Rite of Chanting Thanksgiving Ceremony

The Happy Vesak Rites

Daily Chanting

Rituals of having mindfulness lunch

Ritual of Wedding

Reciting the Three Refuges and the Five Ethical Trainings

Rite Of Making Offerings To The Happy New Year

Rite of Chanting of Praying for Peacefulness

 

Rite of Chanting Thanksgiving Ceremorny

  (Meditation Practice around 15 minutes)

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma SamBuddhassa
(3 times)

          Respectfully pay homage to the Buddha: the World-Honored One, the Worthy One, the Exalted One, the Fully Awakened or Enlightened One. [Bell]

Incense Offering
As wonderful as the lotus flower,
as bright as the northern star,
let us come back and take refuge in
the Teacher of gods and human beings. [Bell]
As the incense is lit,
sandalwood perfumes the air,
making an auspicious rainbow cloud.
I, your disciple, with all my respect
offer it to the Buddhas of the Ten Directions.
May we practice the precepts seriously at all times
may we practice concentration diligently,
may we offer the precious fruit of insight
as our offering of incense of the heart.

          Respectfully we offer incense to the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, virtuous and noble Sangha, dharma guardians, good gods, knowing and understanding our wholehearted minds. [Bell]

Touching the earth in deep gratitude to the Triple Gem

          We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, one prostration)

          We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Dharma forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, one prostration)

          We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Sangha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, one prostration)

Opening Verse
The Dharma is deep and lovely,
we now have a chance to see, study, and to practice,
we vow to realize its true meaning. [Bell]

Metta Sutta
Discourse on Loving-Kindness

This is what should be done 
By one who is skilled in goodness, 
And who knows the path of peace:

Let them be able and upright, 
Straightforward and gentle in speech. 
Humble and not conceited, 
Contented and easily satisfied. 
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing 
That the wise would later reprove. 
Wishing: In gladness and in saftey, 
May all beings be at ease. 
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen, 
Those living near and far away, 
Those born and to-be-born, 
May all beings be at ease! 
Let none deceive another, 
Or despise any being in any state. 
Let none through anger or ill-will 
Wish harm upon another. 
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child, 
So with a boundless heart 
Should one cherish all living beings: 
Radiating kindness over the entire world:
Spreading upwards to the skies, 
And downwards to the depths; 
Outwards and unbounded, 
Freed from hatred and ill-will. 
Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection. 
This is said to be the sublime abiding. 
By not holding to fixed views, 
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires, 
Is not born again into this world. (Bell)

 

May the Day be Well
May the day be well and the night be well.
The day and night whose six times are auspicious.
All the periods are peaceful.
May the Buddha and Bodhisattva bless and protect us.
The countenance of the World-Honored One,
like the full moon or like the orb of the sun,
shines with the light of clarity.
A halo of wisdom spreads in every direction,
enveloping all with love and compassion,
joy and equanimity.
Namo Sakyamuni Buddhaya.
[3 times, Bell]

Four Practitioner's Vows
Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them all.
Defilements are endless, I vow to cease them all.
Dharma cultivation is numberless, I vow to practice it.
The Buddha's way is supreme, I vow to attain it. (Bell)

Taking refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the Buddha, the One who shows me the way of loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom in lifetime.
Having taken refuge in the Buddha, I clearly see the path of light and beauty in life.
Turning back and takingrefuge in the Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people soon recognize and develop their own enlightened nature.
Namo Buddhaya
Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Dutiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. [Bell]

Taking refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of practicing peace, joy, happiness, understanding, and love for the many right in the present life.
Having taken refuge in the Dharma, I am learning and cultivating the Noble Eightfold Path with eight interrelated lanes being comprised of right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
Turning back and taking refuge in the Dharma in myself, I aspire to help all people fully master the ways of practiceand walk together on the path of liberation.
Namo Dharmaya
Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. [Bell]

Taking refuge in the Sangha
I take refuge in the Sangha, the Community of cultivated people who vow to lead their lives of ethics, harmony, and awareness to themselves and to others right here and right now in the present life.
Having taken refuge in the Sangha, I am enlightened, instructed, and supported by the Sanghabody on the way of practice. 
Turning back and taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I aspire to help all people build fourfold Communities, to embrace all beings and support their transformation.
Namo Sanghaya.
Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.[Bell]

Sharing the Merit
Reciting the trainings, practicing the way of awareness gives rise to benefits without limit. We vow to share the fruits with all beings. We vow to offer tribute to parents, teachers, friends, and numerous beings who give guidance and support along the path.
May the merit of this practice benefit all beings and bring peace! [Bell].

Please stand up to vow effort, and pay respects to the Triple Gem
We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Buddha.  Namo Buddhaya [Bell]

We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Dharma. Namo Dharmaya [Bell]

We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Sangha. Namo Sanghaya [Bell]

The merit (Closing Verse)
May we be well and happy,
May you be well and happy,
May all beings be well and happy anytime and anywhere.
(Bell, bell, bell)

 

The happy vESak Rites

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        Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma SamBuddhassa

Respectfully pay homage to the Buddha: the World-Honored One, the Worthy One, the Exalted One, the Fully Awakened or Enlightened One (3 times, Bell).

Incense Offering
As wonderful as the lotus flower,
as bright as the northern star,
let us come back and take refuge in
the Teacher of gods and human beings.
As the incense is lit,
sandalwood perfumes the air,
making an auspicious rainbow cloud.
I, your disciple, with all my respect
offer it to the Buddhas of the Ten Directions.
May we practice the precepts seriously at all times
may we practice concentration diligently,
may we offer the precious fruit of insight
as our offering of incense of the heart.

