Touching the Earth

Touching the Earth

 

Opening Gatha  (Leader)

The one who bows and the one who is bowed to

are both, by nature, empty.

Therefore the communication between them

is inexpressibly perfect.

Our practice center is the Net of Indra

reflecting all Buddhas everywhere.

And my own person reflects in all Buddhas

to whom with my whole life I go for refuge.

(Bell)

 

Prostrations (All rise)

(Touch the earth one time at the sound of each bell)

Offering light in the Ten Directions,

the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha,

to whom we bow in gratitude.

(Bell)

 

Teaching and living the way of awareness

in the very midst of suffering and confusion,

Shakyamuni Buddha, the Awakened One,

to whom we bow in gratitude.

(Bell)

 

Cutting through ignorance, awakening our hearts and our minds,

Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Great Understanding,

to whom we bow in gratitude.

(Bell)

 

Working mindfully, working joyfully for the sake of all beings, Samantabhadra, the Bodhisattva of Great Action,

To whom we bow in gratitude.

(Bell)

 

Responding to suffering, serving beings in countless ways,

Avalokiteshavara, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion,

to whom we bow in gratitude.

(Bell)

 

Seed of awakening and loving kindness

in children, sprouts, and all beings,

Maitreya, the Buddha to-be-born,

to whom we bow in gratitude.

(Bell)

 

Showing the way fearlessly and compassionately,

the stream of all our Ancestral Teachers,

to whom we bow in gratitude.

(Two Bells)



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