16 April 2011

Mumonkan 16

Last night was our semi-annual Temple Night & Jukai.  It was the 5th time I put on the kesa since ordaining almost a year ago.

As I was taking it off at the end of the evening, I realized that I still have no clue what being a priest means.  I could probably go further and say that I have even less of a clue now than I did then, if negative territory exists in matters like these.

So with hands palm-to-palm I say:

Wondrous is the robe of liberation (what lessons it teaches me!)
A treasure beyond form and emptiness (as I'm reminded all the time)
Wearing it I will unfold Buddha's teaching (with no-mind, at best)
For the benefit of all sentient beings (may all of us be at ease!)

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