The Nine Verses of the Shakujo is in the daily chant book of Tendai priests, and its content is quite interesting, covering the whole wide range of living beings. It addresses the Dharmakaya of the Buddhas; heavenly and earthly dieties which Shakyamuni Buddha controlled; the beings in the realms of absolute truth, relative truth, and the middle way; the bodhisattvas practicing the six paramitas, the sangha members striving to overcome their faults; those beings causing others to suffer; and the suffering beings themselves, who dwell in the three lower realms of existence.
The sixth verse concerns us sangha members, and as I recite it I reflect on my own faults, and how those faults should be replaced with beneficial actions, thereby aiding sentient beings and eliminating obstacles to enlightenment.
I PRAY THAT ALL BEINGS EVERYWHERE HEAR THE SOUND OF THE SHAKUJO
THAT THE LAZY BECOME ENERGETIC
THAT THE PRECEPT BREAKERS BECOME VIRTUOUS
THAT THE UNTRUSTWORTHY BECOME RELIABLE
THAT THE STINGY BECOME GENEROUS
THAT THE ANGRY BECOME MERCIFUL
THAT THE FOOLISH BECOME WISE
THAT THE ARROGANT BECOME HUMBLE
THAT THE INDULGENT BECOME PRACTITIONERS
AND BY COMPLETELY CULTIVATING SKILLFUL MEANS
THEY CAN BECOME FREE FROM ALL OBSTACLES
THEY CAN TAKE HEART
AND QUICKLY ATTAIN ENLIGHTENMNET