Verse for opening a sutra
•Na Mwo Fundamental Teacher Shakyamuni Buddha (3x)•Homage to the Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra (3x)•The unsurpassed, deep, profound, subtle, wonderful Dharma,•In a hundred thousand million eons, is difficult to encounter,•Now that I’ve come to receive and hold it, within my sight and hearing,•I vow to fathom the Thus Come One’s true and actual meaning.
Exhortation to uphold the Dharma: 17/64
“Therefore, I say that after the Thus Come One’s entry into stillness, if aperson receives, upholds, reads, recites or explains this Sutra toothers, if he writes it out, asks others to write it out, or makes offeringsto this Sutra, he need not further build stupas, monasteries, or Sanghadwellings, nor need he make offerings to the Sangha. How much themore so does this apply to a person who can uphold this Sutra and atthe same time, practice giving, holding precepts, patience, vigor,singlemindedness and wisdom. His virtue shall be supreme, limitlnessand unbounded.
(The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra)