Morning Bell Chant
may the sound of this bell
spread throughout the universe,
make all the hell of dark metal bright, relieve the three realms of suffering, shatter the hell of swords,
and bring all beings to enlightenment.
Homage to the shining, loving, holy one,
the great master Vairocana, Buddha of Light.
Now we recite the treasured verse from the golden book and display the jewelled box with the jade axle.
Each particle of dust interpenetrates every other one.
Moment by moment, each is perfectly complete.
One hundred million, ninety-five thousand, forty-eight words are the complete teaching of the one vehicle.
Homage to the great, wide Buddha: the Hwa Yen Sutra.
The first verse:
If you wish to understand thoroughly
All Buddhas past, present, and future,
You should view the nature of the universe
As created by mind alone.
The mantra of shattering hell:
Na-mu a-ta shi-ji nam sam-yak sam-mo-ta gu-chi-nam om a-ja- na ba-ba ji-ri ji-ri hum (three times)
We vow for our entire life to keep our minds, without distraction, on Amita Buddha,
the Buddha of infinite time and space.
All minds are forever connected to this jade brightness. No thought ever departs from this golden form.
Holding beads, perceiving the universe;
with emptiness as the string,
there is nothing unconnected.
Perceive and attain the western Amita Buddha.
Become one with the great western master,
the “just like this” Buddha of infinite life. Become one: infinite time, infinite space Buddha.
The blue mountain of many ridges is the Buddha’s home. The vast ocean of many waves is the palace of stillness.
Be with all things without hindrance.
Few can see the crane’s red head atop the pine tree. Become one: infinite time, infinite space Buddha.
Sitting quietly in a mountain temple in the quiet night, Extreme quiet and stillness is original nature.
Why then does the western wind shake the forest?
A single cry of winter geese fills the sky.
Become one: infinite time, infinite space Buddha.
Vowing openly with all world beings,
Entering together Amita’s ocean of great vows, Continuing forever to save sentient beings,
You and I simultaneously attain the way of Buddha. Become one: infinite time, infinite space Buddha.
Become one with the western pure land,
a world of utmost bliss.
The thirty-six billion, one hundred nineteen thousand, five hundred names of the Buddha are all the same name.
Great love, great compassion, Amita Buddha.
Become one with the western pure land, a world of utmost bliss.
This Buddha’s body is long and wide. This auspicious face is without boundary and this golden color shines everywhere, pervading the entire universe.
Forty-eight vows to save all sentient beings.
No one can say, nor say its opposite.
No one can say, because Buddha is like the Ganges’s innumerable grains of sand, or the infinite moments in all time,
or innumberable dust particles,
or countless blades of grass,
The three hundred sixty billion,
one hundred nineteen thousand,
five hundred names of the Buddha are all the same name.
Great love, great compassion, our original teacher.
Homage to the golden Tathagata Amita Buddha. Become one: infinite time, infinite space Buddha.
The mantra of original mind’s sublimity: Om a-ri da-ra sa-ba-ha (three times)