The Dedication Ceremony

As used in Triratna Centres or at the beginning of a retreat or event, particularly to ‘consecrate’ a new venue.

 

We dedicate this place to the Three Jewels:

To the Buddha, the Ideal of Enlightenment to which we aspire;

To the Dharma, the Path of the Teaching which we follow;

To the Sangha, the spiritual fellowship with one another which we enjoy.

 

Here may no idle word be spoken;

Here may no unquiet thought disturb our minds.

To the observance of the Five Precepts

We dedicate this place;

To the practice of meditation

We dedicate this place;

To the development of wisdom

We dedicate this place;

To the attainment of Enlightenment

We dedicate this place.

 

Though in the world outside there is strife

Here may there be peace;

Though in the world outside there is hate

Here may there be love;

Though in the world outside there is grief

Here may there be joy.

 

Not by the chanting of the sacred Scriptures,

Not by the sprinkling of holy water,

But by own efforts towards Enlightenment

We dedicate this place.

 

Around this Mandala, this sacred spot,

May the lotus petals of purity open;

Around this Mandala, this sacred spot,

May the vajra-wall of determination extend;

Around this Mandala, this sacred spot,

May the flames that transmute Samsara into Nirvana arise.

 

Here seated, here practising,

May our mind become Buddha,

May our thought become Dharma,

May our communication with one another be Sangha.

 

For the happiness of all beings,

For the benefit of all beings,

With body, speech, and mind,

We dedicate this place.

Author: Mahabodhi

Share This Post On

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

<\/body>