29 October 2012

Contemplation: The Rain of Dharma

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:
I tirelessly rain the rain of the Dharma
Equally on those who are noble or humble,
Superior or inferior, who keep or break the precepts,
Who have good or bad conduct, right or wrong views,
Sharp or dull faculties.
According to their power to understand,
All of the sentient beings who hear my teaching
Dwell in various stages.
The Buddha's equal teaching
Is like the rain of one flavor.
The sentient beings accept it
According to their different capacities,
Just as the grasses and trees
Each differently absorb the rain.
The teaching of the Buddhas
Is always of one flavor
And fulfills the entire world.

from the Lotus Sutra, chapter 5, as recited at the Tendai Buddhist Institute

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