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Seiko
02-23-2021, 10:50 PM
Chanting & Zazen Circle

This zazen circle begins on 1st March 2021. Please do join us at 8pm, Monday to Saturday.
The circle is open to everyone and all who chant and sit together here are equals.

Initially, the sessions are being led by Ryokudo and Seiko. We have chosen Sandokai to begin chanting together. Feel free to suggest other chants for the circle to adopt.

Sandokai is on page 4 of the Treeleaf Chant Book here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/17puHkC-XX00_FTh61Sd2k_Nme7D0bIt4/view?usp=sSandoka

The initial plan:
8pm GMT - Chant Sandokai.
Zazen – 27 minutes.
Closing chant/thanks/goodbyes.
Depart 8.45.

The chants being used will be posted on this thread on a Sunday.

It would be wonderful to have you with us, please pop in when you can.

As we hope you can see, we envisage this as a community driven venture, so any volunteers to lead the circle will be encouraged and nurtured.

We look forward to seeing you.

Gassho,

Ryokudo and Seiko

Nengei
02-24-2021, 01:11 AM
8 pm UDT?

Gassho
Nengei
Sat today. LAH.

Risho
02-24-2021, 03:31 AM
This sounds really cool! gassho1

gassho

Risho
-stlah

Kotei
02-24-2021, 06:18 AM
Thank you Seiko, looking forward to join here and there.

It's 8pm UTC (the time standard) and should be the same time as GMT (the timezone), until the end of March where daylight saving changes it to BST.
It will show up in the Calendar for easier timezone translation soon!

Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.


8 pm UDT?

Gassho
Nengei
Sat today. LAH.

Bion
02-24-2021, 01:53 PM
So is everyone yo keep their microphones on and chant simultaneously or is everyone chanting by themselves, mic off and just the host chants out loud?

[emoji1374] SatToday

Risho
02-24-2021, 04:53 PM
So is everyone yo keep their microphones on and chant simultaneously or is everyone chanting by themselves, mic off and just the host chants out loud?

[emoji1374] SatToday

I don't know if it would get insane on zoom, but I'd personally like to have our mics on - I think we'd need to wear headphones though to mute out any ambient sound that could cause feedback.

Gassho

Risho
-st

Shoka
02-24-2021, 05:28 PM
If you do leave all the mics open, regardless of headphones or not, you will be hearing background noise, lag and interference. It is lovely through even in the chaos.

There isn't a good way to battle lag which will make some people always sound behind or ahead. My brother is a music teacher and has been teaching from home for the last year.... they still haven't figured out a way to actually get the kids playing together.

But for your purposes as long as everyone knows that is going to happen, and there is nothing "wrong"; then you can enjoy what comes out. This is the main reason to mute everyone during the zazenkai's and other ceremony because it can become very chaotic.

Gassho,
Shoka
(she/her)
sat/lah

Risho
02-24-2021, 05:53 PM
If you do leave all the mics open, regardless of headphones or not, you will be hearing background noise, lag and interference. It is lovely through even in the chaos.


hahahah I knew you'd say that gassho1

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Ryokudo
02-24-2021, 08:24 PM
So I guess mics off then unless we feel like experimenting on the day

Gassho

Ryokudo

Sekishi
02-25-2021, 05:02 PM
I think we'd need to wear headphones though to mute out any ambient sound that could cause feedback.

Agreed. Without headphones feedback is inevitable. Feedback with network lag is such a fun and wild beast - "MOAR ECHO!!! echo!!! e.c.h.o..."

I think it would be a fun experiment to have mics on. The biggest issue I personally run into in that type of situation is that the human brain does not do well when reciting if time shifted versions of the thing being recited is fed back into the ears. It is like an automatic 50 point IQ hit! :D

Anyhow, have fun and experiment, and I'm sure a method will present itself. Thank you all for practicing together.

Deep bows,
Sekishi

Seiko
02-27-2021, 02:59 AM
Thank you to everyone posting here. Ryokudo and I have summoned every ounce of courage we can, in order to bring this idea to the table. So far, the level of response is heart warming.

Mics on, mics off - let's see how it goes. We are keen on good intention and already know our chanting voices are imperfect. Perhaps a little feedback and distortion might enhance the sounds we make. In either case, we'll let you know during each session whether it's mics off or an "open mic night".

See you there!

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Seiko
02-27-2021, 03:07 AM
Week commencing 1st March 2021 (GMT):

This, our first week, we begin by chanting Sanki Raimon together before Sandokai.

Sanki Raimon

I take refuge in buddha.
May all beings
embody the great way,
resolving to awaken.

I take refuge in dharma.
May all living beings
deeply enter the sutras,
wisdom like an ocean.

I take refuge in sangha.
May all beings
support harmony in the community,
free from hindrance.

Sandokai can be found in the Treeleaf Chant book - that we use for Weekly and Monthly Zazenkai.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Risho
02-27-2021, 03:51 AM
Whoever implemented the treeleaf now calendar; fantastic work; thank you!

Seiko this is in the heart of my workday; will you be posting recordings?

gassho

risho
-stlah

Seiko
02-27-2021, 01:18 PM
Whoever implemented the treeleaf now calendar; fantastic work; thank you!

Seiko this is in the heart of my workday; will you be posting recordings?

gassho

risho
-stlah

Hello Risho,
Yes the regional time differences can be a barrier to overcome. In choosing this time we were hoping to provide accessibility for people in UK and Europe, but of course everyone is invited and welcome.

I am not sure how to arrange to post recordings. I can put that question to Shoka and Sekishi.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Risho
02-27-2021, 02:59 PM
nah no worries; Iunderstand; I’ll join when I can gassho1

Yuki
03-01-2021, 09:11 PM
Thanks to Ryokudo and Seiko for this formidable experience!
Will join again, for sure !
Merci beaucoup ������������

Michel

(Sat today)

Seiko
03-01-2021, 09:49 PM
Thanks to Ryokudo and Seiko for this formidable experience!
Will join again, for sure !
Merci beaucoup ������������

Michel

(Sat today)

Ah, Yuki, lovely to meet you. Thank you for your practice. Please do let us know when you would like to chant in French. We look forward to it.
In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Ryokudo
03-01-2021, 10:32 PM
Ah, Yuki, lovely to meet you. Thank you for your practice. Please do let us know when you would like to chant in French. We look forward to it.
In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Indeed it was a lovely experience Michel and I look forward to seeing you soon. Can't wait for my French lesson as well [morehappy]

Gassho,

Ryokudo,

SAT/LAH

Yokai
03-02-2021, 01:31 AM
Hi Seiko

This falls 9am NZ time, but I can join you some days :encouragement:

Gassho, Yokai (Chris) sat/lah

Yuki
03-02-2021, 08:40 PM
Sorry gentlemen, I missed the chanting today. We are doing renovations at home and workers began this afternoon. NOISE and constant informations to give, so I had to skip our rendezvous. See you tomorrow... I hope !

Gassho, Michel. ( sat today)

Seiko
03-02-2021, 10:28 PM
Hi Seiko

This falls 9am NZ time, but I can join you some days :encouragement:

Gassho, Yokai (Chris) sat/lah

Always welcome Yokai.
In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Seiko
03-02-2021, 10:29 PM
Sorry gentlemen, I missed the chanting today. We are doing renovations at home and workers began this afternoon. NOISE and constant informations to give, so I had to skip our rendezvous. See you tomorrow... I hope !

Gassho, Michel. ( sat today)

Ah Yuki,
We look forward to seeing you again, when you are able.
In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Ryokudo
03-03-2021, 08:43 PM
Thanks for the lovely session tonight my friends.

Gassho

Ryokudo,

SAT/LAH

Seiko
03-03-2021, 08:56 PM
@Ryokudo
@Yuki


Thanks for the lovely session tonight my friends.

Gassho

Ryokudo,

SAT/LAH

Thank you for your practice and your companionship.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Meian
03-04-2021, 01:54 AM
I see it in the Calendar (it is at 3pm EST my time) -- so this will be ongoing for a while, yes?

I am not able to attend yet, but I would like to after some things finish up -- it sounds lovely.

gassho2, meian st lh

Yuki
03-04-2021, 01:59 AM
Merci à vous deux, thank you both, Seiko and Ryokudo.gassho2

Ryokudo
03-04-2021, 01:30 PM
I see it in the Calendar (it is at 3pm EST my time) -- so this will be ongoing for a while, yes?

I am not able to attend yet, but I would like to after some things finish up -- it sounds lovely.

gassho2, meian st lh

Hi Meian,

The plan is for this to be ongoing ad infinitum with a variety of us being involved. So whenever you have the time to join we will be there.....all being lovely together.

