Sutra of Golden Light Puja
May01

Sutra of Golden Light Puja

 Devotional text based on the Sutra of Golden Light.     1. WORSHIP AND HOMAGE I worship the Buddhas, Who are like oceans of virtues, Mountains gleaming with the colour of gold, Like Sumeru, the King of Mountains. Even with hundreds of voices, In a thousand aeons, The Buddhas virtues cannot be told; For the Conquerors qualities are supreme: They are all-encompassing and without number. The virtues of a single Buddha, Can never be told. Each Buddha is golden, Shining like pure gold. He has fine eyes, Pure and faultless like sapphire. His shapely limbs are as pure gold And his body shines With all the marks of excellence. The Buddha is a blazing fountain Of glory, splendor and renown. He is a Buddha-sun, Removing the darkness of the three realms With his rays of compassion. He sooths the tortured minds Of those consumed By the fire of the impurities With the sage’s meshes of moonbeams. Homage to the Buddha, Whose Enlightenment is pure, Who is eloquent in the pure Dharma, Who is free from all evil ways, Who has pure understanding of life’s true nature! How endless is the Buddha’s glory, Who is a bringer of joy, A bringer of good, A bringer of blessing, The source of every inconceivable blessing.     2. GOING FOR REFUGE AND GREAT ASPIRATION With my head I bow down to all the Buddhas. Now and for ever, I go for refuge To all the Buddhas. I will worship the Buddhas In the ten directions. I will deliver from all woe, All beings throughout space. I will establish in the tenth stage All the inconceivably many beings. May they then become Tathagatas. I will follow the Bodhisattva career For millions of aeons For the sake of every single being Until every one is delivered From the ocean of woe. I will make shine the Buddha-qualities. I will cross over from the ocean of existence. And I will fill the flood of the Buddha-sea, The deep ocean of virtues and omniscience, With inconceivable Buddha-qualities. May I become an excellent Buddha With hundreds of thousands of samadhis, With inconceivable mantras, With all the powers and virtues Of Supreme Enlightenment.     Refuges and Precepts Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa Buddham Saranam Gacchami Dhammam Saranam Gacchami Sangham Saranam Gacchami Dutiyampi Buddham Saranam Gacchami Dutiyampi Dhammam Saranam Gacchami Dutiyampi Sangham Saranam Gacchami Tatiyampi Buddham Saranam Gacchami Tatiyampi Dhammam Saranam Gacchami Tatiyampi Sangham Saranam Gacchami     Ten Precepts Panatipata Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Adinnadana Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Kamesu Micchacara Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Musavada Veramani...

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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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Vajrapani: clearing the obstacles
Jan25

Vajrapani: clearing the obstacles

THE INVOCATION TO VAJRAPANI HUM! Burst forth, O Vajrapani, Blazing like the fire at the end of the aeon; Consume the blind darkness of delusion, craving and hatred, And destroy all fear of Yamaraja the king of death. Great hero, recognisable by the tiger-skin you are wearing, Trampling upon the hosts of demons And evil spirits, slayer of foes; Vajrapani, O wrathful one, be seated. You are being summoned here to annihilate the evil spirits; Puja is being performed For the benefit of all sentient beings, Hence you must come. Appearing from the non-duality Of Emptiness and Buddha-nature, You are ever devoted to the welfare of the world, Having manifested yourself with awe-inspiring body; To you, Vajrapani, O greatly wrathful one, I make obeisance. Within, abiding in the peaceful Jnana, Yet in appearance of fearsome foe-devouring aspect, Terribly roaring like a thousand claps of thunder, And by this overcoming evil spirits and demons; To you, Vajrapani, adorned with skulls, I make obeisance. You, whose essence is the highest knowledge, Who, wielding in your hand the powerful vajra, Have rooted out the klesas and deadly poisons; To you, Vajrapani, adorned with snakes, I make obeisance. Encircled by a blazing aura of fire, You stand heroically with your legs flexed wide apart, Angrily glaring with your eyes like the sun and moon; To you, Vajrapani, subduer of spirits, I make obeisance. Greatly fierce, like the fire at the end of the aeon, Splendid white fangs gleaming Like a thousand lightning flashes, You send forth a shout like a thousand thunder claps; To you, Vajrapani, wrathful king, I make obeisance. HUM! Invoking fear through roaring HUM, You overcome all obstacles And destroy all demons without exception. Dharmapala, bestower of all siddhi whatsoever; To you, Vajrapani, foe of the demons, I make obeisance. 1. Going for Refuge Namo Vajrapani! In order to clear the obstacles For the sake of all sentient beings I invoke you, wrathful Vajrapani Embodiment of all the refuges And go for refuge to you. To the Three Jewels: The Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha, I go for refuge. To the Three Roots, The Gurus, Yidams and the Dakinis I go for refuge. To all of you, the ocean of objects of refuge, I go for refuge until the attainment of Enlightenment. 2. Generating the Bodhicitta I will perform this sadhana of Vajrapani To clear the obstacles that obstruct spiritual progress. For the benefit of all sentient beings I intend to attain complete Enlightenment. My all beings enjoy happiness And the causes of happiness; May they be free from suffering And the causes of suffering; Whatever happiness they enjoy May...

