The Dedication Ceremony
Jan06

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...

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The Sevenfold Puja
Jan06

The Sevenfold Puja

The standard devotional text performed within the Triratna Buddhist Community. WORSHIP   With mandarava, blue lotus and jasmine, With all flowers, pleasing and fragrant, And with garlands skillfully woven, I pay honour to the princes of the sages, So worthy of veneration. I envelop them in clouds of incense, Sweet and penetrating; I make them offerings of food, hard and soft, And pleasing kinds of liquids to drink. I offer them lamps encrusted with jewels, Festooned with golden lotus, On the paving, sprinkled with perfume, I scatter handfuls of beautiful flowers.   AVALOKITESVARA MANTRA Om Mani Padme Hum   SALUTATION   As many atoms as there are, In the thousand million worlds, So many times I make reverent salutation To all the Buddhas of the three eras, To the Saddharma, And to the excellent Community. I pay homage to all the shrines And places in which the Bodhisattvas have been. I make profound obeisance to the teachers And those to whom respectful salutation is due.   GOING FOR REFUGE   This very day, I go for my refuge To the powerful Protectors, Whose purpose is to guard the universe, The mighty conquerors who overcome suffering everywhere. Wholeheartedly also I take my refuge In the Dharma they have ascertained, Which is the abode of security against the rounds of rebirth; Likewise in the host of Bodhisattvas I take my refuge.   refuges and precepts   Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Buddham Saranam Gacchami Dhammam Saranam Gacchami Sangham Saranam Gacchami Dutiyampi Buddham Saranam Gacchami Dutiyampi Dhammam Saranam Gacchami Dutiyampi Sangham Saranam Gacchami Tatiyampi Buddham Saranam Gacchami Tatiyampi Dhammam Saranam Gacchami Tatiyampi Sangham Saranam Gacchami   translation   Homage to Him, the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Perfectly Enlightened One! To the Buddha for refuge I go. To the Dharma for refuge I go. To the Sangha for refuge I go. For the second time to the Buddha for refuge I go. For the second time to the Dharma for refuge I go. For the second time to the Sangha for refuge I go. For the third time to the Buddha for refuge I go. For the third time to the Dharma for refuge I go. For the third time to the Sangha for refuge I go.   five precepts   Panatipata Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Adinnadana Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Kamesu Micchacara Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Musavada Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Surameraya Majja Pamadatthana Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami sadhu sadhu sadhu   the positive precepts   With deeds of loving kindness, I purify my body. With open-handed generosity, I purify my body. With stillness, simplicity,...

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Medicine Buddha Puja
Sep12

Medicine Buddha Puja

Worship   Flowers, incense, lights, Scents, food and music. Forms, sounds, smells, tastes, Touch, and all dharmas. I offer to the Medicine Buddha(s).   Faith, insight, Samadhi, Joy, diligence, mindfulness and equanimity, I offer to the Medicine Buddha(s).   May I manifest perfect merit and the wisdom of emptiness. With scented water I bathe the sugata’s body. May all unskilfulness and difficulty be purified.   With a scented, soft white cloth I dry the victor’s body. May all be free from suffering.   With these beautiful saffron robes I clothe the victor’s body. May all have energy and vitality to live and practice.   MANTRA   Salutation   Your body is like a mount, the colour of lapis lazuli, You dispel the suffering of illness in sentient beings. Surrounded by a retinue of eight bodhisattvas, Holder of Medicine, precious deity, I praise and prostrate to you. Excellent Name, Precious Moon, Fine Gold, Free of Misery, Resounding Dharma Ocean, Dharma Mind, Shakyamuni, The genuine Dharma, the sixteen bodhisattvas, and others, To the precious Three Jewels, I offer praise and prostrate.   To Brahma, Indra, the Great Kings, Protectors of the Ten Directions, The twelve yaksha chiefs and all their assistants, Vidyadharas and Rishis of medicine, divine and human To the deities of ambrosial medicine, I offer praise and prostrate.   Going For Refuge   I take my refuge in the Buddha, And pray that with all beings I may understand the Great Way, Whereby the Buddha-seed may forever thrive.   I take my refuge in the Dharma, And pray that with all beings I may enter deeply into the sutra-treasure, Whereby our wisdom may grow as vast as the ocean.   I take my refuge in the Sangha, And pray that with all beings I may reign in great multitudes And have nothing to check the unimpeded progress of truth.   REFUGES AND PRECEPTS   Confession and Aspiration   May I free myself Of the burden of selfishness. May I free myself Of all this pointless grasping. May I free myself Of searching for happiness outside of myself, Without feeling what I am feeling, Trying to grasp at experiences to fill this lack. Through the blessing presence of the Medicine King, May I cultivate positive states, May I dwell in the four sublime abodes,   Understanding this, Feeling this, Practising this, Realising this, I experience greater happiness.   Seeing that I and mine go together, That free of attachment enjoyment grows, In this very life, Sange Menla’s realm of Bliss and contentment arises.   Rejoicing in Merit   You are endowed with an oceanic treasury of qualities and merit; By...