        Respectfully we offer incense to the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, virtuous and noble Sangha, dharma guardians, good gods, knowing and understanding our wholehearted minds. [Bell]

Touching the earth in deep gratitude to the Triple Gem
We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, prostration)

We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Dharma forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, prostration)

We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Sangha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, prostration)

 

Opening Verse
The Dharma is deep and lovely,
we now have a chance to see, study,
and to practice,
we vow to realize its true meaning. [Bell]

 

The Buddha

“The World-Honored Buddha;
the Teacher is our peaceful, noble, and spiritual Leader;
the Teacher is the most worthy to be made offerings;
the Teacher understands and loves;
the Teacher has fully virtuous conduct and insight;  
the Teacher attained perfect peaceful joy and deliverance;
the Teacher understands the world fully;
the Teacher has the ability to subjugate people;
the Teacher of both gods and human beings;
the Teacher attained enlightenment and awakening completely;
the Teacher deserves to be best honored and respected by the world.” (Bell)

Wholeheartedly pay homage to Siddhārtha Gautama Bodhisattva,
starting from Tusita heaven,
foreseeing a wholesome omen to holy Maya Queen,
riding a white elephant with six tusks,
entering into his mother's fetus.

Namo  Sakyamuni Buddhaya.
(Bell, one prostration)

Wholeheartedly pay homage to Siddhārtha Gautama Bodhisattva,
being born under an Ashoka tree,
being bathed by two currents of warm - cool water,
stepping seven steps lifted out by seven lotuses,
confidently stating out that:
"An Enlightened One is topmost."

Namo Sakyamuni Buddhaya.
(Bell, one prostration) 

Wholeheartedly pay homage to Siddhārtha Gautama Bodhisattva,
for forty five days and nights,
sitting diligently in deep meditation,
attaining fruit of full enlightenment,
under early morning starlight.
Namo Sakyamuni Buddhaya.
(Bell, one prostration)  

Wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha,
throughout forty five years,
only proclaiming suffering,
and transforming suffering
to bring joy and peace to the world today.
Namo Sakyamuni Buddhaya.
(Bell, one prostration)

Wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha,
at the age of 80,
entering  parinibbāna
under between two Sala trees
leaving his holy bodily relics all over the world.

Namo Sakyamuni Buddhaya.
(Bell, one prostration)

Wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha,
the Master of spiritual instruction,
the Teacher of gods and human  beings,
the gentle compassion Father in all realms,
bringing welfare and well-being to all living things and living beings.

Namo Sakyamuni Buddhaya.
(Bell, one prostration)

Four Practitioner's Vows

Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them all.
Defilements are endless, I vow to cease them all.
Dharma cultivation is countless, I vow to practice it.
The Buddha's way is supreme, I vow to attain it. [Bell]

Sharing the Merit (Closing Verse)

May the merit of cultivation today
be directed toward all living things and living beings.
We and human beings
can realize the Buddha's way together.
Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu. [Bell, bell, bell]

 


Daily Chanting (1)

(Meditation practice 10 minutes)       

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma SamBuddhassa
Respectfully pay homage to the Buddha: the World-Honored One, the Worthy One, the Exalted One, the Fully Awakened or Enlightened One (Bell).

Incense Offering
As wonderful as the lotus flower,
as bright as the northern star,
let us come back and take refuge in
the Teacher of gods and human beings. [Bell]
As the incense is lit,
sandalwood perfumes the air,
making an auspicious rainbow cloud.
I, your disciple, with all my respect
offer it to the Buddhas of the Ten Directions.
May we practice the precepts seriously at all times
may we practice concentration diligently,
may we offer the precious fruit of insight
as our offering of incense of the heart.
Respectfully we offer incense to the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, virtuous and noble Sangha, dharma guardians, good gods, knowing and understanding our wholehearted minds. [Bell]

Touching the earth in deep gratitude to the Triple Gem
          We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, prostrate yourself in front of the Buddha)
We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Dharma forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, prostrate yourself in front of the Dharma)
We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Sangha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, prostrate yourself in front of the Sangha)

Open verse
The Dharma is deep and lovely,
we now have a chance to see, study, and to practice,
we vow to realize its true meaning. (Bell)

 

The Insight that Bring Us to the Other Shore  

          Avalokiteshvara, while practicing deeply with the insight that brings us to the other shore, suddenly discovered that all of the five Skandhas are equally empty. After this penetration, he overcame all ill-being. [Bell]
          “Listen, Sariputra, this body itself is emptiness, and emptiness itself is this body. This body is not other than emptiness, and emptiness is not other than this body. The same is true of feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness. [Bell]
          “Listen, Sariputra, all phenomena bear the mark of emptiness; their true nature is the nature of no Birth no Death, no Being no Non-being, no Defilement no Immaculacy, no Increasing no Decreasing. [Bell]
          “That is why in emptiness, body, feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness are not separate self entities. The Eighteen Realms of Phenomena which are the six Sense Organs, the six Sense Objects, and the six kinds of Consciousness are also not separate self entities. [Bell]
          The Twelve Links of Interdependent Arising and their extinction are also not separate self entities. Ill-being, the Causes of Ill-being, the End of Ill-being, the
Path, insight and attainment, are also not separate self entities. Whoever can see this no longer needs anything to attain. [Bell]
          Bodhisattvas who practice the Insight that brings us to the other shore see no more obstacles in their mind, and because there  are no more obstacles in their mind, they can overcome all fear, destroy all wrong perceptions and realize Perfect Nirvana. [Bell]
          “All Buddhas in the past, present and future by practicing the insight that brings us to the other shore are all capable of attaining authentic and perfect enlightenment." Therefore, Sariputra, it should be known that the insight that brings us to the other shore is a Great Mantra, the most illuminating mantra, the highest mantra, a mantra beyond compare, the true wisdom that has the power to put an end to all kinds of suffering. Therefore, let us proclaim a mantra to praise the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore. [Bell] 
Gate, gate, pāragate, pārasamgate, bodhi, svaha!” (3 times, Bell].

