This weeks Zazenkai is dedicated to the spirit of the season.
Remember that a little sunshine can light up an whole room.
Please 'sit-a-long' with our weekly SATURDAY 'LIVE FROM TREELEAF - for the time being, Fugen's Living Room' 90 minute ZAZENKAI', netcast recorded version, all on SATURDAY, December 17th.)
The entire sitting is recorded in 'ADVANCE' and available for full participation 'on demand' at any time after that, no different from the 'live' sitting :
'REAL TIME' recorded 'ANY TIME' version link is here:
OUR 90 MINUTE SITTING SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:
00:00 00:15 CEREMONY (HEART SUTRA in JAPANESE ONLY) and Dedication
00:15 00:45 ZAZEN
00:45 00:55 KINHIN
00:55 01:25 ZAZEN
01:25 01:30 FOUR VOWS, & VERSE OF ATONEMENT
As you can see, our Zazenkai consists of chanting the 'Heart Sutra' in Japanese (the words are below), some full floor prostrations in sets of three (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish), followed by our Dedication, Zazen twice for 30 minutes each, with 10 minutes of Kinhin in between, and we end the sitting with 'The Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'.
Please download and print out the words of the Chants we will recite below and at the following link:
Begins with a series of rings of the small Inkin bell followed by 3x PROSTRATIONS by EVERYONE
Then chant of Heart Sutra inJapanese:
INO = CHANT LEADER ONLY
EVERYONE = ALL JOIN IN
INO ONLY =
Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo*
(The Heart of the Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra in JAPANESE)
Kan Ji Zai Bo Satsu Gyo Jin Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ji Sho
Ken Go* On Kai Ku Do I Sai Ku Yaku Sha Ri Shi Shiki Fu
I Ku Ku Fu I Shiki Shiki Soku Ze Ku Ku Soku Ze Shiki Ju
So Gyo Shiki Yaku Bu Nyo Ze Sha Ri Shi Ze Sho Ho Ku
So Fu Sho Fu Metsu Fu Ku Fu Jo Fu Zo Fu Gen Ze Ko Ku
Chu Mu Shiki Mu Ju So Gyo Shiki Mu Gen Ni Bi Ze Shin
Ni Mu Shiki Sho Ko Mi Soku Ho Mu Gen Kai Nai Shi Mu
I Shiki Kai Mu Mu Myo Yaku Mu Mu Myo Jin Nai Shi Mu
Ro Shi Yaku Mu Ro Shi Jin Mu Ku Shu Metsu Do Mu Chi
Yaku Mu Toku I Mu Sho Tok ko Bo Dai Sat Ta E Han-Nya
Ha Ra Mi Ta Ko* Shin Mu Kei Ge Mu Kei Ge Ko Mu
U Ku Fu On Ri Is-Sai Ten Do Mu So Ku Gyo Ne Han San
Ze Sho Butsu E Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ko* Toku A Noku
Ta Ra San Myaku San Bo Dai Ko Chi Han-Nya Ha Ra Mi
Ta Ze Dai Jin Shu Ze Dai Myo Shu Ze Mu Jo Shu Ze Mu
To To Shu No Jo Is sai Ku Shin Jitsu Fu Ko Ko Setsu Han
Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Shu Soku Setsu Shu Watsu Gya* Tei
Gya Tei Ha Ra Gya Tei Hara* So Gya Tei Bo Ji Sowa Ka
Han Nya Shin Gyo * * *ZazenFOLLOWED BY DEDICATION OF MERIT - READ BY INO ONLY:
Buddha Nature pervades the whole universe, Reality, existing right here:
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 terrorism
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:
ø All Buddhas throughout space and time
ø All Bodhisattvas-Mahasattvas
ø Maha Prajna Paramita (followed 3x PROSTRATIONS by EVERYONE)
BE SEATED AS INSTRUCTED
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 allSo, please join us as soon as you can, and we will keep a Zafu open for you.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
Remember, when we drop all thought of 'here' 'there' 'now' 'then' ... we are sitting all together!
Thank you for your practice.
Merry holidays and May the force be with you