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 Day 4

Do not deceive living beings

Ohara Koson, Bird and Wild Grapes or Red Ivy, 1934 | Japanese art, Ohara koson, Japanese woodblock printing

Resources for Day 4:

‘Until we are enlightened we will continue to delude ourselves in big and little ways.’
Maitripushpa

Monday 8 am

Welcome to Day 4
Poem
45 min unled meditation with bells marking 5 stages.

 

 

 

Risk
And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to blossom.
Anais Nin

 

Monday 10.30am

Talk by Maitripushpa – Do not deceive living beings
Shaking it out
Meditation led by Maitripushpa

 


 

 

Sunday 4pm

 

Thanks
Dana appeal
Ending ritual

 

 

 

Avatamsaka Sutra Puja

from The Flower-Ornament Sutra

I take my Refuge in the Buddha
And pray that with all beings
I may understand the Great Way
Whereby the Buddha-seed may forever thrive.

Reading 1

‘Looking after oneself, one looks after others; looking after others, one looks after oneself’

(the Buddha in Samyutta Nikaya)

Shakyamuni mantra

I take my Refuge in the Dharma
And pray that with all beings
I may enter deeply into the Sutra-Treasure Whereby our wisdom may become vast as the ocean.

Reading 2

 

‘All experience is preceded by mind,

Led by mind,

Made by mind.

Speak or act with an impure mind,

and suffering follows

As the wheel of the wagon follows the hoof of the ox.

All experience is preceded by mind,

Led by mind,

Made by mind.

Speak or act with a peaceful mind,

And happiness follows

Like a never-departing shadow.’

(from The Dhammapada)

I take my Refuge in the Sangha
And pray that with all beings
I may be brought together in Great Harmony And have nothing to check the unimpeded progress of Truth.

Reading 3

Bodhicitta Prayer

May all beings enjoy happiness

And the causes of happiness;

May they be free from suffering

And the causes of suffering;

May they not be separated from the great happiness

Devoid of suffering;

May they dwell in the great equanimity

Free from craving, aversion and delusion.

Sabe satta sukhi hontu mantra

 (May all beings be well)

TRANSFERENCE OF MERIT AND SELF-SURRENDER

May the merit gained
In my acting thus
Go to the alleviation of the suffering of all beings.

My personality throughout my existences, 

My possessions,
And my merit in all three ways,
I give up without regard to myself

For the benefit of all beings.

Just as the earth and other elements 

Are serviceable in many ways
To the infinite number of beings, 

Inhabiting limitless space,

So may I become
That which maintains all beings 

Situated throughout space,
So long as all have not attained 

To peace.

 

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