
Most of all, let us use this day of Vesak to make prayers and aspirations to overcome the cycle of birth and death, follow in the footsteps of Lord Buddha and reach Samyak Sambuddha, the state of perfect awakening.
One excellent way of praying and aspiring on this special day is by relying on perfectly pure speech, and I therefore encourage all of you to recite the Five Royal Sutras, either by yourselves or meeting your dharma friends online and practicing these recitations together as a group.
These Five Sovereign Sutras can be recited daily, on particularly auspicious days, or individually.
Karmapa has written an introduction illuminating the rationale behind each of these sutras. We are happy to be able to make Karmapa’s introduction as well as the five sutras available, translated into French accompanied by the text in Tibetan and phonetics.
We offer the booklet in French to practitioners at no charge; may it be beneficial to the greatest number.
You can download it here in English, from karmapa.org.