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Yebul, Morning and Evening Buddhist Ceremonies (예불)

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Yebul, Morning and Evening Buddhist Ceremonies  


The Buddhist ceremony called Yebul is offered to pay homage to all Buddhas and bodhisattvas. Yebul is also practiced to cultivate oneself. Buddhists offer these ceremonies twice a day, in the morning and evening. Yebul begins with the Verse of Tea (茶偈) and is followed by: the Verse of Five Scents (五分香偈), the Mantra of Incense Offering (獻香眞言), and the Ritual of Seven Prostrations (七頂禮).

The Verse of Tea

  We now offer this pure water as nectar-like tea

  To the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

  May this be received in compassion!

  May this be received in compassion!

  May this be received in great compassion!

 ​The Verse of Five Scents

  The sweet scent of our observance of the precepts,

  Of our meditative concentration, of our wisdom,

  Of our liberation, and of the knowledge of our liberation!

  We present these offerings to the countless Buddhas,

  Dharma, and Sanghas in all of the ten directions,

  In the universe pervaded by brightly lit clouds.

 The Mantra of Incense Offering

  Om Ba A Ra Do Bi Ya Hum (three times)

 The Ritual of Seven Prostrations

  With utmost sincerity,

  We pay homage to Sakyamuni Buddha,

  ​The teacher of the universe, the loving father of all beings.

  ​With utmost sincerity,

  We pay homage to all sacred Buddhas, 

  Always present in all corners of the universe.

  With utmost sincerity,

  We pay homage to all the teachings,

  Eternally existing in the universe.

  With utmost sincerity,

  We pay homage to Manjusri, Bodhisattva of great wisdom;

  Samantabhadra, Bodhisattva of great action;

  Avalokitesvara, Bodhisattva of great compassion,

  And Ksitigarbha, Bodhisattva of great vows.

  With utmost sincerity,

  We pay homage to the ten major disciples, the sixteen holy ones, 

  The five hundred holy ones, self-enlightened ones,

  And all of the one thousand two hundred great arhats,

  To whom the Buddha entrusted

  The transmission of the teachings.

  With utmost sincerity,

  We pay homage to those great patriarchs, eminent monks and countless teachers,

  Who have transmitted the lamp of the Dharma over generations.

  With utmost sincerity,

  We pay homage to all of the sanghas,

  Eternally existing in all the ten directions.

  The inexhaustible Three Jewels!

  We earnestly wish that you receive our devotion, 

  And bestow your blessings on us.

  We further wish that all beings in the universe attain Buddhahood.

 

  - excerpt from Buddhist English (Intermediate 2) published in 2014 by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism

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