In the Buddha
the Dharma and the Noble Sangha.
I take refuge until enlightenment is achieved.
May the merit of my generosity and other virtuous acts
Lead to Buddhahood for the welfare of all beings
Seven Limb Prayer
With complete faith I bow
To Buddha Shakyamuni and
All the victorious ones and their followers
Who abide in the ten directions and three times.
I offer flowers, incense, light,
Perfume, food, music, and many other things,
Both in substance and in my imagination
I ask this noble gathering to accept them
I confess all evil actions I have committed
While gripped by the three poisons,
From time without beginning until now:
The five that ripen immediately, the ten non-virtuous acts, and others.
I rejoice in all the virtues of the
Shravakas, Pratyekabuddhas, and Bodhisattvas.
I pray for the wheel of the Dharma to be turned,
In ways suitable for the various aptitudes
And motivations of sentient beings.
I ask the buddhas not to pass into nirvana,
But, to remain until samsara is completely empty,
And to look with compassion on all sentient beings
Who are drowning in this vast ocean of suffering.
May whatever goodness I have generated
Become a seed for the awakening of all beings.
Without delay, may I become a buddha
For the benefit of all beings.
(make water bowl offerings or other appropriate offerings)
Just as the sugatas of former times aroused bodhicitta
And followed the path of a bodhisattva,
I too, for the benefit of beings, arouse bodhicitta
And follow in that training
This day my life is meaningful
Today I am born into the family of the awakened-one
Now I am a child of the Buddha
Now I will do only what befits this family
Today, witnessed by all the protectors
I invite all beings to the happiness
Of perfect enlightenment and the approach to it
Gods and gandarvas rejoice!
May supreme precious bodhicitta
Take birth where it has not arisen
Where it has arisen, may it never wane
May it ever grow and flourish
By this merit, may all attain omniscience
And defeat the enemy, wrong doing
From the stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness, and death,
From the ocean of existence, may all beings be free!
Created by a lazy Dharma student based on a work by Ken MacLeod with reference to translations by Cortland Dahl
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