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.)

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