We'll look forward to seeing you [morehappy]

Gassho,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Yuki
03-04-2021, 08:35 PM
Alone in the Chanting & Zazen Circle, I dared to sing the Sanki Raimon and the Sandokai at your place (despite my bad accent ;)), but didn’t sit because it was already done. See you soon my friends.

Michel ( Sat today)

Ryokudo
03-04-2021, 08:56 PM
Alone in the Chanting & Zazen Circle, I dared to sing the Sanki Raimon and the Sandokai at your place (despite my bad accent ;)), but didn’t sit because it was already done. See you soon my friends.

Michel ( Sat today)

Hey Yuki,

I'm so sorry I missed it, unfortunately I was called away to a leak at the last moment. I will certainly be there tomorrow. Many apologies.

Thanks and Gassho,

Ryokudo.

SAT/LAH

Yuki
03-06-2021, 09:14 PM
Merci, thanks to Seiko and Ryokudo for this first week of Chanting & Zazen Circle. It was great to chant and sit in your company.
Deep gratitude ! gassho2 gassho2 gassho2

Ryokudo
03-08-2021, 02:04 PM
Hello all,

Here comes a new week and we are planning on chanting Hannya Shingyo in Japanese, as we will all be used to from the monthly ZAZENKAI. This is available in the chant book (I believe). Otherwise it is reprinted below.


INO ONLY =
Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo*
(The Heart of the Perfection of Great Wisdom Sutra in JAPANESE)

EVERYONE =

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 HaraSo Gya Tei * Bo Ji Sowa Ka

Han Nya Shin Gyo

Yuki, it would be lovely to hear you lead this if you are in the mood? Alternative myself or Seiko will be happy to take it on.

Many thanks all,

Gassho

Ryokudo,

SAT/LAH

Yuki
03-08-2021, 06:16 PM
Hi !

Great, I could try to take the lead if one of you ring the bell...
And I can use the mokugyo if you want.

Yuki (Sat today)

Yuki
03-08-2021, 09:04 PM
Merci gassho1 ! As usual, a great meeting with you.

Master Dōgen said :

« Dropping off body and mind ; and skin, flesh, bones, and marrow : how could these be involved with self or other ? Upon breaking into a smile, earth, water, fire, and air have never been separated. […] Today we are again the same as children singing. »

Yuki (SAT)

Seiko
03-08-2021, 09:07 PM
Well tonight Yuki did a great job of leading Ryokudo and Seiko in chanting the Heart Sutra in Japanese, which we followed by 27 minutes of Zazen. We always have a little chat before we begin, and after we finish. This regular event is turning out to be a beautiful and valuable addition to our practice.

Everyone is welcome to join us whenever you can, it's 8pm GMT and you can find it in the Treeleaf calendar.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Seiko
03-08-2021, 09:39 PM
Here is the Heart Sutra again, with the bell queues and the words arranged nicely so you can see where to breathe... for anyone who would like to practice at home... just in case you can't do it in one breath. Haha!

Bells:
(*) large bell,
(**)small bell,
(x) stifled bell



Maka Hannya Haramita Shingyo(*)

Kan ji zai bo satsu.
Gyo jin han nya hara mita ji.
Sho ken
(*)GO on kai ku.
Do issai 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.
Shari 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 i.
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 toku ko.
Bodai sat ta e hannya haramita
(*)KO Shin mu ke ge mu ke ge ko.
Mu u ku fu.
On ri issai ten do mu so.
Ku gyo ne han.
San ze sho butsu.
E hannya haramita
(*)KO Toku a noku ta ra san myaku san bodai.
Ko chi hannya haramita.
Ze dai jin shu.
Ze dai myo shu.
Ze mu jo shu.
Ze mu to do shu.
No jo issai ku.
Shin jitsu fu ko ko setsu hannya haramita shu.
Soku setsu shu watsu.
Gya tei, gya tei,
(**) HA ra gya tei.
Hara so gya tei.
(**)BO ji so waka.

Hannya Shingyo. (x)

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Seiko
03-10-2021, 11:00 PM
Currently this circle is hosted by:

Monday - Seiko & Ryokudo
Tuesday - Ryokudo & Seiko
Wednesday - Seiko & Ryokudo
Thursday - Ryokudo
Friday - Ryokudo
Saturday - Seiko


Always happy for others to host or lead or suggest chants.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Seiko
03-11-2021, 01:02 AM
Invitation:

If you can, please consider dropping in to the Chanting and Zazen Circle. You can see it in the Treeleaf Calendar.

This week, up to Saturday 13th March, we continue chanting the Heart Sutra in Japanese. I am hoping someone will join us who can help me improve my pronunciation of Japanese. We do our best, even if it is sometimes unintelligible. Haha!

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Jundo
03-11-2021, 05:14 AM
Pronunciation: Hi Guys,

The following is my slightly irreverent Heart Sutra pronunciation guide. I have seen something like it available in Japan, but not in English. Here is how it works:

I will take ordinary English words that sound as close as possible to stand for each of the following. For example:

Shin = Shin (of the leg)

Disregard any part of a word in parenthesis ( ) as if it was cut away. For example, “fool” for “fu” here:

Fu = Foo(l)

I apologize right now if this ends up being biased toward Yankee pronunciations. Our friends from other places might adjust for worldwide versions.

A couple of pointers:

Two words together are meant to be said as one two syllable word quickly. For example, “Maka” sounds like “ma” (of “mama) and “car” (with the 'r' cut off), said as one quick two syllable words, thus:

Maka = Ma(ma) Ca(r)

Words with “u” at the end such as “Soku” usually – but not always – have a “u” sound at the end that sounds like the French word for water “eau” or the “ooh” of "ooh la la". If you listen to the following recording, the “ooh” is sometimes so subtle, and barely pronounced, that it can sound almost like a one syllable word. So, “Soku” would be:

Soku = Soak(the dishes) ooh (la la, but barely pronounced)

One should listen closely and compare the below with this Japanese version for practice:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_76-ek1QdM0

Shall we see how this goes? Maybe we can even ask someone to make an animated version sometime! That would be cool. :=9

Gassho, Jundo
SatTodayLAH

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Maka = Ma(ma) Ca(r to drive)
Hannya = Han(Solo of Star Wars, rhymes with man's name Ron) (Italian lasag)na
Haramita = Ha(ha ha) ra(h rah sis boom bah) me(and you) ta(r the road)
Shin = Shin (of the leg)
Gyo = ( Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)

