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Pure Land Support-Chanting Notice 净土助念通告

Support-Chanting Notice
(for phone messaging support-chanters)

_____ has requested for support-chanting for _____ with immediate effect. Those who can make it, please fill in the online form at _____ for coordinating of schedule. At least 3 should be present for each hourly shift. (It is alright to have more than 3.) Taking multiple shifts is welcomed. Thank you for helping to send off a fellow Purelander. Namo Amituofo.

Address: _____

BGRAM Steps

[1] Bowing thrice (or with join palms towards Buddha image)
[2] Guidance Text (as below)
[3] Repentance Verse (as below)
[4] Āmítuófó’s Name
[5] Merits’ Dedication (as below)

The above to be repeated hourly in the language understandable. [1] can be skipped if patient is weak or unconscious. Do not interrupt [4] for repeating [1], [2], [3] and [5] if condition becomes very grave. Each Āmítuófó chant will be directly dedicated naturally.

[2] Guidance Text For Dying Person

‘Dearest _____ [name of dying person], you have done much good already, having done _____ [list some outstanding good deeds] for your family, friends and society. And we will continue to do more good in your name to create merits for you. For this, you should rejoice and have peace of mind. As you are about to depart, it is time to stop thinking about [your attachments such as] family, wealth, status, [or your aversions such as] pain, regrets, grudges and fears, as these thoughts cannot help you now, and can only disturb you. The best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to Niànfó with us sincerely now, so that you can reach Āmítuófó’s Pure Land – where there is no more suffering, where there is only bliss. Do not worry that you are not pure enough, for Āmítuófó is compassionate and will receive you if you wish to be a better person from now on. Even those who had made great mistakes but repent can reach Pure Land by sincere Niànfó. Please follow our Niànfó and chant along softly, or in your mind. Focusing only on the name of Āmítuófó wholeheartedly, you will definitely see Āmítuófó come to guide you to his Pure Land. Please follow only Āmítuófó and no one else. Please do not worry about your loved ones, as they will be fine. They too will Niànfó to reach Pure Land when it is time to meet you there. Let us Niànfó sincerely now. Āmítuófó, Āmítuófó, Āmítuófó…’

[2] 临终者的开示

「亲爱的 _____ [临终者名],您已经为了家人、朋友和社会,做了许多贡献,就好比 _____ [列出一些杰出的善行]。我们将继续以您的名义,为您行善造功德。所以,您应该随喜功德而安心。既然您将要离开,现在就要放下【您的执着,如】家庭、财富、地位,【或所厌恶的,如】疼痛、遗憾、怨恨、恐惧,因为这些妄想都帮不了您,也只会干扰您。现在最能利益自己和您所爱的人的,就是真诚地跟我们一起念佛。这样就可以往生到阿弥陀佛的净土。那里没有痛苦,只有安乐。别担心您不够清净。只要您现在诚心悔过,阿弥陀佛一定会慈悲接引您。即使是犯过大错的人,一旦忏悔,而真诚念佛,也可以往生净土。请随着我们的念佛,轻声跟着念,或在心中默念。只要全心全意念佛,您一定会看到阿弥陀佛来接引您到他的净土。请只跟着阿弥陀佛去,而别跟随其他人。请别担心您的家人,因为他们都会安好。将来他们也会念佛往生净土,与您见面。让我们现在用最真诚的心念佛。阿弥陀佛、阿弥陀佛、阿弥陀佛…」

Notes

[i] If the patient has pain or discomfort, remind to be even more sincerely mindful of Buddha, and not bother about the pain, with which the pain will end.

[ii] If too tired or weak to chant aloud later, remind that it is alright to listen sincerely and follow the chanting in the mind. (This should be mentioned if the patient is habitually attached to chanting verbally, which might lead to frustration when unable to later, when weaker.)

[3] Repentance Verse

Of all my past created evil karma,
all by beginningless greed, anger and delusion,
from my body, speech and mind as arisen,
for all I now express repentance.

[3] 忏悔文

我昔所造诸恶业,
皆由无始贪瞋痴,
从身语意之所生,
一切我今皆忏悔。

[5] Merits’ Dedication Verse

May these meritorious virtues, adorn the Buddha’s Pure Land [so as to be born there], repay the four weighty sources of kindness [which are our parents, the Triple Gem (Buddhas, Dharma, Saṅgha), society (country) and all sentient beings] above, and relieve suffering of the three paths [of hell-beings, hungry ghosts and animals] below. If there are those who see or hear this, may all give rise to the Bodhi Mind [(Bodhicitta) which is the aspiration to attain Buddhahood while guiding all sentient beings to the same goal], and at the end of this one retribution body [that is karmically subject to suffering], be born in the Land Of Ultimate Bliss [which is Āmítuófó’s Pure Land] together.

[5] 回向文

愿以此功德,庄严佛净土,
上报四重恩,下济三途苦。
若有见闻者,悉发菩提心,
尽此一报身,同生极乐国。

Purelanders from the previous shift should re-intiate BGRAM above with the next shift before leaving. Please do not send this to others to prevent confusion. The scheduling might extend later if needed, to be informed.

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