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Confusion into Flowers

 

We believe that social action’s first step is with ourselves. At the same time we are helping others, we should strive to transform our darkness and confusion into flowers of enlightenment. Buddhist prayer is an excellent vehicle to just do this. Buddhists see prayer as an essential practice to awaken our inherent inner capacities of strength, compassion and wisdom rather than to petition external forces based on fear, idolizing, and worldly and/or heavenly gain. Buddhist prayer is a form of meditation; it is a practice of inner reconditioning. It replaces the negative with the virtuous and points us to the blessings of life.

 

Be a Prayer for the World

 

Following the instructions of our 13th century founder and teacher, Shinran Shonin, to “be a prayer for the world,” we strive to practice the essence of true love that encompasses all beings. By integrating the practice of love and interconnectedness into our daily lives through our Nembutsu practice, we can make an immediate difference from our closest circumstances to the local community and world. Another practical way to do this is to recite and embody the Buddha’s Universal Love Prayer. If we can deeply practice this prayer everyday, then we can certainly transform ourselves and our suffering world into a Pure Land.

 

Please recite it regularly and incorporate its teachings into your daily life, and then pass it along to others. Together, we can surely bring Heaven to Earth.

 

 

Universal Love Prayer

(the Metta Sutta)

 

 

“May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
The short and the long,
the subtle and the gross:

May all beings everywhere,
Seen and unseen,
Dwelling far off or nearby,
Being or waiting to become:
May all be filled with lasting joy.

Let no one deceive another,
Let no one anywhere despise another,
Let no one out of anger or resentment
Wish suffering on anyone at all.

Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow
A boundless love for all creatures.

Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.

Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.”

 

Buddhism and Social Action
Myriads of Jizo Bodhisattva

 Bodhisattva Vows

 

A good beginning point of spiritual practice is the daily recitation of the Bodhisattva Vows.  What is a Bodhisattva? Any being motivated by compassion and seeks enlightenment not only for him/herself but also for everyone, human and non-human. These Vows are the core and intentional energy of Mahayana Buddhist spiritual life. They serve to illuminate the direction and meaning of our lives, allowing us to embody our highest religious aspirations. Through the Vows, we commit ourselves to deeper understanding, practice, love and selfless service, thereby we can better embody the ideals of Jizo Bodhisattva and the mission of the Social Action Project.

 

 

"Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them all;
Greed, hatred, and ignorance rise endlessly, I vow to end them all;
Dharmas are boundless, I vow to learn them all;

The Buddha's way is unsurpassable, I vow to embody it."

 

Letís transform bits of rubble into gold