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The Ritual of VU LAN Chanting compiled by Pháp Nhãn Temple

Ven. Thích Trừng Sỹ                      Pháp Nhãn Temple

THE RITUAL OF VU LAN CHANTING
Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma SamBuddhassa
(Bell, 3 times)

Respectfully pay homage to the Buddha: The World-Honored One, the Worthy One, the Exalted One, the Fully Awakened and Enlightened One. Namo Buddhaya.
Respectfully pay homage to the wonderful Dharma of the  Buddha, the path of practicing peace, joy, happiness, understanding, and love for the many right in the present life. Namo Dharmaya.
Respectfully pay homage to the harmonious and peaceful Sangha of the Buddha, the Community of cultivated people who vow to live their lives of virtue, meditation, wisdom, deliverance, and deliverance with right understanding to benefit oneself and other people right here and right now in the present life. Namo Sanghaya. (Bell)

Praising the Buddha

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.
The precious lotus blossoms on the enlightened pedestal,
The halo shines in all directions.
Wisdom is beyond the dharma realms,
Loving-kindness and compassion permeate all the mountains and rivers.
I have just seen the Buddha’s perfect countenance,
I respectfully offer the Buddha my whole sincere heart,
I forward wholeheartedly to praise for the Noble Triple Gem.
Diligence in the Dharma path is well cultivated.

Namo The Original Master Sakyamuni Buddhaya
(Bell, 3 times)
Respectfully pay homage to the Noble Triple Gem

The Buddha, who is the fully Awakened and Enlightened One,
Shows the way of peace to living things and living beings,
has the virtuous, good, and noble signs,
The Buddha’s wisdom and compassion are perfect.
We, disciples of Gautama Buddha, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Buddha forever present in the three lifetimes and ten directions. (Bell, one prostration)
The Dharma that is the bright way,
Instructs people to escape the realm of delusion,
Leads us to return to true home
In order to lead a life of awakening.
We, disciples of Gautama Buddha, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Dharma forever present in the three lifetimes and ten directions. (Bell, one prostration)
The Sangha that is the beautiful Community in harmony
Travels on the joyful path together,
Cultivates to be freed from afflictions
In order to make life beautified.
We, disciples of Gautama Buddha, wholeheartedly pay homage to the Sangha forever present in the three lifetimes and ten directions. (Bell, one prostration)

Open Verse

The Dharma is deep and lovely,
Now we have a chance
to see, study, and to practice,
we vow to realize its true meaning.

Namo The Fully Enlightened Buddhaya. (3 times, bell)
VU LAN GATHA CHANTING

We, disciples of the Buddha,
obey his teachings
on the Full Moon Day of Lunar July
Meeting the Vu Lan Festival
At a splendid Dharma Center.
Burning incense of ethics, meditation,
and wisdom to pay homage to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha in Ten directions and Three lifetimes
Following Moggallāna’s virtues
Vowing to become filial children whose hearts are more piety
to remember parent’s upbringing and birth.
When we come of adulthood age,
our mother experiences thick hardships
three years breastfeeding,
during nine months of pregnancy
unstopping worries
Forgetting to eat and sleep
Warmness and fullness.
Thanks to father’s favor
Regardless of his weakness and aging
Livelihood and hardship
Determined to be together with the universe
Striving to raise children
Educating them squarely and roundly
Thanks to father’s favor
Regardless of his weakness and aging
Livelihood and hardship
Determined to be together with the universe
Striving to raise children
Educating them squarely and roundly
They will soon achieve the Buddha’s fruition
May the Tathagata be
present in the world
to save living beings by his loving-kindness and compassion.

Namo the Great Filial Piety of Moggallāna Bodhisattva
(Bell, 3 times)
Express diligent vows and pay thankful respects to the Triple Gem

We, disciples of Gautama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Buddha. Namo Buddhaya. (Bell, one prostration)
We, disciples of Gautama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Dharma. Namo Dharmaya. (Bell, one prostration)
We, disciples of Gautama Buddha, are always aware of ourselves by day and by night, constantly practice and recollect the light of the Sangha. Namo Sanghaya. (Bell, one prostration)
May we be well,
May we be happy
May we be peaceful
May we be healthy
May we be free from suffering, greed, anger, delusion, hatred, violence, ignorance, wrong view, etc.
May the Buddha and Bodhisattvas bless and protect all anytime and anywhere.
Bodhi, the wonderful Dharma of the Buddha turns noble and stately.
According to the place where I dwell strongly in Dharma learning, Dharma practice, Dharma understanding, and Dharma joy, I feel forever happy and peaceful. (Bell)

Sharing the Merit

May the merit of cultivation today
Be direct toward all living things, and living beings
We and human beings
Can realize the Buddha’s way together.

Sadhu, lành thay, well-done, and excellence.
Namo Buddhaya. Namo Dharmaya. Namo Sanghaya.
(Bell, bell, bell)

 

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