Wednesday order of service

If you’d like to know more about our Wednesday evening services, you can watch a video of a typical service here (the whole list is here).

The texts we recite vary from week to week and are all in our Nien Fo book. There are audio recordings of all of the Nien Fo book 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 Amitabha
– Sometimes we read a piece of liturgy from our service book, i.e. Summary of Faith and Practice on page 1 of the Nien Fo book
– Dharma talk
– Silent meditation, sometimes with junen
– Prostrations in front of the shrine (to this Namo Amida Bu chant)
– Evening service on page 13 & 14 of the Nien Fo book (audio here)
– Bowing to each other, the Buddha and our seats
– Exit

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.