Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Simple Nembutsu service from Amidaji temple


There are various types of recitations and services in Jodo Shinshu temples but most of them are difficult to learn in short time, so I decided to arrange a simple Nembutsu service which anybody can learn easily and engage in when visiting the temple for the first time. I hope you will find it useful.



Click here to download the pdf with the words, instructions and explanations.

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 BU JO MI DA NYO RAI NIU DO JO
We respectfully call upon Amida Buddha to enter this place of practice
SAN GE RAKU
as we joyfully scatter flowers of welcome

BU JO SHA KA NYO RAI NIU DO JO
We respectfully call upon Shakyamuni Buddha to enter this place of practice
SAN GE RAKU
as we joyfully scatter flowers of welcome

BU JO JIP-PO NYO RAI NIU DO JO
We respectfully call upon all Buddhas from the ten directions
SAN GE RAKU  
as we joyfully scatter flowers of welcome

NAMO KIE BU. NAMO KIE HO. NAMO KIE SO
I take refuge in the Buddha. I take refuge in the Dharma. I take refuge in the Sangha.
NAMO KIE BU. NAMO KIE HO. NAMO KIE SO
NAMO KIE BU. NAMO KIE HO. NAMO KIE SO

KI MYO JIN JI PO MU GE KO NYO RAI  
I take refuge in/Homage to the Tathagata of Unhindered Light Pervading the Ten Quarters

KI MYO JIN JI PO MU GE KO NYO RAI  
KI MYO JIN JI PO MU GE KO NYO RAI  
KI MYO JIN JI PO MU GE KO NYO RAI  

NA MO FU KA SHI GI KO NYO RAI
I take refuge in/Homage to the Tathagata of Inconceivable Light
NA MO FU KA SHI GI KO NYO RAI
NA MO FU KA SHI GI KO NYO RAI
NA MO FU KA SHI GI KO NYO RAI

NA MO A MI DA BU
I take refuge in/Homage to Amida Buddha

NA MO A MI DA BU, NA MO A MI DA BU, NA MO A MI DA BU,NA MO A MI DA BU, NA MO A MI DA BU, NA MO A MI DA BU, NA MO A MI DA BU …………

Explanations:

Sambujo – the Three Invitations are addressed to Amida, Shakyamuni and all Buddhas in the ten directions. The place of practice (dojo) where we invite these Honored guests, can be a temple, one’s own house or any place where people say Nembutsu and listen the Amida Dharma, so we can make these Three Invitations wherever we are.
Usually this part is sung in a very complicated way in Jodo Shinshu temples but I simplified and transformed it into a recitation which anybody can do it.

Sankie – The Three Refuges (in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha). Please refer to my article The Three Refuges in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism at this link, http://amida-ji-retreat-temple-romania.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-three-refuges-in-jodo-shinshu.html

KI MYO JIN JI PO MU GE KO NYO RAI: The Name of Amida Buddha with ten characters.

NA MO FU KA SHI GI KO NYO RAI: The Name of Amida Buddha with nine characters.

NA MO A MI DA BU: The Name of Amida Buddha with six characters.

● – one bell strike
●● – two bell strikes
◙ - drum

You can strike the bell during the six character Name recitation as many times as you like to change the rhythm of recitation (slower-faster-slower, etc) or simply to keep yourself alert.

This service can be recited without a bell or drum if you wish, or if you don’t have one. You can also recite the six character Name with a mala (nenju) and prolong it for as long you like.
Because it is composed of a few words you can learn it by heart and enjoy it whenever you like and wherever you are. It can also become a daily recitation.


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