Ode to the Jing Si Dharma Lineage
Dharma For Today | October 17, 2016 by Tzu Chi USA
In Buddhism, a lineage prayer is a sacred text that pays homage to a particular tradition, and is recited or sung prior to meditation and other forms of spiritual practice. The Ode to the Jing Si Dharma Lineage is the prayer used in the Tzu Chi tradition.
“Jing Si” means “still thought”, and the term is often used in the world of Tzu Chi.
The Jing Si Abode in Hualien, Taiwan, is “the hometown for the heart and soul” of all Tzu Chi volunteers and followers, and is also where this tradition’s founder, the venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen, resides.
Jing Si Aphorisms are pithy sayings or succinct passages from the teachings of Master Cheng Yen.
The Jing Si Dharma Lineage Prayer in itself is a profound teaching that venerates and presents the Buddhist path according to this tradition, and acts as a vow to uphold it.
This is a sacred text.
The Jing Si Dharma Lineage is a path of diligent practice.
We carry on the Dharma’s essence and make great vows.
The Tzu Chi School of Buddhism is a path through the world.
With compassion and wisdom, we exercise the Four Infinite Minds.
With sincerity, we vow to deliver all sentient beings.
With integrity, we vow to eliminate all afflictions.
With faith, we vow to learn all teachings.
With steadfastness, we vow to attain Buddhahood.
Great loving-kindness without regrets brings infinite love.
Great compassion without resentment brings infinite vows.
Great joy without worries brings infinite happiness.
Great equanimity without expectations brings infinite grace.
We work together while remaining clear and pure like a crystal sphere.
This forest of Bodhi trees flourishes from the same root.
We are all united in cultivating fields of blessings.
We deeply plant the roots of wisdom on the Bodhisattva-path