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剃除须发,
当愿众生,
永离烦恼,
究竟寂灭。

– 文殊菩萨
    (华严经: 净行品11: 第17偈)

When shaving to remove beard and hair,*
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
forever depart from afflictions,**
[and attain] ultimate tranquility.’***

– Manjusri Bodhisattva
   (Avatamsaka Sutra: Chapter 11 On Pure Practices: Verse 17)

* when shaving as a layperson or to be a monastic
(as beard and hair represent worldliness)
** arising from attachment, aversion and delusion
*** of Buddhahood’s bliss

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