The Veneration (or Adoration) is chanted at the beginning and end of the daishiko service.
Om saraba tatagya hanna manna no kyaromi. (Jpn.)
Om sarva-tathagata-pada-vandanam karomi. (Skt.)
[Chant and bow three times]
(Om I bow down at the feet of all the Tathagatas.)
The Veneration (or Adoration) is chanted at the beginning and end of the daishiko service.
LEADER: All my past deeds
GROUP: Originating from greed, hatred, and ignorance are products of my own physical, verbal and mental misdeeds. I repent all wrongdoings committed by my body, mouth and mind.
LEADER: We put our faith in Buddha.
GROUP: May we all together realize Buddhahood to attain awakening.
LEADER: We put our faith in Dharma.
GROUP: May we all together dwell in Buddha’s Teachings and attain the infinite wisdom.
LEADER: We put our faith in Sangha.
GROUP: May we all together be of One in accord and harmony and live the life of Universal Brotherhood.
LEADER: I take refuge in the Three Jewels.
1. ✴Buddham saranam gacchami. (I take refuge in the Buddha.)
2. ✴Dharmam saranam gacchami. (I take refuge in the Dharma.)
3. ✴Sangham saranam gacchami. (I take refuge in the Sangha.)
(Repeat the Sanskrit statements three times.)
LEADER: From this day forward
GROUP: I will do my best to observe Ten Precepts.
1. I will not harm life.
2. I will not steal.
3. I will not commit adultery.
4. I will not tell a lie.
5. I will not exaggerate.
6. I will not speak abusively.
7. I will not equivocate.
8. I will not be greedy.
9. I will not be hateful.
10. I will not lose sight of the Truth.
LEADER: In pure faith
✴I awaken the mind of Enlightenment. I aspire, together with others, to cross over the sea of birth and death, and quickly reach the shore of liberation.
✴On boji shitta boda hadayami. (Jpn.)
✴Om bodhi-cittam utpadayami. (Skt.)
✴(Om I aspire to evolve the Awakened mind.)
Bodhicitta - Awakening Mind Samaya
LEADER: I, a child of the Mahavairocana Buddha,
✴will abide in the Buddhas great compassion and wisdom. As the embodiment of the Buddhas Wisdom, I will make a wholehearted effort to help others.
✴On sanmaya satoban. (Jpn.)
✴Om samaya sattvam. (Om I am united in the vow.) (Skt.)
✴Om samayas tvam. (Om you are united in the vow.)
LEADER: The unsurpassed, profoundest, and most exquisite Truth is
GROUP: difficult to encounter, even in one billion kalpas.* Now we are about to see, listen to, and hold the sutra containing the Truth. May we understand the true meaning of the Buddha's message.
LEADER: Hannya Shin Gyo, the Heart Sutra is
GROUP: the essence of Buddhism and Esoteric Buddhism in particular. If I uphold, recite and expound this sutra and offer it to others, I can be freed from suffering and can attain Buddhahood. If I practice the teaching given herein and contemplate its meaning, I can find the Path to Awakening. This sutra is the lamp of the world that sheds light upon darkness. It is the raft that carries all sentient beings safely across the sea of birth and death. May I enter deeply into the meaning of the sutra and recite it earnestly.
Footnote: *Kalpa - A fabulous unit of time. For example, the time required for a celestial woman to wear away a ten cubic mile stone if she touched it with her garments once every hundred years.
