Dedication of Merit of Reciting the Universal Door Chapter

(8/15/09)

Recite the "Universal Door Chapter" of the Lotus Sutra

Somebody suggested that we make a pledge to recite the "Universal Door Chapter" from the Lotus Sutra  with the wish that Guan Yin Bodhisattva might respond to end the suffering of people whose lives have been impacted by the economic crisis. The Universal Door Chapter (Pu Men Pin 普門品) is the story of Guan Yin Bodhisattva that is told in Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sutra. The idea caught on and lots of folks have already pledged to recite the sutra. Should you want to read it or recite it yourself, you can find it here.

We are inviting people to recite the sutra once a day or many times a day, up to reciting it 100 times, and then transfer the merit to end the suffering and hardship caused by the global recession that is plaguing so many individuals, families, and nations. We plan to gather in Berkeley on Saturday, August 15th and transfer the merit together.

Many people have experienced Guan Yin Bodhisattva's compassionate responses in their own lives; we are suggesting that Guan Yin can respond in a big way if we supply a large enough spiritual stimulus. It takes about twelve minutes to recite the Universal Door Chapter; then please transfer the merit or dedicate it with a prayer or a vow or a wish however your heart desires it.

Please do consider reciting this wonderful text and sending out your thoughts for healing energy for the world and for living beings.

Here is an English version (text format)  of the "Universal Door Chapter," translated by the Buddhist Text Translation Society.Download Pumenpin_text

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On Saturday 8/15/09, many people made their way to the Berkeley Monastery to recite the Universal Door Chapter. The main purpose of the ceremony was to transfer merit and virtue in dedication to all the people who have been affected by the current state of the economy. It was very wonderful to see English, Cantonese, Mandarin, & Vietnamese speakers all able to follow along with the multilingual texts or at least sit back and get a taste of the Mandarin recitation.

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Reciting Universal Door Chapter (8.6 Mb) Da Bei Jou (2 Mb) Dedication of Mereit (14.9 Mb) Dharma talk (6.8 Mb)

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