We usually follow the pattern below for our practice sessions. If you are joining us from Zoom do put some time aside when you won’t be disturbed, find yourself a quiet spot, light a candle and enjoy.

    We begin in silence so people can settle in.

    Welcome

    Dharma Talk

    Silent Meditation

    Nembutsu Practice

    Refuges (repeat after the celebrant)

    For refuge I go to the Buddha
    Namo Buddhaya

    For refuge I go to the Dharma
    Namo Dharmaya

    For refuge I go to the Sangha
    Namo Sanghaya

    Precepts (repeat after the celebrant)

    With faith in the three jewels I pray that I may not take life
    With faith in the three jewels I pray that I may not steal
    With faith in the three jewels I pray that I may not fall into sexual misconduct
    With faith in the three jewels I pray that I may not fall into wrong speech
    With faith in the three jewels I pray that I may avoid intoxication

    Bodhisattva Vows

    Innumerable are sentient beings:
    Inexhaustible are deluded passions:
    Immeasurable are the Dharma teachings:
    Infinite is the Buddha’s way:
    we vow to save them all
    we vow to transform them all
    we vow to master them all
    we vow to fulfil it completely *

    Prostrations – we do three prostrations, bowing our bodies to the ground as a way of taking refuge in the Buddha, whilst chanting Namo Amida Bu

    Closing verse

    Everyone on Zoom can unmute for this bit!

    Blessed by Amitabha’s light
    May we care for all living things
    and the holy Earth