Kan = Kahn (of Star Trek)
Ji = Gee (whiz)
Zai = Xy(lophone)
Bo = (Stallone is Ram)bo
Satsu = (They) sats (down) ooh (NOTE: Rather than “sats”, closer to “sots” as in “besotted”. Also, some Japanese abbreviate this to "Sa," most do not)
Gyo = (Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)
Jin = Gin (Rummy)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
Nya = Italian lasag)na
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Mi = Me (and you)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Ji = Gee (Whiz)
Sho = Show (time)
Ken = Ken (and Barbie)
Go = Go (Away)
On = Own (a house)
Kai = Ki(te to fly)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Do = Doe (a female deer)
I = Ea(t your breakfast)
Sai = Sigh (with love)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Yaku = (Boating ka)yak ooh (la la, subtle)
Sha = Sha (of Iran)
Ri = Rea(d a book)
Shi = She (and him)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Fu = Foo (Fighters) or for the older crowd, Foo(l me once, shame on me)
I = ea(t your breakfast)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
I = Ea(t your breakfast)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Soku = Soak (the laundry) ooh (la la, subtle)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Soku = Soak (the laundry) ooh (la la, subtle)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Ju = Jew (in Tel Aviv)
So = Sew (a button)
Gyo = (Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Yaku = (Boating ka)yak ooh (la la, subtle)
Bu = Boo (went the ghost)
Nyo = (The eggs were u)nyo(ked)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Sha = Sha (of Iran)
Ri = Rea(d a book)
Shi = She (and he)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Sho = Show (time)
Ho = Ho (ho ho says Santa)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
So = Sew (a button)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Sho = Show (time)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Metsu = (Baseball's New York) Mets ooh (la la, subtle)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Jo = Joe (man's name)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Zo = (Bo)zo (the clown)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Gen = (Once more a)gain
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Ko = Co-(pilot)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Chu = Chew (your food)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Ju = Jew (in Tel Aviv)
So = Sew (a button)
Gyo = (Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Gen = (Once more a)gain
Ni = Knee (of the leg)
Bi = Bee (is buzzing)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Shin = Shin (of the leg)
Ni = Knee (of the leg)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Sho = Show (time)
Ko = Co-(pilot)
Mi = Me (and you)
Soku = Soak (the laundry) ooh (la la, subtle)
Ho = Ho (ho ho says Santa)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Gen = (Once more a)gain
Kai = Ki(te to fly)
Nai = Nigh(t and day)
Shi = She (and he)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
I = Ea(t your breakfast)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Kai = Ki(te to fly)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Myo = (Jewelry Ca)meo (said really fast)
Yaku = (Boating ka)yak ooh (la la, subtle)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Myo = (Jewelry Ca)meo
Jin = Gin (Rummy)
Nai = Nigh(t and day)
Shi = She (and he)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Ro = Row (your boat)
Shi = She (and he)
Yaku = (Boating ka)yak ooh (subtle)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Ro = Row (your boat)
Shi = She (and he)
Jin = Gin (rummy)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Metsu = (Baseball's New York) Mets ooh (la la, subtle)
Do = Doe (a female deer)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Chi = Chee(se and crackers)
Yaku = (Boating ka)yak ooh (la la, subtle)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Toku = Toke (a smoke) ooh (la la, subtle)
I = Ea(t your breakfast)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Sho = Show (time)
Tok- = Toe (of the foot)
ko = Co-(pilot)
Bo = (Stallone is Ram)bo
Dai = Die (and live another day)
Sat = (Bes)sot(ed)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
E = E(dward)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
Nya = (Italian lasag)na
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Mi = Me (and you)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Ko = Co-(pilot)
Shin = Shin (of the leg)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Kei = (O)kay
Ge = Ge(t me a hammer)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Kei = (O)kay
Ge = Ge(t me a hammer)
Ko = Co(-pilot)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
U = Ooh (La La)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
On = Own (a house)
Ri = Rea(d a book)
Is- = Ea(t your breakfast)
Sai = Sigh (with love)
Ten = 10
Do = Doe (a female deer)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
So = Sew (a button)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Gyo = (Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)
Ne = Ne(xt in line)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
San = San (rhymes with man's name Ron)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Sho = Show (time)
Butsu = Boots (to wear) ooh (la la, subtle)
E = Eh (What did you say?)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
Nya = (Italian lasag)na
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Mi = Me (and you)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Ko = Co-(pilot)
Toku = Toke (a smoke) ooh (la la, subtle)
A = (Doctor's “Open wide, say) Ah
Noku = No (not yes) Coo (says the pigeon)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
San = San (rhymes with man's name Ron)
Myaku = Mia (Culpa) Coo (says the pigeon) … said fast …
San = San (rhymes with man's name Ron)
Bo = (Stallone is Ram)bo
Dai = Die (and live another day)
Ko = Co-(pilot)
Chi = Chee(se and crackers)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
Nya = (Italian lasag)na
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Mi = Me (and you)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Dai = Die (and live another day)
Jin = Gin (Rummy)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Dai = Die (and live another day)
Myo = (Jewelry Ca)meo (said really fast)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Jo = Joe (man's name)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
To = Toe (of the foot)
Do = Doe (a female deer)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
No = No (and yes)
Jo = Joe (man's name)
Is = Ea(t your breakfast)
sai = Sigh (with love)
Ku = Coo (said the pigeon)
Shin = Shin (of the leg)
Jitsu = (Gad)gets, but 'i' sound as in Ju-Jitsu
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Ko = Co-(Pilot)
Ko = Co-(Pilot)
Setsu = (Television) sets ooh (la la, subtle)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
Nya = (Italian lasag)na
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Mi = Me (and you)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Soku = Soak (the laundry) ooh (la la, subtle)
Setsu = (Television) sets ooh (la la, subtle)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Watsu = Whatsu(p?)
Gya = (Bi)g ya(cht to sail)
Tei = Ta(ke my hand)
Gya = (Bi)g ya(cht to sail)
Tei = Ta(ke my hand)
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Gya = (Bi)g ya(cht to sail)
Tei = Ta(ke my hand)
Hara = Ha (ha ha) Ra (ra sis boom bah)
So = Sew (a button)
Gya = (Bi)g ya(cht to sail)
Tei = Ta(ke my hand)
Bo = (Stallone is Ram)bo
Ji = Gee (whiz)
Sowa = So wha(t?)
Ka = Ca(r to drive)
Hannya = Han(Solo of Star Wars, rhymes with man's name Ron) (Italian lasag)na
Shingyo = Shin (of the leg) ( Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)

gassho2

Seiko
03-11-2021, 10:30 AM
Pronunciation: Hi Guys,

The following is my slightly irreverent Heart Sutra pronunciation guide. I have seen something like it available in Japan, but not in English. Here is how it works:

I will take ordinary English words that sound as close as possible to stand for each of the following. For example:

Shin = Shin (of the leg)

Disregard any part of a word in parenthesis ( ) as if it was cut away. For example, “fool” for “fu” here:

Fu = Foo(l)

I apologize right now if this ends up being biased toward Yankee pronunciations. Our friends from other places might adjust for worldwide versions.

A couple of pointers:

Two words together are meant to be said as one two syllable word quickly. For example, “Maka” sounds like “ma” (of “mama) and “car” (with the 'r' cut off), said as one quick two syllable words, thus:

Maka = Ma(ma) Ca(r)

Words with “u” at the end such as “Soku” usually – but not always – have a “u” sound at the end that sounds like the French word for water “eau” or the “ooh” of "ooh la la". If you listen to the following recording, the “ooh” is sometimes so subtle, and barely pronounced, that it can sound almost like a one syllable word. So, “Soku” would be:

Soku = Soak(the dishes) ooh (la la, but barely pronounced)

One should listen closely and compare the below with this Japanese version for practice:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_76-ek1QdM0

Shall we see how this goes? Maybe we can even ask someone to make an animated version sometime! That would be cool. :=9

Gassho, Jundo
SatTodayLAH

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Maka = Ma(ma) Ca(r to drive)
Hannya = Han(Solo of Star Wars, rhymes with man's name Ron) (Italian lasag)na
Haramita = Ha(ha ha) ra(h rah sis boom bah) me(and you) ta(r the road)
Shin = Shin (of the leg)
Gyo = ( Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)

