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20111119

IMPORTANT MESSAGE


Sunday morning service is cancelled on December 10.  Please join us at Unitarian Church, Dundurn Street South, at 2 p.m. 

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WHAT IS ZEN BUDDHISM?



Zen Buddhism is non-theistic, so its emphasis is on realizing our Buddha Nature, the nature of the self.  Therefore, all of Zen's rituals point to the oneness of the self and the ten thousand things.  Zen liturgy is upaya,- skillful means.  Like meditation and all the areas of zen training, it functions as a way of uncovering the truth which is the life of each one of us.

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality.  Buddhist practices like meditation, are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.  The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path; a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.  An enlightened being sees the nature of reality absolutely clearly, just as it is, and lives fully and naturally in accordance with that vision.  This is the goal of the Buddhist spiritual life, representing the end of suffering for anyone who attains it.

Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the Western sense.  The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical:  nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible.  So, Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, caste, sexuality, or gender.  It teaches practical methods which enable people to realise and use its teachings in order to transform their experience, and instead of being a victim or blaming, to be fully responsible for their lives.

20111116

SUNDAY MEDITATION SERVICE (Beginning January, 2018)


JANUARY 7 AND 31




NEWCOMER TO MEDITATION

Those who wish to try out Zen Meditation for the first time are encouraged to attend this session first.  Of course, experienced meditators are encouraged to attend too, to revitalize their practice and to rediscover "Beginner's Mind", all the while providing valuable encouragement alongside their fellow practitioners.

During Newcomer to Meditation Sessions the format is:
  • 30 minutes for instructions
  • 3 sitting meditation sessions of 15 minutes each, with 5 minute walking meditation (kinh hành).  
  • An informal discussion of your reactions, exploring questions you may have, and getting a feel for what the next steps could be.

JANUARY 14 AND FEBRUARY 4




MEDITATION, CHANTING, AND DHARMA SERVICE

This session is to bring a more formal element to your practice.  The format is one 15 minute meditation, followed by a Dharma Service.  The Service includes incense offering, chanting of Great Compassion Dharani, the Six Paramitas, The Mahaprajnaparamita Hrdaya Sutra, and recitation of the Vow of the Bodhisattva.   After chanting there will be a Dharma Talk by Thich Nu Tinh Quang.


JANUARY 21 AND FEBRUARY 11  





OPEN DOOR MEDITATION

The intention of these sessions is to push your practice a little further by sitting longer.  They are also useful in bringing a greater focus on inner discipline.  The whole of this session will be conducted in complete silence, except for chugpi and bell.  

The format is:
  • 3 sitting meditations of 25 minutes each, with 5 minute walking meditation (kinh hành)
  • After the 3rd sitting, the bell will be rung twice to indicate that you can leave quietly.

JANUARY 28 AND FEBRUARY 25




Here we will be complementing our practice by exploring writings of ancient and contemporary Zen Masters.

The format is:
  • 2 sitting meditations of 25 minutes each, with 5 minute walking meditation (kinh hành) 
  • Tea and a discussion on a particular topic chosen by Thich Nu Tinh Quang.  A schedule of the topics will be listed here, with appropriate links or books to be discussed.
It is considered respectful to come prepared.  If it is your first time attending or you have been ill and have not studied the assignment, then your opinions, thoughts, and questions will still be greatly valued.

    SUNDAY CHANTING SERVICE





    DHARMA TALKS

    SERVICE IS CANCELLED ON DECEMBER 10, 2017




    Sunday Chanting Service begins at 10 a.m. 


    Please arrive early enough to allow for parking and settling in to sit, as the short meditation begins at 10:00 a.m. sharpEnter quietly, as people will already have begun meditation when they arrive.  The door is opened at 9:40 a.m. and locked between 10:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. so as not to disturb those who are meditating.


    We're looking forward to seeing you.

    Out of compassion to our neighbors, please carpool and take public transportation if you can.

    If you have a food offering or gifts to drop off when you arrive, or elder passenger or passengers in poor health, we welcome you to pull up in front of the Hermitage to drop off those persons or food, then go to park.


    Please be very sure not to park in front of neighbors' driveways. Be on the lookout for pedestrians, children, pets and local traffic in this quiet residential neighborhood.