The Buddha
“The World-Honored Buddha;
the Teacher is our peaceful, noble, and spiritual Leader;
the Teacher is the most worthy to be made offerings;
the Teacher understands and loves;
the Teacher is full of virtuous conduct and insight;  
the Teacher attained perfect peaceful joy and deliverance;
the Teacher understands the world fully;
the Teacher has the ability to subjugate people;
the Teacher of both gods and human beings;
the Teacher attained enlightenment and awakening completely;
the Teacher is best honored and respected by the world.” (Bell)

The Dharma
“The Dharma of the World-Honored
One that has been well proclaimed by Himself is very practical in the present, has value beyond time, has the ability to transform one’s body and mind, has the ability to extinguish defilements of greed, anger, delusion, pride, doubt, wrong view, etc.
Taking refuge in the Dharma, an intellectual one who can also cultivate oneself masters the Dharma,
comes and sees,
comes and hears,
comes and understands,
comes and practices,
comes and enjoys the flowers and fruits of peaceful joy and deliverance right here and right now in the present life.” (Bell)

The Sangha
“The Sanghabody of the World-Honored One; that is, the Community we are turning back to take refuge in;
the Community we are traveling on the good way,
the Community we are traveling on the straight way,
the Community we are traveling on the true way,
the Community we are traveling on the proper way,
the Community we are traveling on the holy way,
the Community comprising four pairs and eight fruitions of holy people, (2)
the Community being worthily made offerings,
the Community being worthily respected,
the Community being worthily revered,
the Community being worthily admired,
the most precious blessing paddy-field in the world for us to sow and to plant.” (3) (Bell)

The Dharma Precepts
“The Dharma Precepts of the World-Honored One;
the Disciplince (Vinaya) - right mindfulness we have practiced
Are the perfect precepts body
Are the never broken precepts body
Are the never polluted precepts body
Are the never spotted precepts body
Are the never mingled precepts body
Are the precepts body praised and admired by intellectuals
Are the precepts body with the ability to protect freedom
Are the precepts body leading us to fearlessness
Are the precepts body leading us to right concentration
Are the precepts body leading us to insight are the precepts body leading us to deliverance and happiness forever.” (4) (Bell)

Contemplation of Body, Mind, and Karma

          "I am the nature to get old, I cannot avoid aging;
          I am the nature to get sick, I cannot avoid sickness;
          I am the nature to die, I cannot avoid death;
          All things are created and caused by my bodily action, verbal action, and mental action, I cannot renounce and let go of them, whether it is good karma or non good karma; Aware of  this, good karma I continue upholding and developing; non good karma I try to recognize and transform;
          All relatives, loved ones, and things I cherish today, one day I will certainly have to renounce and let go of them, I cannot avoid renouncing and letting go of them." (5) (Bell)

Song of Freedom of Body and Mind
"This body is not I,
I am not limited by this body,
I am an infinite life,
I have never been born,
and also never died.
Look! Sea is wide and sky is high,
densely innumerable stars.
All are together manifested in me
from the spiritual source of consciousness mind,
from all lives I am free.
Birth and death are the gateway in and out,
they are the hide-and-seek games.
Smile together with me.
Breathe together with me.
Recite the Buddhas' names together with me.
Practice meditation together with me." (Bell)

The Three Refuges

          I take refuge in the Buddha, the One who shows me the way of loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom in lifetime.

          Having taken refuge in the Buddha, I clearly see the path of light and beauty in life.

          Turning back and taking refuge in the Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people soon recognize and develop their own enlightened nature.

Namo Buddhaya
Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Dutiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (Bell)

          I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of practicing peace, joy, happiness, understanding, and love for the many right in the present life.

          Having taken refuge in the Dharma, I am learning and cultivating the Noble Eightfold Path with eight interrelated lanes being comprised of right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.

          Turning back and taking refuge in the Dharma in myself, I aspire to help all people fully master the ways of practice and walk together on the path of liberation.

Namo Dharmaya
Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (Bell)

          I take refuge in the Sangha, the Community of cultivated people who vow to lead their lives of ethics, harmony, and awareness to themselves and to others right here and right now in the present life.

          Having taken refuge in the Sangha, I am enlightened, instructed, and supported by the Sanghabody on the way of practice. 

          Turning back and taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I aspire to help all people build fourfold Communities, to embrace all beings and support their transformation.

Namo Sanghaya
Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.(Bell)

Sharing the Merit
(Closing Verse)
Reciting the trainings, practicing the way of awareness gives rise to benefits without limit.
We vow to share the fruits with all beings. We vow to offer tribute to parents, teachers, friends, and numerous beings who give guidance and support along the path.
May the merit of this practice benefit all beings and bring peace!
(Bell, bell, bell)

Please stand up to vow effort, and pay respects to the Triple Gem

          We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Buddha.
Namo Buddhaya
          We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Dharma.
Namo Dharmaya
          We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Sangha.
Namo Sanghaya

 

Rituals of having mindfulness lunch (6)

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
(Please put your hands and recite together):

          We would like to express our wholehearted and deferential hearts in making offerings to parents.
          We would like to express our wholehearted and deferential hearts in making offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
          We would like to express our wholehearted and deferential hearts in learning, understanding, and practicing the wonderful Dharma.
          We would like to express our wholehearted and deferential hearts in making offerings to the Sangha.
          We would like to express our wholehearted and deferential hearts in a deep sense of gratitude to good donors contributing to protecting the Triple Gem and making meal offerings to the great assembly today.
          We would like to express our wholehearted and deferential hearts in being grateful to guard the places where we were born, have grown up, perfected ourselves in cultivation and learning, lived, and worked. 
          We would like to express our wholehearted and deferential hearts in contributing to praying and sharing the merit up to all dharma realms of sentient beings and insentient beings together leading to the right and the good way.
          (A chief person takes a little bit of cooked rice to put it into a bowl with water. After that, an attendant brings this bowl to give alms to beings, and recites a verse:)
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"By drops of holy water,
by the compassion heart,
today, I would like to give alms of this cooked rice to living beings,
wish all kinds of them peace and joy."

          The chief person reads out a verse: The World-Honored One has taught that: "While having mindfulness meal, we must remember to practice the Five Contemplations below. The Great Assembly, when you hear the sound of a bell, please keep your minds on reading and reciting together."

          1. This food is the gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard, loving work.
          2. May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
          3. May we recognize and transform our unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed, and learn to eat with moderation.
          4. May we keep compassion alive by eating in such a way that we reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet, end the causes making a change of unusual climate. 
          5. We accept this food so that we may nurture our sisterhood and brotherhood, build the Sangha, practice the path of understanding and love, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.


Sharing the merit
"Receiving this food,
praying for all
disciples and living beings
who follow the right path."

          A chief person recites out: "I would like to invite all of you to have mindfulness meal. You all read out together. "Namo Sakyamuni Buddhya."

          The great assembly has cordial meal together.

