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The Buddha taught

that there are

one hundred and eight delusions

of mind.

Reflecting deeply on the

essential truth that we self-create

and amplify our many suffering

through attachment to deluded

thoughts,

we bow 108 times

in repentance, to clear our

minds of these thoughts.

May all offences

accumulated during

hundreds of kalpas

now be totally consumed

in an instant,

as fire burns dry grass

extinguishing all things

until nothing remains.

Our offenses have no self-nature,

but arise only from our minds.

If our minds are extinguished,

then our offenses too will be destroyed.

When both our minds and our

offenses are extinguished,

and both are seen as empty,

this is termed the true repentance.

Hoping that the time spent

prostrating will offer you

peace, wisdom and equanimity...

108 Prostrations of Great

Repentance by BTN

We go for guidance to the Holy One,

the Buddha, who saves all creatures

from the three painful states;

We desire that all creatures may

all together enter into the

bliss of the uncreated.

We who will suffer rebirth in the

three realms, and who are not yet

freed from our obligations and

involvements,

may we cast off these

obligations and

enter into the uncreated,

and by so doing fulfill our

greatest obligation.

1

With sincere devotion,

I take refuge in Shakyamuni Buddha.

2

With sincere devotion,

I take refuge in the Dharma.

3

With sincere devotion,

I take refuge in the Sangha.

4

I prostrate in repentance for being ignorant of where

I came from and unmindful of where I will go.

5

I prostrate in repentance for being ignorant of my true

self and correct situation, relationship, and function.

6

I prostrate in repentance for

having taken this body for granted.

7

I prostrate in repentance for

having neglected my original nature.

8

I prostrate in repentance for having

taken my ancestors for granted.

9

I prostrate in repentance for

having taken my parents for granted.

10

I prostrate in repentance for having

taken my relatives for granted.

11

I prostrate in repentance for being unmindful of all those

who have contributed to my learning and education.

12

I prostrate in repentance for being unmindful of all those

who have grown, prepared, and provided my nutrition.

13

I prostrate in repentance for being unmindful of

all those who have made and provided my clothing.

14

I prostrate in repentance for being unmindful of

all those who have built and provided my shelter.

15

I prostrate in repentance for manipulating

people for my own selfish needs.

16

I prostrate in repentance for having ignored

the effects of my misdeeds on others.

17

I prostrate in repentance with complete devotion to eradicate

Karma accumulated in the past, present, and the future.

18

I prostrate in repentance to all those

whom I have harmed through fits of anger.

19

I prostrate in repentance to all those

whom I have stung with hurtful words.

20

I prostrate in repentance to all those

whom I have harmed through arrogance.

21

I prostrate in repentance to all those

whom I have harmed through avarice.

22

I prostrate in repentance to all those whom

I have harmed through my jealous thoughts.

23

I prostrate in repentance to all those whom

I have scorched with the flames of my rage.

24

I prostrate in repentance to all those whom

I have harmed through attachment to my possessions.

25

I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have

harmed through attachment to like-and-dislike mind.

26

I prostrate in repentance to all those whom

I have alienated through thought, word, and deed.

27

I prostrate in repentance to all those whom

I harmed through gossip, slander, and bad speech.

28

I prostrate in repentance to all

those whom I have looked down upon.

29

I prostrate in repentance for my

cowardly thoughts, words, and deeds.

30

I prostrate in repentance for all

my hypocritical deeds and lies.

31

I prostrate in repentance for poisoning other beings

through my mindless materialistic overconsumption.

32

I prostrate in repentance to all sentient beings that

I have harmed or killed for entertainment and pleasure.

33

I prostrate in repentance for conceiving of

this world only through the lens of my ego.

34

I prostrate in repentance to all those I

have harmed through attachment to my thinking.

35

I prostrate in repentance to all those I have

harmed through foolish or unnecessary speech.

36

I prostrate in repentance to all those whom I have injured

by engaging in relationships based on using each other.

37

I prostrate in repentance for all thoughts,

words, and deeds which create attachment.

38

I prostrate in repentance for having

thought that only what I saw was correct.

39

I prostrate in repentance for having

thought that only what I heard was correct.

40

I prostrate in repentance for having thought

that only what I smelled was correct.

41

I prostrate in repentance for having thought

that only what I tasted was correct.

42

I prostrate in repentance for having

thought that only what I felt was correct.

43

I prostrate in repentance for

every action born from I-my-me mind.

44

I prostrate in repentance for not seeing clearly

my true interconnectedness to all forms of life.

45

I prostrate in repentance for having

disregarded our only home, Earth.

46

I prostrate in repentance for

selfishly polluting the air.

47

I prostrate in repentance for selfishly

polluting the rivers and lakes.

48

I prostrate in repentance for selfishly

polluting the mountains and the oceans.

