Ceremony of Reaffirming the Precepts

This ceremony takes place on the last Sunday of every month at 10:00.

REAFFIRMING THE PRECEPTS

OPENING PRAYERS

Please Stand

Incense Chant  (Master recites) 

The incense burns in the holder;

It spreads out into the dharma realms

All Buddhas in the oceans’ assembly hear from afar.

The sincere mind is accepted and blessed and

All Buddhas appear, clearly revealing themselves.

I respectfully bow to Incense Cloud Canopy Bodhisattva.  (3X)

 

Incense Offering  (Master recites)

I pray this wonderful incense cloud will spread out to all the worlds in the ten directions,

As an offering to all the Buddhas,

Wonderful Dharmas and Bodhisattvas, endless Sravaka assembly

And all saints and sages.

I pray it will form an altar of light and do the Buddha’s work according to its true nature.

I pray it will benefit all sentient beings, so they all will raise the Bodhicitta,

Depart from evil karma and attain the highest way.

 

Homage to the Buddha (all monks recite)

Dharma King without higher honor

In three worlds without comparison,

The guiding teacher of heaven and man,

Father of the four kinds of being,

I now in one thought take refuge

Able to destroy three times karma.

Praise and admiration

even 100,000 kalpas cannot extinguish.

 

Ðanh Le (Prostrations) (everyone recites)

I bow respectfully to all directions of space, all realms, past, present and future, the ten directions, all Buddhas, the honored Dharma, the enlightened Sangha, the permanent three treasures.

One Prostration

I bow respectfully to the Master of the Samsara world, our own teacher Sakyamuni Buddha, to the future coming Maitreya Buddha, to Great Wisdom Manjusri Bodhisattva, to Great Effort Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, Dharma Protector Bodhisattvas and the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas assembling at the Great Holy Mountain.

One Prostration

I respectfully bow to the Great Love, Great Compassion Amitabha Buddha of the Western Paradise, to the Great Compassionate Avalokitesvara Buddha, to the Great Power Mahastamaprapta Bodhisattva, to the Great Vow Kshitigarbha Bodhisattva and to the Bodhisattvas in the Pure Ocean.

One Prostration

Please be seated. (everyone recites) 

MAHA PRAJNA PARAMITA HEART SUTRA 

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva when practicing deeply the Prajna Paramita clearly saw that all five skandas are empty and passed beyond all suffering.  Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form.  Form then is emptiness, emptiness then is form.  Perception, conception, volition and consciousness are also like this.

Shariputra, all dharmas are marked with emptiness: not born and not dying, not stained and not pure, not gaining and not losing.  Therefore, within emptiness there is no form, no perception, conception, volition or consciousness; no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mind; no form, sound, smell, taste, touch or dharmas; no realm of sight ’till we come to no realm of consciousness; no ignorance and no ending of ignorance ’till we come to no old age and death and no ending of old age and death; no suffering, origination, extinction or path; no wisdom and no attainment with nothing to attain.

Because the Bodhisattva follows Prajna Paramita, his mind has no hindrance.  Having no hindrance, he has no fear and far from all fantasy finally dwells in Nirvana.  Because all Buddhas of the three times follow Prajna Paramita, they gain complete perfect enlightenment.

Therefore, know that the Prajna Paramita is the great holy mantram, the great bright mantram, the highest mantram, the unequaled mantram, which can destroy all suffering—truly real and not false.  So he gave the Prajna Paramita mantram which goes:

GA-TE, GA-TE, PA-RA-GA-TE, ·PA-RA-SAM-GA-TE, ·BO-DHI SWA-HA.  (3X)

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(everyone recites)

VOWS AND PRAYERS

I bow to all Buddhas in the ten directions.

I bow to all Dharmas in the ten directions.

I bow to all Sanghas in the ten directions.

Please acknowledge me.

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With all my heart

I have the following prayers.

Please let me forever have an immense respect,

Greater than mountains or oceans,

For all Buddhas of the ten directions.

*

Forever let me have a timeless love,

Spreading out from the three high levels of existence

Like rain on all sentient beings,

Creating peaceful lives for them all.

*

Together without hatred, together without war.

Let those who commit wrongdoings

Believe in reincarnation and karma,

So that they may turn toward right action.

*

Please let the blind see,

And the deaf will hear,

The poor have clothes and food,

And the sick be cured of all illness.

*

Please let animals

Be free from ignorance,

So they will be born into human form,

And learn the Buddha’s way.

*

Please let the roaming ghosts

In the other world

Be free from a destiny of constant hunger

And follow the Buddha’s teaching.

