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见佛塔时,当愿众生,
尊重如塔,受天人供。

When seeing Buddhist stupas,¹
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
[attain] deep respect like [the] stupas [do],
receiving heavenly [and] human beings’ offerings.’²

敬心观塔,当愿众生,
诸天及人,所共瞻仰。

[With] reverent hearts contemplating stupas,
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
[be] whom all heavenly and human beings,
together gazed upon with reverence.’³

顶礼于塔,当愿众生,
一切天人,无能见顶。

Prostrating [with] heads [touching the ground] at stupas,
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
[attain crowns that] all heavenly and human beings,
[are] not able [to] see [the] peak [of].’⁴

右绕于塔,当愿众生,
所行无逆,成一切智。

Clockwise circumabulating⁵ at stupas,
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
[of] their practices, [be] without opposition,⁶
[for their] accomplishment [of] all[-knowing] wisdom.’⁷

绕塔三匝,当愿众生,
勤求佛道,心无懈歇。

Circumabulating stupas* for three rounds,⁸
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
diligently seek [the] Buddha path,⁹
[with] minds without [thoughts of] laxity [or] rest.’¹⁰

– 文殊菩萨
(华严经: 净行品: 第132-136偈)

– Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva
(Avataṃsaka Sūtra: Chapter 11 On Pure Practices: Verse 132-136)

1: which contain relics of the Buddha or great Dharma practitioners, that symbolise spiritual progression towards the peak of Buddhahood
2: to support their Dharma learning, practice and propagation
3: as they are excellent examples to follow
4: Stupas resemble the Buddha’s crown that cannot be seen (i.e. ushnisha; 无见顶), that symbolises the unseeable peak of his perfect spiritual qualities, to be fully ‘seen’ only when Buddhahood is personally realised.
5: to express refuge in the Triple Gem (of Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha), as the centre of our lives.
6: by going against the right path personally or be misguided by others to do so
7: of Buddhahood
8: to express refuge in the Triple Gem (of Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha), as the centre of our lives.
9: to Buddhahood
10: yet ever with enthusiastic energy

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