Ritual of Wedding (7)

(Meditation practice in 10 minutes)
Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma SamBuddhassa (3 times)
Respectfully pay homage to the Buddha: the World-Honored One, the Worthy One, the Exalted One, the Fully Awakened or Enlightened One (Bell).

Incense Offering
As wonderful as the lotus flower,
as bright as the northern star,        
let us come back and take refuge in the Teacher of gods and human beings. (Bell)
As the incense is lit,
sandalwood perfumes the air,
making an auspicious rainbow cloud.
I, your disciple, with all my respect
offer it to the Buddhas of the Ten Directions.
May we practice the precepts seriously at all times
may we practice concentration diligently,
may we offer the precious fruit of insight
as our offering of incense of the heart.(8)
          Respectfully we offer incense to the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, virtuous and noble Sanghas, dharma guardians, good gods, knowing and understanding our wholehearted minds.

Touching the earth in deep gratitude to the Triple Gem
We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell)
We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Dharma forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell)
We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Sangha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell)

Opening Verse
The Dharma is deep and lovely,
we now have a chance to see, study, and to practice,
we vow to realize its true meaning. (Bell)

May the Day be Well
May the day be well and the night be well.
The day and night whose six times is auspicious.
All the time is peaceful.
May the Buddha and Bodhisattva bless and protect us.
The countenance of the World-Honored One,
like the full moon or like the orb of the sun, shines with the light of clarity.
A halo of wisdom spreads in every direction,
enveloping all with love and compassion,
joy and equanimity.
Namo Shakyamuni Buddhaya. ( 3 times, Bell)

Introductory words
Today the community gathers to lend spiritual support to our brother .................... and our sister........................, in their taking the vow to practice the Five Awareness. Please, everyone, follow your breathing in mindfulness when you hear the sound of the bell. [Bell]
Brother..................... and sister...................., please come forward in front of the altar of the Three Jewels, forming a lotus bud with your palms.

Touching the Earth in Gratitude
Upon hearing the sound of each bell, after the recitation of each line, please touch the Earth one time.
In gratitude to your father and mother, who have brought you to life, Brother and Sister, bow deeply before the Three Jewels in the Ten Directions. [Bell]
In gratitude to your teachers, who have shown you the way to understand and love, Brother and Sister, bow deeply before the Three Jewels in the Ten Directions. [Bell]
In gratitude to your friends, who give you guidance and support on the path, Brother and Sister, bow deeply before the Three Jewels in the Ten Directions. [Bell]
In gratitude to all beings in the animal, plant, and mineral worlds, Brother and Sister, bow deeply before the Three Jewels in the Ten Directions. [Bell]  
Brother.................. and Sister ..........................., please kneel down.
Noble community, please listen. This is the moment when our brother ................ and sister........................... will make the vow to practice the Five Awarenesses and thus become husband and wife. Students of the Buddha are aware that life is one and that happiness is not an individual matter. By living and practicing awareness, we bring peace and joy to our lives and the lives of those related to us. Brother and Sister, please repeat the Five Awarenesses after me, and say "Yes, I do" firmly if you intend to make the vow to practice them. After each Awareness, when you hear the sound of the bell, touch the Earth before the Three Jewels.
The First Awareness: We are aware that all generations of our ancestors and all future generations are present in us. This is the first of the Five Awarenesses. Do you make the vow receive, study, and practice it?
Bride and Groom say together: Yes, I do. [Bell]
Bride and Groom touch the earth one time.
The Second Awareness: We are aware of the expectations that our ancestors, our children, and their children have of us. This is the second of the Five Awarenesses. Do you make the vow receive, study, and practice it?
Bride and Groom say together: Yes, I do. [Bell]
Bride and Groom touch the earth one time.
The Third Awareness: We are aware that our joy, peace, freedom, and harmony are the joy, peace, freedom, and harmony, and harmony of our ancestors, our children, and their children.
This is the third of the Five Awarenesses. Do you make the vow receive, study, and practice it?
Bride and Groom say together: Yes, I do. [Bell]
Bride and Groom touch the earth one time.
The Fourth Awareness: We are aware that understanding is the very foundation of love.
This is the fourth of the Five Awarenesses. Do you make the vow receive, study, and practice it?
Bride and Groom say together: Yes, I do. [Bell]
Bride and Groom touch the earth one time.
The Fifth Awareness: We are aware that blaming and arguing can never help us and only create a wider gap between us; that only understanding, trust, and love can help us change and grow.
This is the fifth of the Five Awarenesses. Do you make the vow receive, study, and practice it?
Bride and Groom say together: Yes, I do. [Bell]
Bride and Groom touch the earth one time.

Statement and Support
Brother...................... and Sister.........................., you have made the solemn vow to study and practice the Five Awarenesses. You have become husband and wife with the support of the Three Jewels. As long as you continue this practice, you continue to have  the spiritual support of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, and your happiness will be the happiness of many others. Each full moom day, you should recite together these Five Awarenesses. This community will continue to support you in this practice. Hearing the sound of the bell, please stand up and touch the earth three times before the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

Bowing To Each Other
Brother and Sister, now is the time for you to face each other and bow deeply to each other to show your mutual respect. Your love and commitment will continue to grow based on this ground of mutual respect. [TWO BELLS AS BRIDE AND GROOM TOUCH THE EARTH]

Offering of Rings [Optional] and Promises(9)
Brother and Sister, please kneel down in front of each other. It is the time for you to exchange rings and promises.

Mother's, Father's, or Guardian's Instructions and wishes
A father, mother, or guardian can say a few meaningful, concise instructions and wishes to the bride and groom.   