Hannya Shin Gyo
LEADER: Bussetsu Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo
GROUP: Kanjizai bosa, gyo jin-hannya-haramita ji, shoken goun kai ku, do issai kuyaku. Sharishi, shiki fu i ku, ku fu i shiki, shiki soku ze ku, ku soku ze shiki, ju-so-gyo-shiki yakubu nyoze. Sharishi, ze shoho kuso fusho fumetsu, fuku fujo, fuzo fugen. Zeko ku chu mu shiki mu ju-so-gyo-shiki; mu gen-ni-bi-zet-shin-ni; mu shiki-sho-ko-mi-soku-ho; mu genkai naishi mu ishikikai; mu mumyo, yaku mu mumyo jin naishi mu roshi, yaku mu roshi jin, mu ku-ju-metsu-do; mu chi yaku mu toku, imu shotokko. Bodaisatta e hannya-haramita ko, shin mu kege; mu kege ko, mu u kufu; onri issai tendo muso kugyo nehan. Sanze shobutsu e hannya-haramita ko, toku anokutara-sammyaku-sambodai. Kochi hannya-haramita, ze daijinshu, ze daimyoshu, ze mujoshu, ze mutodoshu, nojo issai ku, shinjitsu fu ko; ko setsu hannya-haramitashu, soku sesshu watsu: Gyate, gyate, hara-gyate, hara-sogyate, boji sowaka. Hannya-shin-gyo.
The Heart Sutra of Perfect Wisdom
When the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara was practicing prajna-paramita (a profound form of contemplation), he clearly saw that the Five Skandha* are Sunya* and thereby became free from all suffering. O Sariputra,* form is sunyata, sunyata is form; form is none other than sunyata, sunyata is none other than form. The same can be said of sensation, conception, predisposition and consciousness. O Sariputra, all dharmas * are characterized by dependence upon causation; they are neither born nor do they perish; they are neither tainted nor immaculate; they neither increase nor decrease. Therefore, in sunyata there is no form, no sensation, no conception, no predisposition, no consciousness; no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body or mind; no form, sound, odor, taste, tangibleness or objects of thought; no realm of the eyes,... no realm of consciousness.* There is no ignorance, no extinction of old age and death. There is no suffering, no origination of suffering, no extinction, no path. There is no wisdom and no attainment because there is no object to be attained. The Bodhisattva, because of his reliance on Perfect Wisdom, has no obstacle in mind; because he has no obstacle, he has no fear. Being free from all delusions he reaches ultimate Nirvana. All the Buddhas of the past, present, and future, relying on Perfect Wisdom, attain perfect Awakening. One should, therefore, know that the prajna-paramita is the great mantra, the mantra of great wisdom, the highest mantra, the incomparable mantra, which is capable of relieving all suffering; it is true and not false.
Thus, the prajna-paramita mantra is:
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhisvaha. (Gone, gone gone beyond, gone together, perfectly beyond, O Awakening, hail!)
1.Five Skanda* - form, sensation, conception, predisposition and consciousness.
2. Sunya or Sunyata* - state of interdependent causation.
3. Sariputra* - One of the ten great disciple of Sakyamuni Buddha.
4. Dharmas* - Law, truth, things and non things, Buddhas teaching, the whole universe as the object of thoughts.
5. no realm of eyes, ... no realm of consciousness* The Eighteen Realms of sensory means, objects and consciousness.
1. LEADER: Fudo Myo-o (Acala Vidyaraja)
✴Nomaku sammanda bazaradan senda makaroshada sowataya un tarata kamman. (Jpn.)
✴Namah samanta-vajranam chanda maharosana sphotaya hum trat ham mam. (Skt.)
✴(Homage to the all-pervading Vajras! O Violent One of great wrath! Destroy! Hum trat ham mam.)
2. LEADER: Shaka Nyorai (Sakyamuni Tathagata)
✴Nomaku Sammanda bodanan baku. (Jpn.)
✴Namah samanta-buddhanam bhah. (Skt.)
✴(Homage to all the Buddhas! Bhah.)
3. LEADER: Monju Bosatsu (Manjusri Bodhisattva)
✴On a rahashano . (Jpn.)
✴Om ara pa ca na. (Skt.)
✴(Om a ra pa ca na.)
4. LEADER: Fugen Bosatsu (Samantabhadra Bodhisattva)
✴On sammaya satoban. (Jpn.)
