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Be dedicated to the Ultimate Benefit of All Sentient Beings.
But I would like to mention the stuff I'm getting is ony 1.5% m.f. so yes, you really can have it all and not bloat like dead whale on a tropical beach.
Puppy decided 2.30 am would be a good time to vomit, pee and produce projectile defaecation.
It is now 5.00 and he is fast asleep after racing around gaily spreading the mess.
I think he ate several ants yesterday. Maybe also a snail. And maybe a tiny frog.
Is this what they call shit karma?
- Incense chant
- Various mantra to cleanse my 10 sins, cleanse the area, offer
- A chant to praise Buddha
- Make offering, usually water and the flower of my heart (sometimes also flowers, fruits and incense), to Buddha, Bodhisattva, Dharma protectors and the sarira of the Buddha, some of his personal students and other arahant/monk
- Refuge to the Triple Gems
- Recite the Casket Seal Dharani 7 times
(- If it is the 15th or last day of a lunar month, recite the Five Precepts)
- The 4 Bodhisattva vows
- Various mantra to make complete the above practice and share karma
- Share karma
I used to recite other dharani, mantra and sutra, such as the Great Compassionate Dharani, the Heart Sutra, the Cundi Mantra etc. Now I will only recite a selection of them when I have time, like during a weekend day.
Sometimes I cannot get up early enough, see my newborn baby daughter and have enough time to do everything in preparation to leave for work, and so will do the above supposedly-morning practice together with my evening practice, preta-dana. I know, not best practice, so I shall improve on this.
I'd really like to make sure I can successfully go to the Pure Land when I pass away, no matter if I get to die peacefully or all suddenly in an accident.
Night: light insence on my altar, gave thanks to my patron god, Hecate & the Lord and Lady for aiding me throughout the day. Cleanse my face and toes (top & tail so to speak). Prepare for bed. Meditate for at least 20 minutes using my meditation beads as an aid. Ground myself with amethyst. Ask my patron god to watch over as I rest throughout the night. Extinguish insence. Sleep.
If it is a New Moon, Full Moon &/or a specific day then subtle changes occur, in morning and night I would also do a ritual.
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