Every month at Satsang (on the last week of the month) we do a short chanting ceremony sometimes called a pūja, or devotional ritual. We chant a few ancient verses in Pāli, the language of the early Buddhist texts. These verses are excerpts from a longer sequence of chants done daily in Theravāda monasteries, emphasizing the basic lay (non-monastic) practices of Refuge and the Precepts.
The verses we chant praise the “Triple Gem” of Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, pay homage to the Buddha, renew our practice of Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem, and renew our commitment to the ethical practices known as the Five Lay Precepts. The pūja ends with a short verse in English known as the Five Recollections.
We finish with a mantra in Sanskrit that we use in every class at the end of sitting, sending the wish for well-being out to all beings everywhere.
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu
oṃ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
Pūja with intro talk (5.30.17)
Pūja in call-and-response (2.28.17)