Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 05/25/2010

Anumodana

At the end of the daylong retreat with Ajahn Amaro we all chanted a an inspiring recension of a reflection on the sharing of merits (anumodana) which I particularly liked.  My wife (who attended the retreat with me, told me that she’d often heard this specific chant at the end of Ajahn Amaro’s Dhamma talks but I must have never really listened to it. I’ve decided that I will chant this every night before bed in front of my shrine when possible because I really have a deep affinity for the aspirations and dedications contained therein.

(Now let us chant the verses of sharing and aspiration.)
Through the goodness that arises from my practice,
May my spiritual teachers and guides of great virtue,
My mother, my father, and my relatives,
The Sun and the Moon, and all virtuous leaders of the world,
May the highest gods and evil forces,
Celestial beings, guardian spirits of the Earth, and the Lord of Death,
May those who are friendly, indifferent, or hostile,
May all beings receive the blessings of my life.
May they soon attain the threefold bliss and realize the Deathless.
Through the goodness that arises from my practice,
And through this act of sharing,
May all desires and attachments quickly cease
And all harmful states of mind.
Until I realize Nibbæna,
In every kind of birth, may I have an upright mind,
With mindfulness and wisdom, austerity and vigor.
May the forces of delusion not take hold nor weaken my resolve.
The Buddha is my excellent refuge,
Unsurpassed is the protection of the Dhamma,
The Solitary Buddha is my noble Lord,
The Sangha is my supreme support.
Through the supreme power of all these,
May darkness and delusion be dispelled.

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