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The FWBO Sevenfold Puja

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by Sangharakshita

The Venerable Sangharakshita

Tape 38: The FWBO Sevenfold Puja Tape Side One The Sevenfold Puja Worship With mandarava, blue lotus, and jasmine, With all flowers pleasing and fragrant, And with garlands skilfully woven, I pay honour to the princes of the Sages, So worthy of veneration.

I envelop them in clouds of incense, Sweet and penetrating; I make them offerings of food, hard and soft, And pleasing kinds of liquids to drink.

I offer them lamps, encrusted with jewels, Festooned with golden lotus.

On the paving, sprinkled with perfume, I scatter handfuls of beautiful flowers.

The Avalokitesvara Mantra - Om Mani Padme Hum - [recited many times all together] [Bell] Salutation As many atoms as there are In the thousand million worlds, So many times I make reverent salutation To all the Buddhas of the Three Eras, To the Saddharma, And to the excellent Community.

I pay homage to all the shrines, And places in which the Bodhisattvas have been.

I make profound obeisance to the Teachers, And those to whom respectful salutation is due.

[Bell] Going for Refuge This very day I go for my refuge To the powerful protectors, Whose purpose is to guard the universe; The mighty conquerors who overcome suffering everywhere.

Wholeheartedly also I take my refuge In the Dharma they have ascertained, Which is the abode of security against the rounds of rebirth.

Likewise in the host of Bodhisattvas I take my refuge.

Refuges and Precepts (the preceding three words `refuges and precepts' are not spoken) Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa 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 Panatipata Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Adinnadana Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Kamesu Micchacara Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Musavada Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami Surameraya Majja Pamadatthana Veramani Sikkhapadam Samadiyami sadhu sadhu sadhu With deeds of loving kindness, I purify my body.

With open-handed generosity, I purify my body.

With stillness, simplicity, and contentment, I purify my body.

With truthful communication, I purify my speech.

With mindfulness clear and radiant, I purify my mind.

[Bell] Confession of Faults The evil which I have heaped up {Michael: `which' is now `that') Through my ignorance and foolishness - Evil in the world of everyday experience, As well as evil in understanding and intelligence - All that I acknowledge to the Protectors.

Standing before them With hands raised in reverence, And terrified of suffering, I pay salutations again and again.

May the Leaders receive this kindly, Just as it is, with its many faults! What is not good, O Protectors, I shall not do again.

[Bell] Rejoicing in Merit I rejoice with delight In the good done by all beings, Through which they obtain rest With the end of suffering.

May those who have suffered be happy! I rejoice in the release of beings From the sufferings of the rounds of existence; I rejoice in the nature of the Bodhisattva And the Buddha, Who are Protectors.

I rejoice in the arising of the Will to Enlightenment, And the Teaching: Those Oceans that bring happiness to all beings, {Michael: `which' is now `that') And are the abode of welfare of all beings.

Entreaty and Supplication Saluting them with folded hands I entreat the Buddhas in all the quarters: May they make shine the lamp of the Dharma For those wandering in the suffering of delusion! With hands folded in reverence I implore the conquerors desiring to enter Nirvana: May they remain here for endless ages, So that life in this world does not grow dark.

A Reading follows read by Vessantara which begins: `"Gotama, sir", a questioner said to the Buddha, I want to ask you about the perfect man............................ He is calmed. He does not take speculative views' The Heart Sutra (recited in unison) The Bodhisattva of Compassion, When he meditated deeply, Saw the emptiness of all five skandhas And sundered the bonds that caused him suffering.

Here then, Form is no other than emptiness, Emptiness no other than form.

Form is only emptiness, Emptiness only form.

Feeling, thought, and choice, Consciousness itself, Are the same as this.

All things are the primal void, Which is not born or destroyed; Nor is it stained or pure, Nor does it wax or wane.

So, in emptiness, no form, No feeling, thought, or choice, Nor is there consciousness.

No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind; No colour, sound, smell, taste, touch, Or what the mind takes hold of, Nor even act of sensing.

No ignorance or end of it, Nor all that comes of ignorance; No withering, no death, No end of them.

Nor is there pain, or cause of pain, Or cease in pain, or noble path To lead from pain; Not even wisdom to attain! Attainment too is emptiness.

So know that the Bodhisattva Holding to nothing whatever, But dwelling in Prajna wisdom, Is freed of delusive hindrance, Rid of the fear bred by it, And reaches clearest Nirvana.

