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Appendix: Ceremonial Texts

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

60. Ceremonial Texts for the Birthday of Śākyamuni Buddha


l take refuge in the Buddha, the Honored One who possesses both blessing and wisdom fully.
l take refuge in the dharma, the Honored One which leaves desires.
l take refuge in the Sangha, the Honored One among sentient beings.


Homage to the descending from Tusita heaven by the great master of the triple world and compassionate father of the four nodes of birth, who is my original teacher: the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Homage to the birth at Lumbini Grove by the great master of the triple world and compassionate father of the four nodes of birth, who is my original teacher: the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Homage to the encounters outside the palace’s four gates by the great master of the triple world and compassionate father of the four nodes of birth, who is my original teacher: the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Homage to scaling the fortress to leave the palace for the hermitic life by the great master of the triple world and compassionate father of the four nodes of birth, who is my original teacher: the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Homage to the cultivating of the Way on the snowy mountains by the great master of the triple world and compassionate father of the four nodes of birth, who is my original teacher: the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Homage to defeating Mara under the tree by the great master of the triple world and compassionate father of the four nodes of birth, who is my original teacher: the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Homage to the turning of the wheel of dharma at Deer Park by the great master of the triple world and compassionate father of the four nodes of birth, who is my original teacher: the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Homage to the entering of nirvana between Sala trees by the great master of the triple world and compassionate father of the four nodes of birth, who is my original teacher: the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Homage to the profound Jewel of the Dharma of tripitaka of the sutras, the precepts, and the commentaries from the assembly on Vulture Peak.
Homage to the pure Jewel of the Sangha of boddhisattvas, pratyekabuddhas (solitary buddhas), and śrāvakas (disciples) from the assembly on Vulture Peak.



Sentient beings are innumerable; I vow to save them all.
Evil desires are inexhaustible; I vow to quench them all.
The Buddha’s teachings are immeasurable; I vow to learn them all.
The Way of the Buddha is unexcelled; I vow to attain the path sublime.



May this merit spread to all,
so that I and all sentient beings may be reborn in the Land of the Ultimate Bliss,
meet the Buddha of Limitless Life (Amitābha),
and accomplish the Buddha Way.