My lama added some additional prayers before the usual Longchen Nyingthik Ngondro in the small book he gave me. The first one is "The Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones." I found the same translation of the prayer online here:
http://www.songtsen.org/site/index.php? ... d=91&lang=
Here is a quote from that page which describes the benefits of reciting this prayer:
The sublime Conqueror said that if one recites this prayer when one gets up, one will achieve all one's aims that day; if one recites it before going to sleep, one will have good dreams; if one recites it as one enters into battle, one will be victorious in every respect; if one recites it when one begins a project, one's plans will succeed; if one recites it daily one's lifespan, success, fame and wealth will increase, one will accomplish one's aims exactly as one has planned and find perfect happiness; all negative actions and obscurations will be purified and all one's desires for the highest temporal and ultimate happiness will be fulfilled. This is a great garland of jewels which rose out of the oceanic mind of Jampel Gyepai Dorje (Mipham Rinpoche) at a perfect time, the third day of the fifth month, a Sunday, in the Fire Monkey year, at an auspicious moment when the constellation of The Victor was dominant. MANGALAM!
Here is more information about the prayer:
http://nalandatranslation.org/media/Not ... e-Ones.pdf
I wanted to share this prayer with those of you who don't already know about it, so that it may help you to achieve your goals and to attain true happiness.