CYBER PUJA 



ASKING FOR FORGlVENESS

If this in the past / I have done wrong / to other beings /
with body speech or mind / whether greatly / or only little /
whether through malice / or lack of tact / here before the Buddha /
I acknowledge my transgressions / and ask to be forgiven.

I ask to be forgiven / not wishing to conceal my faults /
or make excuses for them.

I ask to be forgiven / knowing how little /
I have to complain about / when others do me wrong.

I ask to be forgiven / hoping my bad example /
will not lead others into wrong.

I ask to be forgiven / feeling truly sorry /
and promising to make amends.

I ask to be forgiven / resolving to practise restrain / in the future.

May all beings / be free from vengeance.
May all beings / be forgiven / for their faults.
May my faults / always be small / and easily overcome.


COUNTING ONEíS OWN BLESSINGS

Infinite in number and variety / are the states of existence /
that beings are born into. / I have been born / as a human being.

Countless are those / who cannot speak /
or hear what is spoken to them / who cannot see / or read /
and who lack the power to reason / and ponder. /
I have been born / with all limbs and faculties complete.

Many are those / who dwell / in lands of strife and conflict /
and who are deprived of security / and safety. /
I am living / in a land / that is at peace.

Incalculable are those / forced to toil without end /
and who are driven / by hunger and want. /
I have wealth / to sustain the body / and time to give it rest.

Numerous / are those / whose bodies and minds / are in bonds /
who are not their own masters / unable to go where they wish /
unable to think / as they like. /
I enjoy great freedom.

Without number /are those / who live in regions /
where the light of the Dhamma / shines not /
or where its message / is not heard / above the racket / of false doctrines. /
I have heard / and understood / the good Dhamma.

Truly precious / is this human life / and great are the blessings I enjoy. /

Here before The Buddha / I contemplate on my good fortune /
and resolve to use this rare opportunity to work for my own good /
and the good of others. /

With strong determination / I will overcome all obstacles / both great and small.


DEATH

I sit now / before the Buddha / and contemplate / that He /
and all who knew Him / are now dead. /
Since His great demise / countless beings have come /
bided their time / and gone. /

The names and deeds / of but a few / are remembered. /
Their many pains / their joys / their victories / and defeats /
like themselves / are now but shadows.

And so / it will be with all whom I know. /
Passing time will turn into mere shadows / the calamities I worry about /
the possibilities I fear / and the pleasures I chase after /
therefore / I will! contemplate the reality of may own death ! /
that I may understand / what is of true value in life.

Because / death may soon come, / I will repay all debts /
forgive all transgressions / and be at odds with none.

Because / death may soon come / I will squander / no time brooding /
on past mistakes / but use each day as if it were my last.

Because death may soon come / I will purify my mind /
rather than pamper the body.

Because death may soon come / and I will be separated /
from those I love / I will develop / detached compassion /
rather than possessiveness and clinging.

Because death may soon come / I will use each day fully /
not wasting it on fruitless pursuits / and vain longings.

May I be prepared / when death finally comes.
May I be fearless / as life ebbs away.
May my detachment / help in the freeing of the heart.


FORGIVING OTHERS

If this day / or in the past / others have done me wrong /
through body / speech or mind / whether greatly / or only little /
whether with malice / or lack of tact / here before the Buddha /
I sincerely forgive them / and let go / of all my grudge,

I forgive / remembering how often / I too have been at fault.

I forgive / realising how quick I am / to take offence /
while expecting my faults / to be forgiven.

I forgive / knowing that / to hold ill-will /
is to cause myself greater harm / than others can do to me.

I forgive / resolving not to speak / about this wrong to any other beings.

I forgive / knowing that / desire for revenge /
only brings the heart turmoil and agitation.

I forgive / because / this is the way /
love and detachment / blossom in the heart.

I forgive / knowing that Iike me / that person is still burning /
with greed, hatred and delusion.

May my forgiving now / help me to forgive again / tomorrow.
May my forgiving / encourage others / to forgive me.
May my forgiving / foster detachment and kindness / and help in the freeing / of the heart.


FRIENDSHIP

Have I this day / failed to act / as a close friend / to those who I have met ?
Have I / through body speech or mind / been hostile /
indifferent / or rude / to any other being?
Have I sought / to take advantage of others / not looking upon them /
as if they were grandparents / parents / brothers or sisters ? /

Here before the Buddha / I resolve to be as our Master Himself /
a true friend / to all the world.

