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    Gathas

    I really like working with gathas. I wrote about them on my blog, and I love the ones written by Thich Nhat Hanh and Robert Aitken.

    I write a few of my own from time to time and I thought I would start a thread to share them. Hopefully you guys will share some also.

    Here's a few of my favorite's from Aitken to get started (same ones I posted on my blog):

    When someone offers a drink
    I vow with all beings
    to acknowledge the sorrow it causes
    as it warms and gladdens our hearts.

    When the outcome proves disappointing
    I vow with all beings
    to look again at my purpose-
    was it Dharma or something else?

    When I panic at losing my bearings
    I vow with all beings
    to acknowledge the error is panic,
    not losing familiar ground.

    When my efforts are clearly outclassed
    I vow with all beings
    to face my own limitations
    and bring forth my original self.

    Looking up at the sky
    I vow with all beings
    to remember this infinite ceiling
    in every room of my life.

    When a car goes by late at night
    I vow with all beings
    to remember the lonely bakers
    who secretly nourish us all.

    When a train rattles by at the crossing
    I vow with all beings
    to remember my mother and father
    and imagine their thoughts in the night.

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    Being sick for a week
    I vow with all beings
    To sit with what is
    and fan the air around myself

    Daido
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    Do not just accept what I say. Decide for yourself if it rings true for you

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    Had not seen this thread before - brilliant, thankyou

    Gassho

    Willow

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    Quote Originally Posted by willow View Post
    Had not seen this thread before - brilliant, thankyou

    Gassho

    Willow

    Diddo ... this is a great thread! Thanks for starting it Shinkai and to all who have shared.

    Gassho,
    Michael

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    What is there to say. These are all great.

    Gassho.

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    In the face of loss
    I vow with all beings
    to hold the hands of those around me
    and listen

    For my wife's grandmother and best friend who passed away. Final funeral services today. A wave in the ocean.

    Gassho,

    Daido
    Jiken Daido - Unsui at Treeleaf's Brother Sangha, the Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage.

    Do not just accept what I say. Decide for yourself if it rings true for you

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    Metta to you and your family Daido.

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    Daido,

    Much metta to you and your family...and to all those feeling the waves of the ocean. May they all feel safe and still.

    Gassho,
    Dosho
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    With your help and guidance from Jundo & Taigu
    I am learning, but please take what I say with a
    grain of salt, especially in matters of the Dharma.

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    Daido,

    Much metta to you and your family.

    Gassho,
    Michael
    倫道 真現

    As a trainee priest, please take any commentary by me on matters of the Dharma with a pinch of salt.

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    Daido,

    Maha-karuna! May they fare on well!
    Gassho,
    __/\__
    Mike
    To avoid all evil, to cultivate good, and to cleanse one's mind this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
    -Dhp. 183
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    Deep bows and the silence of listening, openness and compassion. Words would be clutter.

    Deep bows
    Yugen
    Please take all my comments with a grain of salt - I am a novice priest and anything I say is to be taken with a good dose of skepticism - Shodo Yugen

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    Daido,

    Much Metta to you and your wife during this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your families loss

    Gassho,
    Hoyu
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    Thanks guys

    Daido
    Jiken Daido - Unsui at Treeleaf's Brother Sangha, the Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage.

    Do not just accept what I say. Decide for yourself if it rings true for you

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