Dharma Talk: Reaffirming Precepts/Confession

Roshi reviews the Confession Ceremony, including a brief explanation of the poem we use for our monthly Reaffirming the Precepts.

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The Chant referenced is as follows:

(everyone recites)

VOWS AND PRAYERS

I bow to all Buddhas in the ten directions.
I bow to all Dharmas in the ten directions.
I bow to all Sanghas in the ten directions.
Please acknowledge me.

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With all my heart
I have the following prayers.
Please let me forever have an immense respect,
Greater than mountains or oceans,
For all Buddhas of the ten directions.

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Forever let me have a timeless love,
Spreading out from the three high levels of existence
Like rain on all sentient beings,
Creating peaceful lives for them all.

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Together without hatred, together without war.
Let those who commit wrongdoings
Believe in reincarnation and karma,
So that they may turn toward right action.

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Please let the blind see,
And the deaf will hear,
The poor have clothes and food,
And the sick be cured of all illness.

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Please let animals
Be free from ignorance,
So they will be born into human form,
And learn the Buddha’s way.

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Please let the roaming ghosts
In the other world
Be free from a destiny of constant hunger
And follow the Buddha’s teaching.

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Please let the ones suffering in the hells
Kindle the light
Of compassion in their hearts,
So that their pain will end.

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Oh, Buddhas of the ten directions
And Bodhisattvas,
I pray that you will bring the holy Dharmas
To shine in the thousands of worlds.

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So that no matter where we happen to be
We always will meet with the wonderful teachings,
And always have a chance to practice:
Being humble, respecting all people, embracing virtue,
Sharing and worshipping goodness, and
Helping others who are in need.

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Please let me be calm
No matter what the situation I’m in
Even if somebody hurts me with words
Or by design.

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Let me be happy
When somebody is successful
Or when they do good deeds.
Let me be happy for them,
As if the good deeds were mine.

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Please let me learn to control my speech
So I can be quiet
And not speak of others’ faults.
Let me learn the way
To use words wisely
To help correct others’ wrongdoings.

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Please let me get rid of
Possessive love,
And replace it with compassionate love,
For everybody and everything.

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I bow to all Buddhas of the ten directions.
I have been in great pain for so long,
In the never-ending cycle of lives,
In and out, out and in, bitter and tired.

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Now I am making this prayer
To end my cycle. I want to stop it.
I want to return to my “Buddha nature.”

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The wisdom:
Then, help others,
In order to show gratitude to the Buddhas.
Please let me be strong
In my determination to study the way,
Not a minute of straying,
Not an hour of dreaming.

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Let me be in a perfect serene state of mind.
Let me master deep meditation
Which will bring a clear mind.

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My true nature will manifest.
My ego will eventually dissipate.
Let me be awakened
Without a trace of pride.

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Without a trace of pride.
No matter how advanced
The stage I’m in,
I will always find my weakness.

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Let me keep going
Without stopping at any time.
I have to go on to the absolute state
Without boundaries,
Where my mind is one with the
Buddha’s mind.

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And in million forms of life,
Of birth and death cycles,
Incessantly, I will always help others.

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Oh, Buddhas of the ten directions!
Please come and acknowledge my prayers.
Hear my earnest vow,
Rising, I offer to the Three Treasures.

______ . ______

Dharma Talk: What is the Point of Life?

From the October Sesshin 2013: Roshi once again addresses stories/koans from the Gateless Gate, using Case #40 Kicking Over the Water Jug.

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Dharma Talk: Winter Rains Training 2013

Fall, 2013: Roshi speaks about the Repentance Ceremony, bowing, and our monks’ reading assignment for the 2013 Rains Training Season: The Practice of Chinese Buddhism, 1900-1950 (Harvard East Asian) by Holmes Welch.

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Dharma Talk: No Self

Roshi talks about No Self.

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Dharma Talk: All One Vehicle

Roshi talks about what his Vietnamese Master, the Most Venerable H.T. Thich Thien An called the “Buddhayana,” the Buddha Vehicle.

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Dharma Talk: Lunar New Year 2013

On the occasion of the 2013 Year of the Snake, Roshi talks about the Lunar New Year, practice and custom.

(NOTE: Su Co was properly overwhelmed by the flurry of red envelopes. Profound thanks (with great joy))

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Dharma Talk: Just Do It

Roshi calls this talk, “Just Do It.”
Don’t think about it.
Just listen.

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Dharma Talk: Is That So?

A Dharma Talk on the great Master Hakuin Ekaku, who revitalized the Rinzai School of Japan.

From Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, edited by Paul Reps:

A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near Hakuin. One day, without any warning, her parents discovered she was pregnant. This made her parents angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin.

In great anger the parents went to the master. “Is that so?” was all he would say.

After the child was born it was brought to Hakuin. By this time he had lost his reputation, which did not trouble him, but he took very good care of the child. He obtained milk from his neighbors and everything else the child needed.
A year later the girl could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth – the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fish market.

The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask forgiveness, to apologize at length, and to get the child back.

Hakuin willingly yielded the child, saying only: “Is that so?”

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Dharma Talks @ White Lotus Dharma Center/IBEC

Roshi & Su Co to give Dharma talks

@ White Lotus Dharma Center,                             13071 Brookhurst Street,                                                      Garden Grove, CA 92843:

  • 12-30 at 2:30 p.m. a Dharma Talk by Su Co Thich Nu Tam Huong Canceled
  • 1-6 at 2:30 p.m. The Lotus Sutra – Dharma Talk by H.T. Thich An Giao
  • 2-3 at 2:30 p.m. The Lotus Sutra – Dharma Talk by H.T. Thich An Giao
  • 3-3 2:30 p.m. The Lotus Sutra – Dharma Talk by H.T. Thich An Giao
  • 3-31 2:30 p.m. a Dharma Talk by Su Co Thich Nu Tam Huong

The International Buddhist Education Center (IBEC) was founded as an English-Language Dharma Education project which, while open to all who are interested in the Buddha’s teachings, is designed to serve the youth of the Vietnamese community in Southern California. An Giao Roshi is a founding, teaching member of this organization and serves on the Board of IBEC.

Both Roshi and Su Co will be giving talks at their White Lotus Dharma Center in English at 2:30 p.m. on the first and fifth Sundays of each month in 2013.  Usually a Vietnamese translator attends and helps out, if necessary.