EMPEROR LIANG JEWELED REPENTANCE PDF

As such, the text is a manual for worship rather than a philosophical treatise or literary narrative. It is said that the liturgy proved so effective that it became a standard practice, and it is still regularly performed in Chinese monasteries to this day. This particular BTTS translation was fifteen years in the making, and the result is a meticulous volume of directions on how to perform this complex, week-long ceremony. Each chapter is divided into sections that include opening invocations and detailed explanations of the principles underlying repentance, separated by repeated instructions for bowing to various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In addition, each chapter has its own endnotes, and the entire volume includes a glossary of Buddhist terms. As the Repentance is chanted our offenses are blown away like flower petals in the wind.

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As such, the text is a manual for worship rather than a philosophical treatise or literary narrative. It is said that the liturgy proved so effective that it became a standard practice, and it is still regularly performed in Chinese monasteries to this day. This particular BTTS translation was fifteen years in the making, and the result is a meticulous volume of directions on how to perform this complex, week-long ceremony.

Each chapter is divided into sections that include opening invocations and detailed explanations of the principles underlying repentance, separated by repeated instructions for bowing to various Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In addition, each chapter has its own endnotes, and the entire volume includes a glossary of Buddhist terms.

As the Repentance is chanted our offenses are blown away like flower petals in the wind. The text also highlights the strong incantatory character of the Buddha Word. Indeed, there is scarcely a page that does not include verses of praise for the numerous Buddhas, and the precious Dharma. Finally, the text practically insists that we read its passages aloud. Make no mistake, this book is a challenging read. As a ritual manual, it will likely appeal to scholarly specialists.

My only real complaint is that the text is marred by various typos, an all-too-common feature of many publications these days. Like Chih, I can attest that ritual participation in such contexts is powerful, and brings a deeper appreciation for the Dharma than mere intellectual study. Continuing in this vein, this text is a potent reminder that the Dharma offers valuable resources for humanity in these troubled times.

Even non-Buddhists might agree that we could use more repentance and less anger and divisiveness in our world. John M. When Buddhism first came to China from India, one of the most important tasks required for its establishment was the translation of the Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Chinese. Aware that the Buddhist Tripitaka is a work of such magnitude that its translation could never be entrusted to a single person, the BTTS, emulating the translation assemblies of ancient times, does not publish a work until it has passed through four committees for primary translation, revision, editing, and certification.

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Life is a play that interweaves scenes of bitterness and sweetness into a long river of life. After experiencing these vicissitudes of life, have you ever felt happiness, that was already like a balloon severed from its string, is beyond your control? At that moment, you could only look up at the night sky and lament: Will I ever experience the ideal life ultimately? Buddha taught us: The law of karma is the key to happiness in life. The present effects of happiness and suffering arise from causes of past virtuous and non-virtuous actions respectively. If we wish for future happiness, we should start from this very moment, adopt [what is virtuous] and cast aside [what is non-virtuous]. If we rejoice our past virtuous actions, these effects could be enhanced.

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During his reign as emperor of China , Emperor Wu of Liang r. Several times he became a Buddhist monk and forced his court to purchase him back with substantial offerings to the sangha. Because of his constant support for Buddhism, Emperor Wu came to be seen as the Chinese counterpart of Ashoka , the great Indian chakravartin and patron of the religion. A cycle of stories developed around Bao Zhi, the emperor's favorite monk, and around Bodhidharma , the first patriarch of Zen , who was alleged to have met the emperor in the s.

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