Guide to Conduct and...


Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

Part Three: Ceremonial Texts for the Rites and Rituals of the Order

41. Mental Affirmation at the Regular Dharma Service and at the Evening Dharma Service-2

Oh Dharmakāya Buddha, Fourfold Grace! Please bestow upon us who have gathered here for our regular dharma meeting extraordinary illumination and power, so that our faculty of faith becomes deeper and the gate to the path of wisdom and merit opens forever. Let our three great powers of Cultivation, Inquiry, and Choice advance each day, so that we may leave behind the realm of sentient beings to ascend the bodhisattva path, and enter the realm of the buddhas by cultivating the bodhisattva path. In our practice and enterprises, please eliminate all obstructions of Māra, and enable us to move freely in the directions of east, west, south, and north, so that wherever we go we may always benefit the public and also receive their welcome and protection. Let both our speech and action be sincere, so that, regardless of the situation, we will never leave behind Truth and will also receive Truth’s implicit support and beneficence. Let there be harmony and unity among our fellow adherents, so that the dignity of our Order may be recognized throughout the worlds of the ten directions and the merit of our teachings may deliver all sentient beings everywhere. This I pray for wholeheartedly.