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Rite of Chanting Vu Lan, including praying for
Well and Memorial Beings
(Meditation practice about 10 minutes)

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma SamBuddhassa
Respectfully pay homage to the Buddha: the World-Honored One, the
Worthy One, the Exalted One, the Fully Awakened or Enlightened One
Incense Offering
As wonderful as the lotus flower,
as bright as the northern star,
let us come back and take refuge in
the Teacher of gods and human beings.
As the incense is lit,
sandalwood perfumes the air,
making an auspicious rainbow cloud.
I, your disciple, with all my respect
offer it to the Buddhas of the Ten Directions.
May we practice the precepts seriously at all times


may we practice concentration diligently,
may we offer the precious fruit of insight
as our offering of incense of the heart.1
Respectfully we offer incense to the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, virtuous
and noble Sangha, dharma guardians, good gods, knowing and
understanding our wholehearted minds. [Bell]
Praising The Buddha Jewel
The Buddha Jewel shines infinitely.
He has realized perfect understanding for countless lifetimes.
The beauty and stability of a Buddha sitting
can be in the mountains and rivers.
How splendid is the Vulture Peak!
How beautiful the light that shines forth from Buddha's third eye,
illuminating the six dark paths.
The Nagapushpa2 Assembly will be our next appointment
for the continuation of the true teachings of practices.
We take refuge in the Buddha ever-present. (Bell, one prostration)
Praising the Dharma Jewel

Thich Nhat Hanh. Chanting from the Heart. Parallax Press, California: 2007, P. 180.
Nagapushpa means Maitreya, that is, a future Buddha.


The Dharma Jewel is infinitely lovely.
It is the precious words spoken by the Buddha himself,
like fragrant flowers floating down from the heavens.
The wonderful Dharma is plain to see.
It is recorded luminously in three transparent baskets.
handed down from generation to generation in the Ten Directions,
so that today we can see our way.
We vow to study it with all our heart.
We take refuge in the Dharma ever-present. (Bell, one prostration)
Praising the Sangha Jewel
The Sangha jewel is infinitely precious,
a field of merit where good seeds can be sown.
The three robes and the bowl are symbols of freedom.
Mindfulness trainings,
concentration, and insight support each other.
The Sangha dwells in mindfulness day and night,
providing the foundation for us to realize the fruit of meditation.
With one heart, we come home to the Sangha,
and take refuge in the Sangha ever-present. (Bell, one prostration)


Watering seeds of Joy3
My mother, my father,
they are in me.
When I look,
I see myself in them.
The Buddha, the patriarchs,
they are in me.
And when I look,
I see myself in them.
I am a continuation of my mother, my father, and my ancestors.
It is my aspiration to preserve
and continue to nourish
seeds of goodness, skill, and
which I have inherited.
It is also my desire to recognize
the seeds of fear and suffering I have inherited,
and, step by step, to transform them.
I am a continuation
of the Buddha and my spiritual teachers.

Thich Nhat Hanh. As above.


It is my deep aspiration
to preserve, nourish, and develop
the seeds of understanding, love, and freedom
which they have transmitted to me.
I desire to continue
the career of the Buddha and my Ancestral Teachers,
and do my best to realize
all that the Buddha and my Ancestral Teachers expect of me.
In my daily life,
I also want to sow
seeds of love and compassion
in my own consciousness
and in the heart of other people.
I am determined not to water
seeds of craving, aversion, and violence
in myself and in others.
I know that if I practice
all this in the right way,
after only seven days
I will be able to change the situation,
establish communication,


smile and transform some suffering
and increase my happiness.
I would like to beg the World-Honored One
to witness what is in my heart.
With mind and body in perfect unity,
I bow my head and prostrate. (Bell)
The Refuge Chant
Incense perfumes the atmosphere.
A lotus blooms and the Buddha appears.
The world of suffering and discrimination
is filled with the light of the Rising Sun.
As the dust of fear and anxiety settles,
with an open heart and one-pointed mind
I turn to the Three Jewels.
The Fully Enlightened One, beautifully seated, peaceful, and smiling
a living source of understanding and compassion,
to the Buddha I go for refuge.
The path of mindful living,
leading to healing, joy, and
enlightenment, the way of peace,


