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.

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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 Talks: Precepts and Repentance

In these two Dharma Talks, given several months apart, Thích Ân Giáo Roshi discusses the Five Pure Precepts and our end-of-the-month ceremony of Reaffirming the Precepts.

Links to the chant book: REAFFIRMING THE PRECEPTS (to read in separate window) or to download your own copy of the chant book in RTF, click here.

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#1 2011 Rains Season Training & the Repentance Ceremony (including the poem):  here and
#2 2012 Reaffirming Precepts in the New Year here 

Dharma Talk: Sin

Very Venerable T.T. Thích Minh Nhat talks about Sin and Buddhism.

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Dharma Talk: Practice (Ethics)

Are ethics an essential part of Buddhist practice? How do ethics fit with the advocacy of meditation practice? Roshi talks about Zen practice, cultivation, study, keeping “busy” and… ethics.

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Dharma Talk: Patience & Persistence

Roshi addresses two of the Paramitas: Patience and Persistence.

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Dharma Talk: Renewing the Precepts

A Dharma talk by Roshi, from last Sunday of October, 2011, on the Making Confession Ceremony (Renewing the Precepts), rules, intentions, and endlessly starting over.

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Dharma Talk: Precepts – Another Talk

What’s the point of taking Precepts? What’s implied, sought or — perhaps — achieved? Su Co gives another talk, another take on Refuge and Lay Precepts.

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Dharma talk: Harmony vs. Disharmony

Roshi’s alternate title for this Dharma Talk is “How Bad Do You Really Want to Win?” – from October 2011.

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Dharma Talk: Precepts – Lunar New Year 2011

Roshi’s Dharma Talk from February 6, 2011, on the occasion of three celebrations: Lunar New Year combined with the ceremony of giving Lay Precepts to Heidi Anderson, now known as the Upasika Ninya Muktika, the Lunar New Year and our monthly ceremony of Reaffirming the Precepts.

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