Refuge Puja
Feb15

Refuge Puja

 Devotional text focusing on Going for Refuge within the Triratna Buddhist Community.     A Buddha has arisen in this world! The Path to the Deathless is open! The true Sangha can yet be found Amongst mankind!   My own kind teacher Has brought the Three Jewels Even to me! Burning through the ages, The Dharma’s flame, Has lit the hearts of millions. Burning in that fire Many have attained The highest wisdom. Through their inspiration The flame of the Dharma Burns brightly now Even for me.   My gratitude overflows To the Buddha, To the great teacher Who taught the end of suffering In the bliss of understanding. I worship him with all I have. I offer him now These few flowers, This incense and these candles; Let them stand For all I will give. In gratitude to you, Oh Great Shakyamuni, I will make your name known Throughout the world. I will build countless temples, Shining with beauty, Where your gracious image Shall be enthroned, Where constant worship Shall be paid to you. In gratitude to you I shall bring to every land The pure essential Dharma. I shall make the sacred scriptures known In every human tongue. I shall myself expound Your wondrous teaching In beautiful, inviting words Which all may understand, Clearly expressing, Dharma’s true meaning. In gratitude to you I shall create Communities of friends, Devotees of the truth, Who together shall fulfil Your ideal of Sangha. Through my efforts, All mankind shall live In sight of the spiritual community, Able to unite with it When they wish. All this I shall do Out of wonder and gratitude For all you have given To all mankind, Even to me. You are the supreme one, To whom all life leads. For you have attained Life’s final meaning. You have all goodness, All truth and all love, Yes, all supreme virtues Are effortlessly yours. My life’s fulfilment Is found only in you. And all I can give you Is all that I am. My life from this moment Is an offering to you. Take it, Oh take it! Great Hero, please take it, All that I am I give now to you.     GRATITUDE TO OUR TEACHERS The Dharma has come even to me! How wonderful! A path has been opened Which I too can follow. My own precious teacher, Urgyen Sangharakshita, You have made it possible Even for me To follow the Buddha and his Dharma. My teacher, You have made the path so clear. You have created the Sangha Which I too can join. How wonderful! In gratitude to you I will do...

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Bodhicaryavatara Puja
Feb08

Bodhicaryavatara Puja

Image: Parinirvana Buddha, painted by Mahabodhi. Birmingham Buddhist Centre.     Devotional text derived from the Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva.     WORSHIP In order to bring about the arising Of that precious jewel of the mind, The Bodhicitta, I offer worship to the Buddhas, And to the flawless jewel of the True Dharma, And to the sons of the Buddha, Who are oceans of virtue. I offer to them now As many flowers and fruits as there are in the world, As many healing herbs, As many jewels, And all waters, clear and refreshing. I offer mountains made of precious stones, And forest groves to be enjoyed in solitude, Vines blazing with flowers, And trees whose branches bend low With delicious fruit. I offer fragrances of the celestial realms, The wishing tree with fruits of jewels, Pools and lakes adorned with lotuses, And the endlessly fascinating cry of wild geese. I offer rich harvests, Both wild and those sown by men. I offer everything that can adorn Those worthy of worship, And I offer everything which no-one owns Within the limitless spheres of space. Conjuring all these in my imagination, I offer them to the incomparable sages And to their sons. Oh Compassionate ones, You who are worthy of the choicest gifts, Think kindly of me And accept these offerings of mine. Having no merit, I am destitute, And I have nothing else to offer. Oh Protectors, You who think only of helping others, Accept these for my sake. And I give myself to the Conquerors completely, And to their sons. Take possession of me, Oh Sublime Beings, In devotion I offer myself as your slave. Having become your possession I have nothing more to fear in existence; I act only for the welfare of all; I shall completely transcend my previous evils; And in the future shall commit no more. As your servant I shall bathe you In sweetly scented bathing chambers, Delighting the eye with pillars ablaze with gems, With brilliantly sparkling crystal floors, And with canopies above aglow with pearls. I myself shall prepare jeweled ewers Filled with water scented with fragrant flowers, And there let the Buddhas and their sons bathe, To the sound of singing to lovely instruments. With the finest cloths, fragrant and spotless, I will dry their bodies. Then let me offer them choice robes, Well-scented and dyed in beautiful hues. With celestial garments, Smooth and soft to the touch, Of many colours and beautifully ornamented, I adorn the Aryas Samantabhadra and Ajita, Manjughosa, Lokesvara and all the Great Ones. With the choicest perfumes Whose fragrance permeates the universe, I will anoint...

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