Traditional Buddhist calligraphy has been a form of ritual meditation for centuries. When a person participates in this meditation art form, one focuses all attention on the perfection of accomplishment and artfully draws each character in silence. The surrounding noise distractions of the room are shut out, and inner mental distractions of the mind are turned off. The person works in this way to purify the mind and develop personal spirituality from the practice of calligraphy, letting one’s body and mind become righteous and true. This tradition is a creation and strong feature of Chinese Buddhism. When artfully drawing the characters, one writes each stroke, each letter, each word and each sentence with a heart of utmost sincerity. With full commitment of body and mind, and total concentration, one enters into a state of single mindedness.
INTRODUCTION TO THE CALLIGRAPHY HALL
1. In the hall, please refrain from speaking and observe silence.
2. It is best not to have children less than 4 years with you. (To keep the hall silent and sacred)
3. No food and drink are permitted in the hall.
4. Don’t put belongings on the table or in the aisle; you can put items on/under the chair.
5. After using the brush and ink, please put them back in their original storage place.
6. You can trace directly on the paper provided. In addition, blank papers are provided; ask the Calligraphy attendant.
7. In order to keep the hall clean, please leave brushes and dishes on the table. Before you leave, please recap your brush and cover the dish.
8. You can take the sutra or leave it.
9. For the newcomer, please fill in the information form, so we can contact you if special events or training is scheduled in the future.
SUTRA COPYING PROCEDURE
1. Sit comfortably, take several deep breaths and do 3-5 minutes of meditation.
2. Arrange your materials and recite the following:
南 無 本 師 釋 迦 牟 尼 佛
NA MO BEN SHI SHI JIA MOU NI FO ( 3X )
Take refuge with our Original Teacher Sakyamuni Buddha. ( 3X )
3. Before you begin your calligraphy recite the Sutra Reading Anthem 開經偈
無 上 甚 深 微 妙 法
WU SHANG SHEN SHEN WEI MIAO FA
This is the most supreme, profound and wonderful teaching.
百 千 萬 劫 難 遭 遇
BAI QIAN WAN JIE NAN ZAO YU
One can hardly catch a glance of in a trillion kalpas.
我 今 見 聞 得 受 持
WO JIN JIEN WEN DE SHOU CHI
Now, I have learned and I will adhere to them.
願 解 如 來 真 實 義
YUAN JIE RU LAI ZHEN SHI YI
I pledge to understand the truth discoursed by the Tathagata.
4. After sutra copying, recite the following two chants with joined palms.
Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem 三 皈 依
自 皈 依 佛 當 願 眾 生
ZI GUI YI FO DANG YUAN ZHONG SHENG
Take Refuge in the Buddha, wishing that all Sentient Beings,
體 解 大 道 發 無 上 心
TI JIE DA DAO FA WU SHANG XIN
Shall realize the Great Path, thus giving rise to the Supreme Vow.
自 皈 依 法 當 願 眾 生
ZI GUI YI FA DANG YUAN ZHONG SHENG
Take Refuge in the Dharma, wishing that all Sentient Beings,
深 入 經 藏 智 慧 如 海
SHEN RU JING ZANG ZHI HUI RU HAI
Shall study the Sutra Pitaka in depth, thus attaining an ocean of Wisdom.
自 皈 依 僧 當 願 眾 生
ZI GUI YI SENG DANG YUAN ZHONG SHENG
Take Refuge in the Sangha, wishing that all Sentient Beings,
統 理 大 眾 一 切 無 礙
TONG LI DA ZHONG YI QIE WU AI
Shall lead the Congregation in Harmony without Hindrances.
Transfer of Merits
Tzu Bei Shi Ser Pien Fa Jieh
May palms be joined in every world in kindness, compassion, joy and giving.
Shi Fu Jieh Yuan Li Zen Tian
May all beings find security in friendship, peace and loving care.
Chan Zing Jieh Huen Ping Deng Zen
May calm and mindful practice seed patience and equanimity deep.
Chan Kuei Gang Ern Da Yuan Shin
May we give rise to spacious hearts and humble thoughts of gratitude.
(Calligraphy class is Sunday at 9:30am at the Fo Guang Shan temple in Guam. Everyone is welcome to practice your meditation with the stroke of the brush. Experience calligraphy for the first time or continue your calligraphy practice and plan to join us each Sunday at the temple.)