*

Please let the ones suffering in the hells

Kindle the light

Of compassion in their hearts,

So that their pain will end.

*

Oh, Buddhas of the ten directions

And Bodhisattvas,

I pray that you will bring the holy Dharmas

To shine in the thousands of worlds.

*

So that no matter where we happen to be

We always will meet with the wonderful teachings,

And always have a chance to practice:

Being humble, respecting all people, embracing virtue,

Sharing and worshipping goodness, and

Helping others who are in need.

*

Please let me be calm

No matter what the situation I’m in

Even if somebody hurts me with words

Or by design.

*

Let me be happy

When somebody is successful

Or when they do good deeds.

Let me be happy for them,

As if the good deeds were mine.

*

Please let me learn to control my speech

So I can be quiet

And not speak of others’ faults.

Let me learn the way

To use words wisely

To help correct others’ wrongdoings.

*

Please let me get rid of

Possessive love,

And replace it with compassionate love,

For everybody and everything.

*

I bow to all Buddhas of the ten directions.

I have been in great pain for so long,

In the never-ending cycle of lives,

In and out, out and in, bitter and tired.

*

Now I am making this prayer

To end my cycle.  I want to stop it.

I want to return to my “Buddha nature.”

*

The wisdom:

Then, help others,

In order to show gratitude to the Buddhas.

Please let me be strong

In my determination to study the way,

Not a minute of straying,

Not an hour of dreaming.

*

Let me be in a perfect serene state of mind.

Let me master deep meditation

Which will bring a clear mind.

*

My true nature will manifest.

My ego will eventually dissipate.

Let me be awakened

Without a trace of pride.

*

Without a trace of pride.

No matter how advanced

The stage I’m in,

I will always find my weakness.

*

Let me keep going

Without stopping at any time.

I have to go on to the absolute state

Without boundaries,

Where my mind is one with the

Buddha’s mind.

*

And in million forms of life,

Of birth and death cycles,

Incessantly, I will always help others.

*

Oh, Buddhas of the ten directions!

Please come and acknowledge my prayers.

Hear my earnest vow,

Rising, I offer to the Three Treasures.

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Please stand for Prostrations to the Buddhas- 

(chanted by Master, then by everyone in call-and-response format)

 Homage to the Buddhas of the ten quarters.

-One prostration-

Homage to the Dharma pervading the ten quarters.

 -One prostration-

Homage to the Sangha in the ten quarters.

-One prostration-

Homage to Sakyamuni, the Buddha who is our master.

-One prostration-

Homage to Vairocana, the Buddha of the Pure Dharmakaya.

-One prostration-

Homage to Locana, the Buddha of the Sambhogakaya.

-One prostration-

Homage to Maitreya, the Buddha of the future.

-One prostration-

Homage to Amitabha, the Buddha of the Western Paradise.

-One prostration-

Homage to Manjusri, the Bodhisattva personifying Wisdom.

-One prostration-

Homage to Samantabhadra, the Bodhisattva of compassion and skillful means.

-One prostration-

Homage to Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva who is the great compassionate and pitying one, ready to save beings from afflictions.

-One prostration-

Homage to Kshitigarbha, the Bodhisattva of the six realms.

-One prostration-

 

-Please be seated for the confession- (all recite)

All the evil karma created by me, since of old,

On account of greed, anger, and folly, which have no beginning,

Born of my body, mouth, and mind-

I now make full open confession of it.

 

All the evil karma created by me, since of old,

On account of greed, anger, and folly, which have no beginning,

Born of my body, mouth, and mind-

I now make full open confession of it.

All the evil karma created by me, since of old,

On account of greed, anger, and folly, which have no beginning,

Born of my body, mouth, and mind-

I now make full open confession of it.

 

The following is recited by one priest only;

all remain silent reflecting on the precepts.

The first precept is: Not to take life- keep this precept.

The second precept is: Not to commit adultery- keep this precept.

The third precept is: Not to become intoxicated- keep this precept.

The fourth precept is: Not to take what is not given to one- keep this precept.

The fifth precept is: Not to speak that which might harm others- keep this precept.

 

I take refuge in the Buddha, who has complete compassion and wisdom.

I take refuge in the Dharma, which guides to detachment.

I take refuge in the Sangha, which is harmonious and respected by all.

 

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jNamo Sakyamuni Buddha (chanted by all until the double bell sounds)

(j Each syllable, done with small bell on handle)

Three Prostrations, done quickly. Å Bow  Å Bow Å Bow

 

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