Manjushri's Advice

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Manjushri's Advice

Post by Nicholas » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:37 pm

The Purification chapter of the Avatamsaka Sutra (ch. 11) has well over 100 pithy verses, many of which can be used by lay bodhisattva aspirants:

http://www.cttbusa.org/avatamsaka/avatamsaka11.asp

A few examples:
A Bodhisattva of the lay life,
Should vow that sentient beings
Will realize the empty nature of the household
And avoid oppression from it.

When I serve my parents in filiality,
I vow that sentient beings
Will serve the Buddhas skillfully,
And protect and nourish everything.

When I am together with my wife,
I vow that sentient beings
Will treat friend and foe alike,
And renounce forever the attachments of greed.

When I obtain the five desires,
I vow that sentient beings
Will pull out the arrow of desire,
And experience the ultimate peace and serenity.
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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Re: Manjushri's Advice

Post by Nicholas » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:43 pm

More verses to ponder & practice with:
When I have something to give,
I vow that sentient beings
Will be able to renounce everything,
Without any love or attachment in their minds.

In a gathering of multitudes,
I vow that sentient beings
Will renounce the multiplicity of dharmas ,
And accomplish All Wisdom.

When in suffering and difficulty,
I vow that sentient beings
Will achieve their goals and be at ease,
And meet no obstructions in their endeavors.
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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Re: Manjushri's Advice

Post by Nicholas » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:15 pm

In taking refuge with the Buddha,
I vow that sentient beings
Will perpetuate the Buddhas’ lineage,
And bring forth the unsurpassed resolve.

In taking refuge with the Dharma,
I vow that sentient beings
Will deeply enter the Sutra Treasury,
And have wisdom like the sea.

In taking refuge with the Sangha,
I vow that sentient beings
Will unite and lead the great assembly,
All without obstruction.

When receiving and learning precepts,
I vow that sentient beings
Will skillfully learn precepts
And avoid all evil deeds.
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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