Kan = Kahn (of Star Trek)
Ji = Gee (whiz)
Zai = Xy(lophone)
Bo = (Stallone is Ram)bo
Satsu = (They) sats (down) ooh (NOTE: Rather than “sats”, closer to “sots” as in “besotted”. Also, some Japanese abbreviate this to "Sa," most do not)
Gyo = (Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)
Jin = Gin (Rummy)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
Nya = Italian lasag)na
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Mi = Me (and you)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Ji = Gee (Whiz)
Sho = Show (time)
Ken = Ken (and Barbie)
Go = Go (Away)
On = Own (a house)
Kai = Ki(te to fly)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Do = Doe (a female deer)
I = Ea(t your breakfast)
Sai = Sigh (with love)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Yaku = (Boating ka)yak ooh (la la, subtle)
Sha = Sha (of Iran)
Ri = Rea(d a book)
Shi = She (and him)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Fu = Foo (Fighters) or for the older crowd, Foo(l me once, shame on me)
I = ea(t your breakfast)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
I = Ea(t your breakfast)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Soku = Soak (the laundry) ooh (la la, subtle)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Soku = Soak (the laundry) ooh (la la, subtle)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Ju = Jew (in Tel Aviv)
So = Sew (a button)
Gyo = (Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Yaku = (Boating ka)yak ooh (la la, subtle)
Bu = Boo (went the ghost)
Nyo = (The eggs were u)nyo(ked)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Sha = Sha (of Iran)
Ri = Rea(d a book)
Shi = She (and he)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Sho = Show (time)
Ho = Ho (ho ho says Santa)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
So = Sew (a button)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Sho = Show (time)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Metsu = (Baseball's New York) Mets ooh (la la, subtle)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Jo = Joe (man's name)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Zo = (Bo)zo (the clown)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Gen = (Once more a)gain
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Ko = Co-(pilot)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Chu = Chew (your food)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Ju = Jew (in Tel Aviv)
So = Sew (a button)
Gyo = (Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Gen = (Once more a)gain
Ni = Knee (of the leg)
Bi = Bee (is buzzing)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Shin = Shin (of the leg)
Ni = Knee (of the leg)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Sho = Show (time)
Ko = Co-(pilot)
Mi = Me (and you)
Soku = Soak (the laundry) ooh (la la, subtle)
Ho = Ho (ho ho says Santa)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Gen = (Once more a)gain
Kai = Ki(te to fly)
Nai = Nigh(t and day)
Shi = She (and he)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
I = Ea(t your breakfast)
Shiki = Shick (razors) key (and lock)
Kai = Ki(te to fly)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Myo = (Jewelry Ca)meo (said really fast)
Yaku = (Boating ka)yak ooh (la la, subtle)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Myo = (Jewelry Ca)meo
Jin = Gin (Rummy)
Nai = Nigh(t and day)
Shi = She (and he)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Ro = Row (your boat)
Shi = She (and he)
Yaku = (Boating ka)yak ooh (subtle)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Ro = Row (your boat)
Shi = She (and he)
Jin = Gin (rummy)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Metsu = (Baseball's New York) Mets ooh (la la, subtle)
Do = Doe (a female deer)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Chi = Chee(se and crackers)
Yaku = (Boating ka)yak ooh (la la, subtle)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Toku = Toke (a smoke) ooh (la la, subtle)
I = Ea(t your breakfast)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Sho = Show (time)
Tok- = Toe (of the foot)
ko = Co-(pilot)
Bo = (Stallone is Ram)bo
Dai = Die (and live another day)
Sat = (Bes)sot(ed)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
E = E(dward)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
Nya = (Italian lasag)na
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Mi = Me (and you)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Ko = Co-(pilot)
Shin = Shin (of the leg)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Kei = (O)kay
Ge = Ge(t me a hammer)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Kei = (O)kay
Ge = Ge(t me a hammer)
Ko = Co(-pilot)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
U = Ooh (La La)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
On = Own (a house)
Ri = Rea(d a book)
Is- = Ea(t your breakfast)
Sai = Sigh (with love)
Ten = 10
Do = Doe (a female deer)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
So = Sew (a button)
Ku = Coo (went the pigeon)
Gyo = (Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)
Ne = Ne(xt in line)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
San = San (rhymes with man's name Ron)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Sho = Show (time)
Butsu = Boots (to wear) ooh (la la, subtle)
E = Eh (What did you say?)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
Nya = (Italian lasag)na
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Mi = Me (and you)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Ko = Co-(pilot)
Toku = Toke (a smoke) ooh (la la, subtle)
A = (Doctor's “Open wide, say) Ah
Noku = No (not yes) Coo (says the pigeon)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
San = San (rhymes with man's name Ron)
Myaku = Mia (Culpa) Coo (says the pigeon) … said fast …
San = San (rhymes with man's name Ron)
Bo = (Stallone is Ram)bo
Dai = Die (and live another day)
Ko = Co-(pilot)
Chi = Chee(se and crackers)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
Nya = (Italian lasag)na
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Mi = Me (and you)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Dai = Die (and live another day)
Jin = Gin (Rummy)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Dai = Die (and live another day)
Myo = (Jewelry Ca)meo (said really fast)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
Jo = Joe (man's name)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Ze = Ze(ppelin)
Mu = Moo (went the cow)
To = Toe (of the foot)
Do = Doe (a female deer)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
No = No (and yes)
Jo = Joe (man's name)
Is = Ea(t your breakfast)
sai = Sigh (with love)
Ku = Coo (said the pigeon)
Shin = Shin (of the leg)
Jitsu = (Gad)gets, but 'i' sound as in Ju-Jitsu
Fu = Foo (Fighters)
Ko = Co-(Pilot)
Ko = Co-(Pilot)
Setsu = (Television) sets ooh (la la, subtle)
Han = Han (Solo, rhymes with man's name Ron)
Nya = (Italian lasag)na
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Mi = Me (and you)
Ta = Ta(r the road)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Soku = Soak (the laundry) ooh (la la, subtle)
Setsu = (Television) sets ooh (la la, subtle)
Shu = Shoe (to wear)
Watsu = Whatsu(p?)
Gya = (Bi)g ya(cht to sail)
Tei = Ta(ke my hand)
Gya = (Bi)g ya(cht to sail)
Tei = Ta(ke my hand)
Ha = Ha (ha ha)
Ra = Ra (ra sis boom bah)
Gya = (Bi)g ya(cht to sail)
Tei = Ta(ke my hand)
Hara = Ha (ha ha) Ra (ra sis boom bah)
So = Sew (a button)
Gya = (Bi)g ya(cht to sail)
Tei = Ta(ke my hand)
Bo = (Stallone is Ram)bo
Ji = Gee (whiz)
Sowa = So wha(t?)
Ka = Ca(r to drive)
Hannya = Han(Solo of Star Wars, rhymes with man's name Ron) (Italian lasag)na
Shingyo = Shin (of the leg) ( Large Bi)gyo(yo toy)

gassho2

Thank you Jundo,

I am amazed, laughing, bowing and in awe - all at the same time.

Thank you

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Jundo
03-11-2021, 10:56 AM
Thank you Jundo,

I am amazed, laughing, bowing and in awe - all at the same time.

Thank you

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

It is actually based on an old Japanese tradition. And the old Japanese could be even more irreverent, here are a couple from Japan, old and modern. Many of the older items are head scratchers for modern people, but I see some funny ones. "Chi" is a word for a breast or utter in Japanese, so you will see a picture of two breasts (third column from left).

Below that, "sa" is the sound of a dog peeing in Japanese, so (also third column) ...

https://blogimg.goo.ne.jp/user_image/79/09/992b8063a0cd78ffb422c702f04d03ef.jpg

You might notice a fat belly, which is "Hara" in Japanese (first column on right) ...

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~qd5h-tnk/20030606-s.jpg

And, of course, a scholar's paper on the topic ...


This paper is concerned with introducing iconic pictograph systems that were created by Buddhist
priests more than three hundred years ago to help illiterate people recite important Buddhist sutras.
These iconic pictograph systems did not imitate Chinese characters or their meanings, nor did they
utilize the available kana system of phonographs. Instead, pictographs were created that made use of
Japanese homophones related to everyday objects, such as household utensils, farming tools and body
parts, as well as making use of various metaphors, and even puns, resulting in pictographs that are at
once humorous and effective. The present paper will first discuss the importance of form in Japanese
culture, introduce the Heart Sutra and the notion of mantra, and then illustrate how the pictographs
could induce the desired pronuciation for reciting the Heart Sutra. And finally, there is a brief
discussion of how this pictograph-induced recitation of the sutra could be mantra-like in producing a
calm meditative state.
http://www2.ngu.ac.jp/uri/gengo/pdf/genbun_vol2601_08.pdf

Gassho, J

SatTodayLAH

Ryokudo
03-11-2021, 06:52 PM
Dear all I am afraid I am laid up I bed with flu and cannot therfore make tonight. Many apologies

Yuki
03-11-2021, 09:14 PM
Dear friend, I wish you will recover quickly from this ! I hope it’s not the Covid-19.:(:
Today, I took the lead of our practice with John Pursch, from Arizona. We have done a nice Sanki Raimon, a hazardous Hannya Shingyo and a good enough Four Vows, and, of course, we sat together. It was not so bad, I think.
Take good care of you, Ryokudo !

gassho2:buddha:gassho2

Jundo
03-12-2021, 12:24 AM
Dear all I am afraid I am laid up I bed with flu and cannot therfore make tonight. Many apologies

Metta Ryokudo. All chants dedicated for your recovery, and for all those everywhere who are sick today.

Gassho, J

STLah

Geika
03-12-2021, 06:01 AM
That is quite an amazing write up, Jundo!

And please get well soon, Ruokudo. Sitting with you.

Gassho
Sat, lah

Risho
03-12-2021, 03:50 PM
I love this thread! Ryokudo - I hope you feel better soon

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Seiko
03-12-2021, 05:19 PM
Dear friend, I wish you will recover quickly from this ! I hope it’s not the Covid-19.:(:
Today, I took the lead of our practice with John Pursch, from Arizona. We have done a nice Sanki Raimon, a hazardous Hannya Shingyo and a good enough Four Vows, and, of course, we sat together. It was not so bad, I think.
Take good care of you, Ryokudo !

gassho2:buddha:gassho2

This is wonderful. Thank you for your practice.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Seiko
03-12-2021, 05:35 PM
Dear all I am afraid I am laid up I bed with flu and cannot therfore make tonight. Many apologies

Ryokudo, blood brother,
I hope we both recover fast and strong. Your flu and my broken ribs. May we be at ease with all our ills.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Risho
03-12-2021, 06:20 PM
Seiko - is this some sort of fight club chant circle? :D I hope you recover soon as well! gassho2

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Yuki
03-12-2021, 06:32 PM
You too Seiko ? Broken ribs ? Metta to you, my friend.
You can be sure I will do my best with my poor English and try to maintain the daily meeting with newcomers.:encouragement:

See you soon Seiko! [gassholook]

Risho
03-12-2021, 08:44 PM
It was great getting a chance to drop in for once and practice with you all gassho2

For next week's chant - would you happen to have a link to it?

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Seiko
03-12-2021, 09:20 PM
Seiko - is this some sort of fight club chant circle? :D I hope you recover soon as well! gassho2

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Thank you

Just imaginary bows until the pain eases.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Seiko
03-12-2021, 09:22 PM
You too Seiko ? Broken ribs ? Metta to you, my friend.
You can be sure I will do my best with my poor English and try to maintain the daily meeting with newcomers.:encouragement:

See you soon Seiko! [gassholook]

Thank you. You are capable and formidable.

In Gsssho
Seiko
stlah

Seiko
03-12-2021, 09:24 PM
It was great getting a chance to drop in for once and practice with you all gassho2

For next week's chant - would you happen to have a link to it?

