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Living KarmaThe Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu$
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Beverley McGuire

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168021

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.001.0001

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Repentance Rituals for Eliminating Karma

Repentance Rituals for Eliminating Karma

Chapter:
(p.53) Three Repentance Rituals for Eliminating Karma
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Living Karma
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Beverley Foulks McGuire

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.003.0004

This chapter examines Ouyi Zhixu's repentance ritual that seeks to extinguish karma. Ouyi explicitly borrows from the Tiantai liturgical tradition in his own repentance ritual—which centers on purification tied to the bodhisattva principles—and focuses on the bodhisattva Dizang as a compassionate savior of the penitent. The actual protocol for the ritual is an abbreviated version of the tenfold Tiantai sequence. Ouyi omits the first three steps of adornment, purification, and binding the ritual, but he includes giving offerings, offering praises, bowing in worship, performing repentance and making vows, circumambulation, and dedication of merit. At the end of the ritual, Ouyi insists that if one goes into a quiet room, or recollects the name of Dizang, or recites Dizang's dhāraṇī for eliminating fixed karma, or contemplates his dharmakāya, then one will be able to eliminate karmic obstacles.

Keywords:   repentance ritual, karma, Tiantai liturgical tradition, bohisattva principles, Dizang, Dizang's dhāraṇī, Dizang's dharmakāya, karmic obstacles

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