The Principal Book of Won-Buddhism

Part Three : Practice

Chapter Ten: The Dharma of Making Buddha Offerings

Unlike the past dharma of buddha offering, it is not our way to supplicate before a buddha image for transgressions and merits deriving from heaven and earth; to supplicate before a buddha image for transgressions and merits deriving from parents; to supplicate before a buddha image for transgressions and merits deriving from fellow beings; or to supplicate before a buddha image for transgressions and merits deriving from laws. Since all things in the universe are precisely the transformation bodies of the Dharmakāya Buddha, every place we find ourselves there is a buddha (Everywhere a Buddha Image) and all our acts are the dharma of buddha offerings (Every Act a Buddha Offering). For the transgressions and merits deriving from heaven and earth, we supplicate to heaven and earth; for the transgressions and merits deriving from parents, we supplicate to parents; for the transgressions and merits deriving from fellow beings, we supplicate to fellow beings; for the transgressions and merits deriving from laws, we supplicate to laws. This will be the dharma of buddha offering that is realistic and at the same time most assured of success.
Furthermore, with regard to the duration as well, it must not be vague and indefinite as in the past. For some things to achieve success requires tens of thousands of lifetimes or several thousands of lifetimes; some several hundreds or tens of lifetimes; some one or two lifetimes or several decades; and some merely several months or days, or just a single try. Therefore, depending on the nature of the matter, making a buddha offering over the appropriate duration will be the dharma that is realistic and, at the same time, most assured of success.