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Somewhere along the way, I developed an aversion to the word “sin”. It conjured images of piously judgmental, sternly frowning clergy and thinly pursed lipped old women looking at me and obviously finding me wanting. It reeked of everything I hated about religion…the human judgment of human foibles, the stone throwing from within rather precarious glass houses, and yet the stuff that is called “sin” is everywhere, and is pretty normal human behavior (as much as we don’t like it). But substitute the Buddhist idea of unconsciousness – or unenlightenment – and the idea of sin becomes more workable, gentler, more amenable to change.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our unconsciousness
as we forgive those who behave unconsciously around us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from our delusions and those of others
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

Amen

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