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Applying the Teachings

Concerning instructions, complete mastery does not mean gaining ascertainmentof a mere small volume that fits in the palm of one’s hand; it means understandingall of the scriptures as instruction for practice.

-Yogi Chang-chup- rin-chen, from Lam rim Chen Mo

Self Reflection


Every night, Buddhist practitioners reflect on our daily actions. We examine if we are in accordance with monastic rules and precepts set forth by the Buddha and our teachers. If we can uphold these rules and precepts, then we will rejoice and continue to be diligent. If we cannot uphold them, then we must repent and vow never to repeat the same mistakes.

Recitation


A volume of The Great Prajnaparamita Sutra is recited every day. This allows us to eliminate the bad karma that we have accumulated, and at the same time, gain many merits. Recitation can especially help us gain wisdom.

Repentance


We prostrate to the Buddha every day to repent for the bad karma that we have produced since the beginning of time. When we are earnest in our behavior and mindset, we also receive blessings from the Buddha.

A pair of gloves worn out from years of devout prostration

Observing Merits, Appreciating Kindness (OMAK)


We observe the merits of our teachers and companions, give praise and rejoice on a daily basis. We are sincerely grateful for all they have given us. Since the Sangha community has many people living together, it is natural to develop miscommunications and misunderstandings between people. As we practice OMAK, we learn to easily develop mutual respects for one another. Therefore, our community is very harmonious and we enjoy the happiness of learning with one another.