Ceremony Scriptures

Segaki Ceremony Scriptures


The Litany of the Great Compassionate One
Adoration to the Triple Treasure!
Adoration to Kanzeon Who is the Great Compassionate One!
Om to the One Who leaps beyond all fear!
Having adored Him, may I enter into the heart of the Noble, Adored Kanzeon!
His life is the completion of meaning; it is pure, it is that which makes all beings victorious and cleanses the path of all existence.
Om, O Thou Seer, World-transcending One!
O hail to the Great Bodhisattva!
All, all is defilement, defilement, earth, earth.
Do, do the work within my heart.
O great Victor, I hold on, hold on!
To Indra the Creator I cry!
Move, move, my defilement-free One!
Come, come, hear, hear, a joy springs up in me!
Speak, speak, give me direction!
Awakened, awakened, I have awakened!
O merciful One, compassionate One,
Of daring ones the most joyous, hail!
Thou art all successful, hail!
Thou art the great successful One, hail!
Thou hast attained mastery in the discipline, hail!
Thou hast a weapon within Thine hand, hail!
Thou hast the Wheel within Thine hand, hail!
Thou Who hast the lotus, hail!
Hail to Thee Who art the root of eternity!
Hail to Thee Who art all compassion! Hail!
Adoration to the Triple Treasure! Hail!
Give ear unto this my prayer, hail!


The Sweet Gate Scripture
Adoration to the Buddhas in the ten quarters;
Adoration to the Dharma pervading the ten quarters; Adoration to the Sangha in the ten quarters;
Adoration to Shakyamuni Buddha Who is our True Master; Adoration to Kanzeon, the Bodhisattva Who is the great compassionate and pitying one, ready to save beings from affliction;
Adoration to Ananda the Arahant, Who is the expounder of the teaching.
By the power of the Buddhas and Ancestors this food and drink will be purified,
And this we offer wholeheartedly to all beings in the six worlds.
We pray that all will partake of this offering,
And, discarding their evil, realize the true mind.
We pray that all beings will take refuge in the Three Treasures,
And share in the merit that fills the universe.
We pray that the light of the spirit of Truth shall shine of itself
And pierce the darkness of delusion.
We pray that, by this offering, we may repay the kindness of the Four Benefactors
Who have done all they could to assist us in our training. May all beings continue to enjoy their happy and prosperous lives;
May the spirits of the departed and the hungry ghosts be released from all their clinging of body, speech and mind. May all beings in all the worlds accept our offering of the Dharma
Thus ending their suffering in the evil paths of existence.

Segaki Mantras
Adoration to the Tathagata Who resides everywhere,
fulfilling His vow to rescue all beings.
Adoration to the Tathagata Who dwell in all places,
realizing His wish to liberate all beings.
Adoration to all the Tathagatas Whom the world reveres as protectors,
O merciful ones, Om, gather here.
Adoration to the Tathagata of exquisite form, please bring forth and offer us the teaching.
Adoration to all the Buddhas,
Adoration to the unshakable Wisdom of the Cosmic Buddha: Please give voice to the ineffable that the Water of the Spirit may flow forth fully and freely, purifying all defilements.
Adoration to the Tathagata of Abundant Treasures, Prabhutaratna:
May all petty greeds and attachments be removed and all merits and wisdoms perfected.
Adoration to the Buddha Whose Body is Finest in Form, Aksobhaya:
May the hideous figures of the hungry ghosts be transformed, revealing the features of Buddhas.
Adoration to the Buddha who is King of Sweet Nectar, Amitabha:
May the bodies and minds of the hungry ghosts be blessed and nourished;
May they live in harmony joy and contentment.
Adoration to the Tathagata whose Body is as expansive as Space, Vipulakaya:
May the throats of the hungry ghosts open, and with food and drink may they be satisfied.
Adoration to the Tathagata Who Bestows Fearlessness, Abhayankara:
May the hungry ghosts be released from rebirth in the miserable states of existence.
(Celebrant sings the following mantra three times and after each recitation, the whole Sangha sings it again.)
Om to the Bodhicitta, the Lifeblood of the Buddhas and Ancestors that flows through all things: may It bring forth the Mind that truly seeks the Way.
(Celebrant sings the following mantra three times and after each recitation, the whole Sangha sings it again.)
Om to the original Vows and Precepts of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas: may the hungry ghosts give rise to the resolve to rescue all beings before saving themselves.
Adoration to all the Tathagatas, and to the vast fertile field, the womb from which they are all born.
O brilliant jewels, transformations of Truth, precious, pure lights within the undefiled ocean of fragrance,
You who bring forth wisdom from the hearts of all who are lost and longing.
Hum! Hum! Blaze Up! Blaze Up!
O Buddhas Who watch over all: O fathomless womb replete with hidden blessings and virtues, All Hail!
Om to the indestructible Jewel of Wisdom, Hum!
Om to those who possess the Jewel, Hum! Peace!
Om the majestic Turning of the Great Dharmakaya,
All-embracing, transcending, all-pervading, surpassing!
O radiant brilliance, May the Jewel in the Lotus awaken!
May It shine forth! Hum!


Adoration of the Buddha’s Relics
Homage to the Relics of the Buddha of Complete Merit; Homage to the Body of Truth which is Truth Itself and a Stupa for the World of the Dharma for the benefit of our present body.
Through the merits of Buddha the Truth enters into us and we enter into the Truth;
Through the excellent power of Buddha we realize the Truth.
Let us do only good for all living things that we may possess the true Mind;
Let us do only pure deeds that we may enter the peaceful world which is unchanging Great Wisdom;
Let us pay homage eternally to the Buddha.
Homage to the Relics of the Buddha of Complete Merit; Homage to the Body of Truth which is Truth Itself and a Stupa for the World of the Dharma for the benefit of our present body.


The Sweet Gate Scripture
Adoration to the Buddhas in the ten quarters;
Adoration to the Dharma pervading the ten quarters; Adoration to the Sangha in the ten quarters;
Adoration to Shakyamuni Buddha Who is our True Master; Adoration to Kanzeon, the Bodhisattva Who is the great compassionate and pitying one, ready to save beings from affliction;
Adoration to Ananda the Arahant, Who is the expounder of the teaching.
By the power of the Buddhas and Ancestors this food and drink will be purified,
And this we offer wholeheartedly to all beings in the six worlds.
We pray that all will partake of this offering,
And, discarding their evil, realize the true mind.
We pray that all beings will take refuge in the Three Treasures,
And share in the merit that fills the universe.
We pray that the light of the spirit of Truth shall shine of itself
And pierce the darkness of delusion.
We pray that, by this offering, we may repay the kindness of the Four Benefactors
Who have done all they could to assist us in our training. May all beings continue to enjoy their happy and prosperous lives;
May the spirits of the departed and the hungry ghosts be released from all their clinging of body, speech and mind. May all beings in all the worlds accept our offering of the Dharma
Thus ending their suffering in the evil paths of existence.