I Want to Take on the Karmic Offenses of Living Beings
Now that you have all taken refuge with the Triple Jewel, you should be good Buddhist disciples. You ought to refrain from evil and practice all good deeds. Do all the things that benefit others, and avoid doing anything that hurts other people. If you can be this way, then I will be responsible for all the offenses and mistakes you committed in the past. But be sure that you do not commit those offenses or mistakes again. Do you all understand? As long as you can change your faults and renew yourself, no matter how serious the offenses you have committed were, I'm willing to be responsible for them. The offenses you committed before were done because you hadn't studied the Buddhadharma and didn't know any better. Now that you have taken refuge in the Buddhadharma, you should not commit any more offenses.
All your past offenses will definitely count as mine, because I didn't teach you before. Now that you have taken refuge, you must not create any more offenses. You should perform all kinds of good deeds, while refraining from all bad deeds. Do you understand? If you were supposed to fall into the hells as retribution for your past offenses, I guarantee that you won't fall into the hells. If you were supposed to become a hungry ghost, but you truly reform, I'm willing to become a hungry ghost in your stead and undergo your retribution. If you were supposed to become an animal because of your past offenses, but you practice good deeds and refrain from evil after you have taken refuge, I'm willing to stand in for you in becoming an animal. Whatever the offenses you committed in the past, I'm willing to be responsible for them.
Among the vast population of the world, we are but a few people. However, we can succeed against all odds. As a small group of people, we want to pray to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions to put an end to all wars. If we are extremely sincere in our wish to end war, there will definitely be a response. So let us all pray together