Visakha Bucha or Wesak Day will fall on Wednesday, 26 May 2021.
This method is taught by my teacher as one of the ways a Buddhist can choose to perform self practice on Visakha Bucha day. This is especially so as it is more convenient for one to stay at home to practice.
It is not the place, but the state of mind or heart that matters. It is important not to underestimate our own capability, believing that one must practice in the temple and that if one does at home it does not render the same effect. If one is to practice with sincerity and make an aspiration, one may be able to overcome obstacles and achieve success in what one sets up to do.
Pay respect to Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha by bowing 3 times. Then light a candle – you can purchase the pink colour lotus candle example like below:
Chant the Salutation to the Triple Gem for 108 times in Pali. Yes, 108 times and the chanting will take about 3 hours to complete. To ensure you are able to keep to the correct number, you may use chanting beads or another way is to write from 1 – 108 on a piece of paper and strike off each time you have complete one round.
Transcript of Salutation to the Triple Gem is as follows (you may chant those in brown bold script):
Salutation to Buddha:
Itipi so bhagavā arahaṁ sammā-sambuddho
Vijjā-caranā-sampanno sugato lokavidū
Anuttaro purisa-damma-sārathi satthā deva-manussānaṁ
Salutation to Dhamma:
Svākkhāto bhagavatā dhammo
Sandiṭṭhiko akāliko ehipassiko
Opanayiko paccattaṁ veditabbo viññūhīti
Salutation to Sangha:
Supaṭipanno bhagavato sāvaka-saṅgho
Uju-paṭipanno bhagavato sāvaka-saṅgho
Ñāya-paṭipanno bhagavato sāvaka-saṅgho
Sāmici-paṭipanno bhagavato sāvaka-saṅgho
Yadidaṁ : cattāri purisa-yugāni aṭṭha purisa-puggalā
Esa bhagavato sāvaka-saṅgho
Āhuneyyo pāhuneyyo dakkhiṇeyyo añjali-karaṇīyo
Anuttaraṁ puññakkhettaṁ lokassāti
After Completing the Chanting
The chanting will take about 3 hours- it requires patience, faith and determination. After completing the chat, calm the mind, and then say in heart name and full address and invite the merit through chanting for protection and if there is any other difficulties, make aspiration may the problems be overcome. Transfer merits to parents and their kammic debtors. Make sincere aspiration- if do sincerely it is possible for us to achieve our aspiration. We have within us to achieve what we set up to do- and we should have faith in our own capabilities.
Another method is to chant the attributes separately which adds up to 108 times being:
- Salutation to the Buddha (Itipiso…) : 56 times
- Salutation to the Dhamma (Svakkhato…): 38 times
- Salutation to the Sangha (Supatipanno…): 14 times