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The Sevenfold Puja

Posted by candradasa on Thu, 11 April, 2013 - 20:56
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Another post to mark Triratna’s anniversaries this week. Munisha pointed out that we didn’t have the Sevenfold Puja text as a file on our site. Well we sort of did, but only as a link… Well, offering that kind of thing is something we’ll be able to address much more fully with time (and resources!), but for now this particular instance is easy to rectify! Here’s a version we prepared for the last Urban Retreat, for your reading and downloading pleasure…

If you don’t know it, the Sevenfold Puja is probably the root ritual for the whole of our community worldwide! It’s a beautiful compilation of verses from various sources, notably the Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva. Together they make for a potent, poetic evocation of the beautiful yet rigorous spirit of the Buddhist life. Puja is designed to make the heart soar and engage the less rational parts of your being in turning towards a clear seeing of the nature of things. As Sangharakshita puts it in his celebrated talk on ‘Reason And Emotion In The Spiritual Life’:

“We all need to find emotional equivalents to our intellectual understandings if our spiritual practice is to progress.”

We hope this helps with your own efforts!

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