Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

Part Three: Ceremonial Texts for the Rites and Rituals of the Order

40. Mental Affirmation at the Regular Dharma Service and at the Evening Dharma Service-1

Oh Dharmakāya Buddha, Fourfold Grace! Please bestow upon all us sentient beings the illumination and strength that derives from great loving-kindness and great compassion. Help us to dedicate ourselves immediately to the Way and its power and take refuge in the right dharma. May we transform our foolish mind into a mind that is wise, our feisty and evil mind into one that is loving and compassionate, our deceitful and deluded mind into one that is righteous and authentic, our jealous and resentful mind into one that is loving and grateful, our greedy and covetous mind into one that has integrity and impartiality, and our disputatious and malevolent mind into one that is harmonious and protective. The fundamental nature of transgressive karma will thus become purified, the gate to the path of wisdom and merit will open, and the political situation throughout the world will improve daily, so that the good fortunes of this nation will become limitless and world peace will be everlasting. May the road ahead for all people be blessed with illumination, concord, and happiness, so that we may live forever in the Buddha’s sacred land. This I pray for wholeheartedly.