Ta-hui’s prayer which is recited daily in Zen monasteries.

My only prayer is to be firm in my determination to give myself completely to the Buddha’sWay, so that no doubts arise however long the road seems to be.

To be light and easy in the four parts of my body, to be strong and undismayed in body and in mind.
To drive out both depressed feelings and distractions. To be free from calamity, misfortune, harmful influences and obstructions. Not to seek the Truth outside of myself, so I may instantly enter the right way.

To be unattached to all thoughts, that I may reach the perfectly clear bright mind of Prajna Wisdom and have immediate enlightenment on the great matter of birth and death.
Thereby I receive the transmission of the deep wisdom of the Buddhas to save all sentient beings who suffer in the round of birth and death.
My further prayer is not to be extremely ill or to suffer at the time of departure. To know its coming seven days ahead so that I may quiet the mind to abandon the body and be unattached to all things at the last moment, wherein I return to the Original Mind in the realm of no birth and no death, and merge into the whole universe to manifest as all things in their true nature and, with the great wisdom of the Buddhas, to awaken all beings to the Buddha Mind.

I offer this to all Buddhas and bodhisattva-mahasattvas of the past, present and future, in the ten quarters and to the Maha Prajnaparamita.

Ta-hui’s prayer
which is recited daily in Zen monasteries.

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