Homage and Praise to Shakyamuni Buddha

First, develop the support of reliance on the supreme field of the Three Jewels by reciting the following verses:

To the Guru and Founder, the Endowed Transcendent Destroyer, the One Gone Beyond, the Foe Destroyer, the Completely Perfected, Fully Awakened Being, Perfect in Knowledge and in Good Conduct, Sugata, Knower of the World, Supreme Guide of Human Beings to be Tamed, Teacher of Gods and Human Beings—to you, the Completely and Fully Awakened One, the Endowed Transcendent Destroyer, the Glorious Conqueror, the Subduer from the Shakya Clan, I prostrate, make offerings and go for refuge.

When, O supreme among humans, you were born on this earth, You paced out seven strides,Then said, “I am supreme in this world”. To you, who were wise then, I prostrate.

With pure bodies, form supremely pure; Wisdom like an ocean or a golden mountain; Fame that blazes in the three worlds, Winner of the best—Lord, to you I prostrate.

With the supreme signs, face like a spotless moon, Colour like gold—to you, I prostrate. You are immaculate, the three worlds are not. Incomparably Wise One—to you I prostrate.

Saviour having great compassion, Founder having all understanding, Field of Merit with qualities like a vast ocean—To you, the One Gone to Thusness, I prostrate.

The purity which makes one free from attachment, The virtue which frees one from the lower realms, The one path, the sublime pure reality—To that Dharma which pacifies, I prostrate.

Those who are liberated and who also show the path to liberation, The holy field qualified with realisations, Who are devoted to the moral precepts—To you, the Sublime Community intending virtue, I prostrate.

Homage to the supreme Buddha! Homage to the Dharma refuge! Homage to the great Sangha! To all three, ever-devout homage!

To all those worthy of respect, Bowing with bodies as many as All realms’ atoms, in all aspects, With supreme faith I pay homage.

Do not commit non-virtuous actions, Perform only perfect virtuous deeds, Subdue your mind thoroughly—This is the teaching of the Buddha.

A star, a mirage, a flame of a lamp, An illusion, a drop of dew or a bubble, A dream, a flash of lightning, a cloud—See all conditioned things as such!

Through these merits may sentient beings attain the rank of all-seeing, Subdue the foe of faults And be delivered from samsara’s ocean, Perturbed by the waves of ageing, sickness and death.

Taking Refuge

While making prostrations, recite the following mantra three times:

OM NAMO MANJUSHRIYE | NAMO SUSHRIYE | NAMO UTTAMA SHRIYE SVAHA

Continuing to make prostrations, take refuge by reciting the following verse three times:

I, (say your full name) throughout all times,
Take refuge in the Gurus;
I take refuge in the Buddha;
I take refuge in the Dharma;
I take refuge in the Sangha.

Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Buddhas

In order to purify the mind, recite the names of the Thirty-Five Buddhas. If possible, you should actually make prostrations to each Buddha imagining that they are present in the space before you.

To the founder, Bhagavan, Tathagata, Arhat, perfectly completed Buddha, Glorious Conqueror Shakyamuni Buddha, I prostrate. To Tathagata Thoroughly Destroying with Vajra Essence, I prostrate. To Tathagata Radiant Jewel, I prostrate. To Tathagata King, Lord of the Nagas, I prostrate. To Tathagata Army of Heroes, I prostrate. To Tathagata Delighted Hero, I prostrate. To Tathagata Jewel Fire, I prostrate.

To Tathagata Jewel Moonlight, I prostrate. To Tathagata Meaningful to See, I prostrate. To Tathagata Jewel Moon, I prostrate. To Tathagata Stainless One, I prostrate. To Tathagata Bestowed with Courage, I prostrate. To Tathagata Pure One, I prostrate. To Tathagata Bestowed with Purity, I prostrate.

To Tathagata Water God, I prostrate. To Tathagata Deity of the Water God, I prostrate. To Tathagata Glorious Goodness, I prostrate. To Tathagata Glorious Sandalwood, I prostrate. To Tathagata Infinite Splendour, I prostrate. To Tathagata Glorious Light, I prostrate. To Tathagata Sorrowless Glory, I prostrate.

To Tathagata Son of Non-Craving, I prostrate. To Tathagata Glorious Flower, I prostrate. To Tathagata Pure Light Rays Clearly Knowing by Play, I prostrate. To Tathagata Lotus Light Rays Clearly Knowing by Play, I prostrate. To Tathagata Glorious Wealth, I prostrate. To Tathagata Glorious Mindfulness, I prostrate. To Tathagata Glorious Name Widely Renowned, I prostrate.

To Tathagata King Holding the Victory Banner of Foremost Power, I prostrate. To Tathagata Glorious One Totally Subduing, I prostrate. To Tathagata Utterly Victorious in Battle, I prostrate. To Tathagata Glorious Transcendence Through Subduing, I prostrate. To Tathagata Glorious Manifestations Illuminating All, I prostrate. To Tathagata All-Subduing Jewel Lotus, I prostrate. To the Bhagavan, Tathagata, Arhat, perfectly completed Buddha, King, Lord of the Mountains, Firmly Seated on Jewel and Lotus, I prostrate.