The whole Community chant the Triple Gem and share the Merit together.
Taking Refuge in the Buddha
          I take refuge in the Buddha, the One who shows me the way of loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom in lifetime.
Having taken refuge in the Buddha, I clearly see the path of light and beauty in life.
Turning back and taking refuge in the Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people soon recognize and develop their own enlightened nature.
Namo Buddhaya
Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Dutiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (Bell)

Taking refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of practicing peace, joy, happiness, understanding, and love for the many right in the present life.
Having taken refuge in the Dharma, I am learning and cultivating the Noble Eightfold Path with eight interrelated lanes, being comprised of Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.
Turning back and taking refuge in the Dharma in myself, I aspire to help all people fully master the ways of practice and walk together on the path of liberation.
Namo Dharmaya
Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (Bell)

Taking refuge in the Sangha
I take refuge in the Sangha, the Community of cultivated people who vow to lead their lives of ethics, harmony, and awareness to themselves and to others right here and right now in the present life.
Having taken refuge in the Sangha, I am enlightened, instructed, and supported by the Sanghabody on the way of practice. 
Turning back and taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I aspire to help all people build fourfold Communities, to embrace all beings and support their transformation.
Namo Sanghaya
Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.(Bell)

Sharing the Merit (Closing Verse)
Reciting the trainings, practicing the way of awareness gives rise to benefits without limit. We vow to share the fruits with all beings. We vow to offer tribute to parents, teachers, friends, and numerous beings who give guidance and support along the path. May the merit of this practice benefit all beings and bring peace! (Bell, bell, bell).
(Please gently stand up, put our bud flower hands, direct our deferential minds to the Buddha altar, recite the three Verses of the Dhammapada 296, 297, & 298, and then together touch the earth in deep gratitude to the Triple Gem.)

Please stand up to vow effort and pay respects to the Triple Gem
We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Buddha.      
Namo Buddhaya (1 prostrate, Bell)
We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Dharma.
Namo Dharmaya (1 prostrate, Bell)

          We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Sangha.
Namo Sanghaya (1 prostrate, Bell)

Reciting the Three Refuges and the Five Ethical Trainings

(Meditation practice in 15 minutes)

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma SamBuddhassa
Respectfully pay homage to the Buddha: the World-Honored One, the Worthy One, the Exalted One, the Fully Awakened or Enlightened One (Bell).

Incense Offering
As wonderful as the lotus flower,
as bright as the northern star,  
let us come back and take refuge in the Teacher of gods and human beings. (Bell)
As the incense is lit,
sandalwood perfumes the air,
making an auspicious rainbow cloud.
I, your disciple, with all my respect
offer it to the Buddhas of the Ten Directions.
May we practice the precepts seriously
at all times
may we practice concentration diligently,
may we offer the precious fruit of insight
as our offering of incense of the heart.(10)
        Respectfully we offer incense to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, virtuous and noble Sanghas, dharma guardians, good gods, knowing and understanding our wholehearted minds.

Touching the earth in deep gratitude to the Triple Gem
We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, 1 prostrate)
We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Dharma forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, 1 prostrate)
We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Sangha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, 1 prostrate)

Opening Verse
The Dharma is deep and lovely,
we now have a chance to see, study, and to practice,
we vow to realize its true meaning. (Bell)

May the Day be Well
May the day be well and the night be well.
The day and night whose six times is auspicious.
All the periods is peaceful.
May the Buddha and Bodhisattva bless and protect us.
The countenance of the World-Honored One,
like the full moon or like the orb of the sun, shines with the light of clarity.
A halo of wisdom spreads in every direction,
enveloping all with love and compassion,
joy and equanimity.
Namo Shakyamuni Buddhaya. ( 3 times, Bell)

Taking Refuge in the Buddha

        I take refuge in the Buddha, the One who shows me the way of loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom in lifetime.
        Having taken refuge in the Buddha, I clearly see the path of light and beauty in life.
        Turning back and taking refuge in the Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people soon recognize and develop their own enlightened nature.

Namo Buddhaya
Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Dutiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (Bell)

 

Taking refuge in the Dharma

        I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of practicing peace, joy, happiness, understanding, and love for the many right in the present life.
        Having taken refuge in the Dharma, I am learning and cultivating the Noble Eightfold Path with eight interrelated lanes, being comprised of Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.
        Turning back and taking refuge in the Dharma in myself, I aspire to help all people fully master the ways of practice and walk together on the path of liberation.

Namo Dharmaya
Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (Bell)

Taking refuge in the Sangha

        I take refuge in the Sangha, the Community of cultivated people who vow to lead their lives of ethics, harmony, and awareness to themselves and to others right here and right now in the present life.
        Having taken refuge in the Sangha, I am enlightened, instructed, and supported by the Sanghabody on the way of practice. 
        Turning back and taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I aspire to help all people build fourfold Communities, to embrace all beings and support their transformation.

Namo Sanghaya
Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.(Bell)  

An Island onto Oneself

Turning back and taking refuge in
an island onto oneself.
Mindfulness is the Buddha,
shining far and near.
Breathing is the Dharma,
guarding  one's body and mind.
The five aggregates are the Sangha, working in harmony.  
Breathing in and breathing out
is a cool fresh flower,
is a steady mountain.
Stillness water is illuminated.
Space is immense. (Bell)

The Five Ethical Trainings

1. The First Ethical Training
          We are aware to respect all lives of living things and living beings, including human beings, animals, even grass, trees, flowers, leaves, lands, stones, etc. We don't kill, chop, burn, and destroy mountains, forests, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, and the ocean.
          Practicing the first ethical training means that; we are aware to take care to nurture our love for all living things and living beings. Upon understanding and practicing thus, we can contribute to protecting human ecology and environment of living things and living beings, and contribute to building a clean, green, and beautiful planet.
          This is the first ethical training. In the past time, let's learn and practice the first ethical training entirely. (Bell, mindful breathing in and out).

2. The Second Ethical Training
          We are aware to respect private and public assets, heritages, minerals, and forest products, including gold, silver, gems, etc. We don't steal and usurp others’ belongings.
          Practicing the second ethical training means that; we are aware to spread our alms-giving hearts for the poor, the lonely, and the needy. We exploit the sources of the natural resources in moderation so that generations of our descendants can continue to depend on them. Upon understanding and practicing thus, we can contribute to protecting, maintaining, and developing virtue, wealth, and prosperity for our families, relatives, schools, and society.
          This is the second ethical training. In the past time, let's learn and practice the second ethical training entirely. (Bell, mindful breathing in and out).