    Everyone is welcome.  (Registration is not required)

    NOTE:  Watch for a new format for Sunday Meditation services (to begin in January) in the next couple of weeks.


    ATTIRE

    Wear loose, clean clothing, something that is comfortable and allows you to stretch. Sweat pants and shirt are fine; shorts not so much.  Avoid bright colours. Shirts with logos and writing can be distracting to a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.  Please wear socks. Warm socks are a good idea in the winter, as you will be asked to remove your shoes at the door.  Perfume and jewellery are not worn in the meditation room.

    REFUGE AND PRECEPT RECITATION




    Recitation of the 3 Refuges, 5 Precepts will take place on the Thursday closest to the Full Moon, before Members' Sitting, unless otherwise noted*. If you have taken Refuge and the 5 Precepts, in any tradition, please join us on the following dates, in 2017.


    October 5, November 2 & 30

    CANNOT MAKE IT?

    The people who come on Thursday evenings are your sangha.  Going for Refuge in the sangha is one of the Refuge Vows, and meeting and practicing with your sangha is part of that vow.  However, if you cannot make it, then ask a sangha member to stand in for you on that day.  They simply announce that they are standing in for you.  No more than that. If more than three weeks are missed, without letting one of your fellow sangha members stand in for you, then Refuge Vows must be taken again next Vesak.


    "In my tradition we learn that as individuals we cannot do much. That is why taking refuge in the sangha, taking refuge in the community, is a very strong and important practice. When I say, “I go for refuge in the sangha,” it does not mean that I want to express my devotion. No. It’s not a question of devotion; it’s a question of practice. Without practicing in a sangha, without being supported by a group of friends who are motivated by the same ideal and practice, we cannot go far."  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

    * To be recited at home if there is a cancellation.

    NOTE:  Please see me if you have missed 3 consecutive months of reciting with Sangha Members.

    WAKE UP HAMILTON




    WAKE UP

    YOUTH GROUP
    TUESDAYS AT 7:00 P.M.
    NOTE:  DAY OF MINDFULNESS THE LAST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH, BEGINNING IN JANUARY



    About Wake Up

    Young Buddhists and non-Buddhists for a Healthy and Compassionate Society

    Wake Up is an active global community of young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, inspired by the teachings of Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice mindfulness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness and contribute to building a healthier and a more compassionate society. 
    We want to help our world which is overloaded with disrespect, discrimination, craving, anger and despair. Seeing the environmental degradation caused by our society, we want to live in such a way that our planet Earth can survive for a long time.
    Practicing mindfulness, concentration and insight, enables us to cultivate tolerance, non-discrimination, understanding and compassion in ourselves and the world.
    Our Practice
    We follow the Five Precepts, which are ethical guidelines that offer concrete practices of true love and compassion, and a path towards a life in harmony with each other and the Earth. These guidelines are the foundation of our lives and represent our ideal of service.
    Our practice is based on cultivating awareness of the breath and living deeply in the present moment, aware of what is happening within us and around us. This practice helps us to release the tension in our bodies and feelings, to live life deeply and more happily, and to use compassionate listening and loving speech to help restore communication and reconcile with others.
    Roots of Wake Up: Inclusiveness
    The Wake Up movement is inspired by Buddhism’s long tradition of wisdom and practices which help cultivate understanding and love; it is not based on beliefs or ideology. The spirit of our practice is close to the spirit of science; both help us cultivate an open and non-discriminating mind. We honor everyone’s diverse spiritual and cultural roots. You can join as a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, as an agnostic or atheist, or member of any other spiritual or religious tradition.
    What we do
    We aspire to be a place of refuge, nourishment and support for anyone with an aspiration to transform their own suffering and contribute to a healthy and compassionate society. We gather weekly or monthly in Wake Up groups to practice sitting and walking meditation, to listen to a teaching, practice total relaxation, listen deeply to one another, and recite the Five Precepts.
    We also organize mindfulness events and retreats, and visit meditation practice centers together to refresh ourselves and strengthen our practice. Many groups also organize music evenings, meditation flash mobs, picnics, hikes and other special events or actions.
    To Register for the group, or to get more information, please contact Thao Nguyen, at 289-788-4266, or email - hamilton@wkup.org.  On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/wkuphamilton/






    UPOSATHA DAYS



    The Uposatha is a time to intensify one's own meditation and Dharma practice, for instance, meditating an extra session or for a longer time, reading or chanting special Buddhist texts, recollecting or giving in some special way.