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Yes. Posting here in a moment.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Seiko
03-12-2021, 09:36 PM
For next week, beginning on Monday 15th March, please join us in chanting 'Samadhi'. The text is on p33 here - https://www.sotozen.com/eng/practice/sutra/scriptures.html

The full pdf download is the first link on that page.

Coming soon - Yuki will be chanting in French someday soon. Don't miss it.

As always, everyone is welcome to join the circle, to practice with us or to select/suggest chants and/or take a turn at leading the chant.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Risho
03-12-2021, 10:06 PM
Thank you gassho2

Ryokudo
03-12-2021, 11:53 PM
Seiko - is this some sort of fight club chant circle? :D I hope you recover soon as well! gassho2

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Hey all,

Thxfor the well wishes it is probably just man flu which we all know is the worst variant.

Was back today and it was great sitting with yall.

In gassho

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Yuki
03-13-2021, 02:04 AM
Chanting in French ? Yes, I have a short text I would like to share with you all. It’ s a poem by Soen Sozeki, Abbot of Daisen-in, Kyoto.
The title is « Paroles de tous les jours » (Words for Each Day).
Coming soon... !

Gassho [gassholook]
Sat today

Yuki
03-14-2021, 03:29 PM
Here are the words from Soen Ozeki, in French and in English :

Paroles de tous les jours

Ici et maintenant

Chaque jour de la vie est un apprentissage
Apprentissage pour moi-même
Bien que l'échec soit possible
Vivant chaque instant
L'égal de toute chose
Prêt à tout
Je suis vivant, je suis ce moment
Mon avenir est ici et maintenant
Car si je ne peux endurer ce jour
Quand et où le pourrai-je*?

Paroles de tous les jours,
by Soen Ozeki, Abbot of Daisen-in, Kyoto

Words for Each Day

Here and now

Each day in life is training.
Training for myself.
Though failure is possible.
Living each moment.
Equal to anything.
Ready for everything.
I am alive. I am this moment.
My future is here and now.
For if I cannot endure today.
When and where will I?

[gassholook]
Yuki

Ryokudo
03-15-2021, 12:44 AM
Here are the words from Soen Ozeki, in French and in English :

Paroles de tous les jours

Ici et maintenant

Chaque jour de la vie est un apprentissage
Apprentissage pour moi-même
Bien que l'échec soit possible
Vivant chaque instant
L'égal de toute chose
Prêt à tout
Je suis vivant, je suis ce moment
Mon avenir est ici et maintenant
Car si je ne peux endurer ce jour
Quand et où le pourrai-je*?

Paroles de tous les jours,
by Soen Ozeki, Abbot of Daisen-in, Kyoto

Words for Each Day

Here and now

Each day in life is training.
Training for myself.
Though failure is possible.
Living each moment.
Equal to anything.
Ready for everything.
I am alive. I am this moment.
My future is here and now.
For if I cannot endure today.
When and where will I?

[gassholook]
Yuki

I love it yuki. Be great to hear it en francaise.

See you tomorrow,

In gassho,

Ryokudo

Ryokudo
03-15-2021, 08:44 PM
Great to share our practice today gang and again many thanks to yuki for the poem.

I may try it in English tomorrow, or French who knows.

Gassho,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Kotei
03-15-2021, 08:52 PM
Thank you everyone.
I enjoyed chanting and sitting together.
Gassho,
Kotei sat/lah today.

Yuki
03-16-2021, 12:04 AM
Thanks everyone, it was great to sit and chant in your company !
[gassholook]

Shokai
03-16-2021, 12:34 AM
I\m sorry I misswd it. I had it marked on my to do list but got tied up with getting appointments made for Covid vaccines.
try again tomorrow

gassho, Shokai
stlah

Ryokudo
03-16-2021, 02:19 AM
Hey no problem Shokai,

You were there in spirit anyway and are always welcome.

Gassho

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Ryokudo
03-16-2021, 08:52 PM
As ever gang thank you for joining the circle today and for listening as I droned on:D

Its always great to share the practice with you.

Gassho,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Risho
03-16-2021, 09:01 PM
Apologies for being late - thank you for this - this is a point of sanity in my workday when i can join gassho1

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Ryokudo
03-16-2021, 10:41 PM
There's no need to apologise Risho. And its great to be part of the oasis for you. Its great to see you whenever u can make it.

Gassho,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Yuki
03-17-2021, 12:07 AM
Thanks for the excellent reading of Words for each day !
[gassholook]
Yuki
Sat today

Ryokudo
03-17-2021, 09:52 AM
Merci Beaucoup, mon frere Quebecois

Gassho,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Ryokudo
03-17-2021, 10:40 PM
Hi all,

Many thanks for joining us in our chanting and sitting today. As ever it was great to see y'all.

As promised I am posting the Song of Zazen by Hakuin Ekaku, which is the suggested chant for next week. It is also available in the Treeleaf Retreat Chant book which can be found in the following place on the site (it's formatted better too)

Home > Sutras > Treeleaf Retreat Chant Book > TREELEAFCHANTBOOKFORRETREAT11252011.pdf

Zen Master Hakuin's Chant in Praise of Zazen * (Hakuin Zenji Zazen-Wasan, a traditional Rinzai chant)

From the very beginning all beings are Buddha. Like water and ice, without water no ice, outside us no Buddhas. * How near the truth, yet how far we seek, like one in water crying, “I thirst!” Like a child of rich birth wandering poor on this earth, we endlessly circle the six worlds. The cause of our sorrow is ego delusion. From dark path to dark path We’ve wandered in darkness— how can we be free from birth and death? The gateway to freedom is zazen samadhi— beyond exaltation, beyond all our praises, the pure Mahayana. Upholding the precepts,

repentance and giving, the countless good deeds, and the way of right living all come from zazen. Thus one true samadhi extinguishes evils; it purifies karma, dissolving obstructions. Then where are the dark paths to lead us astray? The pure lotus land is not far away. Hearing this truth, heart humble and grateful, to praise and embrace it, to practice its wisdom, brings unending blessings, brings mountains of merit. And when we turn inward and prove our True-nature— that True-self is no-self, our own Self is no-self— we go beyond ego and past clever words. Then the gate to the oneness of cause and effect is thrown open. Not two and not three, straight ahead runs the Way. Our form now being no-form, in going and returning we never leave home. Our thought now being no-thought, our dancing and songs are the voice of the Dharma. How vast is the heaven of boundless samadhi!

How bright and transparent the moonlight of wisdom! What is there outside us, what it there we lack? Nirvana is openly shown to our eyes. This earth where we stand is the pure lotus land, and this very body the body of Buddha.


Gassho,

Ryokudo,

SAT/LAH

Jundo
03-17-2021, 11:35 PM
We chanted the Zazen Wasan for many years in honor of my mentor, Doshin Cantor from the White Plum lineage of Maezumi Roshi, who is someone who has been a great influence on Treeleaf. (I learned how to facilitate a Sangha by participating with Doshin's community for many years, and much of what we do here is inspired by Doshin's group.) He is a good friend, and they chant the Zazen Wasan each day.

The words of the Zazen Wasan, the Song in Praise of Zazen, are lovely and wise.

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Gassho, Jundo

STLah

Risho
03-17-2021, 11:35 PM
Ryokudo - what you said today - think how amazing it is we get to all chant together - it's not only unique that we have found this practice but from such far places - at the same time not so far as we are all in each others' hearts. good stuff gassho2

Ah Hakuin's poetry is beautiful!

Awww that's really awesome and touching Jundo - we're in good company :) gassho2

Thank you all for this little chanting group. I will post the 2 versions of the evening gatha later: the normal one and the Jundo/Emptiness version which is really cool and the other side of the no-sided coin just in case you want to write it down; it's like the poem that Huineng comprised: what mirror is there for dust to alight? But still we polish/dust not to clear or to change but because that's what Buddha's do hahahahah

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Risho
03-18-2021, 11:58 AM
As promise

Evening Gatha

Let me respectfully remind you,
Life and death are of supreme importance.
Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.
Each of us should strive to awaken...
...awaken,
Take heed. Do not squander your life.

Jundo's Evening Gatha

No "me" no "you", no life or death.
No time to pass no opportunity lost.
No "us" to strive, no goal or striving.
Thus Awakened! AWAKENED!
How could one squander this life

I love the 2nd version to compliment the first but, of course, it isn't license to do whatever we want. We have to strive to get to the place of not striving. Preaching to the choir :D

Gassho

Risho
-st

Seiko
03-18-2021, 01:05 PM
As promise

Evening Gatha


Jundo's Evening Gatha


I love the 2nd version to compliment the first but, of course, it isn't license to do whatever we want. We have to strive to get to the place of not striving. Preaching to the choir :D

Gassho

Risho
-st

Hello Risho,
Those are great. And echoes of Fukanzazenji.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Ryokudo
03-18-2021, 02:21 PM
Hey man its all good and it was great to hear your voice.

