The fragrant/incense praises

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The fragrant/incense praises

Post by Alix1112 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:22 am

Sorry if this is a dumb question - but the Chinese "xiang zhan" or "fragrant/incense praise" that usually begins a chanting ceremony - does anyone have any in depth background information about it's origins/meaning? and why is it usually recited at the beginning of each ceremony?
ལྔ་བརྒྱ་ཐ་མར་གྱུར་པ་ན། །
ང་ཉིད་ཡི་གེའི་གཟུགས་སུ་གནས། །
ང་ཡིན་སྙམ་དུ་ཡིད་བྱོས་ལ། །
དེ་ཚེ་དེ་ལ་གུས་པར་གྱིས། །
In the last five hundred year period,
I will appear in the form of scriptures.
Consider them as identical to me,
And treat them with due respect.

- Sakyamuni Buddha

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