    One can observe Uposatha on the days of half-moon, new moon, and full moon of each lunar month.  Traditionally, the Uposatha days are observed ten times a month, on the 1st, 8th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 23rd, 24th and final three days of each lunar month. 

    On each Uposatha Day, devout Upāsaka and Upāsikā (those who have taken lay-precepts) practice the Eight Precepts, perhaps echoing the Buddha's teaching that laypeople should "imitate" arhats on Uposatha days.

    For lay practitioners, the Uposatha is a time to intensify one's meditation and Dharma practice.  For example, meditating for an extra session or a longer time, reading or chanting special sutras, eating only vegetarian, and practicing Dana.

    The Eight Precepts are for upāsakas and upāsikās who wish to practice Buddhism more strictly than through adherence to the five precepts. The eight precepts focus both on avoiding morally bad behaviour, as do the five precepts, and on leading a more ascetic life.
    The Buddha gave teachings on how the eight precepts are to be practiced, and on the right and wrong ways of practicing the eight precepts.
    1. I undertake to abstain from causing harm and taking life (both human and non-human), and to abstain from eating meat.
    2. I undertake to abstain from taking what is not given (for example stealing, displacements that may cause misunderstandings).
    3. I undertake to abstain from sexual activity.
    4. I undertake to abstain from wrong speech: telling lies, deceiving others, manipulating others, using hurtful words.
    5. I undertake to abstain from using intoxicating drinks and drugs, which lead to carelessness.
    6. I undertake to abstain from eating at the wrong time (the right time is after sunrise, before noon).
    7. I undertake to abstain from singing, dancing, playing music, attending entertainment performances, wearing perfume, and using cosmetics and garlands (decorative accessories).
    8. I undertake to abstain from luxurious places for sitting or sleeping, and overindulging in sleep.

    REGISTRATION & DANA

    Registration is required for all programmes, except Sunday morning sesshins. Please email to the address indicated in the programme outline on this site, with the following information.


    1. Register by emailing sistertinhquang (at) yahoo (dot) ca. (one registration per Contact).
    2. Full Name (Dharma name if you have taken Refuge)
    3. Address, including postal code
    4. Day & Evening telephone numbers
    5. Email address
    6. The programme in which you are interested, including dates.
    tion
    Space is limited ... register early! Registrations must be received no later than 5 days before the intended programme.


    Your registration will be confirmed by email.

    DANA

    *Dana, or generosity, is a lovely tradition in Buddhism that allows students the chance to convey their appreciation for Buddhist teachings by assisting the Sangha. A gift of Dana comes from our heart and is suitable to the circumstances. Each gift is valued and every practitioner appreciated.

    Your Dana helps a lot. All Dana is suggested only. There is no wish to deprive anyone of the opportunity to attend a workshop or other sessions because of financial inability.  Place Dana in an envelope and hand it directly to the teacher.  An alternative is to bring a non-perishable food item.

    IMPORTANT:  
    THOSE WHO REGISTER AND DO NOT CANCEL THE REGISTRATION OR ARE A "NO SHOW", WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR FUTURE EVENTS/PROGRAMMES ON A STAND-BY BASIS.  IF THERE IS A CANCELLATION YOU WILL THEN HAVE THE OPTION TO ATTEND OR NOT.

    FLOWER SUTRA




    Toward the end of his life, the Buddha took his disciples to a quiet pond for instruction. As they had done so many times before, the Buddha’s followers sat in a small circle around him, and waited for the teaching.
    But this time the Buddha had no words. He reached into the muck and pulled up a lotus flower. And he held it silently before them, its roots dripping mud and water.


    The disciples were greatly confused. Buddha quietly displayed the lotus to each of them. In turn, the disciples did their best to expound upon the meaning of the flower: what it symbollized, and how it fit into the body of Buddha’s teaching.


    When at last the Buddha came to his follower Mahakasyapa, the disciple suddenly understood. He smiled and began to laugh. Buddha handed the lotus to Mahakasyapa and began to speak.


