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    Weekly/Monthly Zazenkai Chant Book is Here

    The following is our ceremony for the WEEKLY (90-minute) and MONTHLY (4 hour) ZAZENKAI:
    (main difference is that monthly ceremony includes "The Identity of Sameness and Difference"(Sandokai)) :


    Begins with a series of rings of the small Inkin bell ••••••• followed by 3x PROSTRATIONS by EVERYONE

    Then chant of Heart Sutra in English:


    INO = CHANT LEADER ONLY
    EVERYONE = ALL JOIN IN



    INO ONLY =

    The Heart of the Perfection of Great Wisdom Sutra*
    (Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo in English)


    EVERYONE =

    A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,

    In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/*

    Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,

    And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/.

    O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/,

    Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/;

    Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.

    Sen/sa/tions/, per/cep/tions/, for/ma/tions/ and/ con/scious/ness/ are/ al/so/ like/ this/.

    O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/ ex/pres/sions/ of/ emp/ti/ness/,

    Not/ born/, not/ des/troyed/, not/ stained/, not/ pure/;

    Nei/ther/ wax/ing/ nor/ wan/ing/.

    Thus/ emp/ti/ness/ is/ not/ form/; not/ sen/sa/tion/ nor/ per/cep/tion/,

    not/ for/ma/tion/ nor/ con/scious/ness/.

    No/ eye/, ear/, nose/, tongue/, bo/dy/, mind/;

    No/ sight/, sound/, smell/, taste/, touch/, nor/ ob/ject/ of/ mind/;

    No/ realm/ of/ sight/, no/ realm/ of/ con/scious/ness/;

    No/ ig/no/rance/, no/ end/ to/ ig/no/rance/;

    No/ old/ age/ and/ death/,

    No/ ces/sa/tion/ of/ old/ age/ and/ death/;

    No/ suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/;

    No/ path/, no/ wis/dom/ and/ no/ gain/.

    No/ gain/ – thus/ Bod/dhi/satt/vas/ live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/*

    With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ –

    No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/.

    Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/.

    All/ past/, pre/sent/ and/ fu/ture/ Budd/has/

    Live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/*

    And/ re/al/ize/ su/preme/ and/ com/plete/ en/light/en/ment/.

    There/fore/ know/ that/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/

    Is/ the/ sac/red/ man/tra/, the/ lu/min/ous/ man/tra/,

    the/ sup/reme/ man/tra/, the/ in/com/pa/ra/ble/ man/tra/

    by/ which/ all/ suf/fe/ring/ is/ clear/.

    This/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ Truth/.

    There/fore/ set/ forth/ the/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/ man/tra/.

    Set/ forth/ this/ man/tra/ and/ pro/claim/:*

    (1x)
    Gate! Gate! (Already Gone, Gone)
    Paragate! (Already Gone Beyond)
    Parasamgate! (Already Fully Beyond)
    Bodhi! Svaha! * (Awakening, Rejoice)

    FOLLOWED IN MONTHLY ZAZENKAI ONLY BY "The Identity of Relative and Absolute" (see words below)

    FOLLOWED BY DEDICATION OF MERIT - READ BY INO ONLY:

    Buddha Nature pervades the whole universe, Reality, existing right here now:
    In reciting THE HEART OF THE PERFECTION OF GREAT WISDOM SUTRA (and THE IDENTITY OF RELATIVE AND ABSOLUTE) we dedicate our sincere efforts to:
    •Shakyamuni Buddha Honored One; the Historical Buddha and Teacher …
    and to those ancestral teachers:
    Eihei Dogen Honored One
    Soji Keizan Honored One,
    All successive Honored Ones up until
    Renpo Niwa Honored One and
    Gudo Wafu Honored One
    and to all other Honored Ones throughout history, Male and Female Honored Ones, whose names have been forgotten or left unsaid.
    We also dedicate these efforts to the Three Treasures,
    Buddha, Dharma, Sangha,
    To all Awakened Ones and Teachers in all places and times.

    We especially seek tranquility & well being for all creatures now suffering or ill in health.
    May they be serene through all their ills.
    May their lives be at peace and Wisdom pervade the darkness of ignorance.

    We dedicate our hopes and aspirations:
    To all victims of war and violence and natural events
    To the injured and to all families touched by these tragedies
    To the healing of hatred in all countries and among all peoples
    To the wisdom and compassion of our world leaders
    To the peace of the world and harmony of all beings.

    Thus, let the harmful effects of words, thoughts and actions be dispelled
    and Compassion bloom in perpetual spring.
    May we all realize and live the Enlightened Way together:


    EVERYONE CHANTS:

    All Buddhas throughout space and time
    All Bodhisattvas-Mahasattvas
    Maha • Prajna • Paramita ••••••• (followed 3x PROSTRATIONS by EVERYONE) • • •

    BE SEATED AS INSTRUCTED BY JUNDO

    During our MONTHLY 4-HOUR ZAZENKAI ONLY, we also chant the following:

    INO ONLY:

    The Identity of Relative and Absolute
    (Sandokai)

    EVERYONE:

    The mind of the Great Sage of India

    Is intimately conveyed west and east.

    While human faculties are both wise or dull

    In the Way there are no northern or southern ancestors.

    The subtle Source shines clear in the light;

    The branching streams flow in the dark.

    To be attached to things is primordial illusion;

    To encounter the absolute is not yet enlightenment.

    * All spheres, every sense and field

    intermingle even as they shine alone,

    Interacting even as they merge,

    Yet keeping their places in expressions of their own.

    Sights differ primally in shape and character

    And sounds in harsh or soothing tones.

    The dark makes all words one;

    The brightness distinguishes good and bad phrases.

    The four elements return to their true nature

    As a child turns to its mother.

    Fire is hot, water is wet,

    Wind moves and the earth is dense.

    Eye and form, ear and sound, nose and smell,

    Tongue and taste, the sweet and sour:

    Each independent of the other

    Like leaves that come from the same root.

    And though leaves and root must go back to the Source

    Both root and leaves have their own uses.

    Light is also darkness,

    But do not think of it as darkness.

    Darkness is light;

    Do not see it as light.

    Light and darkness are not one, not two

    Like the foot before and the foot behind in walking.

    * Each thing has its own being

    Which is not different from its place and function.

    The relative fits the absolute

    As a box and its lid.

    The absolute meets the relative

    Like two arrow points that touch in mid air.

    * Hearing this, simply perceive what is,

    Make no criterion.

    If you do not see the Way,

    You do not see it even as you walk upon it.

    Walking forward in the way

    You draw no nearer, progress no farther.

    One who fails to see this truth

    Is mountains and rivers away.

    * Listen, those who would percieve this subtle matter:

    * Live well your time by night and day!
    __________________________________________________ ______________

    METTA VERSES

    Please read here ...

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...Metta-PRACTICE

    __________________________________________________ ______________

    At the end of the Zazenkai, we recite the following::

    VERSE OF ATONEMENT:

    All harmful acts, words and thoughts, ever committed by me since of old,

    On account of beginningless greed, anger and ignorance,

    Born of my body, mouth and mind,

    Now I atone for them all


    FOUR VOWS (to be recited 3x , vibrant on the second, soft on the third time):

    To save all sentient beings, though beings numberless

    To transform all delusions, though delusions inexhaustible

    To perceive Reality, though Reality is boundless

    To attain the Enlightened Way, a Way non-attainable
    Last edited by Jundo; 04-13-2013 at 01:53 AM.

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    A version of our Chant Book is available for Kindle / Nook / eReader ...

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzUQ...it?usp=sharing

    Thank you Jeffrey.

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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