Live simply with gratitude, peace, joy and compassion.
The following daily
practices are recommended for all BPG of Farmington's friends and interested parties. We highly encourage you to diligently
practice them on a daily basis so that your life can manifest its potential for peace, gratitude, harmony and compassion.
The Buddha said that the mind is a creator; it paints your reality like a artist paints a portrait. Your mind's portrait
is the life you are leading right at this moment. Through the practice of daily observances, you can transform your inner
reality and “paint” a new life, full of liberation, peace and joy, thereby positively transforming your life and
the world you live in.
Moreover, these practices
serve as daily reminders of our highest spiritual values like Going for Refuge in the Three Jewels and the Shin Affirmation;
in addition, they serve as opportunities to deeply hear the primordial call of Boundless Life and Light itself via these
spiritual values, quiet sitting meditation and chanting the Juseige. Finally, the
Observance ends with the voicing of the nembutsu, as the direct and living manifestation of the Oneness of reality, which
is regarded as the embodiment of the Three Jewels and is the consolidation Noble Eightfold Path. Refer to our What is Shin Buddhism? web page and Becoming a Buddhist on
the Buddhist Faith Fellowship's web site for detailed information on the Buddhist lifestyle and beliefs.
and print the following Daily Observance for your personal use. Please read the suggested steps and modify
them if needed.
I. Face shrine, nembutsu scroll or Buddha image
a. Palms in gassho (in reverence) with mallas
(meditation beads) wrapped around hands. Sit in chair or cushion.
b. Ring bell (three times and then bow) while you do this follow your breathe mindfully.
II. The Candle
& Incense Offering
one or both of the following:
Light the Wisdom Candle and recite:
“Mindful of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, I calmly light this candle,
the face of the Earth.” (bell & bow)
Light the incense and recite:
“In gratitude and joy,
I offer this incense
To the living heart of wisdom and compassion,
Amida, the Buddha of Immeasurable Life and Light.”
(bell & bow)
the Five Remembrances (optional)
“I am of the
nature to grow old.
There is no way to escape growing old.
I am of the nature
to have ill health.
There is no way to escape having ill health.
I am of the nature
There is no way to escape death.
All that is dear
to me and everyone I love,
Are of the nature to
There is no way to
Being separated from
My actions are
my only true belongings.
I cannot escape,
The consequences of
My actions are the ground on which I stand.
By relying on the
compassion of Buddha,
The wisdom of the Dharma,
And the fellowship of Sangha.
May I realize my true nature
And liberate other beings from suffering. (bell
III. Going for Refuge in the Three
(This fundamental practice
allows us to entrust ourselves to life’s highest universal
I take refuge in the Buddha. May I absorb myself in the living source of understanding,
faith and compassion, and
awaken to the boundless Pure
Land here and now.
(bell & bow)
I take refuge in the Dharma. May I be submerged in the depths of the Teachings and Reality-as-it-is, and gain
wisdom as deep as the ocean. (bell & bow)
refuge in the Sangha. May I live in harmony with all beings, united with the disciples of Buddha, in the spirit of universal
oneness and freed from the bondage of selfishness. (bell & bow)
Iv. Recite the Shin Buddhist Affirmation.
Calling out her Sacred Name,
I shall pass through the journey of life with
strength and joy.
Revering the Light of Buddha,
Reflecting upon my imperfect self,
I shall proceed to live a life of gratitude.
Following the Teachings of Buddha,
Listening to the wholesome Path,
I shall share the Dharma with all.
Rejoicing in the compassion of Buddha,
Respecting and aiding all sentient beings,
I shall work towards the welfare of society and
the world. (bell & bow)
V. Zen meditation if time permits.
Practice meditation to help generate inner silence so you can deeply hear the call of Boundless Life and Light as the Nembutsu-Namu-Amida-Butsu. Sit on a zafu (meditation pillow) or chair for 10-20 minutes.
VI. Chant the Juseige & Nembutsu
(These chants are viewed as a meditation
to hear the primordial calling of Life itself beckoning us to spiritually awaken to Immeasurable Life & Light, symbolized
as Amida Buddha)
Song of Praise
The Juseige is the
second of three gathas (Songs of Praise) in the primary sutra of Shin Buddhism, The
Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life. This sutra passage recounts Chapter 8 of this mythical Sacred Story, in which the Bodhisattva
Dharmakara promises to embark on a quest for enlightenment and then makes 48 Vows to the Buddha Lokes-vararaja. After declaring
these vows he praises these vows with this gatha (poem).
Instructions: Put your hands in gassho and strike the bell and
begin to chant one syllable at a time. The underlined words are chanted with 2 beats and the second syllable is not pronounced.