Verse for Opening a Sutra
The unsurpassed, deep profound, subtle, wonderful Dharma,
In hundreds of thousands of millions of eons, is difficult to encounter;
I now see and hear it, receive and uphold it,
And I vow to fathom the Tathagata’s true and actual meaning.
BODHISATTVA PRECEPTS FOR LAYPEOPLE
THE RITUAL FOR RECITING THE PRECEPTS
Procedure for Reciting the Precepts by Yourself
1)Enter a Buddha Hall, be reverent and kneel down with joined palms, as if you were facing the Buddhas and the Dharma Masters.
2)Say your Dharma name or lay name.
3)Recite the Three Refuges.
4)Sincerely repent and confess all the wrong-doing you have done in this life. Then repent of all the evil karma you have committed throughout countless eons past. Vow that the offenses accumulated from those many lives will now be eradicated. Then chant the following repentance verse:
For all the evil karma that I have done in the past,
Arising from beginningless greed, hatred, and delusion,
And created by my body, mouth, and mind,
1)I seek to now repent of and reform before the Buddhas. (bow)
2)I seek to now repent of and reform all karmic obstacles. (bow)
3)I seek to now repent of and reform the very roots of karmic offenses. (bow)
5)You must be sure to use the above method to purify the body and mind before you recite the Precepts according to the Precept text.
6)The transference of merit and virtue
I dedicate the merit and virtue from the profound act of reciting the Precepts,
Including all the superior, limitless blessings generated,
With the universal vow that all beings sunk in defilement
Will quickly go to the Land of the Buddha of Limitless Light (Amitabha).
If you are unable to recite these Precepts every day, you should recite at least once every half month. You may go to a Way place on the bimonthly Precept recitation days and request a qualified Sangha member to act as the Precept Master. The procedure for reciting the Precepts is explained below.