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Dharmakara's Aspiration



May my wisdom be as vast and deep as the sea.

May my mind be pure and void of impurities and afflictions.

I vow to transcend numberless doors of the realms of miserable existence, and quickly reach the other shore of Ultimate Enlightenment.

The poisons of greed, anger and ignorance will forever disappear, with the power of Samadhi I will end all delusions and faults.

Like the past incalculable Buddhas, may I become a great teacher to all living beings in the nine realms, and liberate everyone in every world from the myriad miseries of birth, old age, sickness and death.

I will constantly practice the Six Paramitas of giving, precepts, patience, diligence, concentration and wisdom.

For those undelivered sentient beings let them be crossed over, for those already delivered, let them attain Buddhahood.

I would rather firmly and gallantly seek the proper enlightenment, than make offerings as boundless as Ganges sands to the sages.

I wish to firmly remain in Samadhi, and constantly emit light to shine on all.

I vow to attain a vast and pure land, and make it’s supreme adornment peerless.

For those beings amidst the wheel of six realms, I wish that they can quickly obtain rebirth in my land and enjoy the bliss.

I aspire to constantly employ compassion to help sentient beings, and to cross over countless beings in misery.

The power of my vow and determination is resolute,
only the Buddha’s unsurpassed wisdom can perceive them.

Even amidst all kinds of sufferings my vow will never regress.

~ Based on the Infinite Life Sutra, translator unknown



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