Verse of Atonement –

The act of atonement is central to Buddhist ethics.  It involves self-reflection, confrontation with our negative attributes and occasionally with our own destructive tendencies.  As a result, our practice becomes more and more internalized and not externalized to a force outside of our control or to the forgiveness of an overseeing deity or middle management.  Instead we are addressing our faults and bringing them to the forefront.  We are taking responsibility and we are continuing to strive to be more than our thoughts and perceptions.

San Ge Mon 懴悔文

我昔所造諸悪業 (がしゃくしょぞしょあくごう) – Ga shaku sho zo sho aku go.

皆由無始貪瞋痴   (かいゆむしとんじんち) – Kai yu mu shi ton jin chi.

従身口意之所生 (じゅうしんくいししょしょう) – Ju shin ku i shi sho sho.

一切我今皆 懴悔 ( いっさいがこんかいさんげ) – Is-sai ga kon kai san ge. All the evil

Translation: All harmful Acts, Words and Thoughts ever committed by me, since of old, On account of by beginning-less greed, anger and ignorance, Born of my body, mouth and mind; Now I Atone for them all.