Bhadracarīpraṇidhāna

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Bhadracarīpraṇidhāna. (T. Bzang po spyod pa’i smon lam; C. Puxian pusa xingyuan zan 普賢菩薩行願讚), or "Prayer for Completely Good Conduct,” is a Mahayana aspiration prayer that is found in the last chapter of the Gandavyuha, which is the final section of the Avatamsaka Sutra.

Title

Also known is Sanskrit as

  • Samantabhadracaryāpraṇidhāna ("Samantabhadra's Prayer for Good Conduct" or "Samantabhadra's Aspiration Prayer")
  • Samantabhadracaryāpraṇidhānarāja ("Samantabhadra's King of Prayers for Good Conduct")
  • Ārya-Bhadracaryā-Praṇidhāna-Rāja ("King of Prayers for Good Conduct")

Ten great vows

The core of the prayer are the ten great vows of Samantabhadra. These are:[1]

  1. to pay homage to all the buddhas;
  2. to glorify the qualities of all the tathāgatas;
  3. to make ample offerings to all the buddhas;
  4. to confess and repent of all one's misdeeds;
  5. to rejoice in the merits of others;
  6. always to request the preaching of the dharma;
  7. to entreat enlightened beings to remain in the world;
  8. to always to study the teachings of the buddha;
  9. to always to respond to sentient beings according to their various needs;
  10. to dedicate all merits to sentient beings that they may achieve buddhahood.

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Notes

  1. Gimello, Robert M. Ch'eng-kuan on the Hua-yen Trinity 中華佛學學報第 9 期 (pp.341-411):(民國 85年), 臺北:中華佛學研究所,http://www.chibs.edu.tw Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal, No. 9, (1996) Taipei: Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies ISSN: 1017─7132.