Sutra Transcription Procedure

1Dharma Talk by Venerable Master Hsing Yun

2Sutra Transcription Procedure:

  • Namo Sakyamuni Buddha (recite 3 times)
  • Sutra Opening Gatha The unexcelled, most profound, and exquisitely wondrous Dharma,
    Is difficult to encounter throughout hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas
    Since we are now able to see, hear, receive and retain it,
    May we comprehend the true meaning of the Tathagata.
  • Heart Sutra
  • Transcription of the Heart Sutra
  • Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem I, take refuge in the Buddha , wishing that all sentient beings understand the Dharma and make the supreme vow.
    I, take refuge in the Dharma, wishing that all sentient beings study the sutra diligently, obtain an ocean of wisdom.
    I, take refuge in the Sangha, wishing that all sentient beings lead the masses in harmony, without obstruction.
  • Recitation of “A Prayer for the People Who Transcribe Sutras and Hear the Dharma”
  • Dharma Talk by Head Abbot of Fo Guang Shan, Most Venerable Hsin Bao
  • Dedication of Merits May kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity pervade all worlds;
    May we cherish and build affinities to benefit all beings;
    May Chan, Pure Land and Precepts inspire equality and patience;
    May our humility and gratitude give rise to great vows.

3Completion of Sutra Transcription

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Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, while contemplating deeply the prajnaparamita, realized the five aggregates are empty and was liberated from all suffering and hardship. Sariputra, form is not different from emptiness, emptiness is not different from form. Form is emptiness. Emptiness is form. The same is true of feeling, perception, mental formations, and consciousness. Sariputra, all phenomena are empty. They do not arise or cease, are not defiled or pure, do not increase or decrease. Thus, in emptiness, there are no forms, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, or consciousness. No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no form, sound, smell, taste, touch or dharmas; no eye consciousness so on unto mind consciousness; no ignorance and extinction of ignorance; even unto no aging and death and no extinction of aging and death; no suffering, cause of suffering, cessation, or path; no wisdom and no attainment. As there is no attainment, bodhisattvas who rely on the prajnaparamita have neither worry nor obstruction. Without worry and obstruction, there is no fear. Away from confusion and delusion, they will ultimately reach nirvana. All the Buddhas of the past, present, and future rely on the prajnaparamita to attain anuttara-samyak-sambodhi. Thus, know that the prajnaparamita is the great profound mantra, is the illuminating mantra, is the most supreme of all mantras, is the unequalled mantra, able to eliminate all suffering, is true and not false. Thus, proclaim the “Prajnaparamita Mantra,” proclaim the mantra that says: Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha

A Prayer for the People Who Transcribe Sutras and Hear the Dharma

By Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
We would like to pray for those who transcribe sutras and hear the Dharma.
Please help us obtain our Chan delight and Dharma joy;
Please help us understand the teaching of carefreeness.
We pledge to follow your instructions and do our best to realize your Truth.
From now on, we will strive to practice the Buddha-Dharma.

Oh Buddha,
Please grant us mental and physical health.
Please grant us family harmony.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
We pray that the masses who transcribe sutras and hear the Dharma can realize your teachings and respectfully fulfill your instructions.

Furthermore,
We pray that everyone can share the Dharma and Dharma joy
with relatives and friends;
Can share the Dharma and Dharma joy with colleagues in the workplace.
May we come together to purify our minds;
May we come together to beautify our society.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Today, in spite of advances in science and technology,
and an abundance of material resources,
The desire for material goods still overflows everywhere;
Public morality is tainted;
vexations continue to flourish;
crimes increase daily;
We have not been at ease,
We have not been at peace.

Oh great Buddha,
Please bless and support us in understanding cause and effect and karmic retribution clearly;
Please bless and support us in exalting loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity;
Please bless and support us in upholding the Five Precepts and the Ten Wholesome Deeds;
Please bless and support us in practicing the Six Paramitas.

We hope to dedicate the merits of transcribing the sutras to all beings in the dharma realms;
May we all seek and realize supreme Enlightenment.

Oh, Buddha,
we pray for your great blessings and protection:
May our government run smoothly,
and the people enjoy peace;
May our country be prosperous and the people live in happiness;
May we have favorable weather,
society be plentiful and populous and all people in good welfare;
May our economy prosper,
progress and grow steadily;
May our people live and work in peace and contentment,
Enjoy good fortune and all their wishes fulfilled.

Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept our sincerest prayer!
Oh great, compassionate Buddha,
Please accept our sincerest prayer!

Namo Sakyamuni Buddha

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