Buddhist Preta Ceremony
October 31, 2016
Consecration of Sacred Space
Recite the Vajrasattva Mantra to purify the place.
OṂ VAJRASATTVA SAMAYAM
DṚḌHO ME BHAVA
SUTOṢYO ME BHAVA
SUPOṢYO ME BHAVA
ANURAKTO ME BHAVA
SARVA SIDDHIṂ ME PRAYACCHA
SARVA KARMA SU CA ME
CITTAṂ ŚREYAḤ KURU HŪṂ
HA HA HA HA HOḤ
BHAGAVAN SARVA TATHĀGATAVAJRA
MĀ ME MUÑCA
VAJRĪ BHAVA MAHĀ SAMAYA SATTVA
AḤ (HŪṂ PHAṬ)
Circumambulate counterclockwise three times, finishing in the east, facing west, chanting in unison “Om Vajrasattva Hum” with lit incense in folded hands.
Calling the Pretas
Facing toward the centre, raise hands in attitude of prayer and salutation.
Oh, all ye hungry ghosts of the departed, bereft of sustenance, devoid of subsistence, experiencing the pain of lack, hear our voice(s) and attend, come to us and partake of this food and drink, which we offer to you in the spirit of love.
Transfer of Merit
To ye we offer the merit of this act, by the power of our compassion, by the saving power of the Buddhadharma, to ease the pain of all suffering beings in the realm of the departed ones and wherever suffering exists.
Each one in turn goes to the centre, places their food (vegetarian) on a clean plate, recites the blessing mantra seven times, snaps their fingers to attract the pretas and tips the food onto clean ground.
Blessing mantra: OM AH HUM.
Circumambulate three times clockwise, tossing rice into the air.
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