Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Right Homage

Prior to paying homage early in the morning, a pious devotee wakes up, washes face, brushes teeth and shaves. Newly bathing is better. White-clothed shows cleanliness and clarity, openness and truth.

He must take a suitable place to do obeisance. The place needs to be free from six faults of location such as: (1) Being too far, (2) being too near, (3) being right at the front, (4) being right at the back, (5) being at the high place, and (6) being against the wind.

With the bare feet the male devotee squats respectfully. Then he kneels in front of the Buddha statue or image. He bows first three times with fivefold manners of touch. Those are the modes of respect that the feet, hands, elbows, knees and forehead touch the floor. In addition, with clasped palm to palm and raised together on the forehead is done. A female devotee should sit with limbs down together.

After that he recites the memorized lines of 'Okasa' (Asking for permission), 'Aham bhante' (Asking for threefold refuge), 'Namotassa', 'Saranagamana', 'Five Precepts' and the Attributes of Triple Ratanas in Pali or vernacular words. The reciting should be in a clear, sweet, calm and steady sound.

In conclusion, he completes the worship with a final bow for three times. Sharing and praising this good deed (Sadhu!) for three times is the sign of termination. This gesture of worshiping in Buddhist tradition may be repeated as long as one's life lasts at any time or by the moment.

Posted by Nyan U.

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