[Italicized portions of the text are not chanted.]
Offering of invitation to the three treasures:
Homage to the Buddhas in ten directions.
Homage to the Dharma in ten directions.
Homage to the Sangha in ten directions.
Homage to our original teacher Shakyamuni Buddha.
Homage to the great merciful, compassionate reliever of suffering, Contemplating the World’s Cries Kanzeon Bodhisattva.
Homage to the expounder of the teachings, the Arhat Ananda.
Summoning arousal of the vow:
All of us assembled together, arousing awakened mind, unconditionally offer up a bowl of pure food to the furthest reaches of vast emptiness in the ten directions, including every atom throughout the entire dharma realm, so as to give alms to hungry ghosts in every land. We invite all our departed ancestors going back to ancient times, dwelling in mountains, rivers, and earth, as well as rough demonic spirits from the wilderness, to come and gather here.
Now, with deep sympathy, we offer food to all of you, praying that you will each accept this food and transfer it along, making offerings to buddhas, sages, and all sentient beings throughout the vast emptiness of the universe so that you and all the many sentient beings will be satisfied. Moreover, we sincerely wish for yourself to take advantage of these mantras and food to depart from suffering, be liberated, find birth in heaven, and receive joy. With according intention, may you travel freely through the pure lands in the ten directions and arouse bodhi mind, practicing the bodhi way, and in the future definitely become a buddha.
We entreat those who have previously attained the Way since ancient times, may you bring all beings together to liberation. Day and night, constantly protect us.
We offer food to beings throughout the dharma realm, so that every being will equally receive this fortunate offering. Whatever virtue and merit this produces we completely transfer and dedicate to the unsurpassed awakening with total clarity and wisdom of the whole dharma realm of true reality, that all may speedily attain Buddhahood without incurring any other destinies.
May all sentient beings of the dharma realm take advantage of this teaching to quickly attain Buddhahood.
Dharani Summoning Deceased Spirits to the Great Assembly
NO BO BOHORI GYARI TARI TATAGYATA YA
Dharani for Breaking Open a Passageway through the Gates of Hell
OM BOHOTEIRI GYATARI TATAGYATA YA
Dharani for Requesting Immeasurably Majestic and Virtuous Radiant Sovereign Buddhas to Supply and Maintain Food and Drink
NO MAKU SARABA TATAGYATA BAROKITEI OM SAN BARA SAN BARA UN
Dharani of the Flavor of Dharma Covered with Sweet Dew
NO MAKU SOROBAYA TATAGYATA YA TANYATA OM SORO HARA SORO HARA SORO SOWAKA
Dharani of Vairochana’s Single Word Mind Contemplating the Water Sphere
NO MAKU SANMON DA BOTANAN BAN
Dharanis Summoning the Five Tathagathas with Precious Names
Homage to the Many Jewels Prabhutaratna Tathagatha,
NO BOBAGYA BATEI HARA BOTA ARA TAN NO YA TATAGYATA YA
Removing the karma of greed, fully complete with blessing and wisdom.
Homage to the Wondrous Form Body Aksobhya Tathagatha,
NO BOBAGYA BATEI SORO BAYA TATAGYATA YA
Destroying disgrace and vileness, fully complete with good marks.
Homage to the King of Sweet Dew Amitabha Tathagatha,
NO BOBAGYA BATEI AMIRITEI ARAN JAYA TATAGYATA YA
Pouring the Dharma into body and mind, granting pleasure.
Homage to the Body Extensive as Space Vairocana Tathagatha,
NO BOBAGYA BATEI BIHORAGYA TARAYA TATAGYATA YA
Opening wide all throats, satisfying them with food and drink.
Homage to the Departure from Fear Shakyamuni Tathagatha,
NO BOBAGYA BATEI ABA EN GYARAYA TATAGYATA YA
Completely banishing dread, separating all from rebirths as hungry ghosts.
Dharani for Arousing Bodhi Mind
OM BOJI SHITTA BODA HADAYAMI
Dharani for Receiving the Three Strict Bodhisattva Precepts
OM SAMMAYA SATO BAN
Esoteric Dharani of the Excellent Great Jeweled Tower Residence
NO MAKU SARABA TATAGYATA NAN OM BIHORA GYARA BEI MANI HARABEI TATA TANI TASHA NI MANI MANI SOHARABEI BIMA REI SHA GYARA GEN BIREI UNNUN JIN BARAJIN BARA BODA BIROKITEI GUGYA CHISHUTTA GYARABEI SOWAKA OM MANI BAJI REI UN OM MANI DA REI UN BATTA
Dharani of All Buddhas’ Radiant True Words Pouring into the Headtop
OM A BOGYA BEIROSHA NO MAKA BODARA MANI HAN DOMA JIN BARA HARA BARI TAYA UN
By means of this practice of the assembly’s good roots,
We repay the virtue of our parents’ toil and trouble.
May the living be blessed with joy and longevity without misery.
May the dead part from suffering and be born into peaceful nurturing.
May all conscious beings in the three realms (of desire, form, and formlessness), having received the four benefactions (of parents, teachers, elders, and monks),
Together with those born to suffering in the threefold path (of delusion, action, and resulting misery) and the eight difficult situations (in which the Dharma is not met),
All thoroughly repent their errors and wash away their defects,
To finally depart the round of samsara and be born in pure lands.