1. Recite: “Homage to our teacher, Shakyamuni, Buddha of loving-kindness and compassion.”
(During this recitation, bow or hold your palms together in front of your chest.)
2. Recite: “Homage to Amitabha, Buddha of great loving-kindness and compassion.” (Again,
bow or hold your palms together in front of your chest.)
3. Recite “Namo Amitabha” or “Namo Amitabha Buddha” at least 100 times – the more
repetitions, the better. You can kneel, sit, or stand. There is no need to bow, but be
respectful and sincere. You can increase the number of recitations you do each day, but
you should not decrease them.
4. Recite: “Namo Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva”. (Recite and bow once).
5. Recite “Namo Da Shi Zhi Bodhisattva” or “Homage to Great Strength Bodhisattva”.
(Recite and bow once.) (Guan Shi Yin [or Guan Yin] and Da Shi Zhi [or Great Strength
Bodhisattva] are Amitabha Buddha’s two great assistants in the Pure Land; together; the
three are known as the The Sages of the World of Ultimate Bliss. They are our teachers
and friends, and we bow to them to show our respect.
6. Recite: “Homage to the Great Pure Sea of Bodhisattvas.” (Recite and bow once) There
are many Bodhisattvas in the World of Ultimate Bliss. They are all our future teachers
7. Recite the following Verse for the Transference of Merit: “I vow to adorn the Buddha’s pure
land with this merit. Repay the four gracious kindnesses and aid those in the three paths
of suffering below. May those who see and hear my vow all bring forth the Bodhi mind.
And when this life is finished, may we be born together with other devotees in the World
of Ultimate Bliss.” (This declaration is to direct the merits of reciting the Buddha’s name
to glorify Buddha’s pure land, to help those named in this paragraph, and to affirm our
determination to be born in the World of Ultimate Bliss. A different version of a recitation
for the transfer of merit is presented on the page titled “Dedication of Merit”.)
The preceding exercises should be performed twice every day: in the morning and in the
evening. You should clean your hands and rinse your mouth before starting your recitation. You
can omit the bowing if there is no portrait of Buddha to bow to. If possible, you can light some
incense before you begin, but you can omit the burning of incense if it is inconvenient. You
should face to the west if possible, and you should be sincere.
If time permits, between Steps 2 and 3 you should recite the “Amitabha Sutra” once, the
“Vow to Achieve Birth in the Pure Land”:
“We wish to be born in the Western Pure Land
From nine levels of lotus blossoms.
When the lotus opens,
We shall see the Buddha and shall be enlightened to the eternal Truth,
With Bodhisattvas who never regress on the Path as our companions.”
three times, and the “Verse in Praise of Amitabha” once:
“Amitabha’s body is the color of gold;
The splendor of his hallmarks has no peer.
The light of his brow shines around a hundred worlds;
Wide as the seas are his eyes pure and clear.
Shining in his brilliance by transformation
Are countless Bodhisattvas and infinite Buddhas.
His forty-eight vows will be our liberation;
In nine lotus-stages we reach the farthest shore.
Homage to the Buddha of the Western Pure Land,
Kind and Compassionate Amitabha!
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