to the Dharma I go for refuge.
The loving and supportive
community of practice,
realizing harmony, awareness, and liberation,
to the Sangha I go for refuge.
I am aware that the Three Gems are within my heart.
I vow to realize them,
practicing mindful breathing and smiling, looking deeply into things.
I vow to understand living beings and their suffering.
to cultivate compassion and loving kindness, to practice joy and
I vow to offer joy to one person in the morning to help relieve the grief
of one person in the afternoon.
Living simply and sanely with few possessions, keeping my body
I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety
in order to be light and free.
I am aware that I owe so much
to my parents, teachers, friends, and all beings.
I vow to be worthy of their trust, to practice wholeheartedly
so that understanding and compassion will flower,


helping living beings to be free from their suffering.
May the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha support my efforts.
Nourishing Happiness
Sitting here in this moment, protected by the Sangha,
my happiness is clear and alive.
What a great fortune to have been born a
human, to encounter the Dharma,
to be in harmony with others, and to water the Mind of Love
in this beautiful garden of practice.
The energies of the Sangha and mindfulness trainings
are protecting and helping me not make mistakes
or be swept along in darkness by unwholesome seeds.
With kind spiritual friends, I am on the path of goodness,
illumined by the light of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Although seeds of suffering are still in me
in the form of afflictions and habit energies,
mindfulness is also there, helping me touch
what is most wonderful within and around me.
I can still enjoy mindfulness of the six senses:


my eyes look peacefully upon the clear blue sky,
my ears listen with wonder to the songs of birds,
my nose smells the rich scent of sandalwood,
my tongue tastes the nectar of the Dharma,
my posture is upright, stable, and relaxed,
and my mind is one with my body.
If there were not a World-Honored One,
if there were not the wonderful Dharma,
if there were not a harmonious Sangha,
I would not be so fortunate
to enjoy this Dharma happiness today.
My resources for practice are my own peace and joy.
I vow to cultivate and nourish them with daily mindfulness.
For my ancestors, family, future generations,
and the whole of humanity, I vow to practice well.
In my society I know that there are countless people suffering,
drowned in sensual pleasure, jealousy, and hatred.
I am determined to take care of my own mental formations,
to learn the art of deep listening and using loving speech
in order to encourage
communication and understanding


and to be able to accept and love.
Practicing the actions of a bodhisattva,
I vow to look with eyes of love and a heart of understanding.
I vow to listen with a clear mind and ears of compassion,
bringing peace and joy into the lives of others,
to lighten and alleviate the suffering of living beings.
I am aware that ignorance and wrong perceptions
can turn this world into a fiery hell.
I vow to walk always upon the path of transformation,
producing understanding and loving kindness.
I will be able to cultivate a garden of awakening.
Although there are birth, sickness, old age, and death,
now that I have a path of practice, I have nothing more to fear.
It is a great happiness to be alive in the Sangha
with the practice of mindfulness trainings and concentration,
to live every moment in stability and freedom,
to take part in the work of relieving others' suffering,
the career of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
In each precious moment, I am filled with deep gratitude.
I bow before the World-Honored One.
Please bear witness to my


wholehearted gratitude,
embracing all beings with arms of great compassion. (Bell)
Taking Refuge in The Buddha
I take refuge in the Buddha, the One who shows me the way of lovingkindness, compassion, and wisdom in lifetime.
Having taken refuge in the Buddha, I clearly see the path of light and
beauty in life.
Turning back and taking refuge in the Buddha in myself, I aspire to
help all people soon recognize and develop their own enlightened
Namo Buddhaya
Buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi
Dutiyampi buddhamṃ saran ṃamṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi buddhaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (Bell)
Taking Refuge in The Dharma


I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of practicing peace, joy,
happiness, understanding, and love for the many right in the
present life.
Having taken refuge in the Dharma, I am learning and cultivating the
Noble Eightfold Path with eight interrelated lanes being comprised
of right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right
livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
Turning back and taking refuge in the Dharma in myself, I aspire to
help all people fully master the ways of practice and walk together
on the path of liberation.
Namo Dharmaya
Dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi dhammaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (Bell)
Taking Refuge in The Sangha
I take refuge in the Sangha, the Community of cultivated people
who vow to lead their lives of ethics, harmony, and awareness
to themselves and to others right here and right now in the
present life.


Having taken refuge in the Sangha, I am enlightened, instructed,
and supported by the Sanghabody on the way of practice.
Turning back and taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I aspire to
help all people build fourfold Communities, to embrace all
beings and support their transformation.
Namo Sanghaya.
Saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Dutiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi.
Tatiyampi saṅghaṃ saraṇaṃ gacchāmi. (Bell)
Sharing the Merit
May the merit of cultivation today
be directed toward all living things and living beings.
We and human beings
can realize the Buddha's way together.
(Bell, bell, bell)