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Title: Sutta for forgiveness of sins
Post by: ratnashugden on September 13, 2016, 03:50:58 am
Which sutta to recite for forgiveness sins?

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Title: Re: Sutta for forgiveness of sins
Post by: Ron-the-Elder on September 13, 2016, 11:57:19 am
I have never heard of a Buddhist prayer for the forgiveness of sins.  Sin is an Abrahemic concept and not a part of Buddhist teachings from my experience.  There is, however, The Law of Kamma and the resulting consequences of our intentional actions:

references:  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.145.than.html (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn35/sn35.145.than.html)

The Doctrine of Kamma:


http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/kamma.html (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/study/kamma.html)

With regard to the topic of Wisdom I found the following, which is a good summary of The Buddhist position re. Sin:

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Now to the actual definition: "Wisdom penetrates[25] into dharmas as they are in themselves. It disperses the darkness of delusion, which covers up the own-being of dharmas."[26]

What then does wisdom meditate about? Wisdom may be held to concern itself with three possible topics: (1) true reality; (2) the meaning of life; (3) the conduct of life. Buddhist tradition assumes that the second and third depend on the first. In its essence wisdom is the strength of mind which permits contact with the true reality, which is also called the realm of dharmas. Delusion, folly, confusion, ignorance and self-deception are the opposites of wisdom. It is because ignorance, and not sin, is the root evil that wisdom is regarded as the highest virtue. A holiness which is devoid of wisdom is not considered impossible, but it cannot be gained by the path of knowledge, to which alone these descriptions apply. The paths of faith, of love, of works, etc., have each their own several laws.

Title: Re: Sutta for forgiveness of sins
Post by: Samana Johann on June 03, 2017, 02:35:01 am
It's a usual practice, all over the world under followers of the Buddha, to cite especially evenings for pardon and forgiveness in matters of the three juwels Ratnashugden.

A usuall recitation goes this, incl. in the section of the veneration of each Juwel:
Quote from: A Chanting Guide ([url]http://zugangzureinsicht.org/html/lib/authors/dhammayut/chanting_en.html#evening[/url])
Kāyena vācāya va cetasā vā, Buddhe (...) kukammaṃ pakataṃ mayā yaṃ,
Buddho paṭiggaṇhatu accayantaṃ,
Kālantare saṃvarituṃ va buddhe.
Whatever bad kamma I have done to the Buddha (Dhamma, Sangha)
by body, by speech, or by mind,
may the Buddha accept my admission of it,
so that in the future I may show restraint toward the Buddha.



There are many chants usual in the origin countries by lay people, but since Dhamma was somehow not really good introduced in modern world, less is translated or practiced "here".

Aside of the Gems, it's an importand everyday practice in action for a serious follower if wishing for prosperity.

Since there are many missunderstandings and wrong usualls in regard of confession, and since a "ever burner", it's good to talk and inform much about this issue.

Atma (my person) recently spended a little bit of time to write some words in this regard. Maybe it's from interest and hopfully understandable:

[Q&A] What is the Buddhas approach of admitting a mistake? (http://sangham.net/index.php/topic,7991.msg12032.html#msg12032)
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