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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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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Buddhafield Festival 2013 – videos
Jul25

Buddhafield Festival 2013 – videos

Here are some videos from the Buddhafield festival this year including a 50 minute Buddhist devotional ceremony called a puja and a walk through the healing area. .   BUDDHAFIELD 2013 WALK THROUGH HEALING AREA A walk through the healing area to the meditation tent where a mitra ceremony is going on. .   BUDDHAFIELD 2013 PAPER AND WILLOW SCULPTURES A walk through the paper and willow people at the Buddhafield festival July 2013. .   BUDDHAFIELD 2013 – PUJA 50 minute puja from the Buddhafield festival in 2013. .   BUDDHAFIELD 2013 – LEARNING A MANTRA Vidyadasi teaching a mantra....

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What Mahabodhi has been up to
Jun15

What Mahabodhi has been up to

Manchester Buddhist Centre newsletter June-July 2012 What Mahabodhi has been up to … Just over eight years ago I started writing a book. Originally the book was to be on ritual as that was my speciality around the centre. I had developed some ideas that I, and others, seemed to find helpful and so I thought I would share them. However, as I continued to write, after a couple of years I realized that I wanted also to talk about the meditative atmosphere required for ritual, that ritual was a way of approaching reality that was part of a bigger picture and this led me in the direction of mindfulness, which is the new topic of my book. In his lectures on the Noble Eightfold Path Sangharakshita talks about Perfect Mindfulness in terms of four ‘levels of awareness.’ He explained later that the more traditional teaching of the four foundations of mindfulness, which is contained within the Satipatthana Sutta, tended to be interpreted rather narrowly and cognitively, and practised with that interpretation he saw that mindfulness could lead to alienation. And so when he talks about mindfulness he emphasizes an integrated approach which includes the whole person, and in particular includes valuing the emotions. The whole person, conscious and subconscious, needed to be brought on board the spiritual life. And this is the approach we now have in the Triratna Community. So in his exposition of the four ‘levels of awareness:’ ‘awareness of the environment / things;’ awareness of self;’ awareness of other people;’ and ‘awareness of reality,’ Sangharakshita does in fact subsume the traditional four foundations of mindfulness under the categories of ‘awareness of self’ and ‘awareness of reality,’ – ‘awareness of self’ including awareness of body, feelings and thoughts (the first three foundations,) and ‘awareness of reality’ representing awareness of mental objects or dhammas (the fourth foundation) – but he adds to them two new categories: ‘awareness of the environment / things’ and ‘awareness of other people.’ These two categories are, he says, implicit in the body of Buddhist teachings and would, in the Buddha’s day, have been taken for granted, but in the modern sophisticated West they were often overlooked and therefore needed to be reemphasized, in order to restore a balance where emotional development and maturity were included within the Buddhist conception of mindfulness along with paying attention. As my book has developed I have felt a need to try to understand better the four foundations of mindfulness, and to see if they couldn’t be better understood along the lines of Sangharakshita’s vision. Reading them, I was often quite dissatisfied with traditional commentaries on the Sutta, whose interpretations seemed somewhat...

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