Atisha’s Refuge Prayer, Line 3

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The first two lines of Atisha’s refuge prayer is the actual refuge prayer. In lines 3 and 4 one develops bodhicitta.

བདག་གིས་སྦྱིན་སོགས་བགྱིས་པའི་བསོད་ནམས་ཀྱིས།

འགྲོ་ལ་ཕན་ཕྱིར་སངས་རྒྱས་འགྲུབ་པར་ཤོག།

Line 3 reads: dag ge jin so jin pay sonam kyi

བདག་གིས : dag ge : by me

སྦྱིན་སོགས : jin so : generosity and so forth

བགྱིས་པའི : jin pay : of, did, action, deed

བསོད་ནམས : sonam : punya, merit

ཀྱིས། : kyi : instrumentive particle, by means of, by virtue of, because of

Line 3 clearly speaks of generating merit through generosity and other good deeds but is incomplete without the final 4th line. While we can figure out the meaning, grammar is becoming imperative.

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