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Tibetan Book of the Dead - Confessions



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HUM 'We pray to you, father and mother, listen and attend to us!
Mind and phenomena are temporally manifest buddhas,
But even though this [reality] is the expression of your enlightened intention,
O Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri, father and mother, in union,
Due to our ignorance, we have not understood this to be so.
For whatever ways we have contradicted the buddha-mind
Of you, Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri, father and mother,
We seek your forgiveness, O greatly compassionate ones!
Since our minds are not endowed with pristine cognition,
which is intrinsic awareness,
'We have not correctly integrated mind and phenomena with Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri, the father and mother,
And further still, our own minds, swayed by ignorance, have continued to be afflicted by egotism.
We seek the forgiveness of you, Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri!
OM Most precious Samantabhadra [in union], supreme buddha-mind,
Even though you are our father and hold mastery over the three world-systems,
And even though you are our mother and assimilate [all things] in the ultimate expanse,
By conceiving of our bodies [in a mundane way], we have dishonoured the illusory body.
Thus our commitments have degenerated and we have grown truly remorseful.
We seek your forgiveness, O Samantabhadra and Samantabhadrr, mother and father!


The source of the experience

Tibetan Book of the Dead [Bardo Thodol]

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