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Aksobhya Puja
Sep12

Aksobhya Puja

Worship     Homage to Akshobhya, Vajra of what is, Reflecting everything, Signless you sit, Radiating immense love and strength.   Homage to Akshobhya, You see what is seen, Hear what is heard, Feel what is felt, In the vastness of unimpeded space.   Homage to Akshobhya, Dwelling calmly, In the empty nature of everything, Blissful, peaceful, Completely without attachment.   Homage to Akshobhya, Fearless one, Dwelling on the dynamic edge of experience, Dwelling in the heart of love.   Homage to Akshobhya, Breaking through obstacles, Playful and joyful Vajra holder, Dancing in emptiness.   Homage to Akshobhya, Steadiness, solidity, strength, He touches earth, He is rooted. Perfect equanimity, Unshakeable stability.   MANTRA AND OFFERINGS: OM VAJRA AKSHOBHYA HUM   Invocation   Akshobhya, Deep celestial blue, Sitting at the pillar of Dawn, Dwelling in the mystic east, Where the sun’s light rises from the earth, The Place of beginnings.   Akshobhya, Sitting on the diamond throne, The threshold between worlds, The centre of the universe, Where the heart is fully open, Nothing held in, Nothing excluded, All is truth here.   Looking into Akshobhya’s eyes, Complete authenticity, All we are, mirrored clearly In those calm eyes. Doing nothing, In the Stillness of reflection, We meet Akshobhya.   Akshobhya, Forms a mirage, a dream, The moon reflected in water. Looking inward to mind, Everything appearing, Yet without substance. Appearances, Evanescent as mist.   Akshobhya, Holding the vajra, Vajra being, Empty nature, Vajra being, Dancing in freedom Vajra being, The playful and spontaneous.   Akshobhya, The water that flows, Stream of knowledge, Rushing and refreshing.   Akshobhya, Moving in our blood, Our life, Our vitality, Flowing into the Ocean of Wisdom.   Akshobhya, Vibrating, Shimmering, In Radiant Blueness. The sky sings your name In space. Through emptiness, A blue voice, A colour of sound, The electric pulse of touch.   Akshobhya, With your consort Locana, The clear seeing one. She is light blue, Holding the vajra to her heart. She is serenity, Her long black hair flowing down. She is beautiful, and calm. Wisdom goddess inseparable.   Akshobhya, In your eyes, Deep sapphire fires, Stare into hers, With boundless love.   Akshobhya, Rising sun that dispels ignorance. Touching earth, The vajra strikes the earth. The king has come, The land is fruitful, Earth made firm, The gift received, The way opened, The goddess rises to Witness. Here Fruition, Here Completion, Above, And Below, Everywhere.     In Akshobhya’s presence, We enter the gates of truth, We enter the Mandala of Awakening.   Completion   EMAHO! In the clearness of mind, Self cannot confirm itself, And the unshakeable compassion Of Bodhicitta, Bursts forth....