    “What can be said I have said to you,” smiled the Buddha, “and what cannot be said, I have given to Mahakashyapa.”
    Mahakashyapa became Buddha’s successor from that day forward.


    The Flower Sutra is a sutra in the Zen (or Chan) tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. It's earliest versions date from the 11th century. Zen Buddhism stresses wordless insight more than most other types of Buddhism. This sutra exemplifies that very well.
    In many versions of this sutra the Buddha doesn't walk around, he merely holds up the Lotus, roots and all, to a group of disciples. Most disciples are confused.


    Mahakashyapa smiles.


    To Zen Buddhists this sutra shows the origins of the wordless teachings of Zen - its history started with the Buddha himself.

    BODHI DAY




    Bodhi Day (Buddha's Enlightenment Day)! 

    December 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.


    Bodhi Day is a holiday which falls on December 8th and celebrates the day in which Siddhartha Gautama sat underneath the Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment. This one defining moment would become the central foundation upon which Buddhism has been built upon for the last 2,500 years. It is a day on which followers can renew their dedication to Buddhism; reaffirm themselves to enlightenment, compassion, and kindness to other living creatures; and also understand the relevance of this religion as it applies to the modern world.

    Bodhi Day can be celebrated in a number of different ways. Often, Buddhist homes will have ficus religiousa tree that they decorate with beads and multi-colored lights – much in the same way that Christians decorate their Christmas trees. They will also put on reflective ornaments that represent the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Some people will spend the day meditating on the life of Buddha.

    Here, at the Hermitage, we will have a 2 hour sitting, followed by our traditional rice pudding and tea.

    Please register that you are coming by email - sistertinhquang (at) yahoo.ca, BY DECEMBER 5.



    REFUGE AND PRECEPT INFORMATION NIGHT

    Anybody can practice the Five Precepts.  To become a Buddhist is to take the Three Refuge Vows.  Buddhists are happy and peaceable beings because they follow the path of non-violence and freedom. They are helpful and responsible because they practice Dharma and observe the precepts. They are called bodhisattvas, wisdom beings, because they cultivate compassion and serve people with wisdom.

    Once a year, on the Buddha’s Birthday (Wesak), individuals come together to take or renew the Five Precepts. Anybody can follow the Five Precepts, but what makes a person a Buddhist is going for Refuge, the first three precepts, which are the Three Refuges. They are then practiced daily, and at least once a week with the Sangha. Going for refuge is also like someone traveling for the first time to a distant city. They will need a guide to show them which path to follow and some traveling companions to help them along the way.

    • The Buddha is the guide.
    • The Dharma is the path.
    • The Sangha are the teachers.

    An orientation will be held for those people who want to take the Three Refuges and Five Precepts.  If you have taken them in the past, but haven't gone for Refuge and practiced with your Sangha for at least two months, then it is advised that you renew them.  Preparatory instructions for the Ceremony will be given at the Orientation.

    The Three Refuges and Five Precept-Taking Ceremony will be held on Wesak, 2018 (exact date TBA).


    Orientation will be held on
    Friday, December 1, 2017
    7:00 pm

    Register by emailing sistertinhquang (at) yahoo (dot) ca, 
    by November 28.

    The Path of a Buddhist begins when you are ready to take this step.


    The precepts are not commandments but self-help rules and voluntary commitments.  You are not expected, upon taking the precepts, to lead a perfect life.  In the light of one’s karma (the effect of past wrongful deeds), you are bound to repeat mistakes in spite of your good intentions and commitment.  Nevertheless, undaunted, you renew yourself and rededicate yourself to the way of Buddha and the precepts over and over again, much like a person who, having stumbled on the road, gets up and moves forward again.  There are no secrets and no easy solutions aside from your constant resolve.  For this reason, Buddhists regularly renew their precepts to recommit themselves.  If you have taken the precepts in the past, you can renew your precepts by joining others in prostrations at the ceremony.  Please bring your precept certificate and beads.

    WORKSHOP: LETTING GO

    Sunday, October 29, 2017 (2 p.m. to 4:p.m.)

    No matter whether you meditate or not – not being able to let go of bad memories of the past, discomfort of the present, fears of the future, cause not only us pain and anxiety (dukkha), but cause those who have to put up with us pain and anxiety. 

