PRAYER BEFORE THE ANCESTRAL ALTAR
Clasping the incense stick, salute three times, kneeling with hands clasped against your forehead, pray:
I respectfully offer incense to my Ancestors,
Would you please bear witness to my candor?
Now I wake up to take refuge in Buddha,
I resolved to be a merit-cultivator.
Plant the incense, stand straight, clasp your hands against your chest praying on:
I kowtow to acknowledge my ancestors,
For your birth-giving and raising labor.
From now on, I am devoted to Buddhism,
For You to ascend to the Holy realm.
I vow to be your name shiner,
Free from sufferings for the Lotus seater.
I beg for your Grace from above,
Help me steadily practice the Tao.
PRAYER BEFORE THE THREE JEWEL ALTAR
Clasping the incense stick, salute three times, kneel and hands held against the forehead praying:
Namo The Saba World Lord Master Sakyamuni Buddha (Three Times)
Namo the Ten Directions Buddha
Namo the Ten Directions Dharma
Namo The Directions Sangha
Namo the Patriarch Buddha, the Master Buddha, Lord Generalissimo, Ancient Mandarins, Mountain Gods, the Sacred Residents of Nam Non, Bay Nui, May You Witness My Vow: I shall repent and renounce bad and do good, take refuge in the Lords and practice Buddhism.
After planting the incense, kowtow four times or stand straight with hands clasped against the chest and pray on:
Namo the Western Paradise, the World of Great Compassion and Magnanimity, may you kindly and lovingly bless all the sentient beings, Amitabha.
Namo the First Prayer: Heavenly King, Earthly King, Human King, Great Lotus Assembly, Master Buddhas, and Buddha King, May you compassionately bestow peace over the world.
Namo the Second Prayer: May all our Ancestors ascend to the Pure Land.
Namo the Third Prayer: May our alive parents enjoy greater merits and longevity; the late ones ascend to the Western Paradise.
Namo the Fourth Prayer: May all the masses be tolerant, generous, and no longer delusional.
Namo the Fifth Prayer: May our Patriarch Buddha and Master Buddha mercifully bless Us, free from karmic impediments, insightful, and fully enlightened.
Kowtow four times, stand up and one salute in the middle: Namo Amitabha, one salute on the left: Namo Mahàsthàma Bodhisattva, and one salute on the right: Namo Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.
After finishing the prayer before the Three Jewel Altar, pray before the Open-Air Altar in the Four Directions (the Open-Air Altar is in the main direction) front, back, left, and right.
Read the Prayer for Taking Refuge and Five Prayers toward the Western Paradise in the main direction, and read the latter in the remaining three ones. (Each has Four Prostrations). If you can’t prostrate standing, you may salute three times. Standing and kneeling depend on your actual health condition.
After the ritual, it is possible to recite Amitabha.
Half leg-crossing, the back straight up, pray: Namo Amitabha Or recite: “Namo The Western Paradise, the Thirty-Six Trillions, One Hundred and Nineteen Thousand and Five Hundred Worlds, the same sound and same name, with great compassion, bless the living, Amitabha.”
(The reciting of Amitabha only happens in mind, and the number of recitations varies in accordance with your health)
Each time you take your meals with whatever, pray for the Ancestors, the late grandparents and/or parents to return and share it with you to show your filial piety.
On the commemorative days, you may offer whatever you have. Be vegan on the 14th, 15th, 29th, or 30th of the month, and in the shorter one, you may eat on the 29th and the 1st. If you have incense, you burn it; otherwise, you pray without.
Every year, on the New-Year’s Eve, you fast on the 29th, the 30th, and the 1st day, during which you must offer non-animal food. On the 2nd day, you can offer whatever you have, and on the 3rd, do not kill animals to sacrifice for the Supreme, but flowers only.
AWAY FROM HOME
When you go to work on the farm and, at praying times, look toward the West and kowtow in four directions. If you are far away from home, you may pray in mind.
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