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懺悔文 Repentance Verse

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懺悔文 Repentance Verse
All the evil karma I have created in the past,
from beginningless greed, hatred and delusion,
that arose from my body, speech and mind,
for all these I now seek repentance and reformation.

我昔所造诸恶业
皆由无始贪嗔痴
从身语意之所生
一切我今皆忏悔

– Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (Avatamsaka Sutra)
– 普贤菩萨 (华严经) Notes: by Philip Chuah
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Why Repentance ?

Repentance is a very important thing in learning Buddhism. We create bad karma every day from thought, speech and action. We may not be able to recognize that we have done them, but since we came to this world, we have already brought the karma of our past lives. And that’s why repentance is so important in Buddhist daily practice.

Usually Buddhists do repentance by reciting repentance verse and bow to the Buddha and Bodhisattva. Actually, in Buddhism don’t seek for forgiveness from Buddha or Bodhisattva only, they do seek repentance and vow to repent, and thus asking the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas to become witness of repentance. And since it’s so important, this repentance practice in Buddhism should be done daily and continuously up till the moment of our death. Bad karma arises from our greed, hatred and ignorance. So, we vow not to repeat again and again.

為什麼要懺悔?

懺悔是學佛非常重要的事情。我們從思想,言論和行動創造惡業的每一天。我們未必能認識­到,我們已經做了他們,但由於我們來到這個世界上,我們已經把我們的前世的業力。這就­是為什麼懺悔是如此的重要佛教日常實踐。

通常佛教徒做懺悔通過背誦經文的懺悔和弓佛和菩薩。事實上,佛教不尋求從佛菩薩原諒而­已,他們並尋求悔改,發誓懺悔,並因此要求諸佛菩薩成為悔改的見證。而且,由於它是如­此重要,在這個佛教懺悔的做法應該每天不斷,到我們死的那一刻進行。惡業來自我們的貪­婪,仇恨和無知。因此,我們發誓不要一再重複。

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Song by Tibet’s Saint Milarepa : An extract of “Mila ressurects an old woman”

Milarepa ressurects an old woman

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Contemplation Quotes Of The Day

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Develop the mind of equilibrium.
You will always be getting praise and blame,
but do not let either affect the poise of the mind:
follow the calmness, the absence of pride. -Sutta Nipata

Conquer the angry man by love.
Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.
Conquer the miser with generosity.
Conquer the liar with truth. -The Dhammapada

If beings knew, as I know, the results of sharing gifts, they would not enjoy their gifts without sharing them with others, nor would the taint of stinginess obsess the heart and stay there. even if it were their last and final bit of food, they would not enjoy its use without sharing it, if there were anyone to receive it -Itivuttaka 18

Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now, the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows how to dwell in mindfulness night and day,
‘one who knows the better way to live alone.’ -Bhaddekaratta Sutta

Remember always that you are just a visitor here, a traveler passing through. your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.
None can live without toil and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed. But if you toil without rest, fatigue and wearness will overtake you, and you will denied the joy that comes from labour’s end.
Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice. If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others.
Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered.
Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten. Instead, nurture love within you and and strive to be a friend to all. Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.
Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, set time aside, to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are.
Despite all appearances, no one is really evil. They are led astray by ignorance. If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light, rather then blame and condemnation.
You, no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within. Your essential Mind is pure. Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remose nor dark foreboding cast you down. Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.
Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light. -Dhammavadaka

Our inability to stand someone results from our lack of cultivation.

Having a wider heart and mind is more important than having a larger house.

Happiness does not come from having much, but from being attached to little. -Venerable Cheng Yen

According to Buddhist practice, there are three stages or steps:

The initial stage is to reduce attachment towards life.

The second stage is the elimination of desire and attachment to this samsara.

Then in the third stage, self-cherishing is eliminated

In Buddhism, both learning and practice are extremely important, and they must go hand in hand. Without knowledge, just to rely on faith, faith, and more faith is good but not sufficient. So the intellectual part must definitely be present. At the same time, strictly intellectual development without faith and practice, is also of no use. It is necessary to combine knowledge born from study with sincere practice in our daily lives. These two must go together.

To develop genuine devotion, you must know the meaning of teachings. The main emphasis in Buddhism is to transform the mind, and this transformation depends upon meditation. in order to meditate correctly, you must have knowledge.

We humans have existed in our present form for about a hundred thousand years. I believe that if during this time the human mind had been primarily controlled by anger and hatred, our overall population would have decreased. But today, despite all our wars, we find that the human population is greater than ever. This clearly indicates to me that love and compassion predominate in the world. And this is why unpleasant events are “news”; compassionate activities are so much a part of daily life that they are taken for granted and , therefore, largely ignored. -H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

Humans prepare for the future all their lives, yet meet the next life totally unprepared. -Drakpa Gyaltsen

Anything that is created must sooner or later die.
Enlightenment is permanent because we have not produced it; we have merely discovered it. -Chogyam Trungpa

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密勒日巴尊者說行走, 休息, 進食, 飲水四法述

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密勒日巴尊者說行走, 休息, 進食, 飲水四法述

行走時,我以一切顯相為道;此即令六識自解脫之行走法​。
休息時,我歇於無造作本然;此即休息之精要與究竟之法​。
進食時,我攝取空性之食物;此即毫無二元概念之入食法​。
喝水時,我飲正念與警覺水;此即如何不滅不止之飲水法​。

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Metta Gatha – The Chant of Metta

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METTA GATHA
THE CHANT OF METTA

