The Urban Retreat 2015 - November 21-28

Day 8: Transference of Merit and Self-Surrender (Text)

Posted by Mokshini on Fri, 27 November, 2015 - 20:06
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The verse “Transference of Merit and Self -Surrender” expresses the wish that the benefit that we have gained through the efforts of our practice may serve for the benefit of all beings, not just ourselves. It is the last verse of the Triratna Sevenfold Puja

Within Triratna, it is frequently recited at the end of a practice day, a meeting, or a retreat to conclude the event. You may wish to use it to dedicate you efforts for the wellbeing  of all every evening of the Urban Retreat, to ‘seal’ the day. 

Listen to this recited in many languages

Transference Of Merit And Self Surrender

May the merit gained

In my acting thus

Go to the alleviation of the suffering of all beings.
 

My personality throughout my existences,

My possessions,

And my merit in all three ways,

I give up without regard for myself

For the benefit of all beings.
 

Just as the earth and other elements

Are serviceable in many ways

To the infinite number of beings

Inhabiting limitless space;

So may I become

That which maintains all beings

Situated throughout space,

So long as all have not attained to peace.

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