Prayer

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Once people are born into this world and engage in life, they need
self-power
and
other-power.


Self-power is the basis of other-power and other-power is the basis of self-power.
Therefore, people who have attained an other-power that is worthy of trust will be like a tree that has firmly rooted itself in the soil.

Now that we have learned about the beneficence and awesome power of the Dharmakaya Buddha, the Fourfold Grace, in which we may trust, our aim is to make this perfect Fourfold Grace the fount of our own faith and to offer up thanks whenever we encounter happy situations, and beg forgiveness whenever we encounter distressing situations;
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to offer up a mental affirmation or an explanatory formal prayer for a decision whenever we find it difficult to reach a decision;

to offer up a mental affirmation and an explanatory formal prayer for favorable situations whenever we encounter difficult situations;

and, when we encounter favorable situations, to offer up a mental affirmation and an explanatory formal prayer, so that we may not fall into corruption and impertinence.


Therefore, if we continue these with dedication, understanding well the meaning of mental affirmation and formal prayer, then, as utmost dedication may move the heavens, we will attain what we wish by naturally gaining the awesome power of the Fourfold Grace, and will gain happiness in our life.

When we offer up mental affirmation and formal prayer, we say,

May heaven and earth watch over me,


May parents watch over me,


May fellow beings respond to me,


May laws respond to me.



I, this indebted so-and-so, confess before the Dharmakaya Buddha, the Fourfold Grace.



Within the scope of what was discussed above, we perform mental affirmation and formal prayer in accordance with our respective wishes. In situations where there is a specific object, we may perform a silent mental affirmation, a pragmatic formal prayer, and an explanatory formal prayer; or, if there is no specific object, we may only do silent mental affirmation and explanatory formal prayer. Silent mental affirmation is performed merely within one’s own mind. Pragmatic formal prayer is performed with regard to a specific object, as it becomes relevant. Explanatory formal prayer is performed so that an audience may hear well, and be moved and awakened.

May Heaven and Earth watch over us.


May Parents watch over us.


May Fellow Beings respond to us.


May Laws respond to us.



Dharmakaya Buddha of the Fourfold Grace!
As we sit here amongst friends with our hands together in prayer, we reflect upon how the world around us, all its people, materials, and emotions, are gifts of Grace.
As we work in every moment of every day to turn hardships into blessings, uncertainty into faith, self-doubt into self-confidence and weakness into strength, we remember how it is Grace that allows us to co-exist, that places us into a deep and unbreakable relationship with everyone and everything we encounter.
Throughout coming week, let us stay alert and aware, and remember that gratitude towards Grace is the answer to fulfillment and happiness.

Dharmakaya Buddha of the Fourfold Grace!
Help us in every moment of our busy and exhausting daily lives
to collect ourselves and experience the pleasures of learning,
so that we do not fall into anguish and hopelessness.
Grant us strong minds and bodies, wisdom, and courage so that we can overcome any challenge and feel thankful, and in turn express such thankfulness by generously giving our time, our energy, and our hearts to the world and people around us.
We thank you, Dharmakaya Buddha of the Fourfold Grace,
for bringing another day to a peaceful close.

We pray with one mind.

May Heaven and Earth watch over us.


May Parents watch over us.


May Fellow Beings respond to us.


May Laws respond to us.



Dharmakaya Buddha, Fourfold Grace.
We have gathered here with our hearts enjoined
to renew our commitment
to cultivate our spirituality
to restore inner peace and joy.
We pray everyone becomes emboldened in their hearts,
to see the path that leads to love and peace.
May we spend more time in meditation and silence
to get to know ourselves completely
in order to build peace on earth.

May we be enabled and empowered 
by inner strength, inspiration and motivation
as One Family within One House.

Let us restore our Buddha Nature which is far more powerful
than external challenges and difficulties.
May we let go of everything to live a new life
to start a new day each day.
May we nurture ourselves to uncover our inborn wisdom and see the
truth, the truth about ourselves, the truth about others,
and the truth about the universe.
May this prayer deepen and strengthen our love for all.

We pray with one mind.