49

I prostrate in repentance for selfishly

destroying the flowers and trees.

50

I prostrate in repentance for a lifestyle

built on the suffering of other forms of life.

51

I prostrate in repentance for discriminating

between the rich and poor in my choice of relations.

52

I prostrate in repentance for discriminating

between high and low, the superior and the inferior.

53

I prostrate in repentance for

discriminating between "good" and "bad."

54

I prostrate in repentance for seeing this

world based on absolute "right" or "wrong."

55

I prostrate in repentance for my lack

of compassion for the sick or grieving.

56

I prostrate in repentance for my lack of

compassion for those suffering from depression.

57

I prostrate in repentance for my lack

of compassion for the poor and needy.

58

I prostrate in repentance for my lack of compassion

for those who are stubborn or hard to work with.

59

I prostrate in repentance for my lack of compassion

for the lonely, and those trapped by addiction.

60

I prostrate in repentance for my lack of

compassion for those in trouble with the law.

61

I prostrate in gratitude for having

come to take refuge in the Buddha.

62

I prostrate in gratitude for having

come to take refuge in the Dharma.

63

I prostrate in gratitude for having

come to take refuge in the Sangha.

64

I prostrate in gratitude for coming to realize

that all beings are interconnected as one.

65

I prostrate in gratitude for coming to realize that all

beings can communicate and sympathize with one another.

66

I prostrate in gratitude for coming to realize that

all beings live in accordance with the Universal Law.

67

I prostrate in gratitude for coming to realize

that all beings have the same True Nature.

68

I prostrate in gratitude for coming

to see the beauty of this world.

69

I prostrate in gratitude for coming

to know the wonders of all life forms.

70

I prostrate in gratitude for coming to hear

the pure beauty of the birds' singing.

71

I prostrate in gratitude for coming

to know the spiritual sound of the wind.

72

I prostrate in gratitude for coming

to hear the bubbling music of the streams.

73

I prostrate in gratitude for coming

to feel the energy of new life in Spring.

74

I prostrate in gratitude for coming

to see the beauty of a shimmering rainbow.

75

I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see that true

peace of mind comes from being in harmony with nature.

76

I prostrate in gratitude for coming

to see that nature is Universal Law.

77

I prostrate in gratitude for coming

to see that nature is our Great Teacher.

78

I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see

that compassion is the greatest blessing of all.

79

I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see that a heart filled

with hatred and resentment is the greatest misfortune of all.

80

I prostrate in gratitude for coming to see

that selfless love is the greatest power of all.

81

I prostrate as a vow to live in

the embrace of the Buddha.

82

I prostrate as a vow to live in

accordance with the Dharma.

83

I prostrate as a vow to follow

the teachings of the Sangha.

84

I prostrate as a vow

to refrain from greed.

85

I prostrate as a vow

to refrain from anger.

86

I prostrate as a vow to

refrain from arrogance.

87

I prostrate as a vow

to refrain from jealousy.

88

I prostrate as a vow to refrain

from saying hurtful things.

89

I prostrate as a vow to

refrain from hypocritical speech.

90

I prostrate as a vow to

refrain from slandering.

91

I prostrate as a vow to

refrain from looking down on others.

92

I prostrate as a vow

to refrain from resenting others.

93

I prostrate as a vow to be

humble in all that I do.

94

I prostrate as a vow to do

my best in all my endeavors.

95

I prostrate as a vow to be

honest in everything I do.

96

I prostrate as a vow to be

positive in everything I do.

97

I prostrate as a vow to live

with a compassionate heart.

98

I prostrate as a vow to always

have a bright and happy heart.

99

I prostrate as a prayer so

that all beings may live in peace.

100

I prostrate as a prayer

for an end to all wars.

101

I prostrate as a prayer

for an end to poverty.

102

I prostrate as a prayer

for an end to all diseases.

103

I prostrate as a vow to always practice

the disciplines of the Bodhisattva.

104

I prostrate as a vow to

cultivate transcendental wisdom.

105

I prostrate as a vow

to never regress in practice.

106

I prostrate as a vow

to meet eminent teachers.

107

I prostrate as a vow to meet the Buddhas who

always appear in this world, from moment to moment.

108

I prostrate as a vow to transfer all merits accumulated through

compassionate action to all beings in the ten directions.

Great Compassionate One,

Thus, I repent and vow from moment to moment.

Embrace me with your compassion and plant

the seed of enlightenment in my mind,

so that my true nature may be manifested

brightly in this moment.

May my sincere vows be heard as I pray

before all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas,

and all the eminent teachers of the past,

present and future in all the ten directions.

I take refuge in Shakyamuni Buddha.

I take refuge in Shakyamuni Buddha.

I take refuge in my Root Teacher,

Shakyamuni Buddha.