Teachings on Repentance Practice (28 Jun 2011)

repentance-1In our daily lives, we have created much negative karma from harming sentient beings. If we do not consciously repent, how can we achieve Buddhahood? We repent not for Buddha and Bodhisattvas but for ourselves. When we repent, we must think in this way, “We dedicate all the merits from our repentance practice to all the karmic debtors that we have harmed since the day we were born until today, wishing them to be liberated from sufferings of samara.” In this way, all the negative karma will be totally purified.

When we repent from the bottom of our heart, we must think of the pain and sufferings of others. You must empathise with the pain and sufferings of those beings. For example, if someone were to hit you, not only do you feel the pain when you are hurt, the feeling of hatred also arises in you, this pain and suffering of the feeling of hatred is very scary and painful. So when we repent, it is not just for causing pain and sufferings but most importantly, we need to repent for the mental pain and suffering that we have caused others. When you attack someone, mentally or physically, you created a negative karma, this negative karma will have a negative consequence, at the same time, you have caused mental pain and suffering to that person, so we have to also repent the action of causing the mental                                                        pain and sufferings felt by other sentient beings.

It is like when you give someone a hundred dollars, although the merit is not very great, but the merit from causing the happy feeling in that person is very great. Similarly, for harming others, the hurtful words or harmful actions that you direct at another person, not only brings about physical pain and suffering, but also the hatred in that person. So we must also repent for the pain and suffering for causing the feelings of hatred in others.

So let us recite the hundred syllable mantra together, to repent the physical and mental pain and sufferings that we have caused other beings:

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OM BEN-ZA SA-TO SA-MA-YA / MA-NU PA-LA-YA / BEN-ZA SA-TO TE-NO-PA / TIK-TRA DRI-DHO MEY BHA-WA / SU-TO KA-YO MEY BHA-WA / SU-PO KA-YO MEY BHA-WA / A-NU RAK-TO MEY BHA-WA / SAR-WA SID-DHI MEM PRA YA TSA / SAR-WA KAR-MA SU TSA MEY / TSIT-TAM SHRI-YAM KU-RU HUNG / HA HA HA HA HOH / BHA-GA-WAN SAR-WA TA-THA-GA-TA / BEN-ZA MA ME MU-TSA BEN-ZI BHA-WA MA-HA SA-MA-YA SA-TO AH

— Compiled from Gyalwai Nyugu’s teachings recorded on 28 June 2011 —

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