DAY OF REFLECTION LITURGY

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Once a month (close to the full moon) we come together for a Day of Reflection. This practice gives us a chance to evaluate and reflect our lives as tools for peacemaking. The event begins with a moment of silent meditation, followed by reading of these following peacemakers vows. The event ends with a Council Circle. The circle provides us with a safe container in which we are safe to share our experience and insight that came with the past month. 

All consequences ever committed by me,

Due to my beginningless greed, hatred, and delusion.

Born of my actions, speech, and thought.

Now I atone for it all. 

(repeat 3x)


Now being mindful of my actions, speech, and thought, I commit myself to observing this Day of Reflection with the following practices.


I take refuge in the Oneness of life. 

I take refuge in the Diversity of life. 

I take refuge in the Harmony of life, the interdependence of Oneness and Diversity. 

(repeat 3x)


For the coming day:

I commit myself to Not-knowing by giving up fixed ideas about myself and the universe. 

I commit to Bearing Witness, listening and opening my heart to the joy and suffering of the universe. 

I commit to Taking Action that arises from Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness.


As the Peacemakers throughout all space and time have practiced the following Ten Precepts, so will I observe these same practices:

  1. I will recognize that I am not separate from all that is. This is the practice of Non-killing. I will not lead a harmful life, nor encourage others to do so. I will live in harmony with all life and the environment that sustains it.

  2. I will be satisfied with what I have. This is the practice of Non-stealing. I will not take anything not given and not encourage others to steal. I will freely give, ask for, and accept what is needed.

  3. I will meet the diversity of life with respect and dignity. This is the practice of Chaste Conduct. I will not create conditions for others to be unchaste. I will give and accept love and friendship without clinging.

  4. I will listen and speak from the heart. This is the practice of Non-lying.  I will not create conditions for others to lie. I will see and act in accordance with what is.

  5. I will cultivate a mind that sees clearly. This is the practice of Not Being Deluded. I will not encourage others to be deluded. I will embrace all experience directly.

  6. I will bear witness to the offering of each moment. This is the practice of Not Talking About Others Errors and Faults. I will not encourage others to talk about others errors and faults. I will acknowledge responsibility for everything in my life.

  7. I will speak what I perceive to be the truth. This is the practice of Not Elevating Myself and Blaming Others. I will not encourage others to elevate themselves and blame others. I will give my best effort and accept the results.

  8. I will use all the ingredients of my life. This is the practice of Not Being Stingy. I will not foster a mind of poverty in myself or others. 

  9. I will bear witness to emotions that arise. This is the practice of Not Holding On To Anger. I will not create conditions for others to be angry. I will not harbor resentment, rage, or revenge. Recognizing and expressing my emotions is a part of my practice. 

  10. I will honor my life as a Peacemaker. This is the practice of Not Speaking Ill of Myself, Others, nor my Practice. I will not create conditions for others to speak ill. I will recognize myself and others as manifestations of Oneness, Diversity, and Harmony of life. 


In renewing the Ten Precepts, I now extend these into the sphere of the Four Commitments:


  1. I commit to non-violence and reverence of life.

  2. I commit to solidarity, and a sustainable and ethical economy.

  3. I commit to equal rights for all, and friendship among everyone. 

  4. I commit to stewardship of the Earth.


Now, with all the Peacemakers throughout all space and time, I renew the Four Vows to serve all beings.


Creations are numberless, I vow to serve them.

Delusions are inexhaustible, I vow to transform them.

Reality is boundless, I vow to perceive it.

The awakened way is unsurpassable, I vow to embody it.

(chant 3x / second time with higher pitch) 


(These vows are followed by a Council Circle in which we reflect on the content of these vows on that particular moment)


TRANSFER OF MERIT

(To be recited at the end of the Day of Reflection)


I have committed myself to this Peacemaker practice of renewing: 

The Three Treasures

The Three Tenets

The Ten Precepts

The Four Commitments 

and The Four Vows for the duration of one day. 


May the merits of this practice be extended to all those who dedicate their lives to the practice of peace, and to all those who suffer from the oppression of my own greed, hatred, and ignorance. I wish to transform the passions that afflict me, and to realize and Awaken to the Oneness of life through the practice of Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action. 

 

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