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RITE OF REMEDY FOR BODHISATTVA VOW DOWNFALLS

see Bodhisattva Vows, Brahma Net Sutra

Rite of Remedy for Bodhisattva Vow Downfalls

(Make three PROSTRATIONS, stand and say):
All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas dwelling in the ten directions, and bodhisattva community, please listen to this rite of remedy for measureless transgressions I have committed in violation of the bodhisattva discipline from what are described as grounds for defeat and grounds for misdeeds.

(The elder replies): Please proceed in accordance with the teachings and discipline.

(SQUAT down and recite): All buddhas and bodhisattvas dwelling in the ten directions, and bodhisattva community, please listen to me.

I, , with the title of bodhisattva, have committed measureless transgressions in violation of the bodhisattva discipline from what are described as grounds for defeat. I have committed measureless transgressions that are actual downfalls included in small and medium contamination which belong to the class of eighteen root downfalls, and approximations of them such as the following accepted as downfalls of defeat: praising myself and belittling others out of attachment to gain and respect, not giving Dharma or wealth to the miserable and forsaken out of avarice, not listening to the apology of others and striking them in anger, abandoning the universal vehicle and teaching a facsimile of the holy Dharma, taking the property of the Three Jewels, etc. I have committed measureless transgressions in violation of the bodhisattva discipline from what are described as grounds for misdeeds: I have committed measureless transgressions that are actual downfalls belonging to the class of forty six misdeeds and approximations of them: such as not making offerings with the three doors to the Three Jewels, following thoughts of desire, and so forth. Furthermore, not recollecting the benefits of the thought of enlightenment six times daily, not conceiving the aspiring thought six times daily, mentally forsaking living beings, not making an effort to amass the two collections, not abandoning the four dark ways, not adhering to the four pure ways, not making an effort to train in the moral discipline of restraint, the moral discipline of gathering virtuous Dharma, and the moral discipline of working for living beings; not making an effort to train in the six transcendencies: giving, etc., not making an effort to work for living beings through the four ways of collecting disciples, not making an effort when it is necessary to endeavour to provide Dharma and materials for others, discarding living beings by keeping in mind those who help and those who inflict harm and discriminating them with the biases of anger, attachment, and indifference; not closely relying on holy beings, improperly listening and thinking about the profound and vast bodhisattva canon, not making use of food, clothing and shelter with others’ welfare in mind, not holding the practice of the six transcendencies: giving, etc. with the thought of others’ welfare, not making an effort in the practice of actualizing the happiness and dispelling the suffering of others, and so forth. In brief, I have committed measureless transgressions in violation of the bodhisattva discipline.

I, , with the title of bodhisattva, confess these transgressions of mine before all the buddhas and bodhisattvas dwelling in the ten directions and bodhisattva community; I reveal them, I do not conceal them; henceforth I take up restraint. If I reveal and confess them, I will live in happiness, but if I do not revel and confess them that will not happen. (3x)   CONCLUSION (Elder): Do you see these as transgressions? (Di-nam-la nang-par zig-la-sam) (Others): I do. (Chin chä lek-par dom-mam?) (Elder): Henceforth, do you properly restrain yourself? (Others): I will keep up most restraint in accordance with the teachings and discipline. (3x)

(Elder):	This is the way. (Tap-yin-no)
(Others): It is well. (Then another bhikshu puts the questions to the elder).

(Make three PROSTRATIONS, stand and say): All buddhas and bodhisattvas dwelling in the ten directions, and bodhisattva community, it is kind of you to listen to this rite of remedy for measureless transgressions I have committed in violation of the bodhisattva discipline from what are described as grounds for defeat and grounds for misdeeds.

(The elder replies): It is most wonderful that you act in accordance with the teachings and discipline.  


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