Daily Recollection

This is a version of one of my favorite Dharma recitations. It was modified and expanded to 108 verses to match the 108 beads on Buddhist and Hindu malas (rosaries).

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

1. Daily Recollection.
2. Homage to the Dharma.
3. Dharma is the teaching, the understanding, the contents of the enlightened mind.
4. It is the experience of the joy of intelligence knowing itself.
5. The blessings of love and respect we offer to all, in times past and present, who have opened the doors of wisdom, reuniting all beings with their intrinsic purity.
6. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

7. Homage to the Three Jewels.
8. The recitation of this Rosary ever expands the awakening of faith in the three jewels, Bodhi, Dharma, and Sangha.
9. Bodhi saranam gacchami, dutiyampi, tatiyampi svaha.
10. I return to the Perfect Nature of Truth for guidance again and yet again, may it be so.
11. Dharmam saranam gacchami, dutiyampi, tatiyampi svaha.
12. I return to the Teachings for guidance, again and yet again, may it be so.
13. Sangham saranam gacchami, dutiyampi, tatiyampi svaha.
14. I return to the Holy Community for guidance, again and yet again, may it be so.
15. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

16. Homage to the Four Noble Truths.
17. Dukkha, the noble truth of suffering.
18. Dukkha Samudaya, the noble truth of the origin of suffering.
19. Dukkha Nirodha, the noble truth of the extinction of suffering.
20. Dukkha Nirodha, Gamini, Patipada, the noble truth of the path that leads to the extinction of suffering.
21. So long as these four noble truths are not understood, sentient beings will wander in sorrow and ignorance.
22. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

23. The Nature of All Formations.
24. All formations are transient, Anicca.
25. All formations contain the seeds of suffering, Dukkha.
26. All things are without a separate self, Anatta.
27. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

28. Namo Prajna, Paramita Hridaya.
29. Homage to the wisdom in the heart.
30. Form is emptiness.
31. Emptiness is form.
32. Form is not other than emptiness.
33. Emptiness is not other than form.
34. This is the teaching of our spiritual ancestors, Gotama Buddha, and all great teachers who have transmitted the Dharma to this Holy day.
35. Blessed is the knowledge of emptiness.
36. Homage to all devotees of this path and all paths of self-purification.
37. May all find simplicity to be the joyous and practical guide.
38. The Dharma, being the contents of the enlightened mind, in which there is no bondage and no suffering, offers freedom from the suffering of ignorance and fear.
39. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

40. Homage to the Sangha.
41. The Sangha is the Holy Community of spiritual ancestors, monastics, priests, and all those who follow and practice this path.
42. Homage to all who are approaching this Holy Path.
43. Homage to all who follow and establish this Holy Path.
44. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

45. Homage to the Noble Eight-Fold Path.
46. I endeavor to practice compassionate comprehension that dissipates delusion.
47. Compassionate aspiration that harms no one.
48. Compassionate speech that makes for clarity.
49. Compassionate self-discipline that brings no regret.
50. Compassionate livelihood that brings no discredit.
51. Compassionate endeavor that results in goodness.
52. Compassionate mindfulness that proves this Path.
53. Compassionate awareness that leads to Nirvana.
54. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

55. With this recitation I do affirm my acceptance of these three pure precepts:
56. The precept of restraint and remembrance.
57. The precept of obedience to all good laws.
58. The precept to benefit all beings.
59. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

60. With this recitation I do affirm my acceptance of these guiding precepts:
61. Not to speak or communicate unwisely.
62. Not to take that which is not given and not to be greedy.
63. Not to use intoxicating substances unwisely.
64. Not to lead a harmful life, nor encourage others to do so.
65. Not to indulge in anger.
66. Not to commit or participate in unwise and uncompassionate sexual conduct.
67. Not to be avaricious in bestowal of the teachings.
68. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

69. I vow to train myself in the practice of loving kindness.
70. In the practice of pure attention.
71. In the practice of ever-expanding faith.
72. In the practice of constant devotion.
73. In the practice of inquiry through correct Dhyana.
74. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

75. With an open mind and warm heart I celebrate this joyful, Blessed Day.
76. This joyful, Blessed Place.
77. This joyful, Blessed Time.
78. This joyful, Blessed Path.
79. This joyful, Blessed Opportunity.
80. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

81. Homage to the knowledge of karma which leads to freedom.
82. I am born of karma.
83. I am heir to karma.
84. I abide in karma, and I am supported by karma.
85. Whatever I do creates karma, and I shall surely experience this karma.
86. The merit for all good acts I do freely offer to all beings.
87. Dutiyampi, tatiyampi, svaha; again and yet again, may it be so.
88. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

89. I endeavor to practice, realize and actualize the Four Great Vows:
90. Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them all.
91. Cravings and aversions are endless, I vow to extinguish them all.
92. The lessons of life are infinite, I vow to learn them all.
93. Ultimate enlightenment is unobtainable, I vow to attain it.
94. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

95. Here in humble submission, in order to experience this most perfect present moment, I deeply bow and sacrifice all thoughts, tensions, pressures and desires.
96. I breathe and relax into this loving Presence Awareness, calming the mind and heart.
97. I breathe and relax into this loving Presence Awareness, opening the mind and heart.
98. In wisdom I see the seamless unity of the Formless and all Its endless manifestations.
99. I bow again and again to the blossoming of this Clear Understanding.
100. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

101. Homage to my Beloved Guru, who guides me with Love.
102. Homage to my Beloved Guru, who always rests in my Heart.
103. Homage to my Beloved Guru, who is One with my true Essence.
104. I bow again and again to my Beloved Guru.
105. In this way I do most deeply vow to train myself.

106. Willingness is the key to the gate of awakening; for even to awaken from sleep and face the new day, there must be the willingness to do it.
107. Here in my hand is the opportunity, and the way is clear beyond the gates of mental activity, desire and doubt.
108. There is no separate self and no other as pure undisturbed awareness slips into all consciousness.

Guru Bead: Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

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