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Verses On Asceticism & Morality

May. 15 | 见苦行人,当愿众生, 依于苦行,至究竟处。 见操行人,当愿众生, 坚持志行,不舍佛道。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第92-93偈) Seeing ascetics, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, rely on ascetic...

Verses On Sramanas & Brahmins

May. 4 | 若见沙门, 当愿众生, 调柔寂静,毕竟第一。 见婆罗门,当愿众生, 永持梵行,离一切恶。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第90-91偈) If seeing Sramanas, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, be harmoniously...

Verse On Gratitude

Apr. 25 | 见报恩人,当愿众生, 于佛菩萨,能知恩德。 见背恩人,当愿众生, 于有恶人,不加其报。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第88-89偈) Seeing persons repaying kindness, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, of...

Verses On Looks

Apr. 19 | 见端正人,当愿众生, 于佛菩萨,常生净信。 见丑陋人,当愿众生, 于不善事,不生乐著。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第86-87偈) Seeing proper-looking persons, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, in...

Verses On Sickness

Apr. 13 | 见无病人,当愿众生, 入真实慧,永无病恼。 见疾病人,当愿众生, 知身空寂,离乖诤法。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第84-85偈) Seeing persons without sickness, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, enter...

Verses On Adornment

Apr. 7 | 见严饰人,当愿众生, 三十二相,以为严好。 见无严饰,当愿众生, 舍诸饰好,具头陀行。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第78-79偈) Seeing magnificently adorned persons, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, [have...

Be Not An Animal

Mar. 28 | 畜牲本是人来做, 人畜轮回古到今。 若不披毛并戴角, 劝君休使畜性心。 – 普庵禅师 Animals [including livestock] originally were humans, [who have] become [them, as] humans and animals [are] reborn [as one another from]...

Verses On Pleasure

Mar. 19 | 见乐著人,当愿众生, 以法自娱,欢爱不舍。 见无乐著,当愿众生, 有为事中,心无所乐。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第80-81偈) Seeing those attached to [sense] pleasures, [reflect that] ‘May sentient...

Verses On Joy & Suffering

Mar. 8 | 见欢乐人,当愿众生, 常得安乐,乐供养佛。 见苦恼人,当愿众生, 获根本智,灭除众苦。 – 文殊菩萨     (华严经: 净行品: 第82-83偈) Seeing those who are joyful, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, always...

Strange Wonder

Mar. 2 | 奇哉!奇哉! 此诸众生云何具有 如來智慧,愚痴迷惑, 不知不见? 我当教圣道, 令其永离妄想执着, 自于身中得见 如來广大智慧与佛无异。 – 释迦牟尼佛 (华严经) Strangely wonderful! Strangely...

Verse For Lamp-Lighting (点灯偈)

Feb. 21 | 灭除心头火, 提起佛前灯, 愿以大智慧, 照破众无明。 Eradicating the mind’s fires [of greed, hatred and ignorance], lifting up, before the Buddha, [I offer] this lamp, May [I], with great wisdom, illuminate to shatter [the...

Verse On Cultivation

Feb. 11 | 若见园苑, 当愿众生, 勤修诸行, 趣佛菩提。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第77偈) If seeing gardens [and] parks, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, diligently cultivate all practices, [for the] aspiration [of the]...

Verse On Sorrow

Jan. 24 | 见无忧林, 当愿众生, 永离贪爱, 不生忧怖。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第76偈) Seeing groves [with trees named] ‘without sorrow’,* [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, forever depart [from] greedy attachment, [to]...

Verse On Gardens

Jan. 17 | 见修园圃, 当愿众生, 五欲圃中, 耘除爱草。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第75偈) Seeing cultivation of garden plots, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, within the five desires’* garden, weed [to] eradicate...

Verse On Waters

Dec. 28 | 若见流水, 当愿众生, 得善意欲, 洗除惑垢。 – 文殊菩萨 (华严经: 净行品: 第74偈) If seeing flowing waters, [reflect that] ‘May sentient beings, attain good intentional desires, [to] wash [away] confusions’ defilements.’ –...
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