OF SWEET DEW
[Italicized portions of the text are not chanted.]
of invitation to the three treasures:
Homage to the Buddhas in ten directions.
Homage to the Dharma in ten directions.
Homage to the Sangha in ten directions.
Homage to our original teacher Shakyamuni Buddha.
Homage to the great merciful,
compassionate reliever of suffering, Contemplating the World's Cries Kanzeon Bodhisattva.
Homage to the expounder of the teachings, the Arhat Ananda.
arousal of the vow:
All of us assembled together, arousing awakened mind,
unconditionally offer up a bowl of pure food to the furthest reaches of vast emptiness
in the ten directions, including every atom throughout the entire dharma realm,
so as to give alms to hungry ghosts in every land. We invite all our departed
ancestors going back to ancient times, dwelling in mountains, rivers, and earth,
as well as rough demonic spirits from the wilderness, to come and gather here.
Now, with deep sympathy, we offer food to all of you, praying that you will
each accept this food and transfer it along, making offerings to buddhas, sages,
and all sentient beings throughout the vast emptiness of the universe so that
you and all the many sentient beings will be satisfied. Moreover, we sincerely
wish for yourself to take advantage of these mantras and food to depart from suffering,
be liberated, find birth in heaven, and receive joy. With according intention,
may you travel freely through the pure lands in the ten directions and arouse
bodhi mind, practicing the bodhi way, and in the future definitely become a buddha.
those who have previously attained the Way since ancient times, may you bring
all beings together to liberation. Day and night, constantly protect us.
offer food to beings throughout the dharma realm, so that every being will equally
receive this fortunate offering. Whatever virtue and merit this produces we completely
transfer and dedicate to the unsurpassed awakening with total clarity and wisdom
of the whole dharma realm of true reality, that all may speedily attain Buddhahood
without incurring any other destinies.
all sentient beings of the dharma realm take advantage of this teaching to quickly
Summoning Deceased Spirits to the Great Assembly
NO BO BOHORI GYARI
TARI TATAGYATA YA
for Breaking Open a Passageway through the Gates of Hell
GYATARI TATAGYATA YA
for Requesting Immeasurably Majestic and Virtuous Radiant Sovereign Buddhas to
Supply and Maintain Food and Drink
NO MAKU SARABA TATAGYATA BAROKITEI
OM SAN BARA SAN BARA UN
of the Flavor of Dharma Covered with Sweet Dew
NO MAKU SOROBAYA TATAGYATA
YA TANYATA OM SORO HARA SORO HARA SORO SOWAKA
of Vairochana's Single Word Mind Contemplating the Water Sphere
MAKU SANMON DA BOTANAN BAN
Summoning the Five Tathagathas with Precious Names
Homage to the Many
Jewels Prabhutaratna Tathagatha,
NO BOBAGYA BATEI HARA BOTA ARA TAN NO
YA TATAGYATA YA
Removing the karma of greed, fully complete with blessing
to the Wondrous Form Body Aksobhya Tathagatha,
NO BOBAGYA BATEI SORO BAYA
Destroying disgrace and vileness, fully complete with good
to the King of Sweet Dew Amitabha Tathagatha,
NO BOBAGYA BATEI AMIRITEI
ARAN JAYA TATAGYATA YA
Pouring the Dharma into body and mind, granting
to the Body Extensive as Space Vairocana Tathagatha,
NO BOBAGYA BATEI BIHORAGYA
TARAYA TATAGYATA YA
Opening wide all throats, satisfying them with food
Homage to the Departure from Fear Shakyamuni Tathagatha,
NO BOBAGYA BATEI
ABA EN GYARAYA TATAGYATA YA
Completely banishing dread, separating all
from rebirths as hungry ghosts.
for Arousing Bodhi Mind
OM BOJI SHITTA BODA HADAYAMI
for Receiving the Three Strict Bodhisattva Precepts
OM SAMMAYA SATO
Dharani of the Excellent Great Jeweled Tower Residence
NO MAKU SARABA
TATAGYATA NAN OM BIHORA GYARA BEI MANI HARABEI TATA TANI TASHA NI MANI MANI SOHARABEI
BIMA REI SHA GYARA GEN BIREI UNNUN JIN BARAJIN BARA BODA BIROKITEI GUGYA CHISHUTTA
GYARABEI SOWAKA OM MANI BAJI REI UN OM MANI DA REI UN BATTA
of All Buddhas' Radiant True Words Pouring into the Headtop
OM A BOGYA
BEIROSHA NO MAKA BODARA MANI HAN DOMA JIN BARA HARA BARI TAYA UN
By means of this practice of the assembly's good roots,
We repay the virtue
of our parents' toil and trouble.
May the living be blessed with joy and longevity
May the dead part from suffering and be born into peaceful
May all conscious beings in the three realms (of desire, form,
and formlessness), having received the four benefactions (of parents, teachers,
elders, and monks),
with those born to suffering in the threefold path (of delusion, action, and resulting
misery) and the eight difficult situations (in which the Dharma is not met),
thoroughly repent their errors and wash away their defects,
To finally depart
the round of samsara and be born in pure lands.
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