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Gathas for Living

Waking Up

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at beings with eyes of compassion.

First Steps of the Day

Walking on the Earth is a miracle! Each mindful step reveals the wondrous Dharmakaya.
Dharmakaya means the body of the teachings of the Buddha

Brushing Teeth

Brushing my teeth and rinsing my mouth, I vow to speak purely and lovingly.
When my mouth is fragrant with right speech, a flower blooms in the garden of my heart.

Washing Hands

Water flows over these hands. May I use them skillfully to preserve our precious planet.


Dressing, my heart is at ease. I live a life of freedom, bringing joy to the world.

Greeting Someone

silently, with joined palms and slight bow
A lotus for you, a Buddha to be.

Lighting a Candle

Respectful of countless Buddhas, I calmly light this candle, brightening the face of the Earth.

Incense Offering

The fragrance of this incense invites the awakened mind to be truly present with us now.
The fragrance of this incense fills our practice center, protects and guards our minds from all wrong thinking.
The fragrance of this incense collects us And unites us. Precepts, concentration and insight We offer for all that is.

Calming the Breath

Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment!

Before a Meal

This food is a gift from the whole Universe-the Earth, the sky, and much hard work. May we be worthy to receive it. May we transform unskillful states of mind, especially the habit of eating without moderation. May we take only the foods that nourish us and prevent illness. We accept this food to realize the path of understanding and love.

Approaching the Buddha's Altar

As I approach the altar of the Buddha, I see my true self. As I sit down, I vow to cut off all distractions.

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