Cheers

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH


Ryokudo - what you said today - think how amazing it is we get to all chant together - it's not only unique that we have found this practice but from such far places - at the same time not so far as we are all in each others' hearts. good stuff gassho2

Ah Hakuin's poetry is beautiful!

Awww that's really awesome and touching Jundo - we're in good company :) gassho2

Thank you all for this little chanting group. I will post the 2 versions of the evening gatha later: the normal one and the Jundo/Emptiness version which is really cool and the other side of the no-sided coin just in case you want to write it down; it's like the poem that Huineng comprised: what mirror is there for dust to alight? But still we polish/dust not to clear or to change but because that's what Buddha's do hahahahah

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Yuki
03-18-2021, 03:13 PM
Wonderful work, Risho ! It’s formidable to have a new reader with so much talent ! [claps]

Merci [gassholook]

Yuki

Risho
03-18-2021, 09:13 PM
Yuki, Ryokudo is right - I don't speak French but what a beautiful language.

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Yuki
03-19-2021, 12:25 AM
Thanks Risho !
I think every language have nice aspects, like a digital prints. I appreciate English, even if my accent is bad.
Merci beaucoup !

gassho1

Sat today

Jundo
03-19-2021, 01:26 AM
As promise

Evening Gatha


Jundo's Evening Gatha


I love the 2nd version to compliment the first but, of course, it isn't license to do whatever we want. We have to strive to get to the place of not striving. Preaching to the choir :D

Gassho

Risho
-st

I just came across a lovely interpretation of the Evening Gatha told by Judith Ragir, especially that last line (I added the "good") ...

“I beg to urge you, everyone.
Great is the matter of birth and death.
All things pass quickly away.
Awaken, awaken, take heed!
Make (good) use of this precious life.

Gassho, J

STLah

Risho
03-19-2021, 02:05 AM
That is awesome - thank you!

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Seiko
03-19-2021, 09:37 AM
Jundo, Risho, Yuki, Ryokudo,

I am usually pretty good at managing my own pain levels, but these ribs are really off the scale. A lesson for me not to feel so proud of myself perhaps.

I'm sure it will resolve. I hope that's soon.

Thank you for your well wishes.

I will return to the Chanting and Zazen circle as soon as health allows.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Ryokudo
03-19-2021, 12:36 PM
Thx jundo,

We'll give it a try Risho is king of the evening gatha.

In gassho

Ryokudo.




I just came across a lovely interpretation of the Evening Gatha told by Judith Ragir, especially that last line (I added the "good") ...

“I beg to urge you, everyone.
Great is the matter of birth and death.
All things pass quickly away.
Awaken, awaken, take heed!
Make (good) use of this precious life.

Gassho, J

STLah

Ryokudo
03-19-2021, 12:40 PM
Jundo, Risho, Yuki, Ryokudo,

I am usually pretty good at managing my own pain levels, but these ribs are really off the scale. A lesson for me not to feel so proud of myself perhaps.

I'm sure it will resolve. I hope that's soon.

Thank you for your well wishes.

I will return to the Chanting and Zazen circle as soon as health allows.

In Gassho
Seiko
stlah

Hey Seiko,

Just the same lesson as every day mon frere. And that lesson is push through and don't worry, we'll all be right here now waiting for ya.

No rush, just moments.

And we send our love all the same.

Much metta to you my dharma brother.

Gassho,

Ryokudo

Risho
03-19-2021, 12:58 PM
Seiko - I have never broken a rib nor would I ever want to - please rest up man and much metta.

Ryokudo - I can't make it today due to a surprise birthday party. And LOOK! Now you are surprised too- the giving never ceases :D (#DogenDadJokes)

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Ryokudo
03-19-2021, 11:08 PM
No problem Risho,

You were there in spirit, just listening to me banging on as usual. As for your party I hope it went well. Life should be full of surprises[claps]

Gassho,

Ryokudo

Heitou
03-19-2021, 11:54 PM
I am so sorry guys it seems like something comes up every time I want to chant with you. I have my alarm set every day but can't seem to make it. I will again one day and I enjoy it. Thank You guys.

Gassho
Heitou
SatToday

Ryokudo
03-20-2021, 12:55 AM
I am so sorry guys it seems like something comes up every time I want to chant with you. I have my alarm set every day but can't seem to make it. I will again one day and I enjoy it. Thank You guys.

Gassho
Heitou
SatToday

Hey Heitou,

Really don't worry about it you're there with us in spirit anyway. It will be great to see you whenever you can make it and I can't wait to hear some Georgia twang in the chants.

Stay cool my friend.

In gassho,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Ryokudo
03-20-2021, 08:50 PM
Thx for the sit gang. Unfortunately my pc ran out of battery mid sentence at the end. So thank you for your practice and see you next Monday.

Gassho

Ryokudo

Ryokudo
03-20-2021, 11:28 PM
Hey all here is a link to the song of zazen by haukin that will be used as the basis of the chanting next week it is on page 16 I think

https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/content.php?206-Treeleaf-Retreat-Chant-Book

Many thanks

Gassho
,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Heitou
03-21-2021, 12:04 AM
Got it thanks, I didn't have this Chant Book.

Gassho
Heitou
SatToday

Jundo
03-21-2021, 01:16 AM
Hey all here is a link to the song of zazen by haukin that will be used as the basis of the chanting next week it is on page 16 I think

https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/content.php?206-Treeleaf-Retreat-Chant-Book

Many thanks

Gassho
,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

That's our old Retreat Chant Book, from a few years ago. However, everything in it is still fine.

Gassho, Jundo

STLah

Yuki
03-21-2021, 06:44 PM
Hi everybody !
I have found the Hakuin Zenji Zazen Wasan in Japanese. Maybe it can interest some people to try it one day or another.
Here is the text...

HAKUIN ZENJI ZAZEN WASAN


Words cuts for chanting : Text in Japanese ( romaji )

SHU JO HON RAI HOTO KENA RI. Shujô honrai hotoke nari
MIZU TO KO RINO GOTO KUNI TE Mizu to kôri no gotoku nike
MIZU O HANA RETE KO RINA KU Mizu wo hanarete kôri naku
SHUJO ONO HOKA NI HOTO KENA SHI Shujô no hoka ni hotoke nashi
SHUJO O CHIKA KIO SHIRA ZUSHI TE Shujô chikaki wo shirazu shi te
TO KU MOTO MURU HAKA NASA YO Tôku momoteru ha kana sa yo
TATO EBA MIZU NO NAKA NI ITE Tatoe ba mizu no naka ni i te
KATSU O SAKE BUGA GOTO KUNA RI Katsu wo sakebu ga gotoku nari
CHO JANO IE NO KOTO NARI TE Chôja no ie no ko to nari te
HIN RINI MAYO ONI KOTO NARA ZU Hin ri ni mayô ni koto narazu
ROKU SHU RIN NENO IN NEN WA Roku shu rinne no innen wa
ONO REGA GUCHI NO YAMI JINA RI Onore ga guchi no yami ji nari
YAMI JINI YAMI JIO FUMI SOE TE Yami ji ni yami ji o fumisoete
ITSU KA SHO JIO HANA RUBE KI Itsuka shôji o hanaru beki
SORE MAKA EN NO ZEN JO WA Sore makaen no zenjô wa
SHO TAN SURU NI AMA RIA RI Shôtan suru ni amari ari
FUSE YA JIKA INO SHOHA RAMI TSU Fuse ya jikai no sho haramitsu
NEM BUTSU SAN GE SHUGYO OTO Nenbutsu zange shugyô tô
O SONO SHINA O KI SHOZE NGYO So no shina ô ki sho zen gyô
O MINA KONO NAKA NI KISU RUNA RI Mina kono uchi ni kisuru nari
ICHI ZANO KO O NASU HITO MO Ichi za no kô o nasu hito mo
TSUMI SHI MURYO ONO TSUMI HORO BU Tsumichi muryô no tsumi horobu
AKU SHU IZU KUNI ARI NUBE KI Akushu izuku ni arinu beki
JO DO SUNA WACHI TO KARA ZU Jôdo sunawachi tôkarazu
KATA JIKE NAKU MO KONO NORI O Katajikenakumo kono nori o
HITO TABI MIMI NI FURU RUTO KI Hito tabi mimi ni fururu toki
SAN TAN ZUI KI SURU HITO WA Sandan zui ki suru hito wa
FUKU O URU KOTO KAGI RINA SHI Fuku o uru koto kagiri nashi
IWA NYA MIZU KARA EKO OSHI TE Iwanya mizukara ekô shite
JIKI NI JISHO O SHO SURE BA Jikini jishô o shô sureba
JISHO O SUNA WACHI MUSHO ONI TE Jishô sunawachi mushô nite
SUDE NI KERO NO HANA RETA RI Sudeni keron o hanaretari
IN GA ICHI NYONO MON HIRA KE Inga ichinyo no mon hirake
MUNI MUSA NNO MICHI NAO SHI Muni musan no michi naoshi
MUSO ONO SO O SO TOSHI TE Musô no sô o sô toshite
YUKU MO KAE RUMO YOSO NARA ZU Yuku mo kaeru mo yoso narazu
MUNE NNO NEN O NEN TOSHI TE Munen no nen o nen toshite
UTA UMO MAU MO NORI NOKO E Utau mo mau mo nori no koe
ZAN MAI MUGE NO SORA HIRO KU Zanmai muge no sora hiroku
SHICHI EM MYO NO TSUKI SAE N Shi chi enmyô no tsuki saen
KONO TOKI NANI OKA MOTO MUBE KI Kono toki nani o ka motomu beki
JAKU METSU GEN ZEN SURU YUE NI Jakumetsu gen zen suru yue ni
TO SHO SUNA WACHI REN GEKO KU Tôsho sunawachi renge koku
KONO MI SUNA WACHI HOTO KE NA RI Kono mi sunawachi hotoke nari

