Online Retreat: Letting Go and Waking Up
Resources for Day 4:
The uses of sorrow
Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
That this, too, was a gift.
We reverence the Buddha, the Perfectly Enlightened One, the Shower of the Way.
We reverence the Dharma, the Teaching of the Buddha, which leads from darkness to light.
We reverence the Sangha, the fellowship of the Buddha’s disciples, that inspires and guides.
Reverence to the Three Jewels
We reverence the Buddha, and aspire to follow Him.
The Buddha was born, as we are born.
What the Buddha overcame, we too can overcome;
What the Buddha attained, we too can attain.
We reverence the Dharma, and aspire to follow it,
With body, speech and mind, until the end.
The Truth in all its aspects, the Path in all its stages,
We aspire to study, practise, realise.
We reverence the Sangha, and aspire to follow it
The fellowship of those who tread the Way.
As, one by one, we make our own commitment,
An ever-widening circle, the Sangha grows.
Offerings to the Buddha
Reverencing the Buddha, we offer flowers
Flowers that today are fresh and sweetly blooming,
Flowers that tomorrow are faded and fallen.
Our bodies too, like flowers, will pass away.
Reverencing the Buddha, we offer candles.
To Him, who is the Light, we offer light.
From His greater lamp a lesser lamp we light within us
The lamp of Bodhi shining within our hearts.
Reverencing the Buddha, we offer incense,
Incense whose fragrance pervades the air.
The fragrance of the perfect life, sweeter than incense,
Spreads in all directions throughout the world.
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,
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