TAYATHA OM MUNI MUNI MAHAMUNAYE SOHA

Prostrations to the Seven Medicine Buddhas

Then, to dispel all obstacles to your practice of ethical discipline, continue with prostrations to the Seven Medicine Buddhas:

To the Bhagavan, Tathagata, Arhat, perfectly completed Buddha, Renowned Glorious King of Excellent Signs, I prostrate. To the Bhagavan, Tathagata, Arhat, perfectly completed Buddha, King of Melodious Sound, Brilliant Radiance of Skill, Adorned with Jewels, Moon and Lotus, I prostrate. To the Bhagavan, Tathagata, Arhat, perfectly completed Buddha, Stainless Excellent Gold, Great Illuminating Jewel Who Accomplishes All Conduct and Vows, I prostrate. To the Bhagavan, Tathagata, Arhat, perfectly completed Buddha, Glorious Supreme King, Free from Sorrow, I prostrate. To the Bhagavan, Tathagata, Arhat, perfectly completed Buddha, Melodious Ocean of Proclaimed Dharma, I prostrate. To the Bhagavan, Tathagata, Arhat, perfectly completed Buddha, Delightful King Clearly Knowing by the Play of Supreme Wisdom of an Ocean of Dharma, I prostrate. To the Bhagavan, Tathagata, Arhat, perfectly completed Buddha, Medicine Guru, King of Lapis Lazuli Light, I prostrate.

TAYATHA OM BEKANZE BEKANZE MAHA BEKANZE RADZA SAMUDGATE SOHA

You can recite this mantra once, or as many times as you like.

General Confession

In order to counteract negative habitual tendencies, it is important to develop a strong feeling of regret for one’s actions. You can do this by slowly reciting the following words while taking their meaning to heart.

All you 35 Buddhas and others, as many Tathagatas, Arhats, perfectly completed Buddhas as there are existing, sustaining, and residing in all the world systems of the ten directions; all you Buddha-Bhagavans, please pay attention to me!

In this life and in all states of rebirth in which I have circled in samsara throughout beginningless lives, whatever negative actions I have created, made others create, or rejoiced in the creation of; whatever possessions of the stupas, possessions of the Sangha, or possessions of the Sangha of the ten directions that I have appropriated, made others appropriate, or rejoiced in the appropriation of; whichever among the five actions of immediate retribution I have done, caused to be done, or rejoiced in the doing of; whichever paths of the ten non-virtuous actions I have engaged in, caused others to engage in, or rejoiced in the engaging in: whatever I have created, beings obscured by these karmas causes me and sentient beings to be born in the hell realms, in the animal realm, and in the hungry ghost realm; in irreligious countries, as barbarians or as long-life gods; with imperfect faculties, holding wrong views, or not being pleased with Buddha’s descent.

In the presence of the Buddha-Bhagavans, who are transcendental wisdom, who are eyes, who are witnesses, who are valid, and who see with omniscient awareness, I am admitting and confessing all these negativities collectively, as well as individually. Every single one I now confess. I do not conceal them nor hide them, but I reveal them, and from now on I will abstain and refrain from committing them again.

If time allows, repeat these verses three times.

Rejoicing and Aspirations

Having turned away from negative actions, now strengthen your resolve to engage in virtue.

All Buddha-Bhagavans, please pay attention to me!

In this life and in all other states of rebirth in which I have circled in samsara throughout beginningless lives, whatever roots of virtue I have created by generosity, even as little as giving just one mouthful of food to a being born in the animal realm; whatever roots of virtue I have created by guarding morality; whatever roots of virtue I have created by following pure conduct; whatever roots of virtue I have created by fully ripening sentient beings; whatever roots of virtue I have created by generating bodhicitta; and whatever roots of virtue I have created by my unsurpassed transcendental wisdom: all these, assembled and gathered, combined together, I fully dedicate to the unsurpassed, the unexcelled, that higher than the high, that superior to the superior. Thus I completely dedicate to the highest, perfectly complete enlightenment. Just as the previous Buddha-Bhagavans have fully dedicated, just as the future Buddha-Bhagavans will fully dedicate, and just as the presently abiding Buddha-Bhagavans are fully dedicating, like that I too dedicate fully. I confess all my broken vows collectively, as well as individually. Every single broken vow I now confess. I rejoice in all merits.

I urge and implore all Buddhas to grant my request; may I fully and directly realise the highest, most sublime, transcendental, ultimate wisdom.

In the conquerors, the best of humans—[those who are living in the present time, those who have lived in the past, and those who will likewise come]—in all those who have qualities as vast as an infinite ocean, with hands folded, I take refuge.

Dedication

Conclude your session, by reciting the following verses:

May the precious ethical discipline and moral conduct arise which has not yet arisen, and may that which has already arisen not degenerate. May it increase!

May the precious altruistic bodhicitta arise which has not yet arisen, and may that which has already arisen not degenerate. May it increase!

May the precious view of pure perception arise which has not yet arisen, and may that which has already arisen not degenerate. May it increase!

If time allows, you can recite an extensive aspiration here.

Shakyamuni Buddha

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