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Before beginning, wash your hands and rinse out your mouth. Wear clean comfortable clothing that appropriately covers the body. Light candles and incense and recite the offering gatha:

  • May the smoke of this incense I now offer spread throughout the Ten Directions, and reach the various Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and all the sentient beings in the universe, so they may benefit from this Puja.

Place prayer beads on the left hand, pick up the liturgy book, and bring it to your head as a mark of respect to the Dharma.

Open the liturgy book and begin chanting. The voice should be gentle, but firm, and slightly louder than everyday conversation. Recite clearly and in a gentle rhythm. Don’t rush. If you have the liturgy memorised, join your palms in front of the heart.

If you have a bell or gong, ring it twice before starting, once between each chant, and thrice to finish.

When finished chanting, gently close the liturgy book, bring it to the head as a mark of respect, and place it back on the table.

After chanting, it is advised to sit in meditation for 20, 30, or 40 minutes, depending on time constraints.

Example Liturgy

  • SANRAI – Three Forms of Reverence [x3]
    ISSHIN CHŌRAI JIPPŌ HŌKAI JŌJŪ SANBŌ. 

  • SANGEMON – Admitting our Misdeeds [x1]
    GA SHAKU SHO ZŌ SHO AKU GŌ
    KAI YU MU SHI TON JIN CHI
    JŪ SHIN GU I SHI SHO SHŌ
    I SSAI GA KON KAI SAN GE.

  • KAIKYOGE – Opening Sutra Gatha [ x1]
    MU JŌ JIN JIN MI MYŌ HŌ
    HYAKU SEN MAN GŌ NAN SŌ GU
    GA KON KEN MON TOKU JU JI
    GAN GE NYO RAI SHIN JITSU GI.


  • CHAPTER XXV OF THE LOTUS SŪTRA –
    The Universal Gateway of Avalokiteśvara in Verse [x1]
    MYŌHŌ RENGE KYŌ KANZEON BOSATSU FUMON BON GE
    SE SON MYŌ SŌ GU GA KON JŪ MON
    HI BU SSHI GA IN EN MYŌ I KAN ZE ON
    GU SOKU MYŌ SŌ SON GE TŌ MU JIN NI
    NYO CHŌ KAN NŌ GYŌ ZEN NŌ SHO HŌ
    JO GU ZEI JIN NYO KAI RYA KKŌ FU SHI GI
    JI TA SEN NOKU BUTSU HOTSU DAI SHŌ JŌ GAN
    GA I NYO RYAKU SETSU MON MYŌ GYŪ KEN
    SHIN SHIN NEN FU KŪ KA NŌ METSU
    SHO U KU KE SHI KŌ GAI I SUI RAKU DAI
    KA KYŌ NEN BI KAN NON RIKI KA KYŌ HEN
    JŌ JI WAKU HYŌ RU GO KAI RYŪ GO SHO KI
    NAN NEN BI KAN NON RIKI HA RŌ FU NŌ
    MOTSU WAKU ZAI SHU MI BU I NIN SHO
    SUI DA NEN BI KAN NON RIKI NYO NICHI KO KŪ JŪ
    WAKU BI AKU NIN JIKU DA RAKU KON
    GŌ SEN NEN BI KAN NON RIKI FU NŌ SON ICHI MŌ
    WAKU JI ON ZOKU NYŌ KAKU
    SHŪ TŌ KA GAI NEN BI KAN NON RIKI
    GEN SOKU KI JI SHIN WAKU SŌ Ō
    NAN KU RIN GYŌ YOKU JU SHU
    NEN BI KAN NON RIKI TŌ JIN DAN DAN NE
    WAKU JU KIN KA SA SHU SOKU BI
    CHŪ GAI NEN BI KAN NON RIKI SHAKU
    NEN TOKU GE DATSU
    SHU SO SHO DOKU YAKU SHO
    YOKU GAI SHIN JA NEN BI KAN NON RIKI
    GEN JAKU O HON NIN
    WAKU GŪ AKU RA SETSU DOKU RYŪ
    SHO KI TŌ NEN BI KAN NON RIKI JI SHITSU
    PU KAN GAI NYAKU AKU SHU I NYŌ
    RI GE SŌ KA FU NEN BI KAN NON RIKI
    JI SSŌ MU HEN BŌ
    GAN JA GYŪ FUKU KATSU KE DOKU EN
    KA NEN NEN BI KAN NON RIKI JIN SHŌ JI E KO
    UN RAI KU SEI DEN GŌ BAKU JU DAI U
    NEN BI KAN NON RIKI Ō JI TOKU SHŌ
    SAN SHU JŌ BI KON YAKU MU RYŌ KU
    HI SSHIN KAN NON MYŌ CHI RIKI NOKU KU SE KEN KU
    GU SOKU JIN ZŪ RIKI KŌ SHU CHI HŌ
    BEN JI PPO SHO KOKU DO MU SETSU FU GEN SHIN
    SHU JU SHO AKU SHU JI GOKU KI CHIKU
    SHŌ SHŌ RŌ BYŌ SHI KU I ZEN SHITSU RYŌ METSU
    SHIN KAN SHŌ JŌ KAN KŌ DAI CHI E
    KAN HI KAN GYŪ JI KAN JŌ GAN JŌ SEN GŌ
    MU KU SHŌ JŌ KŌ E NICHI HA SHO AN
    NŌ BUKU SAI FŪ KA FU MYŌ SHŌ SE KEN
    HI TAI KAI RAI SHIN JI I MYŌ DAI UN
    JU KAN RO HŌ U METSU JO BON NŌ EN
    JŌ JU KYŌ KAN JO FU I GUN JIN CHŪ NEN
    BI KAN NON RIKI SHU ON SHI TTAI SAN
    MYŌ ON KAN ZE ON BON NON KAI JŌ ON
    SHŌ HI SE KEN NON ZE KO SHU JŌ NEN NEN
    NEN MOTSU SHŌ GI
    KAN ZE ON JŌ SHŌ O KU NŌ SHI YAKU
    NŌ I SA E GO GU I SSAI KU DOKU JI GEN
    JI SHU JŌ FUKU JU KAI MU RYŌ
    ZE KO Ō CHŌ RAI
    NI JI JI JI BO SATSU SOKU JŪ ZA KI ZEN
    BYAKU BUTSU GON SE SON NYAKU U SHU
    JŌ MON ZE KAN ZE ON BO SATSU PON JI
    ZAI SHI GŌ FU MON JI GEN JIN ZŪ RIKI SHA
    TŌ CHI ZE NIN KU DOKU FU SHŌ BUTSU
    SETSU ZE FU MON BON JI SHU JŪ HACHI
    MAN SHI SEN SHU JŌ KAI HOTSU MU TŌ
    DŌ A NOKU TA RA SAN MYAKU SAN BO DAI SHIN.

  • HOKKE JŌBUTSU GE
    Attaining Buddhahood through the Lotus  [x1]
    GAN NI SHI KU DOKU
    FU GYŪ O I SSAI
    GA TŌ YO SHU JŌ
    KAI GU JŌ BUTSU DŌ