Sutra Chanting for Mortuary Hall Patrons
(shidô danna fugin)
[For use in the annual memorial service for the founding
patron of each monastery.]
Purity perfected, the light penetrates;
calmly shining throughout the void.
Coming back and viewing the world
like something in a dream.
We humbly beg the three jewels for their illumination.
On occasion the monthly [annual day / eve] of the memorial of
[dharma name], we have respectfully prepared offerings
of incense, flowers, lamps, and candles [sweet tea / hot
water / fruit / tea / delicacies / savories] and chanted sutras
and dharanis, that the merit generated thereby may assist his
[her] awakened spirit and adorn the land of his [her]
We humbly pray that within the current of birth and death he
[she] shall be as the lustrous pearl shimmering undisturbed
in the vast sea; that on the shore of nirvana he [she]
shall be as a cinnamon moon shining alone in the azure sky; so
that he [she] will guide the entire world, together climbing
the path to awakening.