Day 120 – the Buddha of limitless and omnipresent mind

Gwangmyeong Seon Center, in North Chung Cheong Province

(Homage to the Twelve Buddhas who Dissolve All Karma)

Homage to the Buddha infused with the fragrance
of mind
, limitless and omnipresent.

무변하고 두루한 마음의 향 갖추신 불

“Fragrance of mind” is an interesting phrase we see in Korean from time to time. Obviously, it isn’t literal (or is it? 🙂 ), but most of the time it refers to a sense about someone, an energy if you will, that comes from application of spiritual practice.

There’s a vast difference in feeling between someone who’s telling you their intellectual understanding, and someone who’s relating something they know from their very foundation. And the more someone has worked at practicing entrusting everything to their foundation, the stronger it is. It may be just that you feel them working as one with you and everything around the both of you. And as with all of this, there is the great possibility of things that are also happening at levels that we can’t perceive until will awaken further.

Day 118 – the Buddha who venerates the Dharma

(Homage to the Twelve Buddhas who Dissolve All Karma)

Homage to the Buddha who venerates the Dharma,
transmitting the truth
of bright and wide one mind.

넓고 밝은 한마음의 묘법음 법존 불

This is another one with depths to it that, I fear, we’ve failed to catch in the translation. There’s likely a lot going on with this at a level that’s beyond the comprehension of unawakened beings. So, on the whole, it’s probably best to just recite these without spending a lot of time trying to puzzle out the meaning.

Day 116 – a broad and harmonious mind

(Homage to the Twelve Buddhas who Dissolve All Karma)

Homage to the Buddha endowed with the virtue and merit
arising from a broad and harmonious mind.

두루두루 위대하온 마음의 공덕 불

One of the interesting things Kun Sunim occasionally emphasized was being humble and kind. She didn’t quite say, “If you can’t do anything else, be humble and kind,” but there was a sense of this. Of course, it’s hard to truly be humble and kind without knowing your foundation and feeling your connection with others, but, nonetheless, trying to be humble and kind will prevent so many problems in your life. It may not be perfect, but you’ll avoid so many potholes. And one of the things about being kind is that it’s fun! It makes you feel better, and you want more of that. As this becomes a part of you, other kind people are naturally drawn to you, and so life becomes more pleasant.

I suspect as well that it also creates opportunities for practice and to learn about practice. This isn’t the same as actually practicing relying upon your foundation, but still, how precious is that chance? How many lifetimes would someone have to wait just to hear about their foundation, and the practice of relying upon it?

Day 115 – the Buddha who makes vast determinations

(Homage to the Twelve Buddhas who Dissolve All Karma)

Homage to the Buddha who makes decisions
of vast and inconceivable importance.

광대무변 크신 뜻을 결정하온 불

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what this means! Is it a world-wide or universal scale, or does it mean more huge things regarding the functioning of this nondual foundation we have? It might have a nuance of “The Buddha who determines where this great fundamental mind is applied to.”
Frankly, this is one of those things I have to put in the folder labeled, “I’ll understand later, when my practice has deepened.” 🙂

Day 112 – the Twelve Buddhas who Dissolve All Karma

Homage to the Twelve Buddhas who Dissolve All Karma

The Buddha whose deep humility
gives rise to virtue, upright behavior,
and actions grounded in the Dharma.

참제업장십이존불 懺除業障十二尊佛

두루두루 겸손하온 마음 공덕 계율 법행 불

This is the beginning of an interesting section. What are these 12 Buddhas? Are they Buddhas that we can appeal to for help? Probably not, because that sort of implies that they are some separate existence from us, floating around “out there,” waiting for us to appeal to them.

More likely, they are the manifestation of our foundation, our one mind. And, at the same time, these descriptions are also guides for us. “The Buddha whose deep humility gives rise to virtue….” Reading that, we can see that deep humility gives rise to behaviors and states of being that I think we’d all prefer to inhabit! So, it’s deep humility that is the starting point for these. Okay, that’s something I can (sort of!, lol.) start with.

Remember to try to recite these verses, so that they sink down deep within you! (Korean or English, as you like.)

Day 111 – The Poem of Repentance

Four Different “Mu”

Repentance is an important part of spiritual practice. In repenting of something, we stop tying ourselves up in efforts to push it away or deny our involvement with it. In repenting, we can start to lay it to rest, and start to deal with any harm done to others or ourselves. Generally, if I find myself putting much effort or time into justifying something, then in the end, I did something wrong.

The Poem of Repentance

All harmful deeds I have committed
All unwise actions arising from greed and desire
All harm done through my body, speech, and thought,
I now repent of this and all other harm I have caused.

참회게 懺悔偈

제가 지은 모든 악업죄,
선행 없는 모든 탐심죄,
몸으로 입으로 뜻으로 지은 죄,
일체 모든 잘못을 참회합니다.