Sharing of Blessings.

by The Venerable Ajahn Sobhano.

Now let us chant the verses of sharing and aspiration.
Through the goodness that arises from my practice,
May my spiritual teachers and guides of great virtue,
My mother, my father and my relatives,
The sun and the moon,
And all virtuous leaders of the world -
May the highest gods and evil forces;
Celestial beings, guardian spirits of the Earth
And the Lord of Death;
May those who are friendly, indifferent or hostile;
May all beings receive the blessings of my life.
May they soon attain the threefold bliss
And realise the Deathless.

Through the goodness that arises from my practice,
And through this act of sharing,
May all desires and attachments quickly cease
And all harmful states of mind.
Until I realise Nibbana,
In every kind of birth,
May I have an upright mind
With mindfulness and wisdom, austerity and vigour.
May the forces of delusion not take hold
nor weaken my resolve.

The Buddha is my excellent refuge,
Unsurpassed is the protection of the Dhamma,
The Solitary Buddha is my noble Lord,
The Sangha is my supreme support.
Through the supreme power of all these,
May darkness and delusion be dispelled.

This blessing, Sharing of Blessings, was given by The Venerable Ajahn Sobhano at the closing of the first meeting of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain and Ireland in Southampton, England, in May of 1996.

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