...and here is a link for a MP3 to listen :

https://p5.storage.canalblog.com/58/50/1592428/122828729.mp3

Yuki
(Sat today)

Meredith
03-22-2021, 12:26 AM
This sounds lovely. I'll be joining you for the first time tomorrow! gassho2

Gassho,
Meredith
ST

Ryokudo
03-23-2021, 10:48 PM
It was great to see you meredith and thank you all for sitting and chanting with us over the past couple of days.

Gassho,

Ryokudo

Ryokudo
03-24-2021, 05:41 PM
Hey all I may not be able to make it today and if so please give yuki all ur support.

Cheers

Ryokudo

Yuki
03-24-2021, 06:39 PM
Hi, here is what I propose you this afternoon :
Sanki Raimon, of course.
Then, the Japanese chanting of Hakuin Zenji Zazen Wasan. I will accompany myself with a mokugyo. Feels free to chant with me !
27 minutes of zazen.
A short poem from master Dōgen.
And, finally, the Four Vows.

See you !

Yuki
(Sat today)

Risho
03-24-2021, 10:20 PM
Thank you John and Yuki gassho1 I like it when we have "no-shows"; then we can fulfill the 11th precept and talk behind everyone's backs [morehappy] I kid.

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Ryokudo
03-25-2021, 02:58 PM
Hey gang,

So sorry for not being there and so glad it went well...………...It was always gonna go better without me anyway[claps].

I shall see you all tonight, gang.

Gassho,

Ryokudo

Yuki
03-25-2021, 03:23 PM
Japanese accent is easier than English accent in my case ! Thanks everybody !
Yuki 雪

Risho
03-25-2021, 08:57 PM
Thank you all gassho2

Ryo, what was that poem you recited today? It was very nice, and I'd like to jot that down

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Synjin
03-25-2021, 11:45 PM
Thank you all gassho2

Ryo, what was that poem you recited today? It was very nice, and I'd like to jot that down

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Same!

Yuki, your Japanese chanting is wonderful!

Gassho
SatToday

Yuki
03-26-2021, 12:15 AM
Thanks Synjin !
I feel great when I’m chanting in Japanese... It’s my second nature I think.

Yuki 雪
(Sat today)

Ryokudo
03-28-2021, 12:40 PM
Hey Gang,

I think the one you are probably referring to was I Watch People In The World by Ryokan Taigu

I watch people in the world
Throw away their lives lusting after things,
Never able to satisfy their desires,
Falling into deeper despair
And torturing themselves.
Even if they get what they want
How long will they be able to enjoy it?
For one heavenly pleasure
They suffer ten torments of hell,
Binding themselves more firmly to the grindstone.
Such people are like monkeys
Frantically grasping for the moon in the water
And then falling into a whirlpool.
How endlessly those caught up in the floating world suffer.
Despite myself, I fret over them all night
And cannot staunch my flow of tears.

And I'm glad you liked it kind sirs.

By the way thanks Yuki for running the session on Saturday, the weekend is the only time I get to spend a quality evening with my lovely wife. So she certainly appreciated it [morehappy]

In Gassho,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH




Same!

Yuki, your Japanese chanting is wonderful!

Gassho
SatToday

Ryokudo
03-28-2021, 12:54 PM
Happy Weekend everyone,

As I suggested last week we will be having a week of more familiar chants this week as we have done 2 new ones recently. So in the spirit of getting us ready for the 4 hour zazenkai session next Friday we will doing the old faves such as the heart sutra (English or Japanese), Sandokai, Metta practice (if you would like) and the full dedication of merit.

Basically it will be a jukebox musical of chants. Any of them are available in either the treeleaf or the Treeleaf zen retreat book that we used last week. The link is below again

https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/content.php?206-Treeleaf-Retreat-Chant-Book

And if there is anything you want to hear or chant just ask away

In Gassho,

Ryokudo,

SAT/LAH

Yuki
03-28-2021, 01:19 PM
You will have to ask John P. and Heitou if the « All Japanese Saturday Session » was not too much for them ! [monk]

Yuki 雪

Ryokudo
03-28-2021, 07:17 PM
You will have to ask John P. and Heitou if the « All Japanese Saturday Session » was not too much for them ! [monk]

Yuki 雪

There is no way it will have been, its beautiful to hear you dude. I'm looking forward to knocking out some Maka Hannya Shin Gyo, next week. But we'll give everyone a bit of the old anglais too.gassho2

See you tomorrow,

Ryokudo

Risho
04-01-2021, 04:38 PM
Hey there; are there any zen poetry books you guys would recommend?

gassho

risho
-stlah

Synjin
04-01-2021, 07:58 PM
For those interested in Ikkyu Sojun's Void in Form/Form in Void:

Void In Form:

When,just as they are,
White dewdrops gather
On scarlet maple leaves,
Regard the scarlet beads!

**************************

Form in Void:

The tree is stripped,
All color, fragrance gone,
Yet already on the bough,
Uncaring spring!

-SAT/LAH

Ryokudo
04-01-2021, 09:52 PM
Hey there; are there any zen poetry books you guys would recommend?

gassho

risho
-stlah

The "Poetry of Zen" has a good mixture of poems and then obviously anything by Ryokan if you ask me, you know the ones "One Robe ,One Bowl" or "Great Fool". As for Ikkyu I guess the Johns are probably best placed to answer. I'm also told "The River of Heaven" is good curated by Robert Aitken.

Hope that helps,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Risho
04-01-2021, 10:57 PM
oh boy - I searched for the Poetry of Zen and now I'm in a rabbit hole on Amazon. hahaha (it's a good rabbit hole though)

Thank you Ryokudo

Thank you Synjin for today's poem.

Gassho

Risho :reading:
-stlah

Synjin
04-02-2021, 01:06 AM
oh boy - I searched for the Poetry of Zen and now I'm in a rabbit hole on Amazon. hahaha (it's a good rabbit hole though)

Thank you Ryokudo

Thank you Synjin for today's poem.

Gassho

Risho :reading:
-stlah

Welcome to the addiction :D

-SAT/LAH

Risho
04-02-2021, 09:14 PM
hahahahhahah

Ryokudo
04-04-2021, 07:58 PM
Aah sorry its by Sam Hamill and JP Seaton, and it is lovely.

Gassho

Ryokudo

Ryokudo
04-04-2021, 08:06 PM
Hey Gang,

Happy Easter, and I hope you are enjoying yourselves Middle Way style obviously, not over the top like yours truly.

As I suggested last week this weeks chant will be Enmei Jukka Kannon Gyo which is on page 14 of the Retreat Chant book (link provided last week).

I look forward to seeing you bunnies tomorrow.

Gassho,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Yuki
04-06-2021, 06:32 PM
Hi !

Here is the text I use for Sanki Raimon in Japanese.


Sanki raimon
(The Three Refuge Verse)


Leader: Ji kie Butsu

All: To gan shu jō
tai ge dai dō
hotsu mu jō i
(Gassho)

Leader: Ji kie Ho

All: To gan shu jō
jin nyu kyo zo
chi e nyo kai
(Gassho)

Leader: Ji kie So

All: To gan shu jō
tō ri dai shu
is-sai mu ge
(Gassho)

Yuki 雪

Yuki
04-06-2021, 08:23 PM
And I add The four vows, in Japanese too.