As a friend / I will help the troubled /
counsel the misguided / and comfort the lonely.

As a friend / I will never misuse /
another's confidence in me/ to mislead or to deceive.

As a friend / I will abandon / neither the evil-doer / nor fool /
for if I do / who shall be the guide?
 

As a friend / I will ignore ingratitude and mistrust /
and continue to offer / my friendship,

As a friend / delighting always in concord /
I will speak of other's good deeds /
and be silent / about their faults.

As a friend / I will long remember/ the good done to me /
and soon forget the bad.

May my friendliness / win me the friendship / of others.
May my friendliness / protect me from hostility / anger / and aggression.
May my friendliness / grow into love and compassion/
and help in the freeing of the heart.


GENEROSITY

Have I this day / begrudged sharing / the great abundance I enjoy ? /
Engrossed in what is mine / without a thought for others. /
Have I enjoyed the abundance / thinking this is mine alone ? /
Or have I delighted in giving / without meanness or greed ? /

Here / before the Buddha, / I resolve always / to give and share.

I will give / but never what is harmful / even when asked.

I will give / not just to those I like /
but to strangers / and even to the hostile.

I will give / being mindful of the needs of others /
without waiting to be asked.

I will give humbly / without desire for recognition.

I will give / and I will also let others / give to me.

I will give / not letting second thoughts / taint my generosity.

I will give / knowing that generosity /
helps develop renunciation.

May my generosity / transform the mean / and pacify the hostile.
May my generosity / befriend the newcomer / and comfort the unhappy.
May my generosity / dissolve all greed and clinging /
and help in the freeing of the heart.


PEACE

I sit now before the Buddha / and contemplate /
that by seeing the aggregates as empty, / He attained great peace.

It is His unmoving stillness / and sorrowless compassion /
that shall be my inspiration.

Those who are angry / at injustice /
impatient for change / despairing at tragedy /
elated today / and depressed tomorrow / are soon exhausted. /

But those / whose minds / are always still /
and so abide in peace / are abundant in energy. /

They / like the Buddha / are islands of peace /
in a sea of turmoil / and a refuge to all beings.

Therefore / I will seek peace / and quiet / avoiding always /
the loud / the noisy / and those who wish to argue. /

I will strive / to restore harmony / to those who are at odds.

I will speak without abuse / or harshness /
gentle always / with words / sweet and true.

I will strive / to be conciliatory / and yielding /
never begin the source of conflict / for others.

May all who live in turmoil / find the peace they long for.
May my heart / be free from the agitation / of the defilement.
May my abiding in peace / help in the freeing of the heart.


REJOICING IN ONE'S OWN GOOD DEEDS

If this day / or in the past / I have done good /
to other beings / with body, speech or mind /
whether greatly / or only little / for the happiness of others /
through desire / for the training / or respect for the triple Gem /

here before the Buddha / I call to mind /
those deeds / and let my heart rejoice.

I rejoice / in my own good deeds / resolving not to compare /
myself with others / or speak of what I have done.

I rejoice / in my own good deeds / and gladly share my joy /
with all beings / everywhere.

I rejoice / in my own good deeds /
allowing this joy / to further purify my heart.

I rejoice / in my own good deed / hoping they will awaken in others /
the desire to practise the Dhamma

May my good deeds / relieve the burdens of other beings.
May my good deeds / shield me from all evil and pain.
May my good deeds / and the merit that comes from them /
help in the freeing of the heart.


REJOICING IN OTHERíS GOOD DEEDS

If this day / or in the past / I have seen or heard /
of the good deeds / done by others / with body, speech or mind /
whether greatly or only little / whether it is I / who have benefited or others /

here before the Buddha / I call to mind /
those deeds / and let my heart rejoice.

I rejoice / in other's good / regarding only that /
and not any wrong / they may have done.

I rejoice / in other's good / being always ready /
to praise kind people / and follow that example.

I rejoice / in other's good / seeing that /
in a world full of selfishness /
there are many / who are noble.

I rejoice / in other's good / expressing always gratitude /
and thanks / for any kindness done.

I rejoice / in other's good / allowing that joy /
to further purify my heart.

May the good deeds of others / never give rise to jealousy / spite or envy.
May the good deeds of others / foster gratitude and concern.
May the good deeds of others / nurture goodness in me /
and help in freeing of the heart.


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