The Verses of the Nine Hoben

 

I.

PAY RESPECTS HOBEN

Namas to the Rightly Awakened Ones in the 10 directions and 3 times,
— all provided with the Three Bodies.
Namas to all the Mahayana Dharmas.
Namas to not abandoning Bodhi or the people.
Namas to all mantras and dharanis.
Namas to all the various secret mudras.
With pure actions of the body, speech, and mind
— and with unbounded politeness I pay respect.
Namas! I bow to Arya Achalanata Bodhisattva Mahasattva.

 

II.

ABANDON-SINS HOBEN

I confess that through ignorance I accumlated actions of body, speech and mind,
— and this karma harmed people.
I reveal the greed, anger, and stupidity in my heart in front of the Buddhas,
— the Dharma, and the wise holy Sangha, and also before father and mother,
— the two teachers of good knowledge.
I act as well on behalf of all sentient beings, who since beginningless time
— have flowed in the cycle of birth and death, commiting extremely
— heavy and unexpiated crimes.
Now to our friends the Buddhas of the 10 directions I repent of all and everything,
— and I will not repeat these faults.
Namas! I bow to Arya Achalanata Bodhisattva Mahasattva

 

III.

TAKE-REFUGE HOBEN

Namas to the Buddhas of the 10 directions and 3 times, to the Nirmanakaya,
— Samboghakaya, and the Dharmakaya, to the Treasury of Dharma, to the
— wish-granting Bodhi, to the Great Heart Sangha.
I now wholly and properly go for refuge.
Namas! I bow to Arya Achalanata Bodhisattva Mahasattva.

 

IV.

GIVE-THE-BODY HOBEN

Purifying myself and seperating from all dirt, I dedicate body, speech
— and mind of the 3 times to making great ocean of temples and
— implements I offer them to all the Thus Gone Ones.
Namas! I bow to Arya Achalanata Bodhisattva Mahasattva.

 

V.

EMIT-THE-BODHICITTA HOBEN

The pure Bodhicitta, the wish-fulfilling gem, I now develop and emit
— for the purpose of saving the living.
From birth many sufferings accumulate and one is encompassed in lack
— of knowledge, resulting in harm to oneself.
To save living beings, I act as a refuge for the Great Liberation,
— and benefit them with knowledge.
Namas! I bow to Arya Achalanata Bodhisattva Mahasattva.

 

VI.

HAVE-JOY HOBEN

I the midst of the inummerable worlds of the 10 directions exists an
— all-righteous, ever knowing, great ocean of bodhisattvas.
Using the power of all varieties of skillful means, these sons of the
— Buddhas dedicate their lives to practice beneficial activities in all places.
Because of them I now have the greatest joy.
Namas! I bow to Arya Achalanata Bodhisattva Mahasattva.

 

VII.

INFINITE-VISIONS HOBEN

I now invite visions of all the Thus Gone Ones who with the great heart of
— Bodhi save the world's beings, thier only wish being to go to all the worlds
— of the 10 directions and from great clouds pour down the Rain of Dharma.
Namas! I bow to Arya Achalanata Bodhisattva Mahasattva.

 

VIII.

INFINITE-OFFERINGS HOBEN

I wish for ordinary people living in their homes to quickly abandon all
— accumlated sufferings and obtain the most dirt-free of states,
— peacefully abiding in pure Dharmakaya bodies.
Namas! I bow to Arya Achalanata Bodhisattva Mahasattva.

 

IX.

TURN-OVER-THE-MERIT HOBEN

Practicing the many good karmas in order to benefit the lives of all,
— I now turn over any merit to them that they may remove the
— suffering of life and death and reach Bodhi.
Namas! I bow to Arya Achalanata Bodhisattva Mahasattva.

 

 

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