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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