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Morning Service Changes

We are making some changes in the morning service to expand our connection with each other and with all being. The new versions of our morning chants are below.

11/23/16 08:37:am

I have had some insights about our daily verses and their translations in the light of the current world situation. The versions below came to me in Zazen, and I shared them with Flint and the Council members for their feedback, and they were enthusiastic. The new versions seem to reflect our aspiration here at Appamada in important ways.

The first two, the Verse of the Robe and The Four Practice Principles, are the same. However, the sequence of repentance, refuge, and vow take on new meaning. Each one is traditionally repeated three times. In this new form each one begins with the personal, then opens out to the collective “we,” and then beyond that to all being and to the power of vow itself. It connects our intention and aspiration to our larger place in the world beyond our self-centered concerns, and it transforms our vows from something overwhelming and impossible to something enacted together through the power of vow itself. I hope you like this new version. We are having chant cards made so that we can all learn them together, and we will use these changes as the theme for our teaching in the January intensive.New Daily Verses

Verse of the robe
Vast is the robe of liberation,
a formless field of benefaction;
wearing the universal teaching,
I realize the one true nature,
thus harmonizing all being.

Repentance
All my ancient twisted karma
from beginningless greed, hate, and delusion,
born through body, speech, and mind
I now fully avow.

All our ancient twisted karma
from beginningless greed, hate, and delusion,
born through body, speech, and mind
we now fully avow.

All the ancient twisted karma
from beginningless greed, hate, and delusion,
born through body, speech, and mind
All being now fully avows.

Refuges
I take refuge in Buddha
I take refuge in Dharma
I take refuge in Sangha.

We take refuge in Buddha,
immersing body and mind deeply in the Way,
awakening true mind;
We take refuge in Dharma,
entering deeply the merciful ocean of Buddha’s Way;
We take refuge in Sangha,
bringing harmony to everyone, free from hindrance.

Now all being has completely taken refuge in Buddha,
Now all being has completely taken refuge in Dharma,
Now all being has completely taken refuge in Sangha.

Bodhisattva vows
Beings are numberless, I vow to free them;
Delusions are inexhaustible, I vow to end them;
Dharma gates are boundless, I vow to enter them;
Buddha’s way is unsurpassable, I vow to embody it.

Beings are numberless, we vow to free them;
Delusions are inexhaustible, we vow to end them;
Dharma gates are boundless, we vow to enter them;
Buddha’s way is unsurpassable, I vow to embody it.

Beings are numberless, this vow frees them all;
Delusions are inexhaustible, this vow ends them all;
Dharma gates are boundless, this vow enters them all;
Buddha’s way is unsurpassable, this vow embodies it.

Four practice principles
Caught in the self-centered dream, only suffering;
holding to self-centered thoughts, exactly the dream;
each moment, life as it is, the only teacher;
being just this moment, compassion’s way.

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