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Verse On Dharma Harmony

Apr. 13 | 入僧伽蓝, 当愿众生, 演说种种, 无乖诤法。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第13偈) When entering samgharamas,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, expound on all kinds of Dharma teachings without disharmony...

Verse On Renunciation

Apr. 6 | 舍居家时, 当愿众生, 出家无碍, 心得解脱。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品11: 第12偈) When renouncing living with families, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, depart from their families without obstacles,* [with...

Verse On Difficulties

Mar. 30 | 若在厄难, 当愿众生, 随意自在, 所行无碍。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第11偈) If with adversities and difficulties, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, according [to their] wishes* be at ease, [in] that...

Verse On Gathering

Mar. 18 | 众会聚集, 当愿众生, 舍众聚法, 成一切智。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第10偈) [When] multitudes meet and gather, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, renounce the many gathered dharmas,* [and] accomplish...

Verse On Giving

Mar. 9 |   若有所施, 当愿众生, 一切能舍, 心无爱着。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第9偈) If there is that given, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [of] everything* [be] able [to] renounce, [with their]...

Verse On Rising Up

Mar. 2 | 上升楼阁, 当愿众生, 升正法楼, 彻见一切。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品11: 第8偈) When rising up in towers, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, rise in the tower of true Dharma,* [to] thoroughly see all [truths].’** –...

Verse On Adornment

Feb. 24 | 着璎珞时, 当愿众生, 舍诸伪饰, 到真实处。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第7偈) When wearing [a] necklace, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, renounce all false adornments,* [and] reach the abode of truth.’** –...

Verse On Entrance

Feb. 17 | 若在宫室, 当愿众生, 入於圣地, 永除秽欲。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第6偈) If in [a] house,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings enter of sacred ground,** [and] forever eradicate defiled desires.’*** –...

Verse On Entertainment

Feb. 10 | 伎乐聚会, 当愿众生, 以法自娱, 了伎非实。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第5偈) With music [and dance] at gatherings, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, with [the] Dharma personally enjoy,* realising [that...

Verse On Peaceful Tranquility

Feb. 3 |   若得五欲, 当愿众生, 拔除欲箭, 究竟安隐。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第4偈) If attaining the five desires,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings eradicate desires’ arrow, [and attain] unsurpassable...

Verse On Equanimous Care

Jan. 26 | 妻子集会, 当愿众生, 怨亲平等, 永离贪著。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第3偈) [When] wife and children gather, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ enemies [and] relatives equally, forever renounce...

Verse On Full Filiality

Jan. 18 | 孝事父母, 当原众生, 善事于佛, 护养一切。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品11: 第2偈) [With] filiality serving [one’s] father [and] mother, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings [with goodness skilfully] attend...

Family Verse For Laypeople

Jan. 11 | 菩萨在家, 当愿众生, 知家性空, 免其逼迫。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第1偈) Bodhisattvas at home [who are laypeople], [should reflect that] ‘May sentient beings know their families’ [and homes’]...

Contemplation Verse When Standing

Jan. 4 | 下足住时, 当愿众生, 心得解脱, 安住不动。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第34偈) When lowering [your] foot [to] stand, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings’ minds attain liberation [from suffering], [to]...

Precious Precepts

Dec. 16 | 应护佛戒, 如念一子, 如事父母, 不可毁破。 – 梵网经(释迦牟尼佛) [One] should protect [the] Buddha’s precepts, like mindfulness [of] an [only] child, like caring [for one’s] father and mother, [they] should...