PRAISES OF THE BUDDHA
Translation of SANBUTSUGE
The light of your face
is unsurpassed in majesty,
Your awesome greatness is beyond
A brightly shining flame with
Next to your brilliance, even the brightness of sun, moon,
and Mani jewel seem covered in
appearance has no comparison in
all the world.
The whole universe vibrates
with the great sound of your enlightenment.
Your rare and superior
virtues of wisdom, understanding, deep meditation and
strength of endeavour are awesome,beyond
Your meditation to the
innermost depths of all the Buddha Dharma oceans is without
limit, bringing full understanding.
Ignorance, greed, and
anger do not reside in the World-Honoured One, the
Man of Lion.
Your noble virtues are immeasurable.
You meritorious service
is vast and great, the depths of your wisdom profound.
Your majestic appearance of light
The entire universe.
When I (Dharmakara Bodhisattva)
become a Buddha equal to the
Dharma King, I vow to transcend
life and death and free all beings.
Among the virtues of
Dana, readiness, discipline, patience, and endeavour,
The highest shall be deep meditation
I will become a Buddha
and completely fulfil my vow, I
will bring great peace to all who are in doubt or fear.
Even though there are
a myriad Buddha's and sages as numerous as the
sands of the Ganges, and I were
to offer homage to them all, it
is still better for me to be faithful and strong, in seeking
the true Path, never returning.
The Buddha worlds, also
as innumerable as the Ganges sands, Will
be completely illuminated by my shining light.
The strength of my effort in
this endeavour is beyond measure.
When I become a Buddha,
My land will be the finest.
All beings there will be exquisitely
My country will be like
A place of practice, transcendent
beyond words, without equal.
In my compassion I will enlighten
Beings will come from
the ten directions to be born in my country.
They will be pure, their minds
filled with gladness.
Those in my pleasant country
will be peaceful and at ease.
Please, dear teacher,
accept this proof of my sincerity.
Here I establish my vow.
Through strength and endeavour
I shall fulfil this desire.
The wisdom of all the
Buddha's of the ten directions is unimpeded.
May they always know my intent.
Even though my body
may undergo many sufferings and much pain,
I shall never cease in my efforts.
Whatever I must bear, I shall
have no regrets.