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.
I take refuge in Amida, the Unimpeded Light
I take refuge in the Buddha, the One who shows me the way in this life
I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and love
I take refuge in the Sangha, The community that lives in harmony and awareness
I take refuge in the Pure Land, the perfect field of merit
Buddham Saranam Gacchami
Dharmam Saranam Gacchami
Sangham Saranam Gacchami***
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
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