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Meaning of 108 Prostrations (108배 영문 119.197.243.207
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I take refuge in the omnipresent three jewels, the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.


I wish that all those gathered here realize in body and mind the teachings of the Buddha,


and may all beings be happy and well.


-with hands together in half bow-


1. Paying deep respect to all life, I prostrate.


2. Being humble and letting bad habits fall away, I prostrate.


3. Putting down the selfish mind that first accords self-interest, I prostrate.


4. Mindful of the fact that you and I are equally precious, I prostrate.


5. Controlling endlessly arising greed, I prostrate.


6. Patiently seeing anger in my mind as it is, I prostrate.


7. Looking back at my life with all my heart, I prostrate.


8. In order to find the true self and to increase inner growth,  I prostrate.


9. Putting away deluded mind and wishing wisdom to grow in me,  I prostrate.


10. Praising myself for having patiently walked through the difficult path of life,  I prostrate.


11. Thanking myself for having distanced evil and befriended the good,  I prostrate.


12. Thanking all of my relations for having made possible who I am today,  I prostrate.


13. Thanking my parents for their endless love,  I prostrate.


14. Thanking all teachers who have led me to truth,  I prostrate.


15. Thanking friends and colleagues with whom I have shared difficult times,  I prostrate.


16. Thanking my ancestors to whom I owe my existence,  I prostrate.


17. Thanking the infinite grace of air, water, nature and the universe, which are the fountains of life, I prostrate.


18. Reflecting on whether my immoderate greed has brought forth misfortune,  I prostrate.


19. Reflecting on whether my obsessive love for someone has caused suffering  I prostrate.


20. Reflecting on whether I have antagonized another in self-righteous pride,  I prostrate.


21. Reflecting on whether I have harmed another in blind greed,  I prostrate.


22. Reflecting on whether I have misunderstood someone,  I prostrate.


23. Reflecting on whether I have scarred another while pursuing my own will,  I prostrate.


24. Reflecting on whether I have lived in unnecessary luxury and vanity,  I prostrate.


25. Reflecting on whether I have been wasteful with what could have been saved,  I prostrate.


26. Reflecting on whether I have continuously rationalized wrong behaviors,  I prostrate.


27. Reflecting on whether I have broken promises lightly,  I prostrate.


28. Reflecting on whether I have tormented myself in fixating on the past,  I prostrate.


29. Reflecting on whether I have limited myself in fear of the future,  I prostrate.


30. Reflecting on whether I have tarnished another’s honor to protect my own,  I prostrate.


31. Reflecting on whether I have seen only the negative, neglecting the positive,  I prostrate.


32. Reflecting on whether I have been caught up in fear, thus failing to work through difficulties,  I prostrate.


33. Knowing that the fullest effort achieves all,  I prostrate.


34. Loving and caring for myself just as I treat a precious jewel,  I prostrate.


35. Giving alms without expectation of return,  I prostrate.


36. Knowing that misfortune and fear come and go,  I prostrate.


37. Knowing that every day is a fine day with good people and good events,  I prostrate.


38. To sow seeds of goodness, knowing that all are reaped as it is sown,  I prostrate.


39. To humbly accept what has been sown,  I prostrate.


40. To do my best even when it seems trivial,  I prostrate.


41. To be content with a life of hard work and honesty,  I prostrate.


42. To keep the smallest promise without fail,  I prostrate.


43. To walk steadily the path of truth even in censure and scorn,  I prostrate.


44. To live as a warm-hearted neighbor without condemning others’ differing beliefs,  I prostrate.


45. To be awake in the moment, unbound by the past or the future,  I prostrate.


46. To have loving-kindness for everyone rather than exclusive love for my family,  I prostrate.


47. To have a heart embracing others in warmth,  I prostrate.


48. To be passionate in each moment of work without delaying what needs to be done,  I prostrate.


49. To do the best thing possible in each moment without wasting time,  I prostrate.


50. To go toward the goal without idleness,  I prostrate.


