Dhamma Letter No. 89
Satipatthana 13 : Preparation 1 : Forgiveness and protection
It is helpful to first remove the impurities within one's inner self in order to bear the fruits of proper practice. For example, if you have negative feelings about yourself or others, it is difficult to enter a state of deep meditation. Therefore, it is better to ask forgiveness from yourself or others and have a purified state of mind.
How to do it :
1. Asking for forgiveness: to yourself/ to a specific person/ to everyone - for all wrongdoing knowingly and unknowingly:
From the past without knowing during the beginning, to reincarnation, and now life, there are things that I did wrong in body, word and mind because of my foolishness and ignorance. Now, I respectfully ask you to forgive me for such a mistake. Please forgive me.
Also, I forgive all wrongdoings that others have committed to me knowingly and unknowingly with a good heart.
3. Protection of the Four Heavenly Kings:
Buddha, during this inscription-establishing vipassana practice preached by the Buddha, please ask the Four Heavenly Kings to protect me from bad blessings, bad people, and bad people from disturbing me.
4. Devotion to the Buddha:
Buddha, I will devote myself and my life to the Buddha during the training period.
May I also know, see, and realize the Path, Fruition, and Nirvana that all Buddhas, monasteries, Arahants, and holy priests have known, seen and realized.
Quoted from Mahasi Sayadaw's teaching
Ayyā Kosallā & Mahāpajāpatī Bhikkhunī Sangha
Edited by Euna Bonovich
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Buddha Sāsanaṁ Ciraṁ Tiṭṭhatu!
May the Buddha’s teachings last a long time!
Bhavatu Sabba Sotiṁ ca Maṅgalaṁ ca!!
May everyone be led on the path of peace and blessing!!
Sādhu Sādhu Sādhu !