    If you pick up a rock and find it too heavy to carry, you simply let it go.  How many rocks are you carrying? 

    This workshop is designed to bring awareness of those things which cause us pain and anxiety and to use techniques to let them go.

    Registrants will be asked to bring a grapefruit-sized rock, which will be placed in a cairn, along with prayer flags.

    Suggested Donation: $25
    PLEASE REGISTER by emailing
    sistertinhquang (@) yahoo. ca,
     by October 16, 2017

    20111115

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY


    Maintenance Volunteer(s) needed for the following:


    1. Install deadbolts and doorknobs on two doors
    2. Snow shovelling (in season) - Snow blower available.
    3. Lawn mowing (in season)
    4. Repairing walkways (various needs)

    Little Heron Zen Hermitage always welcomes individuals who are interested in pursuing the study of Zen Buddhism, as well as those who would like to contribute to the Hermitage as volunteers.

    20111011

    HELPING HOMELESS WOMEN AND GIRLS LIVE WITH DIGNITY



    Kindness and compassion are the way of the Bodhisattva.  Our objective is to provide sanitary products, toiletries, socks, gloves, winter head covering, and undergarments to women and girls living on the streets.


    (Youtube video from Bustle)



    We are asking individuals to fill a backpack with the following items, to be distributed by Helping Hamilton Homeless.

    Tampons/Pads, cups, Period panties, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, lotion, cleansing wipes, hair products, menstrual cramp relievers (Advil, Aleve) packaged underwear, gently used bras, socks, dental floss, vaseline, chapstick and deodorant. Also any products for young girls. (Brushes, purses, stockings, hair ties, shampoo/conditioner).

    Please do not include food items or candies.

    Once your package is complete, please drop it off at the Hermitage, on Saturday afternoon, the 2nd, or Sunday morning, the 3rd, after Sunday Chanting Service.  No later than December 3.  They will possibly be handed out that afternoon.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.


    If you have some warm blankets, winter coats, gloves, toques, scarves, socks or boots for men or women which you would like to donate, please contact Roots of Humanity OR Helping Hamilton Homeless on Facebook.
    Thanks again.


    20111001

    HSIN HSIN MING

    Verses on the Faith Mind by The 3rd Zen Patriarch, Seng-ts'an

    The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.
    When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.
    Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
    If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything.
    To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.
    When the deep meaning of things is not understood the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.
    The Way is perfect like vast space when nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
    Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject that we do not see the true nature of things.
    Live neither in the entanglements of outer things nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
    Be serene in the oneness of things and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.
    When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity your very effort fills you with activity.
    As long as you remain in one extreme or the other you will never know Oneness.
    Those who do not live in the single Way fail in both activity and passivity, assertion and denial.
    To deny the reality of things is to miss their reality; to assert the emptiness of things is to miss their reality.
    The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth.
    Stop talking and thinking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know.
    To return to the root is to find the meaning, but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
    At the moment of inner enlightenment there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness.
    The changes that appear to occur in the empty world we call real only because of our ignorance.
    Do not search for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.
    Do not remain in the dualistic state -- avoid such pursuits carefully.
    If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong, the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.
    Although all dualities come from the One, do not be attached even to this One.
    When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way, nothing in the world can offend, and when such a thing can no longer offend, it ceases to exist in the old way.
    When no discriminating thoughts arise, the old mind ceases to exist.
    When thought objects vanish, the thinking-subject vanishes, as when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.
    Things are objects because of the subject (mind); the mind (subject) is such because of things (object).
    Understand the relativity of these two and the basic reality: the unity of emptiness.
    In this emptiness the two are indistinguishable and each contains in itself the whole world.
    If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion.
    To live in the Great Way is neither easy nor difficult, but those with limited views are fearful and irresolute; the faster they hurry, the slower they go, and clinging (attachment) cannot be limited; even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.
    Just let things be in their own way and there will be neither coming nor going.
    Obey the nature of things (your own nature), and you will walk freely and undisturbed.
    When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden, for everything is murky and unclear, and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness.
    What benefits can be derived from distinctions and separations?
    If you wish to move in the One Way do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.
    Indeed, to accept them fully is identical with true Enlightenment.
    The wise man strives to no goals but the foolish man fetters himself.
    There is one Dharma, not many; distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant.
    To seek Mind with the (discriminating) mind is the greatest of all mistakes.
    Rest and unrest derive from illusion; with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking.
    All dualities come from ignorant inference.
    They are like dreams or flowers in air: foolish to try to grasp them.
    Gain and loss, right and wrong: such thoughts must finally be abolished at once.
    If the eye never sleeps, all dreams will naturally cease.
    If the mind makes no discriminations, the ten thousand things are as they are, of single essence.
    To understand the mystery of this One-essence is to be released from all entanglements.
    When all things are seen equally the timeless Self-essence is reached.
    No comparisons or analogies are possible in this causeless, relationless state.
    Consider movement stationary and the stationary in motion, both movement and rest disappear.
    When such dualities cease to exist Oneness itself cannot exist.
    To this ultimate finality no law or description applies.
    For the unified mind in accord with the Way all self-centered striving ceases.
    Doubts and irresolutions vanish and life in true faith is possible.
    With a single stroke we are freed from bondage; nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.
    All is empty, clear, self-illuminating, with no exertion of the mind's power.
    Here thought, feeling, knowledge, and imagination are of no value.
    In this world of suchness there is neither self nor other-than-self.
    To come directly into harmony with this reality just simply say when doubt arises, 'Not two.'
    In this 'not two' nothing is separate, nothing is excluded.
    No matter when or where, enlightenment means entering this truth.
    And this truth is beyond extension or diminution in time or space; in it a single thought is ten thousand years.
    Emptiness here, Emptiness there, but the infinite universe stands always before your eyes.
    Infinitely large and infinitely small; no difference, for definitions have vanished and no boundaries are seen.
    So too with Being and Non-Being.
    Don't waste time with doubts and arguments that have nothing to do with this.
    One thing, all things: move among and intermingle, without distinction.
    To live in this realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.
    To live in this faith is the road to non-duality, because the non-dual is one with trusting mind.
    Words!
    The Way is beyond language, for in it there is
    no yesterday,
    no tomorrow,
    no today.