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Vajrasattva Puja

  Worship   Vajrasattva, essential, pure. Vajrasattva, authentic, pure. Vajrasattva, radiant, luminous, pure. Vajrasattva, naked, open, pure. Vajrasattva, vivid, empty, pure. Vajrasattva, unshakeable strength. Vajrasattva, natural presence.   Pure diamond of reality, Purifying all faults eternally, Breaking all fetters instantly, Seeing through all obstacles clearly.   Vajrasattva! Beginningless purity, Deepest nature, Never impure, Always open, Always clear, Always responsive, Beyond time, Beyond space.   MANTRA AND OFFERINGS: OM VAJRASATTVA HUM   Salutation Vajrasattva! Constantly forgiving. Constantly loving. Without clinging, Without grasping, Selfless heart, All guilt, fear, Despair, anger, Dissolve – liberated from our hearts.   Vajrasattva! Embracing all, Without exception, Whoever they are, Whatever they have done.   Vajrasattva, Mahasattva, All knowing vajra, To you Vajrasattva, I bow!   Going For Refuge   Vajrasattva, The five wisdoms, In the dance of openness and awareness, All things rise, All things pass, No things, Only change, Ever flowing, Ever moving.   Vajrasattva, Mahasattva, I will suffer illness. I will get old. I will die. I have a body, These things must be. These things I cannot change. This is what is in the world.     Actions have their effects. If I make an effort, I can grow, If I devote myself to the Three Jewels, I will not be let down. If I follow the path of wisdom and compassion, Awakening is possible. If the obsession of self is loosened, The Bodhicitta will arise. If I relax, Fully at ease, The True Nature will reveal itself.   All-knowing vajra, Compassionate one, Diamond warrior, Be with me! Help me in the fight.     Vajrasattva, Guru, Protector, Refuge, Supreme Vajraholder, The essence of great compassion, Hold me to the samaya, Hold me to the refuges, Hold me to the skilful, Hold me to the training, Hold me to the noble quest, Hold me with your great love.   REFUGES AND PRECEPTS   Confession   Reflecting on the weight of my deeds, Reflecting on the powers of disintegration, Reflecting on the instability of my mind, I cry out to you, “Help me now!” My aspirations remain unfulfilled, My efforts weak. I fail in love and devotion.   Oh Guru within, Vajrasattva. Protect my mind from such confusion. Protect my mind from such selfishness. Protect my mind from the harm it causes.   Oh Vajrasattva, I have caused others pain and suffering, I have caused myself great loss and hurt. Vajrasattva, Even now I bring suffering to others, Even now I bring suffering to myself.   Vajrasattva, With you as my firm ground, May I be pure in intention. May I be pure of heart. May I be pure in thought. May I...

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Song to Amitabha
Sep12

Song to Amitabha

Worship and Salutation I bow down to the West, To the life giving sun, To the element of fire. I bow down to the selfless heart, To love, compassion, devotion, The grace of the Buddhas. I bow down to Amitabha of infinite light. Burning red Buddha! Ruby red Buddha! Fire of Compassion! Fire of Love! Fire of bliss! Fire of peace! Infinite, Eternal light. AMITABHA! Amitabha! Red lotus flower, Amitabha! Heart of love, Amitabha! Voice of the heart, Amitabha! Endless peace, Completed circle, Amitabha! Full of light, Bringer of light. To you, Amitabha, Homage and praise! To you, compassionate heart, I bow! To you, Lord of Infinite Light, I make these offerings. Mantra and Offerings OM AMIDEVA HRIH Going for Refuge Hearing Amitabha’s name with a sincere heart, I take refuge in the Power of Faith. The light of Amitabha’s wisdom is measureless, I take refuge in the True light. Universal Sun radiating loving kindness, I take refuge in the universally enlightened one. Infinite skies of light, endless as space, Infinite mind of compassion without hindrance, I take refuge in Buddha Amitabha. As far as his light illumines, his love penetrates, And the joy of faith is attained. In the boundless heart of Amitabha I take refuge. Buddha of the light of Wisdom, Buddha of unfailing Compassion, Buddha of Immeasurable light, Buddha of Wondrous light. Inexpressible light, Light awakening all beings. Beautiful light, Light transcending form. Light surpassing sun and moon. I take refuge in the Buddha of Light. Amitabha, Mysterious, limitless power, I praise you with body, speech and mind. May all beings take refuge in you. REFUGES AND PRECEPTS Confessional Aspiration May I free myself Of the burden of selfishness. May I free myself Of all this pointless grasping. May I free myself Of searching for happiness outside of myself. Without feeling what I am feeling, Trying to grasp at experiences to fill this lack. Swallowing up what I think will give me nourishment, I only feel hungrier than before. May I just learn to experience myself! May I rest with this experience! May I enjoy these pleasant feelings, Naturally, openly. Without cutting off from painful feelings, Spacious, compassionate. Through Amitabha’s wave of faith, May I cultivate positive states, May I dwell in the four sublime abodes, Understanding this, feeling all of this, Practising this, Realising this, Overcoming selfishness, I experience greater happiness. Seeing that I and mine go together, That free of attachment enjoyment grows, In this very life, Amitabha’s realm of Bliss arises. Accumulating Virtue Amitabha, Sun of my heart, Within your presence, I am content. Free of longing to be elsewhere, I am content....

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