The Ceremony of the Five Precepts Recitation
The Ceremony of the Five Precepts Recitation
1. Incense Offering (bow 3 times)
2. Homage to our Fundamental Master Shakyamuni Buddha. (recite 3 times and bow 3 times)
3. Repentance and Reform (recite 3 times and bow 3 times )
从身语意之所生 ┣ 今对佛前求 忏悔
For all the evil karma that I have created in the past,
Arising from beginningless greed, hatred, and stupidity,
And generated by my body, mouth, and mind,
1) I now seek to repent and reform in front of the Buddhas. (bow）
2) I now seek to repent of and reform all karmic obstacles. (bow)
3) I now seek to repent of and reform the very roots of karmic offenses. (bow)
Offenses arise from the mind; repentance is by the mind.
If the mind is extinguished, offenses are forgotten.
The mind forgotten, offenses wiped out -- both are empty.
This is called true repentance and reform.
4. Three Refuges
I, disciple (your Dharma-name), take refuges in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. (recite 3 times)
From now on, I rely on the Buddha as my master, and will never take refuge with evil demons and externalists. From now on, I rely on the Dharma as my master, and will never take refuge with the scriptures of external paths. From now on, I take the Sangha as my master, and will never take refuge with evil people of external paths. (recite 3 times)
5. Reciting the Precepts
Rare indeed it is to hear the pure precepts of the Buddhas.
Through measureless and infinite aeons.
To read, recite, receive and uphold, it is difficult too;
To cultivate according to it is rarer still.
Today is the fifteenth (fourteenth) day of White (Dark) Month, I, disciple (your Dharma-name), recite the precepts sincerely before the Buddha.
First, refraining from killing is the precept of Upasaka/Upasika, I, disciple (your Dharma-name) can observe and uphold it.
Second, refraining from stealing is the precept of Upasaka/Upasika, I, disciple (your Dharma-name) can observe and uphold it.
Third, refraining from indulging in sexual misconduct is the precept of Upasaka/Upasika, I, disciple (your Dharma-name) can observe and uphold it.
Fourth, refraining from lying is the precept of Upasaka /Upasika, I, disciple (your Dharma-name) can observe and uphold it.
Fifth, refraining from taking alcohol or intoxicating drugs is the precept of Upasaka/Upasika, I, disciple (your Dharma-name) can uphold it.
Concluding words: The Dharma of the Five Precepts is the father of all the Buddhas of the three periods of time. All the Buddhas of the ten directions and the three periods of time come into the world from the Five Precepts. The Five Precepts can be the very root of the Ten Precepts for Shramanera, the Great Bhikshu Precepts, the Bodhisattva Precepts and even Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi. Those who can receive and uphold the precepts for Upasaka with utter sincerity can also attain these precepts and obtain unlimited benefits.
Verse in the Avatamsaka Sutra: The precepts are the root of supreme Bodhi and should be upheld purely. Those who can uphold Pure Precepts completely are highly praised by all of the Tathagatas.
6. Making Vows
法门无量誓愿学 佛道无上誓愿成 （三番三拜）
I vow to take across the numberless living beings.
I vow to cut off the endless afflictions.
I vow to study the countless Dharma doors.
I vow to realize the supreme
7. Transference of Merit
The merit from reciting the Precepts is the supreme conduct, and its boundless blessings are all transferred.
We universally wish that all drowning living beings will quickly go to the land of the Buddha of Infinite Light.
All Buddhas of the ten directions and the three periods of time. All the Bodhisattvas, Mahasattvas.
Maha Prajna Paramita! (bow 3 times)
Notes: the Buddha requires that his monastic disciples must recite the precepts every half month. However, there are no detailed requirements imposed on lay disciples. They can follow the monks to recite the precepts every half month, recite the precepts individually before the image of the Buddha, or recite the precepts in a group.
The recitation should be carried out in the end of the White Month or Dark Month according to the ancient Indian calendar. The fifteenth day of White Month is the fifteenth lunar day of each month. The fifteenth day of Dark Month is the thirtieth lunar day of each month. If a month happens to have twenty nine days, the last day is called the fourteenth day of Dark Month.
Besides every half month, the disciples can recite the precepts whenever they want in order to keep on the Right Mindfulness and reinforce the Dharma of Precepts.
In addition, the words aforementioned in bold are for recitation, while the others are for explanation.
Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi: Unexcelled complete enlightenment, an attribute of every Buddha.
C. 净戒：清净的戒行。身口意都丝毫不违犯。Pure Precepts：To keep commandments in purity, without any offence in body, mouth and mind.
D. 八正道：正见、正思惟、正语、正业、正命、正精进、正念、正定。The Noble Eightfold Path: Right View, Right Intention, Right speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.
'Pure Bodhi' Translation Team