Day 83 – The infinite teachings of the Dharma

Lanterns for BekJung, (Ulambala) the day for helping the dead

This week continues the Four Great Vows, although they continue with an interesting twist that you’ll see on Wednesday. That said, don’t underestimate this just because it’s one short line. It gets easy to pass over these shorter vows with a “Sure, okay,” on your way to the next sentence. Or to think that just because it’s short and easy to understand, that’s all there is to it. But try not to do that.

These vows help set your direction. They help set your direction now, and in the future, both short-term and inconceivably far-term. They orient us to the truth of how things function, and orient us towards learning how things truly function. And if we are discovering that all beings share the same life, the same mind, the same body, work together as one, and freely give and receive whatever is needed, then, how could our lives not be blessed? How could fear and anxiety not begin to fall away?

These are just one line each, but repeat them to yourself (outloud when possible) whenever you have a moment.

Raising the Four Great Vows (continued)

The infinite teachings of the Dharma, I will learn.

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