Shi Gu Sei Gan
(The Four Vows)

SHU JO MU HEN SEI GAN DO

BON NO MU JIN SEI GAN DAN

HO MON MU RYO SEI GAN GAKU

BUTSUDO MU JO SEI GAN JO

Yuki 雪


Sat today

Risho
04-06-2021, 09:20 PM
Sorry guys -this week has been an "interesting" one at work, so I haven't been able to make it. I'm hoping to tomorrow or Thursday. Also, my wife is due 4/22; it's our first baby, and it's a boy :) so I'm sure I'll have some lack of sleep to look forward to, but I'll drop by when I can, but I'm guessing I'll be sitting the league minimum (15 mins) for a while :D.

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Ryokudo
04-07-2021, 03:24 PM
Sorry guys -this week has been an "interesting" one at work, so I haven't been able to make it. I'm hoping to tomorrow or Thursday. Also, my wife is due 4/22; it's our first baby, and it's a boy :) so I'm sure I'll have some lack of sleep to look forward to, but I'll drop by when I can, but I'm guessing I'll be sitting the league minimum (15 mins) for a while :D.

Gassho

Risho
-stlah

Not a problem my brother, I'm fairly certain that prepping for a wee nipper is ok. And hey you never need to apologise, you are here when you are here my friend.

BTW congratulations on your awaiting Risho JR. I hope all goes well.

Love ya dude,

Gassho,

Ryokudo

Risho
04-07-2021, 04:11 PM
gassho2

Ryokudo
04-09-2021, 03:32 PM
Hey yuki,

I'm afraid I am working late tonight so can you run today and tomorrow?

Synjin
04-10-2021, 04:07 AM
Hey yuki,

I'm afraid I am working late tonight so can you run today and tomorrow?

Thank you for leading today, Yuki.


Sorry guys -this week has been an "interesting" one at work, so I haven't been able to make it. I'm hoping to tomorrow or Thursday. Also, my wife is due 4/22; it's our first baby, and it's a boy :) so I'm sure I'll have some lack of sleep to look forward to, but I'll drop by when I can, but I'm guessing I'll be sitting the league minimum (15 mins) for a while :D.


Congratulations Risho!

Yuki
04-10-2021, 11:17 PM
Thanks to everyone who attended Chanting & Zazen Circle this week. A special thank to John P. and his fabulous Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo chant !
[claps]

Yuki (雪)
Sat today

Ryokudo
04-11-2021, 12:23 AM
Thanks to everyone who attended Chanting & Zazen Circle this week. A special thank to John P. and his fabulous Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo chant !
[claps]

Yuki (雪)
Sat today

Hey all,

Yes indeed thanks for being a part of the circle and a special thanks to my dharma frere, Yuki for leading at short notice when I've been snowed at work.

Seriously gang you are the guys who make this a lovely thing.

Gassho

Ryokudo

Ryokudo
04-11-2021, 12:34 AM
Hey gang,

So I was thinking as it is Buddha's birthday on the 8th, in japan at least ( the rest of Asia is waiting for May, when we can celebrate again:D), I figured we could also go back to the first chant we learned( most of us anyway) so let's go Heart sutra.

We have it in Japanese and English on page 4-6 of the retreat handbook and I know yuki has a French version floating around.

So let's go for that unless y'all have other suggestions.

I hope that suits and I'll look forward to seeing y'all on Monday.

Gassho

Ryokudo

Yuki
04-11-2021, 08:19 PM
Here is the French version of Heart sutra :

Le Soutra de la Sagesse Qui Nous Mène à l’Autre Rive


Avalokiteshvara en pratiquant profondement la sagesse
qui nous mène à l’autre rive, découvrit soudainement
que les cinq skandhas sont tous pareillement vides.

Grâce à cette réalisation il dépassa toute souffrance.

Écoute Shariputra, ce corps même est le vide,
et le vide même est ce corps.

Ce corps n’est autre que le vide,
et le vide n’est autre que ce corps.

Il en va de même pour les sensations, les perceptions,
les formations mentales, et la conscience.

Écoute Shariputra, tous les phénomènes portent l’empreinte du vide:
leur nature véritable n’est ni l’être ni le non-être,
ni la naissance ni la mort, ni la pureté ni l’impureté,
ni la croissance, ni la décroissance.
C’est pourquoi dans le vide le corps, les sensations,
les perceptions, les formations mentales et la conscience
ne sont pas des entités dotées d’un soi séparé.

Les dix-huit domaines des phénomènes que sont les six organes des sens,
les six objets des sens et les six consciences,
ne sont pas non plus des entités dotées d’un soi séparé.

Le mal être, les causes du mal être, la fin du mal être,
la voie, la compréhension et la réalisation,
ne sont pas non plus des entités dotées d’un soi séparé.

Quiconque peut voir ceci ne voit plus aucun objet à atteindre.
Et les Bodhisattva qui pratiquent la sagesse qui nous mène à l’autre rive
ne voient plus d’obstacle dans leur esprit,
et sans obstacle dans leur esprit ils dépassent toutes peurs.

Ils détruisent toute perception erronée et réalisent le parfait Nirvana.

Tous les Bouddhas du passé, du présent et du futur
en pratiquant la sagesse qui nous mène à l’autre rive
sont tous capables d’atteindre l’illumination authentique et parfaite.

Ainsi Shariputra, nous devons savoir que la sagesse qui nous mène à l’autre rive est un grand mantra,
le plus lumineux des mantras, le plus élevé des mantras,
un mantra au delà de toute comparaison,
la sagesse véritable qui a le pouvoir de mettre fin à toutes sortes de souffrances.

Ainsi proclamons un mantra en éloge à la sagesse qui nous mène à l’autre rive.

Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate bodhisvaha!



See you tomorrow !

Yuki (雪)
Sat today

Yuki
04-11-2021, 08:27 PM
... And I add this short chant used for opening the Sutra verse :

« The Dharma is deep and lovely,
We now have a chance to see it,
study it, and practice it.
We vow to realize it’s true meaning. »

Mujô jinjin mimyô hô
hyaku senman gô nan sôgû.
Ga kon kemmon toku juji.
Gange nyorai shinjitsu gi.

Yuki (雪)

Risho
04-13-2021, 12:59 AM
Thank you for leading today, Yuki.




Congratulations Risho!
thank you :)

Ryokudo
04-13-2021, 02:19 PM
Will try to be back tonight

Alihutch
04-13-2021, 07:55 PM
I will be out on Wednesdays

Meredith
04-13-2021, 08:56 PM
I was hoping to be able to join you, but unfortunately my work schedule has changed. I think Saturdays will be only day that'll work :(

Gassho,
Meredith
_/ST\_

Ryokudo
04-14-2021, 05:52 PM
I'm really sorry but I am still stuck in meetings so can't make tonight

Ryokudo
04-15-2021, 02:42 PM
Jeez

I'm sorry Yuki and all of you, but it looks like I will be snowed under for the rest of the week, I will try to at least join for zazen tonight, but no promises.

Cheers

Ryo.

Tai Shi
04-17-2021, 01:03 AM
Just missed the connection and missed the session, Zazenkai. well guess I was just too late. Maybe next week.
Gassho
sat
Tai Shi

Ryokudo
04-18-2021, 10:32 PM
Hi All,

I'm really sorry for being away for most of the week, but i know Yuki and John P have ran the ship well, better most would say.

Anywho after chatting with Yuki we thought this weeks chant will be Enmei Jukka Kannon Gyo again as you all love it so much, which is on page 14 of the Retreat Chant book (link provided last week).

However I will perhaps throw in the occasional Sandokai to keep you on your toes. I shall see y'all tomorrow and expect you to be wonderful[claps].

Gassho,

Ryokudo

SAT/LAH

Yuki
04-19-2021, 03:05 PM
Hi everybody !

Here are some informations about Enmei Jikku Kannon Gyo :

« According to the Chronology of Buddha Ancestors (Fozu tongji), compiled by Zhipan in 1269 C E., a defeated and imprisoned general, Wang Xuanmo , received this sūtra in a dream in 450 C E., and the vigorous chanting of it saved his life from execution.
As Hakuin, the eighteenth-century Japanese Zen master of the Rinzai School, encouraged his students to chant it, this extrashort scripture has been chanted daily in Rinzai Zen monasteries and centers. It has also been recited in centers of the Sōtō School. The chanting becomes faster and louder while the verse is repeated. »

From :
Zen Chants: Thirty-Five Essential Texts with Commentary
Kazuaki Tanahashi

Yuki 雪

Yuki
04-19-2021, 07:59 PM
Monday April 19 Chanting & Zazen Circle.

Thanks to Clare and Olivia for their patience with my poor performance at my first try with Enmei Jikku Kannon Gyo. Will do better with practice :D ! Thanks John P. for his excellent choice of haiku. Hope to see you soon again !

Tuesday 20 :

Good session with John P. Great chants and haikus, small talk about weather, Italian cooking and books from Helena Ferrante.

Wednesday 21 :

Session with John P., Ryokudo made an apparition to say hello. Nice sitting and interesting talk.

Yuki 雪