White Wind Zen Community

A Community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985

The Vow of Samantabhadra

The Noble Sovereign of Vows: the Activity of All-Pervasive Richness


translated by Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi

Then Samanthabhadra, being in Vast Openness,
set forth an elucidation of eons and of the movements of times
as the points of inexpressible Fields of Awakening and of worlds one after the other
in the form of this Vow:

1: Honouring the Awakened Ones
To those Lions amongst the people who throughout the three times
have come into this world of ten directions,
to all of these without exception,
I offer body, speech, and mind.

2: Prostrating Before The Awakened Ones
Through the virtue of the vow of acting as All-Pervasive Richness,
in the presence of those who are the Outshining,
I prostrate before them all,
bowing with bodies as many as the atoms of all their Fields.

On a single particle are seated as many Awakened Ones as there are particles,
surrounded by the children of the Lineage.
Thus I see that the Total Field of All Possibilities
is filled entirely with the Outshining.

With inexhaustible oceans of praises,
with every sound in the ocean of sounds,
proclaiming the virtues of all the Outshining,
I praise those who have Gone Into Joy.

3: Presenting Vast Offerings To The Awakened Ones
Rare flowers and garlands,
instruments of music, scented oils, fine parasols,
the best of lights and most excellent incense,
with these I make offerings to the Outshining.

Elegant robes and superb scents,
incense powder as high as Mount Meru,
all of the best and most distinguished splendour,
I use to make offerings to all those who Outshine.

Offerings both vast and supreme
I visualize for each of the Outshining Ones.
I, through the power of faith in the Activity of All-Pervasive Richness,
honour and make offerings to all the Outshining.

4: Repentance Before The Awakened Ones
All wrong actions from beginningless time,
stemming from passion, aggression, and ignorance,
arising through body, speech, and mind,
I now repent having committed.

5: Being Joyful Of The Accomplishments Of Others
Whatever merits all the Outshining, all the children of the Lineage,
all solitary and noble practitioners of past and present,
and all worldly ones may have throughout these ten directions,
I rejoice in them all.

6: Requesting The Awakened Ones To Turn The Wheel Of The Teachings
All you who are Radiance in all worlds in all directions,
you who have Awakened as Awareness and realized unobstructedness,
I ask you, who have set forth the Path,
to turn the supreme Wheel of the Teachings.

7: Beseeching The Awakened Ones To Live Long
Those who might wish to pass into the Traceless,
with palm to palm, I beseech you to yet remain,
for eons as many as the atoms of all the Fields,
for the joy and benefit of all beings.

Whatever small virtue I may have gathered,
through these prostrations, offerings,
repentance and rejoicing, requesting and beseeching,
I dedicate it all into Awakening.

May the primordial Awakened Ones
and those who dwell now in all worlds in all directions
be honoured and those yet to come
fulfill their vows and Awake as Awareness.

May whatever Fields there are in all directions
be excellent and completely clear.
May they be pervaded by the Outshining
and the children of the Lineage, beneath the tree of enlightenment.

May all sentient beings there are in all directions
be of good health and joy.
May the aim of all those in the round of being
be aligned with virtue and their wishes fulfilled.

As I live my life in the practice of realization,
may the memory of all lives in all states be clear;
in every lifetime, through birth and death,
may I always go forth into homelessness.

8: Learning Continuously From The Awakened Ones
Practicing as have all those who Outshine,
fulfilling the practice of All-Pervasive Richness,
may all activities be unobstructed purity,
always free of stain.

In the languages of shining beings and naga dragons,
of demons and of humans,
whatever forms of communication there are amongst all beings,
in all of these may I unfold the Teachings of Reality.

May those who practice radical truth
never stray from Awakened Intelligence.
May all obstructions and signs
be completely extinguished.

I will move through the paths of the Fields
free from cause and effect, afflictions, and distortions,
like a lotus flowering above the water,
like the sun and moon moving unhindered by the sky.

Extinguishing the misery of all contracted realms,
bringing all beings into joyfulness,
I will act always for the liberation of all beings
throughout all regions and ranges of all Fields.

According with the ways of all beings
while acting only to fulfill the practice of realization,
may all my activities throughout all eons
be the Activity of All-Pervasive Richness.

May I always be in the company of those
who are practicing the practice together with me.
Through embodiment, meanings, and knowings,
may I live as the only aspiration which is true.

Those who have benefitted me,
who teach me the practice of All-Pervasive Richness,
may I always be together with them
and may none of my actions be out of alignment with them.

May I see the Awakened Ones face to face,
together with all those who are children of the Lineage.
May I always offer them everything
throughout all times, without fail.

Maintaining the Teachings of Reality of the Outshining,
shining forth the practice of realization,
fully purifying all activities into All-Pervasive Richness,
let me live as this throughout all my lives.

As I move through all realms of Being,
may I learn inexhaustible virtue and intelligence.
may I be an unending treasury of radical insight and skillful means,
of the harmonies and of freedom.

In a single point are Fields as infinite as the particles of all Space.
In those Fields are seated those beyond reference point,
the Awakened Ones and the children of the Lineage.
Through practice of All-Pervasive Richness may I come to know them all.

