Sunday, July 18

Sharing the Dharma Day

10 am-12:00 pm: Meditation & teaching on Livestream

2:00-3:30 pm: Discussion groups on Zoom 

Follow this link to the morning program on Vimeo Livestream.

Register here for the Zoom discussion group.

All Abbey programs are offered freely and your offerings are welcomed.
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Sharing the Dharma Day Recitations

 

Abbreviated Recitations

 

Refuge

Namo Gurubhya. Namo Buddhaya. Namo Dharmaya. Namo Sanghaya.  (3x)

Refuge and Bodhicitta

I take refuge until I have awakened in the Buddhas, the Dharma and the Sangha. By the merit I create by engaging in generosity and the other far-reaching practices, may I attain Buddhahood in order to benefit all sentient beings.  (3x)

The Four Immeasurables

May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes.
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and its causes.
May all sentient beings not be separated from sorrowless bliss.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger.

Seven Limb Prayer

Reverently I prostrate with my body, speech and mind,
And present clouds of every type of offering, actual and mentally transformed.
I confess all my destructive actions accumulated since beginningless time,
And rejoice in the virtues of all holy and ordinary beings.
Please remain until cyclic existence ends,
And turn the wheel of Dharma for sentient beings.
I dedicate all the virtues of myself and others to the great awakening.

Mandala Offering

This ground, anointed with perfume, flowers strewn,
Mount Meru, four lands, sun and moon,
Imagined as a Buddha land and offered to you.
May all beings enjoy this pure land.

The objects of attachment, aversion and ignorance – friends, enemies and strangers, my body, wealth and enjoyments – I offer these without any sense of loss. Please accept them with pleasure, and inspire me and others to be free from the three poisonous attitudes.

Idam guru ratna mandala kam nirya tayami

Requesting Inspiration

Glorious and precious root guru, sit upon the lotus and moon seat on my crown.
Guiding me with your great kindness, bestow upon me the attainments of your body, speech and mind.
The eyes through whom the vast scriptures are seen, supreme doors for the fortunate who would cross over to spiritual freedom,
illuminators whose wise means vibrate with compassion, to the entire line of spiritual mentors I make request.

Shakyamuni Buddha’s Mantra

Tayata om muni muni maha muniye soha   (21x)

Dedication of Merit

Due to this merit may we soon
Attain the awakened state of Guru Buddha,
That we may be able to liberate
All sentient beings from their sufferings.

May the precious bodhi mind
Not yet born arise and grow.
May that born have no decline,
But increase forever more.

Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In the snowy mountain pure land
You’re the source of good and happiness.
Powerful Tenzin Gyatso Chenresig,
May you stay until samsara ends.

 

Star-Spangled Compassion
AKA Dedication from Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life,  by the great Indian sage, Shantideva

May all beings everywhere
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits

May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.

May the blind see forms,
And the deaf hear sounds.
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose.

May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food.
May the thirsty find water
And other delicious drinks.

May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy.
May the forlorn find hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.

May all who are ill and injured
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May these never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed.
May the powerless find power
And may people think of benefiting each other.

For as long as space endures
And as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world.

I Need Help: How to Access Abbey Programs Online

The Abbey uses two platforms for our online programs and courses – Vimeo Livestream and Zoom. This section teaches how to use these two platforms.

Write our tech support if you need help. Please note that this address is monitored before and after retreat sessions only.

Vimeo Livestream

Vimeo Livestream is an online platform used to broadcast live video recordings. You’re probably familiar with it if you’ve ever watched our Thursday and Friday night teachings online.

To learn how to use Vimeo Livestream, watch Heather’s short, simple tutorial videos.

Watch Live Teachings

Creating an Account

Using the Chat Box

Watch archived teachings

Zoom

Zoom is an online platform for video and audio conferencing. The Abbey uses it to host discussion groups during our online courses and events. Please have your first and last name visible so we can identify registered participants.

For online discussion groups taking place on monthly Sharing the Dharma Days, we will send information on how to join via the Vimeo Livestream chat box at the end of the morning teaching.

For online discussion groups taking place during retreats or courses, we will send information on how to join to registered participants only from [email protected]

If you are using Zoom for the first time, you will need to download the Zoom app to your computer or mobile device. Otherwise, you will be promoted to download and install Zoom when you click on a link to join a meeting.

Watch this to learn how to create a Zoom account and how to change your name before joining the meeting

When you click the link to connect, Zoom will open and it will look something like this (note: this is screenshot from the desktop version of Zoom and on a device it will look different):

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  1. View: Here you can change the view. Zoom has two views: Gallery View where all participants are visible at once, and Speaker View where active speaker is visible. One can switch between these two views anytime.
  2. Mic & camera options: Here you can mute or unmute your microphone and camera. Clicking on the up-arrow icon at the microphone or camera will also allow you to select different mics and cameras if your computer has more than one. We recommend muting your microphone and turning off your camera when you are not using it during the meeting to minimize bandwidth usage.

Additional links on how to use Zoom:

Joining by phone

You don’t have to have a computer or notebook to join the discussions.  For info on joining by phone, go to
 
You can use these keypad commands to participate in the discussion.
  • *6 – Toggle mute/unmute
  • *9 – Raise hand

Further Support

If you have any additional questions about connecting to Abbey teachings or discussion groups on Vimeo Livestream and Zoom, please contact our tech support or the Abbey office.

Happy online viewing!