All Buddhas of past and present, Buddhas of future time, Using this Prajna wisdom, Come to full and perfect vision.

Hear then the great dharani, The radiant peerless mantra, The Prajnaparamita Whose words allay all pain; Hear and believe its truth! Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha [Bell] Transference of Merit and Self Surrender May the merit gained In my acting thus Go to the alleviation of the suffering of all beings.

My personality throughout my existences, My possessions, And my merit in all three ways, I give up without regard to myself For the benefit of all beings.

Just as the earth and other elements Are serviceable in many ways To the infinite number of beings Inhabiting limitless space; So may I become That which maintains all beings Situated throughout space, So long as all have not attained To peace.

Mantras Om Ah Hum Jetsun Guru Padma Siddhi Hum (repeated many times all together - Padmasambhava mantra) Om Mani Padme Hum (Avalokitesvara) (all of these mantras are recited in call and response) Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih (Manjusri) Om Vajrapani Hum (Vajrapani) Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha (Tara) Om Amideva Hrih (Amitabha) Om Muni Muni Maha Muni Sakyamuni Svaha (Sakyamuni Buddha) Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum (Padmasambhava) Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha (Prajnaparamita) Om Santi Santi Santi Side Two Tiratana Vandana (salutation to the three jewels - all recited solo by Sangharakshita) Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Iti'pi so bhagava araham sammasambuddho vijjacaranasampanno sugato lokavidu, anuttaro purisadammasarathi sattha devamanussanam buddho bhagava'ti Buddham jivitapariyantam saranam gacchami Ye ca Buddha atita ca Ye ca Buddha anagata Paccuppanna ca ye Buddha Aham vandami sabbada N'atthi me saranam annam Buddho me saranam varam Etena saccavajjena Hotu me jayamangalam Svakkhato bhagavata Dhammo sanditthiko akaliko ehipassiko opanayiko paccatam veditabbo vinnuhi'ti Dhamman jivitapariyantam saranam gacchami Ye ca Dhamma atita ca Ye ca Dhamma anagata Paccuppanna ca ye Dhamma Aham vandami sabbada N'atthi me saranam annam Dhammo me saranam varam Etena saccavajjena Hotu me jayamangalam Supatipanno bhagavato savakasangho ujupatipanno bhagavato savakasangho nayapatipanno bhagavato savakasangho samicipatipanno bhagavato savakasangho yadidam cattari purisayugani atthapurisapuggala Esa bhagavato savakasangho ahuneyyo, pahuneyyo, dakkhineyyo anjalikaraniyo anuttaram punnakkhettam lokassa'ti Sangham jivitapariyantam saranam gacchami Ye ca Sangha atita ca Ye ca Sangha anagata Paccuppanna ca ye Sangha Aham vandami sabbada N'atthi me saranam annam Sangho me saranam varam Etena saccavajjena Hotu me jayamangalam Blessings Bhavatu sabbamangalam rakkhantu sabbadevata Sabbabuddhanu bhavena sada sotthi bhavantu te Bhavatu sabbamangalam rakkhantu sabbadevata Sabbadhammanu bhavena sada sotthi bhavantu te Bhavatu sabbamangalam rakkhantu sabbadevata Sabbasanghanu bhavena sada sotthi bhavantu te Mangala Sutta Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammasambuddhassa Evam me suttam Ekam samayam bhagava sarvatiyam ...........................

.......................... Tante Samangala Mutamam Ti.

Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu (the preceding three words repeated by all present) Karaniya Metta Sutta Karanimatta kusalena yanntam santam paddham.........................

.................... Nayajatugabasayan Kunare Ti Ti Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu (the preceding three words repeated by all present) The Ratana Sutta Jnanida Buddhani Samagatani.......................

....................... Sanghana Massama Suvatthi Ho Tu Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu (the preceding three words repeated by all present) The Heart Sutra (in Sanskrit known as the prajnaparamita hrdaya sutra) Om Namo Bhagavatyai Aryaprajnaparamitayai Aryavalokitesvaro Bodhisattvo Gambhiiram Prajnaparamitacaryam Caramano Vyavalokayati Sma Pancaskandhas Tams Ca Svabhavasunyan Pasyati Sma Iha Sariputra Rupam Sunyata Sunyataiva Rupam Rupan Na Prthak Sunyata Sunyataya Na Prthag Rupam Yad Rupam ...

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