3. The Third Ethical Training
          We are aware to respect the happy integrity of family, including spouses and children. We don't abuse sexuality of children, and don't violate chastity of other people. To maintain happiness of the family steadily, upon having had spouse, we only have sex with our lawful spouse.
          Practicing the third ethical training means that; we are aware to protect happiness of our parents, spouses, and children. Upon understanding and practicing thus, we can contribute to bringing peacefulness, feelings of joy and good repute to our families, relatives, schools, and society.
          In order to connect the lineage of the Clan Temple, lay Buddhists should marry, have children and grandchildren. However, except for cases, they express their vow to lead their single lives to take care of their families, relatives, and loved ones. 
          To uphold the lineage of the Saints, to inherit, descend, light up the torch of the Dharma, and to light up the torch of love, monastic Buddhists must take full advantage of saving much time for learning, cultivation, spreading the Dharma, and helping spiritual lives for the many.
          Those who express their vow to lead their monastic lives and keep their bodies and minds purified are not tied by families and children.
          This is the third ethical training. In the past time, let's learn and practice the third ethical training entirely. (Bell, mindful breathing in and out).   

4. The Fourth Ethical Training
          We are aware to respect the truth and cherish everyone, including our grandparents, parents, teachers, friends, etc. We abstain from false speech, slanderous speech, harsh speech, and idle chatter. Aware that we shouldn't speak the sources of vague and unclear information, don't speak the words of desire and benefit for us, don't speak the words of creating dissidence, losing harmony and solidarity.(11)
          Practicing the fourth ethical training means that; we are aware to say the words of the truth, the right, those of confidence, reconciliation, and gentleness, those of affection, softness, sweetness, agreeability to hearing and love, the words with the helpful value for building and bringing faith, prestige, harmony, solidarity, and authentic fraternity to families, relatives, schools, and society.
          This is the fourth ethical training. In the past time, let's learn and practice the fourth ethical training entirely. (Bell, mindful breathing in and out). 

5. The Fifth Ethical Training
          We are aware to respect quietness, tranquility, steadiness, and calmness for the many, including us, our relatives, loved ones, and neighbors. We don't drink alcoholic beverages, don't smoke, don't play violent games, don't watch and see sexy and depraved films, internets, pictures and photographs, especially we absolutely don't use addictive drugs. Except for cases, the drugs are utilized in medicine, we are allowed to use them.
          Practicing the fifth ethical training diligently, we can protect our wholesome bodies, perspicacious and lucid minds. Upon understanding and practicing thus, we can contribute to building and bringing confidence and prestige, peaceful joy and happiness to our families, relatives, and society.
          This is the fifth ethical training. In the past time, let's learn and practice the fifth ethical training entirely. (Bell, mindful breathing in and out)
          Thanks to practicing the five ethical trainings steadily and properly, we not only help us and other people, but also help all the realms of living things and living beings all over the planet. Upon understanding and practicing thus, we can contribute to protecting the environment and habitat for the earth. Through our diligent practice, we can contribute to bringing authentic peace to the world today.”(12)
          The Three Refuges of the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha, and the Five Ethical Trainings, the foundations of stable and relaxed learning, are the substance of authentically joyful and happy cultivation for the many right in the present life.
          Every the past time and the next time, let's reread and recite together to remember, review, practice, and accomplish the Three Refuges and the Five Ethical Trainings more and more deeply.
          To express our hearts to esteem the Triple Gem, we put our bud lotus hands together and recite the names of our original Master, the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Namo Sakyamuni Buddhaya(3 times, Bell).

Sharing the Merit (Closing Verse)
Reciting the trainings, practicing the way of awareness gives rise to benefits without limit.
We vow to share the fruits with all beings. We vow to offer tribute to parents, teachers, friends, and numerous beings who give guidance and support along the path.
May the merit of this practice benefit all beings and bring peace! (Bell).

Please stand up to vow effort, and pay respects to the Triple Gem together

        We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Buddha. Namo Buddhaya(1 prostrate, Bell).
        We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Dharma. Namo Dharmaya(1 prostrate, Bell).
        We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Sangha. Namo Sanghaya(1 prostrate, Bell).

RITE OF MAKING OFFERINGS TO THE HAPPY NEW YEAR

(Meditation practice around 10 minutes)
(Kneeling down and offering incense)

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma SamBuddhassa
Respectfully pay homage to the Buddha: the World-Honored One, the Worthy One, the Exalted One, the Fully Awakened or Enlightened One.
[Bell]

Incense Offering
As wonderful as the lotus flower,
as bright as the northern star,
let us come back and take refuge in
the Teacher of gods and human beings.
As the incense is lit,
sandalwood perfumes the air,
making an auspicious rainbow cloud.
I, your disciple, with all my respect
offer it to the Buddhas of the Ten Directions.
May we practice the precepts seriously at all times
may we practice concentration diligently,
may we offer the precious fruit of insight
as our offering of incense of the heart.

Respectfully we offer incense to the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, virtuous and noble Sangha, dharma guardians, good gods, knowing and understanding our wholehearted minds. [Bell]

Standing up and touching the earth in deep gratitude to the Triple Gem 

We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha forever present in the three lives and ten directions.
[Bell, prostrate yourself in front of the Buddha]

We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Dharma forever present in the three lives and ten directions.
[Bell, prostrate yourself in front of the Dharma]

We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Sangha forever present in the three lives and ten directions.
[Bell, prostrate yourself in front of the Sangha]

Open verse
The Dharma is deep and lovely,
we now have a chance to see, study, and to practice,
we vow to realize its true meaning. [Bell]

The Insight that Bring Us to the Other Shore

Avalokiteshvara, while practicing deeply with the insight that brings us to the other shore, suddenly discovered that all of the five Skandhas are equally empty. After this penetration, he overcame all ill-being.
“Listen, Sariputra, this body itself is emptiness, and emptiness itself is this body. This body is not other than emptiness, and emptiness is not other than this body. The same is true of feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness.
“Listen, Sariputra, all phenomena bear the mark of emptiness; their true nature is the nature of no Birth no Death, no Being no Non-being, no Defilement no Immaculacy, no Increasing no Decreasing.
“That is why in emptiness, body, feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness are not separate self entities. The Eighteen Realms of Phenomena which are the six Sense Organs, the six Sense Objects, and the six kinds of Consciousness are also not separate self entities.  
The Twelve Links of Interdependent Arising and their extinction are also not separate self entities. Ill-being, the Causes of Ill-being, the End of Ill-being, the Path, insight and attainment, are also not separate self entities. Whoever can see this no longer needs anything to attain.
Bodhisattvas who practice the Insight that brings us to the other shore see no more obstacles in their mind, and because there  are no more obstacles in their mind, they can overcome all fear, destroy all wrong perceptions and realize Perfect Nirvana. [Bell]
“All Buddhas in the past, present and future by practicing the insight that brings us to the other shore are all capable of attaining authentic and perfect enlightenment." Therefore, Sariputra, it should be known that the insight that brings us to the other shore is a Great Mantra, the most illuminating mantra, the highest mantra, a mantra beyond compare, the true wisdom that has the power to put an end to all kinds of suffering. Therefore, let us proclaim a mantra to praise the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore.   
Gate, gate, pāragate, pārasamgate, bodhi, svaha!” [3 times, Bell].