Aham avero homi
abyapajjho homi
anigho homi
sukhi-attanam pariharami

Mama matapitu
acariya ca natimitta ca
sabrahma-carino ca
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Imasmim arame sabbe yogina
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Imasmim arame sabbe bhikkhu
samanera ca
upasaka-upasikayo ca
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Amhakam catupaccaya-dayaka
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Amhakam arakkha devata
imasmim vihare
imasmim avase
imasmim arame
arakkha devata
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Sabbe satta
sabbe pana
sabbe bhuta
sabbe puggala
sabbe attabhava-pariyapanna
sabba itthiyo
sabbe purisa
sabbe ariya
sabbe anariya
sabbe deva
sabbe manussa
sabbe vinipatika
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Dukkha mucantu
Yatha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
Kammassaka

Puratthimaya disaya
pacchimaya disaya
uttaraya disaya
dakkhinaya disaya
puratthimaya anudisaya
pacchimaya anudisaya
uttaraya anudisaya
dakkhinaya anudisaya
hetthimaya disaya
uparimaya disaya
sabbe satta
sabbe pana
sabbe bhuta
sabbe puggala
sabbe attabhava-pariyapanna
sabba itthiyo
sabbe purisa
sabbe ariya
sabbe anariya
sabbe deva
sabbe manussa
sabbe vinipatika
avera hontu
abyapajjha hontu
anigha hontu
sukhi-attanam pariharantu

Dukkha muccantu
Yatha-laddha-sampattito mavigacchantu
Kammassaka

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
adho yava aviccito
samanta cakkavalesu
ye satta pathavicara
abyapajjha nivera ca
nidukha ca nupaddava

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
adho yava aviccito
samanta cakkavalesu
ye satta udakecara
abyapajjha nivera ca
nidukha ca nupaddava

Uddham yava bhavagga ca
adho yava aviccito
samanta cakkavalesu
ye satta akasecara
abyapajjha nivera ca
nidukha ca nupaddava

May I be free from enmity and danger
May I be free from mental suffering
May I be free from physical suffering
May I take care of myself happily

May my parents
teachers, relatives and friends
fellow Dhammafarers
be free from enimity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily

May all yogis in this compound
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily

May all monks in this compound
novice monks
laymen and laywomen disciples
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily

May our donors of the four supports
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily

May our guardian devas
in this monastery
in this dwelling
in this compound
may the guardian devas
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily

May all beings
all breathing things
all creatures
all individuals
all personalities
may all females
all males
all noble one
all worldlings
all deities
all humans
all those in the four woeful planes
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
may they take care of themselves happily

May all beings be free from suffering
May whatever they have gained not be lost
All beings are owners of their kamma

In the eastern direction
in the western direction
in the northern direction
in the southern direction
in the southeast direction
in the northwest direction
in the northeast direction
in the southwest direction
in the direction below
in the direction above
may all beings
all breathing things
all creatures
all individuals
all personalities
may all females
all males
all noble one
all worldlings
all deities
all humans
all those in the four woeful planes
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
may they take care of themselves happily

May all beings be free from suffering
May whatever they have gained not be lost
All beings are owners of their kamma

As far as the highest plane of existence
to as far down as the lowest plane
in the entire universe
whatever beings that move on earth
may they be free from mental suffering & enmity
and from physical suffering and danger

As far as the highest plane of existence
to as far down as the lowest plane
in the entire universe
whatever beings that move on water
may they be free from mental suffering & enmity
and from physical suffering and danger

As far as the highest plane of existence
to as far down as the lowest plane
in the entire universe
whatever beings that move in air
may they be free from mental suffering & enmity
and from physical suffering and danger

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避邪的方法 – 淨空法師專集網

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生老病死是苦,只有佛菩薩能救,世間裡面求不得是苦,愛別離是苦,怨憎會是苦,經教裡­頭有教導我們怎樣離苦的道理跟方法,在佛門。我們在其他宗教,在這個世間現在很普遍,­附身,所謂有緣眾生附身。這有緣眾生是什麼?都是來討命的、討債的,這個現象到處都看­見。這個問題,用佛法來化解、來調解很有效。許許多多的病痛都是冤親債主惹的禍,他來­報復你,過去你欠他命他來討命,你欠他的債他來要錢。只要我們心地冷靜,煩惱少,妄念­少,你能看得出來。有人問我,為什麼現在會這麼多?他問得很好,他不問我們沒想到這樁­事情,一問就明白了。從前的社會,這社會上有倫理道德教育、有因果教育,所以人有正氣­,這些冤親債主不敢靠近你,你有正氣。如果你的惡業做多了,你的正氣沒有了,正氣沒有­的時候邪念就出來,這是不善的氣,他就很容易靠近你,就找到你身上來了。學佛的人持戒­、念佛、修定,有護法神守護,他不敢貼近。你看《慈悲三昧水懺》的故事,不就很明顯嗎­?悟達國師十世高僧,你看他那個冤家,那深仇大恨非報不可,生生世世在等,等到第十世­他做了皇上的老師,國師。皇上送一個太師椅給他,這個太師椅是沉香雕的,沉香價值高,­藥店是一兩一兩賣的。他接受了,皇上是他的弟子,供養這個沉香寶座,他那個傲慢心一生­起來,覺得很榮耀,天下的這些出家人那麼多,沒有人跟他相比。這個念頭一生,護法神就­走了,他的冤親債主找上身,就得了個人面瘡,幾乎送了命。迦諾迦尊者給他調停,這個冤­親債主接受,離開了。這個活生生的例子,我們要記住。

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文摘恭錄—淨土大經解演義(第一三六集)2010/9/7 檔名:02-039-0136