Countless Are Sentient Beings, I Vow To Liberate.
Buddhist Ceremony Description
Buddha Jewel Monastery holds Sunday ceremonies once a month as well as on special occasions. We invite everyone to attend and participate in these meaningful events. The ceremonies consist of many elements. Newcomers may not be familiar with the rituals but the Dharma Masters are available to answer any questions.
Inviting the Celebrant Master
We first invite the Abbess into the Chan Hall to conduct the ceremony. The assembly joins their palms to express their deep reverence to the Three Jewels (the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha)
Bows and Prostrations
Bowing and prostrating help us overcome our egoism and arrogance. They show our deep respect to the Buddha for his qualities such as compassion, concentration, and wisdom, and inspire us to develop these qualities ourselves.
Sutras are a part of the Buddhist liturgy. By chanting the sutras together, we purify our karma, cultivate a pure mind, dedicate our merits to all sentient beings, and pray for world peace.
An offering is a practice in giving; it reduces our greed and helps cultivate our compassion. During the ceremony we make lamp, flower, and incense offerings.
- Lamp symbolizes our intrinsic wisdom. The light of wisdom dispels the darkness of ignorance.
- Flowers symbolize the impermanence of this life. We appreciate their transient beauty and learn to be mindful of each moment.
- Incense symbolizes spiritual cleansing or purifying as well as the fragrance of pure moral conduct. The fragrance of the incense permeates all the worlds, imparting blessings to all beings.
A ceremony is an opportunity to cultivate our Buddhist practice and to dedicate merits to all sentient beings. Reverence and gratitude for the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha are integral aspects of Buddhist etiquette.
Kindle the light before buddha
Extinguish the burning in your heart
With Great Perfect Wisdom, I vow
To shine on all that is dark
Blessings come from respectfully reciting the sutras and mantras. Relying on the power and compassion of the Three Jewels, we sincerely pay homage to them and pray that our lives will be peaceful, our disasters and obstructions will be removed. Together with our present family and relatives, we will enjoy longevity and be free from misfortunes. We will increase blessings and wisdom, and we will be successful in all our endeavors. Mostly, all Dharma realms will enjoy peace, purity, and wisdom.
Memorial Service is to dedicate merits to the deceased ones. In the services, the participants chant sutras and mantras to pay respect and homage to the Three Jewels – the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, which represent perfect wisdom and compassion, the solution and relief for all suffering. Relying on the power of compassion of the Three Jewels, the participants pray for the removal of disasters and obstacles, for growth in wisdom and prosperity in the lives of their family, for a pure, bright, and harmonious universe, as well as for the deceased to be reborn in the realms of the pure and blessed.