✴Om sammaya sattvam. (Om samayas tvam.) (Skt.)
✴(Om I am (you are) an embodiment of the pledge.)
5. LEADER: Jizo Bosatsu (Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva)
✴On kakaka bisammaei sowaka. (Jpn.)
✴Om ha-ha-ha vismaye svaha. (Skt.)
✴(Om Oh Wondrous One svaha.)
6. LEADER: Miroku Bosatsu (Maitreya Bodhisattva)
✴On maitareiya sowaka. (Jpn.)
✴Om maitreya svaha. (Skt.)
✴(Om Compassionate One svaha.)
7. LEADER: Yakushi Nyorai (Bhaisajyaguru Tathagata)
✴On koro koro sendari matogi sowaka. (Jpn.)
✴Om huru huru candali matangi svaha. (Skt.)
✴(Om heal, heal; Candali Matangi svaha.)
8. LEADER: Kannon Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva)
✴On arorikya sowaka. (Jpn.)
✴Om arolik svaha. (Skt.)
✴(Om Unstained One svaha.)
9. LEADER: Seishi Bosatsu (Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva)
✴On san zan zan saku sowaka. (Jpn.)
✴Om sam jam jam sah svaha. (Skt.)
✴(Om may defilements be removed svaha.)
10. LEADER: Amida Nyorai (Amitabha Tathagata, Amitayus Tathagata)
✴On amirita teizei kara un. (Jpn.)
✴Om amrta-teje hara hum. (Skt.)
✴(Om save us in the glory of the Deathless One hum!.)
11. LEADER: Ashuku Nyorai (Aksobhya Tathagata)
✴On akishubiya un. (Jpn.)
✴Om aksobhya hum. (Skt.)
✴(Om Immovable One hum.)
12. LEADER: Dainichi Nyorai (Mahavairocana Tathagata)
✴On abiraunken; bazaradato ban. (Jpn.)
✴Om a-vi-ra-hum-kham; vajra dhatu vam. (Skt.)
✴(Om All Pervading One; Imperishable One.)
13. LEADER: Kokuzo Bosatsu (Akasagarbha Bodhisattva)
✴Nobo akyasha kyarabaya on arikya mari bori sowaka. (Jpn.)
✴Namo akasagarbhaya om arya kamari mauli svaha. (Skt.)
✴(Homage to the great Space-bearer who holds a flower and wears a garland and a jeweled crown svaha.)
LEADER: The Light mantra contains,
1. ✴In its syllables, the entire power of the omnipresent Mahavairocana Buddha. When we recite the mantra earnestly; the Light of the Buddha will embrace us. Illusions will disappear spontaneously, as the moon becomes free from mist.
2. ✴On abokya beirosha no maka bodara mani handoma jimbara harabaritaya un. (Jpn.)
3. ✴Om amogha-vairocana mahamudra mani-padma-jvala pravarttaya hum. (Skt.)
4. ✴(Om Unfailing Vairocana, the great mudra (symbol), mani (jewel), padma (lotus), and jvala (light), evolve! Hum.)
LEADER: Let us take refuge in our Great Master, Kobo Daishi,
GROUP: Namu Daishi Henjo Kongo. (Jpn.)
( I take refuge in the Great Guru, the Vajra of all-pervading spiritual radiance.)
LEADER: We reverently pray
GROUP: for eternal harmony in the universe. May we attain Buddhahood in this very life in this esoteric realm of Mahavairocana. May the weather be seasonable, may the harvest be fruitful, may countries exist in harmony, and may all people enjoy happiness. May we share these benefits equally.
LEADER: May the merits we have accumulated
GROUP: be extended universally to all sentient beings so that they, together with us, may equally realize the Awakening.
GROUP (Japanese): Negawaku wa kono kudoku o motte. Amaneku issai ni oyoboshi. Warera to shujo to. Mina tomo ni bustudo o jozen (koto o).