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  1. #151
    hi Yuki and John P (and a lady ),

    it was nice to do, i hope to join more ! Can you tell me were i can find the texts you guys are using? i found the japanese sandokai and copied it..



    aprapti

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    Let silence take you to the core of life (Rumi)


    Aprāpti (अप्राप्ति) non-attainment

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    Hi Aprapti,

    You can find some texts here, in this thread.

    Thread #12
    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.

    Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo In thread #31

    Zen Master Hakuin's Chant in Praise of Zazen * (Hakuin Zenji Zazen-Wasan, a traditional Rinzai chant) In thread #70

    HAKUIN ZENJI ZAZEN WASAN In Japanese in thread #149

    Sanki Raimon in Japanese. in thread #115

    Shi Gu Sei Gan Mon
    (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

    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.

    Song of the Grass-Roof Hermitage In thread #145

    I hope it will be useful for you.

    Gassho

    Yuki

  3. #153
    Hey there. Good day to all.
    Due to circumstances, I can't turn my microphone nor my camera. Could I suggest a haiku here and maybe Yuki or John could read them next meeting?

    On top of the grave
    Leaves fall one after another
    Tears too...
    -Masuda Goga

    Masuda Goga was a Japanese farmer, trader, journalist, writer, painter and poet, born in 1911, living in Brazil since 1929. Died in 2008. One of the most prominent Haiku writer in Brazil.

    Gassho

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    Last edited by bluemountain; 05-20-2021 at 07:53 PM. Reason: didn't include everything!!

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    Here are the Four Vows in French, as Ryokudo asked today.

    Les quatres grands voeux du Boddhisatva

    Si nombreux que soient les êtres,
    je fais vœu de les aider tous.

    Si nombreuses que soient les illusions,
    je fais vœu de les vaincre toutes.

    Si nombreux que soient les dharmas,
    je fais vœu de les acquérir tous.

    Si parfaite que soit la voie du Bouddha,
    je fais vœu de la réaliser.

    Yuki

  5. #155
    Quote Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
    Here are the Four Vows in French, as Ryokudo asked today.

    Les quatres grands voeux du Boddhisatva

    Si nombreux que soient les êtres,
    je fais vœu de les aider tous.

    Si nombreuses que soient les illusions,
    je fais vœu de les vaincre toutes.

    Si nombreux que soient les dharmas,
    je fais vœu de les acquérir tous.

    Si parfaite que soit la voie du Bouddha,
    je fais vœu de la réaliser.

    Yuki
    Hmmm. Not so sure about words like "defeat" and "acquire," nor "perfect" in ordinary meaning. Yet, these are poetic translations, and folks can phrase them in many ways.

    However numerous the beings are,
    I vow to help them all.

    However numerous are the illusions,
    I vow to defeat them all.

    However numerous are the dharmas,
    I vow to acquire them all.

    Perfect as the path of the Buddha is,
    I wish to realize it
    At Treeleaf, our usual phrasing is so ...

    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


    Perhaps that can be translated into French?

    Gassho, J

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  6. #156
    Hey there.

    I probably won't make it today since I'll be going on a hike this afternoon. Please don't wait for me.
    Hope everyone has a great zazen and chanting session today!

    Gassho

    Bernie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Hmmm. Not so sure about words like "defeat" and "acquire," nor "perfect" in ordinary meaning. Yet, these are poetic translations, and folks can phrase them in many ways.



    At Treeleaf, our usual phrasing is so ...

    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


    Perhaps that can be translated into French?

    Gassho, J

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    Hi !

    Translate directly Treeleaf phrasing from English to French as you suggest should need a real translator. I’m not qualified to do this because my knowing of English is not very deep. For example, French language always insists on the conceptual goal before using active verbs...

    The French translation of Shi Gu Sei Gan Mon I read to Ryokudo is generally used in most French Sangha of Europe. It has been used by master Taisen Deshimaru . But many other translations exist in Europe and here, in North America. Some are not very interesting but others have great potential for a French native speaker, of course.
    Here are the ones I found on the web :

    1

    Innombrables les êtres... De les émanciper je fais voeu.
    Inépuisables les passions... De les trancher je fais voeu.
    Incommensurable la Réalité d'un éveillé... De l'apprendre je fais voeu.
    Insurpassable l'Eveil d'un bouddha... De le réaliser je fais voeu.

    2

    Tous les êtres, bien que leur nombre soit sans limite, je fais le vœu de leur faire accomplir la traversée.
    Mes passions mauvaises, bien qu'elles soient inépuisables, je fais le vœu de les détruire.
    Les enseignements du Dharma, bien qu'ils soient innombrables,
    je fais le vœu de les étudier.
    La voie du Bouddha, bien qu'elle soit sans pareille,
    je fais le vœu de la suivre.

    3

    Aussi nombreux que soient les êtres, je fais le voeu de les accompagner sur la voie de l’éveil.
    Aussi nombreux que soient les attachements, je fais le voeu de m’en libérer.
    Aussi nombreux que soient les enseignements, je fais le voeu de les réaliser.
    Aussi vaste que soit la voie du Bouddha, je fais le voeu de l’accomplir.


    4

    Tous les êtres innombrables,
    je fais voeu de libérer.
    Les passions aveugles et sans fin,
    je fais voeu de vaincre.
    Les barrières infinies du Dharma,
    je fais voeu de franchir.
    La grande Voie du Bouddha,
    je fais voeu de l'atteindre.


    5

    Aussi innombrables que soient les êtres vivants,
    je fais le vœu de les sauver tous.

    Aussi insatiables que soient tous les désirs,
    je fais le vœu de les éteindre tous.

    Aussi profond que soient les enseignements du Dharma,
    je fais le vœu de les étudier tous.