51. To admit to faults without self-justification,  I prostrate.


52. To face difficulties without avoidance,  I prostrate.


53. To face new challenges without resting in the familiar,  I prostrate.


54. To apologize for mistakes in humility,  I prostrate.


55. To be open-minded and to be able to laugh in happy moments of life,  I prostrate.


56. To be of comfort to all I meet on the path,  I prostrate.


57. To take part fully in organizations that help neighbors in difficulties,  I prostrate.


58. To be clear and at peace in a world of turbid chaos,  I prostrate.


59. To see in challenges and crises the steps to joy,  I prostrate.


60. To stay strong, focused on my goals when faced with difficulties,  I prostrate.


61. To accept tasks naturally as they are given,  I prostrate.


62. To share true and trustworthy friendship without thought of return,  I prostrate.


63. To accept injustice without resentment as an opportunity to reflect on myself,  I prostrate.


64. To think of illness as a medicine, an opportunity to bring strength to my practice,  I prostrate.


65. To be thankful and loving by letting go of hatred and envy,  I prostrate.


66. To live fully in joy without feeling empty or lonely,  I prostrate.


67. To be calm and at peace without anxiety and fear,  I prostrate.


68. To behold the moments of crisis with compassionate eyes,  I prostrate.


69. To be able to accept unexpected misfortune in humility,  I prostrate.


70. To leave behind suffering by realizing the transience of power and wealth,  I prostrate.


71. To help others with tender and thoughtful action,  I prostrate.


72. To meet new people without prejudice in true and meaningful way,  I prostrate.


73. To work in harmony with everyone and without excluding anyone,  I prostrate.


74. To live in harmony and unity with all,  I prostrate.


75. To wish for another’s glory over my own gains,  I prostrate.


76. To share my abilities and skills with all of those in need,  I prostrate.


77. To appreciate the time spent with a loved one even when this person leaves me,  I prostrate.


78. To see all as they are without bias,  I prostrate.


79. To listen attentively to different opinions,  I prostrate.


80. To be at peace, harmonious and considerate of neighbors,  I prostrate.


81. To be able to let go when it is time,  I prostrate.


82. To respect my own life as it is without self-reproach,  I prostrate.


83. To do what I can do wherever I go without wishing to be served,  I prostrate.


84. To become one who spreads peace with warm words,  I prostrate.


85. To stay composed under duress,  I prostrate.


86. To be at ease even in face of aggression,  I prostrate.


87. To avoid self-justification or finding faults with others in adversities,  I prostrate.


88. To encourage others with praise than disparagement,  I prostrate.


89. To find the good rather than faults in others wishing for their success,  I prostrate.


90. Praying for the happiness of others, knowing that their suffering is mine,  I prostrate.


91. To grieve over another’s failure and congratulate another’s success,  I prostrate.


92. May all who suffer from sickness be free from ill,  I prostrate.


93. May all who are lost find their way,  I prostrate.


94. May all who are destitute overcome poverty,  I prostrate.


95. May all beings be free from hunger, illness, and war,  I prostrate.


96. May all beings grow in wisdom through the right teacher,  I prostrate.


97. May all beings meet right guidance in work and community,  I prostrate.


98. May all beings live in the comfort and harmony of family,  I prostrate.


99. Wishing that the hopes of those pursuing good will be fulfilled,  I prostrate.


100. Wishing that all those in search of a job find fulfilling work,  I prostrate.


101. Wishing that the youth find a path leading to true happiness,  I prostrate.


102. Feeling the grace of the universe in a droplet of water,  I prostrate.


103. Seeing the labor of a million in a grain of rice,  I prostrate.


104. Toward the wide-open one heart that transcends you and I,  I prostrate.


105. Grateful for overwhelming happiness of this moment of bowing,  I prostrate.


106. Toward the true nature shining forth from deep within,  I prostrate.


107. Toward the true nature shining forth from all beings,  I prostrate.


108. Wishing that my 108 prostrations be the seeds of wisdom and freedom for all beings,  I prostrate.