    20110921

    108 PROSTRATIONS




    108 Bows
    Before bowing, I prepare the proper mindset:
    - Bowing is one way to purify myself.
    - Through bowing, I learn how to humble myself and how to have a healthy body and mind.
    - I bow to realize that others' lives are just as valuable as mine.
    - I bow to get rid of my selfishness.
    - I bow because it is the desire of my true self.
    - I bow for all living things, and for peace in the universe.
    1. I bow to wonder where I came from and where I am and where I am going.
    2. I bow to appreciate my parents for giving birth to me.
    3. I bow to think about who I am.
    4. I bow to find my true self.
    5. I bow to always appreciate my body and spirit.
    6. I bow for the well-being of my body and spirit.
    7. I bow to think about my true desires.
    8. I bow to find myself and to learn how to control myself.
    9. I bow to appreciate the life I live today.
    10. I bow to give thanks for being alive.
    11. I bow to think about how much I love myself.
    12. I bow to be able to always love my family.
    13. I bow to feel happiness and peace of mind through love.
    14. I bow to look for happiness only through love.
    15. I bow to know that unchangeable love is flowing through the universe.
    16. I bow to the teacher who has shown me the right way.
    17. I bow to feel that love originates inside me.
    18. I bow to reflect that my teacher's lessons are inside me.
    19. I bow to feel that all living things, and the universe, are inside me.
    20. I bow to remember that my ancestors and gods are inside me.
    21. I bow to ask for forgiveness from the people I have hurt, because it hurts the whole universe.
    22. I bow to take care of myself and not to do bad things.
    23. I bow to rid myself of arrogance.
    24. I bow to rid myself of false humility, even if I am in bad circumstances.
    25. I bow to call attention to the good in others, but not the bad.
    26. I bow to keep others' secrets.
    27. I bow to rid myself of hatred of others.
    28. I bow to rid myself of anger against others.
    29. I bow to not repeat anything I have not heard.
    30. I bow to not repeat anything I have not seen.
    31. I bow to always be ready, but not to expect things to be easy.
    32. I bow to avoid expecting obedience from others.
    33. I bow to avoid expecting difficulty in my life.
    34. I bow to make the best of each moment in my life.
    35. I bow to live a righteous life.
    36. I bow to repay even the smallest debt of gratitude.
    37. I bow to not put my own needs over the needs of others.
    38. I bow to not be stingy to others.
    39. I bow to not harm others in order to get ahead.
    40. I bow to try not to obtain valuable things with little effort.
    41. I bow to have the power to control my desires.
    42. I bow to reflect that life is more valuable than anything else.
    43. I bow to know that suffering comes from an attached mind.
    44. I bow to avoid making foolish mistakes out of ignorance.
    45. I bow to try to attain deep wisdom.
    46. I bow to learn to be nice to people, even if I have negative feelings toward them.
    47. I bow to avoid clinging to the strong in order to hurt those who are weaker than me.
    48. I bow to be honest with myself, and also to avoid flattering others.
    49. I bow to be true and honest with myself above all others.
    50. I bow to know that happiness, unhappiness, and desire are all within my mind.

