Our Special Zazenkai Honoring Rev. Jiho Sargent

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Please join our SPECIAL ZAZENKAI in honor and memory of someone who was my friend Thumbnail image for Jiho Optimized Cut Final.jpgand informally my 'teacher' of many years, Rev. Jiho Sargent, who left this little world this week.

Our sitting today, as were Jiho's Sunday Zazenkais in Japan, will be of 2-hours, on the following schedule, and has been
recorded in "real time" and made available at the following link:

To mark Jiho's passing, Jundo shall first chant the SHARIRAIMON (Verse of Homage to Buddha's Relics) three times to begin ... once in Japanese, once in English, once in Japanese ... The words are below ...

 

We will then continue with the 'Heart Sutra' in English (words also below), some full floor prostrations (please follow along with me ... or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish). Then, of course, Zazen (two periods) with Kinhin in between. After, I will read some passages from Jiho's book "Questions About Zen" ...

http://www.amazon.com/Asking-About-Zen-108-Answers/dp/0834804948

 and we close with the 'Metta Chant', followed at the end with the 'Verse of Atonement' and 'The Four Vows'.

The schedule is as follows:

00:00 - 00:20 Shariraimon & Heart Sutra CEREMONY
00:20 - 00:55 ZAZEN
00:55 - 01:05 KINHIN
01:05 - 01:38 ZAZEN
01:40 - 01:50 Passages from Jiho's Book
01:50 - 02:00 METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING


I SUGGEST THAT YOU POSITION YOUR ZAFU ON THE FLOOR IN A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE NOT STARING DIRECTLY AT THE COMPUTER SCREEN, BUT CAN GLANCE OVER AND SEE THE SCREEN WHEN NECESSARY. YOUR ZAFU SHOULD ALSO BE IN A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE COMPUTER SCREEN WHILE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE ZAFU FOR THE CEREMONIES.

ALSO, REMEMBER TO SET YOUR COMPUTER (& SCREEN SAVER) SO THAT IT DOES NOT SHUT OFF DURING THE 4 HOURS.


Please join in, one and all.

Gassho, Jundo

FOR CHANT WORDS, CLICK ON "continue reading this post"
Here's what we will be chanting ...


INO = CHANT LEADER ONLY
EVERYONE = ALL JOIN IN


AFTER 3x STANDING BOWS by EVERYONE:

JUNDO ONLY WILL CHANT THE SHARIRAIMON (Verse of Homage to Buddha's Relics) first in Japanese, then in English, then in Japanese ... Note that Jundo will be chanting a modified version from the "Official" Soto School English wording below)

Verse of Homage to Buddha's Relics

舎利礼文 (Shariraimon)

 

一心頂禮

IS-SHIN CHŌ RAI

 

萬德圓滿

MAN DOKU EN MAN

 

釋迦如來

SHA KA NYO RAI

 

眞身舍利

SHIN JIN SHA RI

 

本地法身

HON JI HŌS-SHIN

 

法界塔婆

HŌ KAI TŌ BA

 

我等禮敬

GA TŌ RAI KYŌ

 

爲我現身

I GA GEN SHIN

 

入我我入

NYŪ GA GA NYŪ

 

佛加持故

BUTSU KA JI KO

 

我證菩提

GA SHŌ BO DAI

 

以佛神力

I BUTSU JIN RIKI

 

利益衆生

RI YAKU SHU JŌ

 

發菩提心

HOTSU BO DAI SHIN

 

修菩薩行

SHU BO SATSU GYŌ

 

同入圓寂

DŌ NYŪ EN JAKU

 

平等大智

BYŌ DŌ DAI CHI

 

今將頂禮

KON JŌ CHŌ RAI

 

Homage to the relics of the Buddha of complete merit;

Homage to the body of truth which is truth itself and a

stupa for the world of the dharma for the benefit of our

present body. Though the merits of Buddha, the truth

enters into us and we enter into the truth.

Though the excellent power of Buddha, we realize the

truth. Let us do only good for all living things that we may

possess the true mind.

Let us do only pure deeds that we may enter the peaceful

world which is unchanging, great wisdom.

Let us pay homage eternally to the Buddha.


INO ONLY =

The Heart of the Great Perfection of 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)

BE SEATED (AFTER DEDICATION AND FURTHER 3x BOWS) AS INSTRUCTED BY JUNDO

________________________________________________________________

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 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

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