Spring and Maitreya's Birthday

In Lunar New Year's first Day, He is born,
His birthday is so peacefully wholesome,
He joyfully embodies a Bodhisattva,
we pray for Him with our sincere hearts.

On the new day, at the beginning of new year, He is born,
with good conduct, our peaceful hearts,
we who respectfully offer them to Him,
pray for peacefulness to all over living beings. [Bell]

The New Spring gives life more fresh colors,
The old and young open their merry smiles,
everyone and every family that cultivate together,
welcome the New Spring with their peaceful and joyful minds.

Dwelling confidently in the Dharma,
practitioner lightheartedly smiles
steadily and leisurely in cultivation.
Celebrating the Present Spring, so is happy. [Bell]

The Spring Light shines all over the living beings
for young people living in peacefulness
for our native country being always happy
The City and countryside are peaceful and prosperous.

 

Today, Spring comes a flower bud opens
Tomorrow, Spring next arrives the flower bud will fade.
This is the dream of human lifetime in a short while
Letting go of struggling in order to live in peacefulness. [Bell]

The spring comes to recommend us words of foretelling,
as it silently wishes for aspiration to see winter pass,
all impermanent things are changing,
yet there is only the Spring of the Mind, beautiful forever.

The Spring comes all over the native land
for families of happiness, for people of relaxation.
The Spring Mind appears everywhere,
shines the light of the path for more lives and more Spring. [Bell]

The Spring of Peaceful Joy brings eternal meanings,
practicing the Buddhadharma with cultivated minds,
we who respectfully pay homage to the Triple Gem and maintain steady faith in it,
lead our respectful hearts to the lotus pedestal of Lord compassionate Father.

The Spring of Suchness is present in us,
by conduct of cultivation, aspiration of selflessness,
our Dharma propagation all over places does not have an obstacle,
bringing feeling of joy and happiness to every family. [Bell]

May the Day be Well
May the day be well and the night be well.
The day and night whose six times are auspicious.
All the time is peaceful. 
May the Buddha and Bodhisattva bless and protect us. 
The countenance of the World-Honored One,
like the full moon or like the orb of the sun, shines with the light of clarity.
A halo of wisdom spreads in every direction,
enveloping all with love and compassion,
joy and equanimity.
Namo Shakyamuni Buddhaya. [3 times, [Bell]

Four Practitioner's Vows
Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them all.
Defilements are endless, I vow to cease them all.
Dharma cultivation is numberless, I vow to practice it.
The Buddha's way is supreme, I vow to attain it. [Bell]
Please stand up to vow effort, and pay respects to the Triple Gem

We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Buddha.
Namo Buddhaya [Bell]
        
We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Dharma
Namo Dharmaya [Bell]

We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Sangha. 
Namo Sanghaya [Bell]

Sharing the merit
May the merit of cultivation today
be directed toward all living things and living beings.
We and human beings
can realize the Buddha's way together.
[Bell, bell, bell]

 

RITE of CHANTING of PRAYING for PEACEFULNESS


(Meditation Practice around 15 minutes)

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma SamBuddhassa (3 times)

Respectfully pay homage to the Buddha: the World-Honored One, the Worthy One, the Exalted One, the Fully Awakened or Enlightened One. [Bell]
Incense Offering
As wonderful as the lotus flower,
as bright as the northern star,
let us come back and take refuge in
the Teacher of gods and human beings. [Bell]
As the incense is lit,
sandalwood perfumes the air,
making an auspicious rainbow cloud.
I, your disciple, with all my respect
offer it to the Buddhas of the Ten Directions.
May we practice the precepts seriously at all times
may we practice concentration diligently,
may we offer the precious fruit of insight
as our offering of incense of the heart. (13)

Respectfully we offer incense to the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, virtuous and noble Sangha, dharma guardians, good gods, knowing and understanding our wholehearted minds. [Bell]

Touching the earth in deep gratitude to the Triple Gem

We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, prostrate yourself in front of the Buddha)

We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Dharma forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, prostrate yourself in front of the Dharma)

We, your disciples, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Sangha forever present in the three lives and ten directions. (Bell, prostrate yourself in front of the Sangha)

Opening Verse
The Dharma is deep and lovely,
we now have a chance to see, study,
and to practice,
we vow to realize its true meaning. [Bell]
         
Discourse on the greatest Blessings

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the World-Honored One was living in the vicinity of Savatthi at the Anathapindika Monastery in the Jeta Grove. Late at night, a deva appeared whose light and beauty made the whole Jeta Grove shine radiantly. After paying respects to the Buddha, the deva asked him a question in the form of a versa: 
"Many gods and human beings are eager to know
what are the greatest blessings
which bring about a peaceful and happy life.
Please, Tathagata, will you teach us?"
These are the Buddha' teachings. [Bell]
"Not to be associated with the foolish ones,
to live in the company of wise people,
honoring those who are worth honoring
This is the greatest happiness.
"To live in a good environment,
to have planted good seeds,
and to realize that you are on the right path.
This is the greatest happiness.
"To have a chance to learn and grow,
to be skillful in your profession or craft,
practicing the precepts and loving speech-
this is the greatest happiness.
"To be able to serve and support your parents,
to cherish your own family,
to have a vocation that brings you joy -
this is the greatest happiness.
"To live honestly, generously in giving,
to offer support to relatives and friends,
living a life of blameless conduct -
this is the greatest happiness.
"To avoid unwholesome actions,
not caught by alcoholism or drugs,
and to be diligent in doing good things -
this is the greatest happiness.
"To be humble and polite in manner,
to be grateful and content with a simple life,
not missing the occasion to learn the Dharma -
this is the greatest happiness.
"To persevere and be open to change,
to have regular contact with monks and nuns,
and to fully participate in Dharma discussion -
this is the greatest happiness.
"To live diligently and attentively,
to perceive the Noble Truths,
and to realize Nirvana ­-
this is the greatest happiness.
"To live in the world
with your heart undisturbed by the world,
with all sorrows ended, dwelling in peace -
this is the greatest happiness.
"For those who accomplish this,
Wherever they go is safe,
Wherever they come is vigorous.
Happiness lives within themselves." (14) [Bell]

