Great Repentance prayer to Eighty-Eight Buddha – Part 9

Wow, I have been on this topic for a few weeks. But the text is really inconceivable in depth of meaning. Hang in there. Completing soon.

The repentance prayer text continue thus;


众罪皆忏悔,诸福尽随喜。

I repent all misdeeds and share all blessings

Note: This summaries all that had been said previously. Basically, we repent all misdeeds and commit not to repeat our misdeeds. It include misdeeds that we might not remember. In a way, this repentance prayer is also a cautionary reminder of what not to do. Then we also witness the selflessness that is be encouraged. We share all our blessings. The prayer also emphasize that we dedicate virtuous root cause towards ours and others’ full enlightenment (which is the only worthy result) Note that the text does not dedicate merits for us to become rich or attractives (which are transient benefits)


及请佛功德,愿成无上智。- may I attain the merits and virtues of Buddha(s) and may I attain supreme wisdom.

Note: This is a short aspiration to have perfections of merits and wisdom. Naturaly, this is something we need to acquire through practice and cultivation.


去来现在佛,于众生最胜。- The past, present and future Buddha(s) are peerless amongst beings

Note: (reminding ourselves that Buddha(s) is peerless amonsgt ALL types of beings. In Buddhism, beings includes celestial, terrestrial and inter-dimensional beings, all sentient beings in short)


无量功德海,我今皈命礼。

I take refuge with my life in Buddha(s) possessing seas of infinite merits and virtues.

Note: The level of commitment in refuge is based on one’s life. That is to say, even if we loose our precious life, we do not forsake our refuge.


The following text recollects the deeds of Bodhisattva Samanta(普)bhadra(显)

所有十方世界中,三世一切人师子,

To the lion amongst man in all the worlds throughtout the ten directions and in all three times.

Note: Lion amongst man is a poetic honorifics refering to Buddha. 3 times refer to past present and future. Ten directions means thoughout space. (Everywhere)


我以清净身语意,一切遍礼尽无余。

I pay homage to all of them without any exceptions with my pure action, speech and thought.


普贤行愿威神力,普现一切如来前,

Through the magnificient spiritual power of Samantabadhra, I manifest in the presence of all Tathagata(s)

Note: This part is getting fun, as you have to visualise or imagine yourselves able to do that (with deep faith). In addition, understanding the Mahayana concept of emptiness, Dhamadhatu and Dharmakaya will solidify this faith. Last but not least is our meditation and mind training. Have fun! But most important for most of us, FAITH!


一身复现刹尘身,一一遍礼刹尘佛。

Transforming our body into myraid bodies as many as the dust in all worlds, we pay homage to Buddha(s) as numerous as all myraid dust in existence.

Note: Myraid means infinite.

Personally, I think this is very meaningful. How do we grapple with the concept of infinity when doing this prayer? Not forgetting, we are ourselves made up of myraid atoms too. Surely, it is a state beyond grasping. A state of non-fixation, pervadingness  (I think it is important to remember: to turn the mind inward too)


於一尘中尘数佛,各处菩萨众会中,无尽法界尘亦然,深信诸佛皆充满。

In each mote of dust are myraid Buddha(s) as limitless as motes of dust

Each of them dwelling in an assemblies of Bodhisattvas

Likewise, it is the same throughtout the infinite motes of dust in the infinite Dharma Realms,

I firmly believe the Buddha(s) completely occupy all of them


各以一切音声海,普出无尽妙言辞,

Each of my myraid manifestations uses myraid pleasant sounds to express myraid wonderful words and phraises

尽于未来一切劫,赞佛甚深功德海。

to praise the ocean deep merits and virtues of all Buddhs(s) until the end of time.

以诸最胜妙华鬘,伎乐涂香及伞盖,

Using the best and wondrous flower garlands, music,perfumes, parasols and canopies

如是最胜庄严具,我以供养诸如来。

and the best decorations that are rich and rare, I make offerings to all the Tathagata(s).

(note: This are all mental visualisations. Remember we invoked the power of Samantabadra Bodhisattva to achieve these feats earlier on? Thus even the poorest man can offer an infinite fineries to infinite Buddha) – That’s Mind training.


最胜衣服最胜香,末香烧香与灯烛,一一皆如妙高聚,我悉供养诸如来。

The best clothing and best incense, powdered incense and lit incense plus lamps and candle light. All these offerings heaped as high as a great mountain, I hereby offer them to all Tathagata(s)


我以广大胜解心,深信一切三世佛,悉以普贤行愿力,普遍供养诸如来。

Based on a mind that is vast and open, capable of understanding the most extraordinary,

I firmly believe in all the Buddha(s) thoughout the three period of time.

Based on the power of Samantabadra’s conduct and vows, I make offerings to all Tathagata(s) who reside everywhere.


我昔所造诸恶业,皆由无始贪嗔痴,从身语意之所生,一切我今皆忏悔。

I hereby repent all my past misdeeds caused by my craving, aversion and ignorance and created through my actions, speech and mind,

十方一切诸众生,二乘有学及无学,一切如来与菩萨,所有功德皆随喜。

I rejoice in the virtues and merits of all sentient beings, the Sravakas and Pratyeka Buddhas, All types of practioners of the Hinayana and Mahayana path, as well as all Buddh(s) and Bodhisattvas.

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所谓二乘,是指声闻和缘觉[5]。所谓有学和无学,是小乘圣者的分类,预流向、预流果、一来向、一来果、无来向、无来果、阿罗汉向属于有学,阿罗汉果属于无学。

不仅小乘圣者,大乘圣者也分有学和无学,圣者菩萨属于有学,佛属于无学。

十方所有世间灯,最初成就菩提者,我今一切皆劝请,转于无上妙法轮。

Lights of the worlds in the ten directions and those who were the first to attain Bodhi

I hereby entreat them to turn the wheel of Dharma.

Note: Lights of the worlds is a poetic honorifics of Buddha(s)

Turn the wheel of Dharma means to teach entient beings how to gain enlightenment.


诸佛若欲示涅盘,我悉至诚而劝请,唯愿久住刹尘劫,利乐一切诸众生。

If any Buddha intend to manifest Parinirvana, I shall earnestly entreat them to remain till the end of time to benefit and delight all sentient beings.

所有礼赞供养福,请佛住世转法轮,随喜忏悔诸善根,回向众生及佛道。

I dedicate all the blessings and merits arising from paying homage, praising and making offerings to Buddha(s),

as well as merits arisin from entreating Buddha(s) to remain in worldly existence to teach the dharma,

as well as merits arising from rejoicing and repentance,

I hereby dedicate all of them towards the complete Enlightenment of all sentient beings.

End of part Nine.

Hope you enjoyed reading.

May all be auspicious, well and happy.

Please feel free to share and teach others who are interested too.

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