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Buddhist Prayers

Prayer for Opening the Sūtra | | Prayer for Transferring Merit | | Four Vast Vows | | Ten Great Actions and Vows of Samantabhadra | | Prayer for the Bodhisattva Way | | Repentance Prayer | | Short Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Land | | Long Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Land |

1. Prayer for Opening the Sūtra (開經偈)

The unsurpassed, profound true Dharma
Is hard to encounter in billions of kalpas.
This I now have seen and heard, and can accept and uphold,
Hoping to understand the true meaning of the Tathāgatas.

2. Prayer for Transferring Merit (回向偈)

May the merit of my practice
Adorn Buddhas' Pure Lands,
Requite the fourfold kindness from above,
And relieve the suffering of the three life-journeys below.
Universally wishing sentient beings,
Friends, foes, and karmic creditors,
All to activate the bodhi mind,
And all to be reborn in the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.

3. The Four Vast Vows (四弘誓願)

Sentient beings are boundless; I vow to deliver them all.
Afflictions are endless; I vow to eradicate them all.
Dharma Doors are measureless; I vow to learn them all.
The Buddha bodhi is unsurpassed; I vow to attain it.

4. The Ten Great Actions and Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (普賢十大行願)

First, make obeisance to Buddhas.
Second, praise the Tathāgatas.
Third, make expansive offerings.
Fourth, repent of karma, the cause of hindrances.
Fifth, express sympathetic joy over others' merits.
Sixth, request Buddhas to turn the Dharma wheel.
Seventh, beseech Buddhas to abide in the world.
Eighth, always follow Buddhas to learn.
Ninth, forever support sentient beings.
Tenth, universally transfer my merit to all.

5. Prayer for the Bodhisattva Way (常行菩薩道)

May the three hindrances and all afflictions be annihilated.
May I gain wisdom and true understanding.
May all obstructions by sin be removed.
May I always walk the Bodhisattva Way, life after life.

6. Repentance Prayer (懺悔偈)

The evil karmas I have done with my body, voice, and mind are caused by greed, anger, and delusion, which are without a beginning in time. Before Buddhas I now supplicate for my repentance.
往昔所造諸惡業 皆由無始貪瞋癡 從身語意之所生 今對佛前求懺悔
The evil karmas I have done with my body, voice, and mind are caused by greed, anger, and delusion, which are without a beginning in time. I repent of all sins, the cause of hindrances.
往昔所造諸惡業 皆由無始貪瞋癡 從身語意之所生 一切罪障皆懺悔
The evil karmas I have done with my body, voice, and mind are caused by greed, anger, and delusion, which are without a beginning in time. I repent of all the roots of sin.
往昔所造諸惡業 皆由無始貪瞋癡 從身語意之所生 一切罪根皆懺悔

7. Short Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Land (願生西方淨土)

I wish to be reborn in the Western Pure Land.
I wish to have as my parents a lotus flower in nine grades.
When the flower opens, I will see that Buddha and realize that dharmas never arise,
And I will have as my companions the Bodhisattvas who never regress.

8. Long Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Land (淨土文)

I single-mindedly take refuge in Amitābha Buddha in the World of Ultimate Bliss. Illuminate me with Your pure light and draw me in with Your loving, kind vows! Thinking only of You, I now call the name of the Tathāgatha. For the sake of the Bodhi Way, I supplicate to be reborn in Your Pure Land.
Before this Buddha attained Buddhahood in the past, he made a vow: "Suppose there are sentient beings that desire to be reborn in my land and think in earnest only ten thoughts of belief and delight. If they should fail to be reborn there, I would not attain the perfect enlightenment."
Through these causes and conditions for thinking of this Buddha, I have gained entrance into the Tathāgata's ocean of great vows. By the power of this Buddha's lovingkindness, my sins will be expunged, and my roots of goodness will grow stronger. At the end of my life, I will know the coming of my time. My body will have no illness or suffering. My heart will have no greed or attachments. My mind will not be demented but will be peaceful as if in meditative concentration. This Buddha, holding a golden lotus-borne platform in His hands, together with a multitude of holy beings, will come to receive me. In the instant of a thought, I will be reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss. When the lotus flower opens, I will see this Buddha and hear the Buddha Vehicle, and my Buddha wisdom will suddenly unfold. I will widely deliver sentient beings, fulfilling my bodhi vow.

Homage to all Buddhas of the past, present, and future, in the ten directions!
Homage to all Bodhisattva-Mahāsattvas!
Homage to mahā-prajñā-pāramitā!

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