living meditations










Traditional Buddhist Vows/Western Adaptations Written By Matthew Carlos

Beings are numberless, I vow to save them.
I vow to place my consciousness in the realization that all beings are interconnected, and set my efforts toward our mutual welfare.

Delusions are inexhaustable, I vow to penetrate them.
The clarity of my perceptions are clouded by ever-present assumptions and self-centered desire, I vow to see these delusions for what they are and work to alleviate the suffering caused by allowing them to influence my interactions with other beings.

Dharma gates are boundless, I vow to enter them.
The opportunities for developing non-discriminating wisdom are ever Before me, I vow to be alert for them.

Buddha's way is unsurpassable, I vow to become it.
We are never separate from enlightenment, I vow to practice it.

These bodhisattva vows extend us beyond the limits of our personal identities - in the vast emptiness of this humility I seek to establish my center.

Matthews Personal Vows

I seek to develop my awareness of the unity of all things and recognition that my consciousness is not different than others, that my enlightenment is the enlightenment of all creatures, and that my enlightenment is only possible because others are already enlightened.

I devote myself to developing limitless loving-kindness and compassion which are vast and profound.

I devote myself to providing the opportunity of happiness and the experience of peace to all sentient beings without discrimination for those i feel close to and those i dislike.

I devote myself to establishing the root of love in the world.

Three Jewels

I take refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the embodied existences of enlightenment.

I take refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the eternal non-personal flow of non-discriminating wisdom, uncompromising compassion, and unconditional love.

I take refuge in the Sangha
I take refuge in the community of all beings.

Metta - Sutta

This is what should be accomplished by the one who is wise, who seeks the good and has obtained peace:

Let one be strenuous, upright and sincere, without pride, easily contented and joyous. Let one not be submerged by the things of the world. Let one not take upon one's self the burden of riches. Let one's senses be controlled. Let one be wise but not puffed up; and let one not desire great possessions even for one's family. Let one do nothing that is mean or that the wise would reprove.

May all beings be happy.
May they be joyous and live in safety.

All living things, whether weak or strong, in high or middle or low realms of existence, small or great, visible or invisible, near or far, born or to be born, may all beings be happy.

Let no one deceive another, nor despise any being in any state; let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another.

Even as a mother at the risk of her life watches over and protects her only child, so with a boundless mind should one cherish all living things, suffusing love over the entire world, above, below, and all around without limit; so let one cultivate an infinite good will towards the whole world.

Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, during all one's waking hours let one practice the way with gratitude.

Not holding to fixed views, endowed with insight, freed from sense appetites, one who achieves the way will be freed from the duality of birth and death.

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