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Medicine Buddha Puja
Sep12

Medicine Buddha Puja

Worship   Flowers, incense, lights, Scents, food and music. Forms, sounds, smells, tastes, Touch, and all dharmas. I offer to the Medicine Buddha(s).   Faith, insight, Samadhi, Joy, diligence, mindfulness and equanimity, I offer to the Medicine Buddha(s).   May I manifest perfect merit and the wisdom of emptiness. With scented water I bathe the sugata’s body. May all unskilfulness and difficulty be purified.   With a scented, soft white cloth I dry the victor’s body. May all be free from suffering.   With these beautiful saffron robes I clothe the victor’s body. May all have energy and vitality to live and practice.   MANTRA   Salutation   Your body is like a mount, the colour of lapis lazuli, You dispel the suffering of illness in sentient beings. Surrounded by a retinue of eight bodhisattvas, Holder of Medicine, precious deity, I praise and prostrate to you. Excellent Name, Precious Moon, Fine Gold, Free of Misery, Resounding Dharma Ocean, Dharma Mind, Shakyamuni, The genuine Dharma, the sixteen bodhisattvas, and others, To the precious Three Jewels, I offer praise and prostrate.   To Brahma, Indra, the Great Kings, Protectors of the Ten Directions, The twelve yaksha chiefs and all their assistants, Vidyadharas and Rishis of medicine, divine and human To the deities of ambrosial medicine, I offer praise and prostrate.   Going For Refuge   I take my refuge in the Buddha, And pray that with all beings I may understand the Great Way, Whereby the Buddha-seed may forever thrive.   I take my refuge in the Dharma, And pray that with all beings I may enter deeply into the sutra-treasure, Whereby our wisdom may grow as vast as the ocean.   I take my refuge in the Sangha, And pray that with all beings I may reign in great multitudes And have nothing to check the unimpeded progress of truth.   REFUGES AND PRECEPTS   Confession and Aspiration   May I free myself Of the burden of selfishness. May I free myself Of all this pointless grasping. May I free myself Of searching for happiness outside of myself, Without feeling what I am feeling, Trying to grasp at experiences to fill this lack. Through the blessing presence of the Medicine King, May I cultivate positive states, May I dwell in the four sublime abodes,   Understanding this, Feeling this, Practising this, Realising this, I experience greater happiness.   Seeing that I and mine go together, That free of attachment enjoyment grows, In this very life, Sange Menla’s realm of Bliss and contentment arises.   Rejoicing in Merit   You are endowed with an oceanic treasury of qualities and merit; By...

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Aksobhya Puja
Sep12

Aksobhya Puja

Worship     Homage to Akshobhya, Vajra of what is, Reflecting everything, Signless you sit, Radiating immense love and strength.   Homage to Akshobhya, You see what is seen, Hear what is heard, Feel what is felt, In the vastness of unimpeded space.   Homage to Akshobhya, Dwelling calmly, In the empty nature of everything, Blissful, peaceful, Completely without attachment.   Homage to Akshobhya, Fearless one, Dwelling on the dynamic edge of experience, Dwelling in the heart of love.   Homage to Akshobhya, Breaking through obstacles, Playful and joyful Vajra holder, Dancing in emptiness.   Homage to Akshobhya, Steadiness, solidity, strength, He touches earth, He is rooted. Perfect equanimity, Unshakeable stability.   MANTRA AND OFFERINGS: OM VAJRA AKSHOBHYA HUM   Invocation   Akshobhya, Deep celestial blue, Sitting at the pillar of Dawn, Dwelling in the mystic east, Where the sun’s light rises from the earth, The Place of beginnings.   Akshobhya, Sitting on the diamond throne, The threshold between worlds, The centre of the universe, Where the heart is fully open, Nothing held in, Nothing excluded, All is truth here.   Looking into Akshobhya’s eyes, Complete authenticity, All we are, mirrored clearly In those calm eyes. Doing nothing, In the Stillness of reflection, We meet Akshobhya.   Akshobhya, Forms a mirage, a dream, The moon reflected in water. Looking inward to mind, Everything appearing, Yet without substance. Appearances, Evanescent as mist.   Akshobhya, Holding the vajra, Vajra being, Empty nature, Vajra being, Dancing in freedom Vajra being, The playful and spontaneous.   Akshobhya, The water that flows, Stream of knowledge, Rushing and refreshing.   Akshobhya, Moving in our blood, Our life, Our vitality, Flowing into the Ocean of Wisdom.   Akshobhya, Vibrating, Shimmering, In Radiant Blueness. The sky sings your name In space. Through emptiness, A blue voice, A colour of sound, The electric pulse of touch.   Akshobhya, With your consort Locana, The clear seeing one. She is light blue, Holding the vajra to her heart. She is serenity, Her long black hair flowing down. She is beautiful, and calm. Wisdom goddess inseparable.   Akshobhya, In your eyes, Deep sapphire fires, Stare into hers, With boundless love.   Akshobhya, Rising sun that dispels ignorance. Touching earth, The vajra strikes the earth. The king has come, The land is fruitful, Earth made firm, The gift received, The way opened, The goddess rises to Witness. Here Fruition, Here Completion, Above, And Below, Everywhere.     In Akshobhya’s presence, We enter the gates of truth, We enter the Mandala of Awakening.   Completion   EMAHO! In the clearness of mind, Self cannot confirm itself, And the unshakeable compassion Of Bodhicitta, Bursts forth....

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