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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

Part One: Scriptural Texts for General Use

9. The Essential Dharmas of Daily Practice


1. The mind ground is originally free from disturbance, but disturbances arise in response to sensory conditions; let us give rise to the absorption (samādhi) of the self-nature by letting go of those disturbances.
2. The mind ground is originally free from delusion, but delusions arise in response to sensory conditions; let us give rise to the wisdom (prajñā) of the self-nature by letting go of those delusions.
3. The mind ground is originally free from wrong-doing, but wrong-doings arise in response to sensory conditions; let us give rise to the precepts (śīla) of the self-nature by letting go of those wrong-doings.
4. Let us remove unbelief, greed, laziness, and foolishness by means of belief, zeal, questioning, and dedication.
5. Let us turn a life of resentment into a life of gratitude.
6. Let us turn a life of dependency into a life of self- reliance.
7. Let us turn an reluctance to learn into a readiness to learn well.
8. Let us turn an reluctance to teach into a readiness to teach well.
9. Let us turn a lack of public spirit into an eagerness for the public’s welfare.