Touching the earth

Touching the Earth (MP3)

TOUCHING THE EARTH

( BELL )

The one who bows and the one who is bowed to
are both, by nature, empty.
Therefore, the communication between them
is inexpressibly perfect.
Our practice centre is the Net of Indra
reflecting all Buddhas everywhere.
And with my person in front of each Buddha
I go with my whole life for refuge.
( BELL – STANDING BOW )

Offering light in the Ten Directions,
the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha,
to whom we bow in gratitude.
( BELL – TOUCH THE EARTH )

Teaching and living the way of awareness
in the very midst of suffering and confusion,
Shakyamuni Buddha, the Fully Enlightened One,
to whom we bow in gratitude.
( BELL – TOUCH THE EARTH )

Cutting through ignorance,
awakening our hearts and our minds,
Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Great Understanding,
to whom we bow in gratitude.
( BELL – TOUCH THE EARTH )

Working mindfully, working joyfully
for the sake of all beings,
Samantabhadra, the bodhisattva of Great Action,
to whom we bow in gratitude.
( BELL – TOUCH THE EARTH )
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Listening deeply,
serving beings in countless ways,
Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion,
to whom we bow in gratitude.
( BELL – TOUCH THE EARTH )

Fearless and persevering
through realms of suffering and darkness,
Kshitigarbha, the Bodhissattva of Great Aspiration
to whom we bow in gratitude.
( BELL – TOUCH THE EARTH )

The first bhikshuni, the teacher Mahagotami,
to whom we bow in gratitude.
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The White Robe Disciple, the lay practitioner,
to whom we bow in gratitude.
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Showing the way fearlessly and compassionately,
the stream of all our Ancestral Teachers,
to whom we bow in gratitude.
( BELL – TOUCH THE EARTH ) ( BELL )