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Once you have a mind to find sin and make a vow to eliminate the root of sin, a monastic should pay attention to three points: What time and space? Who is the witness of repentance? How is the ritual?

4. Repentance Ritual

Once you have a mind to find sin and make a vow to eliminate the root of sin, a monastic should pay attention to three points: What time and space? Who is the witness of repentance? How is the ritual?

In terms of time, choosing a time that is convenient for daily life is fine, the basic question is: When you know you’re guilty, it’s okay, but what if you don’t normally feel guilty and wrong? Please answer: There is a proverb that says the hair is a sin, everyone has many sins, it’s just different to see or not to see. Having developed the mind to practice and meditate on the Dharma, a skillful person always believes that he or she is guilty, although he has not yet identified the crime, the crime pattern, when and where he committed the crime unconsciously or is confused by the mind of ignorance. so you can’t see it.

Repentance is one of the means of confessing and eliminating sins, indispensable for achieving the desired results.

The point is to find guilt, not to question guilt or not. Finding guilt is reviewing all of one’s work in the past time, from thoughts, words to actions to see if there is anything wrong or not, often called self-examination and self-examination. Self-review work can be done every day at night before going to bed, weekly, twice a month on the first day of the month and the full moon day… The work needs to be done regularly as an indispensable habit. The ancient sage, Cheng Zi, a scholar of the Song dynasty in China, had one day and three provinces, three times a day to examine himself to see if he had done anything contrary to the Way.

Later people respect the saints, so there is the expression “Kuu Khong and Trinh”, which means that Cheng Zi is equal to Confucius in setting a good example of self-cultivation for posterity, and is worthy of the title of a master of nature. Summer.

In terms of space, there are two locations at the temple and at the private residence. For lay practitioners, it is more convenient to conduct self-examination at home, especially in the case of setting up an altar at home.

Regarding the role of witness, repentance comes from the mind of a cultivator, so the key witnessing role is his true heart, witnessing himself, Buddhism calls the true heart in this case. Internal Buddhas, different from external Buddhas, are the Buddhas who pray for protection from outside to come for them. Next, it is best to have a guru or good knowledge teach more about the details of specific cases of crime to help the practitioner reflect early.

Regarding the ritual, there is no need to be attached to a certain ritual, choose a simple dignified ritual that is enough as a quiet place in the house to recite the Buddha’s name to generate repentance. In case there is an altar and a Buddha image, you should burn incense (incense), pay attention to the red fire dot or the Buddha image and send a word of repentance. Tu Pa is looking at me with compassion and tolerance, I vow to leave before the witness of Tu Father in a dignified and warm atmosphere full of fatherly love. Creating this atmosphere, the function of repentance is very magical.

Since the repentance comes from the mind of a cultivator, the key witness is his true heart.

Since the repentance comes from the mind of a cultivator, the key witness is his true heart.

Regarding the penitential text, which is generally applied to all Buddhists when performing penances at pagodas, there are Chinese and Vietnamese versions, the content consists of two parts: Presentation and Prayer. Here is the Vietnamese version:


Namo in the Ten Directions Permanently resides in the Three Jewels,

Our disciples have been around for a long time, because of their comatose nature, regardless of right and wrong,

causing many crimes, harming people, harming animals, slandering the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha,

Today a sincere wish to repent,

Looking forward to the virtue of compassion, sin obscurations are eliminated, good roots grow,

with all sentient beings to attain Perfect Enlightenment.


Disciples bow to Shakyamuni Buddha,

Amitabha Buddha,

Buddhas of the Ten Directions,

Supreme Buddha Dharma,

With Saint Hien Sang,

Long-time disciple

Heavy karma,

Greed with pride,

Delusional delusion,

Right now thanks to Buddha

Knowing the mistake,

Sincerely repent,

Vows to avoid evil,

Wish to do good

In the Buddha’s grace,

Blessings of Mercy

Body free from disease,

The mind is free of afflictions,

Enjoy practicing every day

Magic Buddha

To quickly get out of samsara,

Mindfulness of Mindfulness,

lucid wisdom,

Self-made magic,

To save the elders,

brother parents,

Relatives and relatives

With all sentient beings

Companion to Buddhism.

The writer has prepared his own words of Confession to regularly practice to suit his particular conditions.

Word of Repentance

Fold your hands and bow to the Tathagata

I repent of the hearts of the people of the world,

Repent of countless sins

Ta-she suffering karma beg to pay gradually!

The eye does not see the Dharmakaya,

Headphones do not see Vien resounding!

Ignorance for many lifetimes immersed,

Greed, anger, delusion, conceit… perpetual reincarnation!

Reluctantly clinging to the self and never leaving,

Oh oh! Crazy, floating, confused…

Tired of pretending to be legs,

The six roads, three karmas, the body is me!

Forbearance to repay sentient beings

I wish to cultivate good roots tomorrow!

Thank you so much Tathagata

Compassionate salvation for the afflicted,

This homage to the ten directions

Buddhas and Bodhisattvas light the way,

Pray this with sentient beings

May your heart be purified and clean.

To conclude, repentance is one of the means of confession and eradication of sins, indispensable for achieving the desired results.


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