Without faith in the Teacher, I have no guide.
Without faith in the Buddha, I have no shelter.
Without faith in the Dharma, I have no path.
Without faith in the Sangha, I have no support.
Without faith in the Promise, I have no assurance of victory.
When faith is undefiled, the mind is pure.
Obliterating pride, it is the root of reverence,
and the foremost possession in the treasury of Dharma*.
Bless me to have the faith that is clear wisdom!
If I do not practice with constancy and fervor,
my formations will bind me to the cycle of suffering.
If I do not recite the Name with eagerness and gratitude,
I will die in anxiety and oppressed by regret.
Bless me to cultivate the effort that avoids, the one that overcomes,
the effort that develops, and the one that sustains!
If I do not remember the instructions of my Teachers,
I will stumble and fall on the path of perfection.
If I do not recall the mind of renunciation,
I will fall in the pit of delusion and sorrow.
Bless me to keep in mind the ground, the path, and the result!
If I scatter my thoughts, the arrow of my bow will miss its target.
If I squander my time in secondary practices, death will find me unsettled.
Bless me to live with the mind of enlightenment and die with the Holy Name!
If I live with the view of existence, I will collect shadows.
If I die with the view of non-existence, I will stumble in darkness.
Bless me to know the emptiness of the dependent
and the unhindered plenitude of Natural Perfection!
As the wheel follows the ox that pulls the cart,
all my thoughts, words, and deeds have consequences.
Bless me to keep my view as high as a white-tailed eagle’s,
and my conduct as careful as a blind man’s on a steep mountain trail!
* Spoken by Buddha Shakyamuni in the Avatamsaka sutra.
Mind Training 19 – 21: Life and Death
Practice the Five Strengths during life:
Faith in the Three Jewels
Effort in Practice
Mindfulness of the Dharma
Concentration on Enlightenment
Wisdom of Emptiness
Practice the Five Strengths at death:
Faith in Vows
Effort in Recitation
Mindfulness of Definitive Aspiration
Concentration on the Holy Name
Wisdom of Buddha Nature
Conduct is always important.