Did funeral honors today. Not an OIF casualty but a Marine who had served in Viet Nam. I spoke to a friend of his from that war before the funeral service. Said his friend had started doing “the hard stuff” after coming back from that war, which is what killed him.
Please take a moment to appreciate the universe as it is.
The Dharma incomparably profound and exquisite
Is rarely met with, even in hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas;
We are now permitted to see it, to listen to it, to accept and hold it;
May we truly understand the meaning of the Tathagata's words!
All the evil karma ever committed by me since of old,
On account of greed, anger, and folly, which have no beginning,
Born of my body, mouth, and thought--
I now make full open confession of it.
I take refuge in the Buddha;
I take refuge in the Dharma;
I take refuge in the Sangha.
However innumerable beings are, I vow to save them;
However inexhaustible the passions are, I vow to extinguish them;
However immeasurable the Dharmas are, I vow to master them;
However incomparable the Buddha-truth is, I vow to attain it.
All composite things are impermanent,
They are subject to birth and death;
Put an end to birth and death,
And there is a blissful tranquility.
May all be well and happy.