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It's Called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas (3:51)

It's called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
It started with a vow to bring enlightenment
To every living being,
From the sage who brought the Buddha and
The Dharma and the Sangha,
To America to build a new foundation.
It's called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

ItíŽs founded on a vision of the proper Dharma
Flourishing again.
It's a place for cultivation, it's a place for transformation
Of the common one into a Bodhisattva.

The City's home to Guan Yin Bodhisattva,
Compassionate Enlightened One who
Contemplates the sounds of living beings;
With a thousand eyes to see them,
And a thousand ears to hear them,
And a thousand hands to rescue them from suffering.

It's called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
Instilling virtue in the children, filiality is number one;
They will vow to get enlightened
To repay their parents' kindness,
And repay the great compassion of the Buddhas.
It's called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

It starts with care for aging people,
Filial behavior in the home;
When the family is happy then the cities will be peaceful,
And the nations and worlds will come together.
It starts at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

It's called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas,
Enlightened to the Buddha-nature,
Perfect and complete in everyone.
He's the sage, who vowed to save us,
To show the road to wisdom,
To return the light and wake up Turtle Mountain.

It's called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas,
Making Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, sages
From the likes of you and me;
And the virtue of the master carves our greed, Hate, and delusion
Into precepts, to samadhi and to wisdom.
It's called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas,
It's called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas,
It's called the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

© Rev. Heng Sure 2005 All Rights Reserved
Music: Traditional, arr. Rev. Heng Sure
Lyrics: Rev. Heng Sure

 

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Written in 1977 on a pilgrimage for world peace. Another monk and I bowed every third step from South Pasadena, California, to the City of 10,000 Buddhas in Ukiah, California. The journey took two years and nine months; I kept a vow of total silence. This song carried us through many a difficult passage: facing drawn guns; hazings from pickup-trucks that strafed us on the road shoulder; and dousings of beer, orange juice, water balloons and worse. Singing this song reminded us of our purpose and kept us on the road.

 


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