In the space of the width of a hair,
in every region without exception,
may I understand the oceans of Awakened Ones and oceans of worlds
through my practice which pervades all times.

May I always understand the pure speech of the Outshining Ones,
and how they adapt the Teachings of Truth
to what seems to be true to the various beings,
and so in a single sound set forth an ocean of tones.

Into the infinite voices
of all the Outshining Ones throughout all times,
may I penetrate through the power of Knowing,
circulating as the Wheel of the Teachings.

May I enter the gates of all eons
in a single instant of time,
through entering through the moment
which sets forth the measure of past, present, and future.

In this single instant
I see all the Awakened Ones of all times.
Through the freedom of illusion-like presencing
may I penetrate their infinite sphere.

I will presence within a single point
all Fields displayed throughout all times.
Thus I will understand the vast array
of Fields of Awakening in all directions.

I will come into the presence of all those Path-finders
who have and will show the worlds to be Radiance,
and learn their Teachings
before they become Traceless.

9: Liberating All Beings
Through the swift power of subtle perception,
the force of the Vast Path, the universal gate,
the power of the practice of all virtues,
the power of all-embracing warmth;

Through the power of completely pure Richness,
the force of unobstructed Knowing,
the power of insight, skillful means, and of practice,
may all the forces of Awakening gather.

Thus the momentum of tendency is purified.
The power of defilements are cleared away.
The strength of distortion is broken.
This is the fulfillment of the Activity of All-Pervasive Richness.

Oceans of Realms are purified.
Oceans of beings are liberated.
Oceans of points of experience are seen through.
Oceans of realization are plumbed to their depths.

Oceans of activities are purified.
Oceans of vows are accomplished.
Oceans of Awakened Ones are honoured.
May I practice without ceasing for oceans of times.

May I completely accomplish all the aspirations
of all Awakened Ones of all times.
May my practice of the Activity of All-Pervasive Richness
unfold as Awakened Awareness.

10: Dedicating All Activities Into Realization
I dedicate all activities
that they might be the same as all those who practice
as All-Pervasive Richness,
foremost of the children of the Outshining.

Through stainlessness of embodiment, meanings, and knowings,
through acting as stainlessness in the stainlessness of all realms,
may my practice be no other
than All-Pervasive Richness.

May I fulfill what Manjusri has vowed
and practice universal Pervasion of Richness.
Tirelessly, throughout each moment to arise
may I accomplish this.

May my practice be without an edge
and there be no limit to virtues.
Exerting limitless practice
let my understanding be the inconceivable magic of Reality.

As far as Space itself extends,
as long as all beings exist,
as long as the momentum of compression continues,
as long as this may my vow endure.

One might offer to the Awakened Ones of All Fields
the ten directions filled with precious jewels
and offer happiness to humans and shining ones
for as long as time lasts at all...

But whoever has even a moment
of recognizing their own capacities to open to Openness
through hearing this supreme vow
will have received the greater merit.

Whoever sets forth this Vow of All-Pervasive Richness
will abandon the paths of contraction
and not follow along with those who live in compression
but will come to face Infinite Radiance.

They will gain that which is great:
the ability to live in truth and use their birth as a human
to quickly unfold themselves
into All-Pervasive Richness.

Those who have committed even the five worst crimes
under the influence of confusion
can immediately dissolve them
through the presentation of the practice of Richness.

Endowed with insight, distinction, nobility,
a member of the family of the Awakened Ones,
one will be immune to delusion and limited views
and be honoured throughout the three worlds.

One will move quickly to the seat of Awakened Awareness
and abide there for the benefit of beings.
Awakening as Awareness, turning the Wheel of the Teachings,
the array of distortions will be overcome.

Whoever will maintain, communicate, or recite
this Vow of the Activity of All-Pervasive Richness
without any doubt are attended to by the Awakened Ones
and the fruit of this shall be Complete and Utter Awakening.

What Manjusri has realized
and what Samantabhadra has realized,
I who follow their paths will realize
and thus I dedicate everything to this virtue.

All those who are the Outshining of the three times
have proclaimed that this is the best dedication.
And so I too dedicate all my virtues
into the supreme Activity of Richness.

At the moment of death
may I release all obstructions
and see Infinite Radiance face to face
and dwell in Sukhavati, the Field of Bliss.

May I there embody my vows
and accomplish them fully.
As long as there are worlds
I will work for the benefit of beings.

In that Field of Bliss,
I will arise as a flowering forth
and face to face with Infinite Radiance
my own unfolding as Awakened Awareness will be set forth.

Receiving this glimpse of my own unfolding in that place
I will set forth as infinite forms in all directions.
As the Activity of Awakening
I will benefit all beings.

Whatever merit I might have
through chanting this Vow of the Activity of All-Pervasive Richness
may all beings' vows of virtue
be accomplished right now.

Through the infinite merit realized through
the Vow of the Activity of All-Pervasive Richness,
may all beings drowning in the torrent of obstruction
enter into the higher orders of Infinite Radiance.