IV: (prayer or responsive reading)
Choose one of the
following Buddhist prayers to be read just before you chant the Juseige and Nembutsu chants. These prayers serve as aspirations
to further internalize the dharma with the goal of embodying the nembutsu.
RINGING OF THE MINDFULNESS BELL (3X)
We are a link in Amida’s golden chain of love that stretches,
Around the world; we will keep our link bright and strong.
will be kind and gentle to every living thing and protect all,
Who are weaker than ourselves.
We will think pure and beautiful thoughts,
Say pure and beautiful words, and do pure and beautiful deeds.
May every link in Amida’s chain of love be bright and strong,
And may we all attain perfect peace. Namu Amida Butsu.
(bell & bow)
Oneness of Eternal Life and Light,
Entrusting in your Great Compassion,
May you shed
the foolishness in myself,
Transforming me into
your conduit of eternal love.
May I be a
medicine for the sick and weary,
Nursing their afflictions until they are
May I become food and
drink during time of famine,
May I protect
the helpless and the poor,
May I be a lamp for
those who need your Light,
May I be a bed for
those who need rest,
And guide all seekers
to the Other Shore.
May all find happiness
through my actions,
And let no one suffer
because of me.
Whether they love or
Whether they hurt or
May they all experience
Primal Vow of Other
And realize the Pure Land.
Namou Amida Butsu.
(bell & bow)
Adapted from Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara
8th century, India
UNIVERSAL LOVE PRAYER
(from the Metta Sutta)
The Buddha said,
Everyone “May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
and the long,
the subtle and the gross:
May all beings everywhere,
Seen and unseen,
Dwelling far off or
Being or waiting to become:
May all be filled with lasting joy.
Let no one deceive another,
no one anywhere despise another,
Let no one out of anger or resentment
Wish suffering on anyone at all.
as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow
love for all creatures.
Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.”
Namu Amida Butsu (bell & bow)
Let us remember what the Buddha told us.
Rely on the message of the teacher, not on his personality;
Rely on the meaning,
not just on the words;
Rely on the real meaning,
not just the provisional one;
Rely on your wisdom
mind, not on the false, judgmental mind.
Namu Amida Butsu. (bell)
THE BUDDHIST BEATITUDES
(Adapted from The Gospel of Buddha, Chapter III, Verses 12-16 by Paul Carus, 1894)
Leader There is suffering in the
world of samsara; there is much misery and pain.
Everyone But greater than all the misery is the bliss of dharma. Dharma
gives peace to the yearning mind; it conquers error; it quenches the flames of desires; it leads to Nirvana.
Leader Blessed is she who has
found the peace of Nirvana.
Everyone She is at rest in the struggles and tribulations of life;
she is above all changes; she is above birth and death; she remains unaffected by the evils of life.
Leader Blessed is she who has
Everyone She conquers, although she may be wounded; she is glorious
and joyful, although she may suffer; she is strong, although she may break down under the burden of her work; she is immortal,
although she may die. The essence of her being is purity and goodness.
Everyone Blessed is she who has attained the state of Buddhahood,
for she is free to work out the liberation of her fellow beings.
Leader The dharma has taken its abode in her.
Perfect wisdom illumines her understanding, and integrity enables the purpose of all her actions.
The dharma is a living power for good, indestructible and invincible!
Leader Work the dharma out in your mind, and spread
it among humankind, for the dharma alone is the liberator from evil and misery. The Buddha has found the truth and the truth
has been proclaimed by the Buddha!
Blessed be the Buddha! (bell)