    51.  I bow to know that happiness does not come from others, it comes from me.
    52. I bow to realize the value of living a smooth, peaceful life.
    53. I bow to avoid looking back at the past, and to not worry about the future.
    54. I bow to own possessions, but not to be controlled by them.
    55. I bow to know that I can find peace by being patient.
    56. I bow to know that having a repentant mind is the best mind.
    57. I bow to find freedom through wisdom.
    58. I bow to control my mind, not to be controlled by it.
    59. I bow to be diligent in my efforts to improve myself.
    60. I bow to be thankful for the hard times I have had, because they have made me strong.
    61. I bow to keep my original pure mind, even when time passes.
    62. I bow to pray with a thankful mind for everything.
    63. I bow to be thankful that I can find myself in silence.
    64. I bow to reflect on the value of living a pure, honest life.
    65. I bow for the people who are working in bad conditions.
    66. I bow for the people who are starving, poor, and living hard lives.
    67. I bow for the people who work to provide me with healthy food.
    68. I bow to have a generous mind, even if I don't have enough for myself.
    69. I bow for the precious lives of my children, who I have brought into the world.
    70. I bow for my partner, who became one with me through love.
    71. I bow for all disabled people.
    72. I bow for friends who have been beside me, sharing my laughter and tears.
    73. I bow for moderation, even when I have enough to waste.
    74. I bow for a humble mind.
    75. I bow for humility, so that I can always put others first.
    76. I bow to realize that nature is being destroyed.
    77. I bow to realize that all lives are interconnected.
    78. I bow for all the lives destroyed by the greed of humanity.
    79. I bow for all the ecosystems that are recovering after being hurt by humanity.
    80. I bow to listen to the sounds of life that are all around me.
    81. I bow to realize that my life is the movement of my soul.
    82. I bow to realize that the object of love and longing is life.
    83. I bow to feel my soul being purified when I hear the sound of a clean, clear stream.
    84. I bow to give thanks for being able to hear and enjoy the beautiful songs of birds.
    85. I bow to be refreshed by the feeling of a cool breeze.
    86. I bow to be thankful as I breathe in fresh air.
    87. I bow to be thankful for the sight of beautiful wildflowers that are always present.
    88. I bow to give thanks for the mountains and landscapes that speak to me through wind and snow.
    89. I bow to the Earth, which feeds all living things.
    90. I bow to the sky, which gives life to all living things.
    91. I bow for my own peace.
    92. I bow to hope for peace in everything around me.
    93. I bow for the peace of my neighbor.
    94. I bow for peace within countries that have been separated for no reason.
    95. I bow for peace between countries arguing for political reasons.
    96. I bow for peace and harmony among all religions.
    97. I bow to hope for peace in all dead and living things.
    98. I bow to hope for peace between human beings and nature.
    99. I bow for a mind that is enlightened and peaceful
    100. I bow for harmony between the poor and the rich.
    101. I bow for harmony between the sick and the healthy.
    102. I bow for harmony between those who have learned and those who have not.
    103. I bow for those who have fallen into darkness.
    104. I bow to accept all of the things I have done.
    105. I bow to be thankful for all of the people who love me and take care of me.
    106. I bow to be thankful for all of the good and beautiful things in my life.
    107. I bow to be thankful for my life and to reflect on the lives that are yet to be.
    108. I bow for myself, realizing that my own precious life is like the universe.