Seven Branch Prayer

I take refuge till my purified state,
In the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
By the positive force of my giving and so on,
May I actualize Buddhahood to help those who wander.

May the surface of the land in every direction
Be pure, without even a pebble,
As smooth as the palm of a child’s hand,
Naturally polished, as is a beryl gem.
May divine and human objects of offering,
Actually arrayed and those envisioned
Arise as peerless clouds of Samantabhadra offerings, 

Completely filling the sphere of space.

To the Buddhas of the past, present and future,
And to the Dharma and Sangha,
With bodies as many as the grains of sand
Upon the earth, I will prostrate and bow.

Just as Manjughosha and others
Made offerings to all the Conquerors,
I do likewise to all the Buddhas, our protectors,
And to your spiritual children.

In this and all my other lives,
While turning round without beginning,
Blindly I have brought forth evil,
And incited others to commit the same.
Deceived and overmastered by my ignorance,
I have taken pleasure in such wrong doing,
And seeing now the blame of it,
O great protectors, I confess it earnestly!

With pleasure, I rejoice in the ocean of great virtue
From having developed the awakened mind
That seeks to place all beings in a state of bliss,
And every action for the benefit of beings.

And so I join my hands and pray:
Buddhas who reside in every quarter,
Kindle now Dharma’s lamp
For those who grope, bewildered in the dark of suffering!

I join my hands beseeching the enlightened ones
Who wish to pass into nirvana:
Do not leave us wandering in blindness,
Stay among us for unnumbered ages!
Through these actions now performed
And all the virtues I have gained,
May all suffering of every living being
Be wholly scattered and destroyed!

By directing and offering to the Buddha-fields
This base, anointed with fragrant waters, strewn with flowers,
And ornamented with Mount Meru, four islands, a sun, and a moon,
May all those who wander be led to pure lands.

Om idam guru ratna mandala-kam nir-yatayami.

By Shantideva, Bodhisattvacharya-avatara.

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