atmabhavadi-parityagah, all of the merit that has accumulated through
the spiritual exercises of anuttara puja should be shared with others
(transference of merit) for the benefit of all; therefore, the
devotee declares his/her spiritual journey is not just for his/her own
enlightenment. This renunciation of egoism paves the way for the goal
of the spiritual journey –
a mind dedicated to others and to attaining enlightenment. It is
similar to the ultimate goal of yoga – enlightenment and
unification with the yogi's highest nature.
spiritual exercises of anuttara puja, in order,
- Vandana (obeisance, bowing
puja (worship) – paying homage to the Buddha.
- Sarana-gamana (going for
refuge) – committing to the path to enlightenment by seeking
“refuge” in the Buddha,
dharma or spiritual community.
- Papadesana (confession of
sins) – appraisal
of one's shortcomings and a resolve to overcome them.
- Punyanumodana (rejoicing in
merit) – honoring one's own and others' positive qualities.
- Adhyesana (prayer,
yacana (supplication) – requesting
the assistance of those who are more enlightened.
- Atmabhavadi-parityagah (surrender) – the declaration of altruism and self-denial.
While some sources separate adhyesana and yacana, others separate vandana and puja as distinct steps, in
each case creating a seven-fold path of worship.