You can watch a video of a typical Saturday service here.
The usual order of service is:
– Mokugyo chanting as celebrant enters the shrine room (Namo Ami-Da Bu)
– Offerings at the shrine by the celebrant including water offerings
– Walking nembutsu around the shrine using the chant Namo Omito Fo
– Reading a piece of liturgy from our service book, i.e. Summary of Faith and Practice
– Dharma talk
– Silent meditation, sometimes with junen
– Prostrations towards the shrine (to this Namo Amida Bu chant)
– Chants including refuges and precepts from page 11 of the Nien Fo book (audio here)
– Final liturgy or hymn (varies)
– Bowing to each other, the Buddha and our seats
Don’t expect to get it all the first time round – just join in with the chants as you get the tune and try not to worry about getting anything ‘wrong’. We are Pureland Buddhists – Amida Buddha appreciates all of our practice, wonky or not! After attending a few services you’ll begin to recognise the tunes and self-conscious (if you have any) will fade away. Namo Amida Bu.