To conclude Buddhist practice there is what is known as “A Dedication of Merit” or a better translation may be a “A Dedication of Positive Potential”. This dedication is made towards the complete ripening of that positive potential for ourselves and all others. As well as this universal dedication it is also very good to make more personal dedications for the benefit of ourselves and others we may know who are in need. This can be loved ones (including pets) who are still with us or who have passed away recently or long ago and those we do not know personally but empathise with as human beings longing for peace, health and contentment. And finally for the long life of our teachers who provide us with instructions and the opportunity to realise our positive potential for our benefit and the benefit of others.

This page is for anyone who wishes Bodhicharaya Kent dedicate the positive potential generated at the meditation evenings towards someone or something close to their heart. Please make the request below leaving names and a few details so that they can be read out during the evening. If you would like, names can be permanently added to the Dedication Wall below so please make that clear in your message.

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Traditional Tibetan Buddhist Dedication Prayer

Sö nam di yi tam chay zik pa nyi
Top ne nye pay dra nam pam je ne
Che ga na chi ba lap truk pa yi
Si pay tso le dro wa dröl war shok

By this merit, may all attain omniscience.
May it defeat the enemy of faults and delusion.
May all beings be freed from the stormy waves
Of birth, old age, sickness, and death: the ocean of samsara.

Explanation by Dr. Alexander Berzin - to read the full text please see here:

“What we are saying is: may whatever understanding we might have gained this evening, grow deeper and deeper. May it integrate into my network of positive potentials, so that it strengthens the various aspects of my potentials to act with understanding, to act with compassion, to be patient when experiencing difficulties, to be patient when I see other people suffering, and so on. May it strengthen this network’s various aspects so that they ripen and give rise to more and more impulses for me to act with more understanding, more compassion, and so on. May they ripen in a way that when something happens, I can understand it and I can be happy. It is not going to make me depressed, because it ripens in happiness. In addition, it enables me to act with more understanding and compassion toward others.”

Dedications Wall

Heather Jupp, Eileen Nivison, Akong Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, H.H. 14th Dalai Lama, H.H. 17th Karmapa, Angela Butler, Skye the dog.