Order of Service

Offering

In gratitude we make an offering

to all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

throughout space and time.

May it be as blessed as earth herself,

reflecting our careful efforts,

our whole-hearted awareness,

and the fruit of understanding slowly ripening. 

May we and all beings be

companions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

May we awaken from forgetfulness

and realize the Pure Land.

Refuge

(Bell =*)

I take refuge in Amida, the Unimpeded Light

Namo Amitabhaya*

I take refuge in the Buddha, the One who shows me the way in this life

Namo Buddhaya*

I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and love

Namo Dharmaya*

I take refuge in the Sangha, The community that lives in harmony and awareness

Namo Sanghaya*

I take refuge in the Pure Land, the perfect field of merit

Namo Buddha-kshetraya*

Buddham Saranam Gacchami

Dharmam Saranam Gacchami

Sangham Saranam Gacchami***

Resolution

Rare is it to meet with the Dharma, ultimate and profound,
Even though one seeks for hundreds and thousands of aeons
Fortunately we now hear and receive it We pray that we may understand the Tathagata’s true meaning

Reading

Chanting

Sitting

Chanting

Dedication of Merit

With this meritorious practice, may we dedicate ourselves to repay what we owe

to our parents, teachers, friends, and predecessors.

(Furthermore, we dedicate this merit to…)

Celebration of Amida’s Vows

The original and sacred vows

Are the unique and essential grace

By which to enter the Pure Land.

Therefore, with body, speech and mind,

We are devoted to the teachings

That all may attain the state of bliss.

Namo Amida Bu

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