Buddhist Preta Ceremony

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Buddhist Preta Ceremony

October 31, 2016

Consecration of Sacred Space

Recite the Vajrasattva Mantra to purify the place.

OṂ VAJRASATTVA SAMAYAM
ANUPĀLAYA
VAJRASATTVA TVENOPATIṢṬHA
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.

Offering Food

 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.

Circumambulation

Circumambulate three times clockwise, tossing rice into the air.

SUBHAM

Depart.

 

Further Reading

Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/kariyawasam/wheel402.html

Buddhist Holidays, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist_holidays

Early Buddhist Ceremonies, http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/budceremonies.html

Feeding the Dead, https://www.academia.edu/1963905/Feeding_the_dead_Ghosts_materiality_and_merit_in_a_Lao_Buddhist_festival._In_Williams_P._and_Ladwig_P._eds._Buddhist_Funeral_Cultures_of_Southeast_Asia_and_China._Cambridge_University_Press_2012_pp._119-142

From Preta to Hungry Ghost, http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/R401-150617-From-preta-to-hungry-ghost-RB124-rev.pdf

Ghosts in Tibetan Culture, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghosts_in_Tibetan_culture

Hungry Ghost Ceremony, http://www.vzc.org/ceremony_hungryghost.html.

Hungry Ghost, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungry_ghost

Preta, New World Encyclopedia, http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Preta

Preta, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preta

Significance of the Ritual Concerning Offerings to Ancestors in Theravada Buddhism, http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Significance_Of_The_Ritual_Concerning_Offerings_To_Ancestors_In_Theravada_Buddhism

Six Realms of Existence, http://buddhism.about.com/od/basicbuddhistteachings/tp/Six-Realms-of-Existence.htm

Six Realms of Existence, http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/six-states.shtml

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