May the Day be Well
May the day be well and the night be well.
The day and night whose six times are auspicious.
All the periods are peaceful.
May the Buddha and Bodhisattva bless and protect us.
The countenance of the World-Honored One,
like the full moon or like the orb of the sun,
shines with the light of clarity.
A halo of wisdom spreads in every direction,
enveloping all with love and compassion,
joy and equanimity.
Namo Sakyamuni Buddhaya. [3 times, Bell]

Four Practitioner's Vows
Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them all.
Defilements are endless, I vow to cease them all.
Dharma cultivation is numberless, I vow to practice it.
The Buddha's way is supreme, I vow to attain it. [Bell

Taking refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the Buddha, the One who shows me the way of loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom in lifetime.
Having taken refuge in the Buddha, I clearly see the path of light and beauty in life.
Turning back and taking refuge in the Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people soon recognize and develop their own enlightened nature.
Namo Buddhaya
Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Dutiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. [Bell]

Taking refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of practicing peace, joy, happiness, understanding, and love for the many right in the present life.
Having taken refuge in the Dharma, I am learning and cultivating the Noble Eightfold Path with eight interrelated lanes being comprised of right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
Turning back and taking refuge in the Dharma in myself, I aspire to help all people fully master the ways of practiceand walk together on the path of liberation.
Namo Dharmaya
Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. [Bell]

Taking refuge in the Sangha
I take refuge in the Sangha, the Community of cultivated people who vow to lead their lives of ethics, harmony, and awareness to themselves and to others right here and right now in the present life.
Having taken refuge in the Sangha, I am enlightened, instructed, and supported by the Sanghabody on the way of practice. 
Turning back and taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I aspire to help all people build fourfold Communities, to embrace all beings and support their transformation.
Namo Sanghaya
Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.[Bell]

Sharing the Merit (Closing Verse)

Reciting the trainings, practicing the way of awareness gives rise to benefits without limit. We vow to share the fruits with all beings. We vow to offer tribute to parents, teachers, friends, and numerous beings who give guidance and support along the path.
May the merit of this practice benefit all beings and bring peace! [Bell].

Please stand up to vow effort, and pay respects to the Triple Gem
We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Buddha.
Namo Buddhaya [Bell]
We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day
and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Dharma.
Namo Dharmaya [Bell]
We, disciples of Gotama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Sangha. 
Namo Sanghaya [Bell]
Sharing the merit
May the merit of cultivation today
be directed toward all living things and living beings.
We and human beings
can realize the Buddha's way together.
[Bell, bell, bell]

 


(1)Thich Nhat Hanh. Chanting from the Heart. Parallax Press, California: 2007, P. 180.

(2) Sotāpanna means the noble person who enters the first holy stream is called the stream-entry (Sotāpatti phala), the stream-winner, or the stream-enterer (Sotāpanna). This person has attained the Path (Magga) (i) and the fruition (Phala) (ii) of Sotāpanna. Sakadāgāmī means the noble person who enters the second holy stream is called the once-returner (Sakadāgāmī phala). This person has attained the Path (Magga) (iii) and the fruition (Phala) (iv) of Sakadāgāmī. Anāgāmī means the noble person who enters the third holy stream is called the non-returner (Anāgāmī phala). This person has attained the Path (Magga) (v) and the fruition (Phala) (vi) of Anāgāmī. S. Arahanta = or P. Arahant means the noble person who enters the fourth holy stream is called the one who has been deserved to be offered (1), who has killed the enemies of afflictions (2), who has broken the evil things completely (3), who has made maras of defilements terrified (4), who has ended the samsara of birth and death (5). This person has attained the Path (Magga) (vii) and the fruition (Phala) (viii) of Arahanta.
(i) and (ii) as one pair, (iii) and (iv) as one pair, (v) and (vi) as one pair, (vii) and (viii) as one pair, all consist of four pairs. Calculating from the Path (Magga) and the fruition (Phala) of (i) to the Path (Magga) and the fruition (Phala) of (viii), we totally have the four pairs and the eight fruitions of holy persons (Cattāri purisayugāni aṭṭha purisapuggalā).

(3) See http://www.aimwell.org/assets/PathofPurification2011.pdf Part II, Chapter VII, pp. 215 - 218.
 
(4) See http://www.aimwell.org/assets/PathofPurification2011.pdf  Part II, Chapter VII, pp. 218-9.

(5) See Xem Anguttara Nikaya III. 71     http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/budtch/budteach06.htm#_ednref17     → Anattalakkhana Sutta – Kinh Vô Ngã tướng. Or xem Mahāvagga, p. 13; Samyutta Nikāya pt. iii, p. 66.


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(7) Phap Nhan Temple, 136 The Ranch Road, Del Valle, TX 78617.

(8) Thich Nhat Hanh. Chanting from the Heart. Parallax Press, California: 2007, P. 180.

(9) The promises are written and read by the bride and groom.

(10) Thich Nhat Hanh. Chanting from the Heart. Parallax Press, California: 2007, P. 180.

(11) See Samyuktāgama Sūtra, N. 785.

(12) See Thich Trung Sy. The Path of Buddhist Education. Ha Noi: Religious Publishing House, 2009, p. 118-134.

(13) Thich Nhat Hanh. Chanting from the Heart. Parallax Press, California: 2007, P. 180.

(14) Thich Nhat Hanh. Chanting from the Heart. California, Parallax Press Berkeley, 2000, 270-1.

 

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