    La Voie du Bouddha est sans fin,
    je fais vœu de la suivre.

    6

    Si nombreux que soient les êtres, je fais voeu de les libérer tous,
Si nombreuses que soient les passions, je fais voeu de les éteindre toutes,
Si nombreux que soient les enseignements, je fais voeu de les pratiquer tous,
Si parfaite que soit la voie du Bouddha, je fais voeu de la réaliser.

    7

    Nous faisons le vœu et le serment de sauver toutes les existences qui sont indénombrables

    Nous faisons le vœu et le serment de trancher tous les bonno qui sont sans fin

    Nous faisons le serment et le vœu de pratiquer tous les dharmas qui sont incommensurables

    Nous faisons le vœu de réaliser la voie la plus haute





    8

    Je fais le vœu de délivrer tous les êtres bien qu'ils soient innombrables
    Je fais le vœu de vaincre toutes les illusions bien qu'elles soient en nombre incalculable
    Je fais le vœu d'étudier tous les enseignements bien qu'ils soient illimités
    Je fais le vœu de parvenir à l'état du Bouddha bien qu'il soit incomparable

    9

    Aussi nombreux que soient les êtres sensibles, je fais le Vœu de les aider tous à se libérer.
    Aussi nombreuses que soient les illusions, je fais le Vœu de les vaincre toutes.
    Aussi nombreux que soient les enseignements du Bouddha, je fais le Vœu de les étudier tous.
    Aussi parfaite que soit la Voie du Bouddha, je fais le Vœu de la réaliser.

    10

    Le vœu de faire passer tous les êtres, si nombreux soient-ils.
    Le vœu de trancher toutes les passions, si nombreuses soient-elles.
    Le vœu d’étudier toutes les portes du Dharma, si nombreuses soient-elles.
    Le vœu de réaliser la Voie du Bouddha, si insurpassable soit-elle.

    11

    Je prête serment de délivrer tous les êtres quoi qu'ils soient innombrables
    Je prête serment d'éliminer tous les ennuis quoi qu'ils soient incalculables
    Je prête serment d'apprendre toutes les méthodes quoi qu'elles soient illimitées
    Je prête serment de parvenir à l'état du Bouddha quoi qu'il soit incomparable







    12

    Les êtres vivants sont innombrables, je fais le vœu de tous les sauver.
    Nos passions sont sans fin, je fais le vœu de toutes les apaiser.
    Les enseignements du Bouddha sont incommensurables, je fais le vœux de tous les étudier.
    La voie du Bouddha est insurpassable, je fais le voeu d’atteindre le Sublime Sentier.

    13

    Illimitées sont les existences, je fais le vœu de les libérer toutes.
    Inépuisables sont les illusions, je fais le vœu de les déraciner toutes.
    Incalculables sont les portes du Dharma, je fais le vœu de les pratiquer toutes.
    Sans égal est la voie du Bouddha, je fais le vœu de l’atteindre.

    14

    Si nombreux que soient les êtres,
    je fais vœu de les aider tous.

    Si nombreuses que soient les illusions,
    je fais vœu de les vaincre toutes.

    Si nombreux que soient les dharmas,
    je fais vœu de les acquérir tous.

    Si parfaite que soit la voie du Bouddha,
    je fais vœu de la réaliser.

    _______________

    The one I like most is the #12 but many others worth to be chanted. I let you judge by yourself.



    Yuki (雪)

  8. #158
    Bonjour Yuki,

    J'aime ton anglais avec un accent français
    on peut chanter en français

    Rendez-vous demain

    Gassho
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    Hi Yuki,

    Yes, words or no words do not matter so much, language does not matter so much. However, can you fix the following to your ear?


    Pour sauver tous les êtres sensibles, bien que les êtres soient innombrables

    Pour transformer tous les délires, bien que les délires inépuisables

    Pour percevoir la réalité, bien que la réalité soit sans limites

    Pour atteindre la Voie des Illumination, une Voie impossible à atteindre





    Words cannot say, yet words say much.

    Gassho, Jundo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Hi Yuki,

    Yes, words or no words do not matter so much, language does not matter so much. However, can you fix the following to your ear?


    Pour sauver tous les êtres sensibles, bien que les êtres soient innombrables

    Pour transformer tous les délires, bien que les délires inépuisables

    Pour percevoir la réalité, bien que la réalité soit sans limites

    Pour atteindre la Voie des Illumination, une Voie impossible à atteindre





    Words cannot say, yet words say much.

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    Hi Jundo,

    Here is the best translation I can do from Treeleaf phrasing.

    ____________________

    Je fais vœux de :

    Sauver tous les êtres vivants, bien que les êtres soient innombrables

    Transmuer toutes les illusions, bien que les illusions soient inépuisables

    Percevoir la Réalité, bien que la Réalité soit infinie

    Parvenir à la Voie de l’Éveil, Voie impossible à atteindre

    ____________________

    If I want to make sense in French, I must add these words «*Je fais vœux de :*» (I vow to...) before the Four Vows because we cannot begin a phrase with an infinitive verb in French.
    I wish this translation will be more accurate with Treeleaf phrasing than the ones I found on the web.
    Anyway, even if words are only a pale reflection of the reality we try to describe, they are our imperfect tools to attain this boundless Reality.



    Yuki (雪)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuki View Post

    Je fais vœux de :

    Sauver tous les êtres vivants, bien que les êtres soient innombrables

    Transmuer toutes les illusions, bien que les illusions soient inépuisables

    Percevoir la Réalité, bien que la Réalité soit infinie

    Parvenir à la Voie de l’Éveil, Voie impossible à atteindre
    Hi Yuki,

    Hey, you speak French pretty well! You must have had a good high school teacher!

    Lovely. Any chance to change infinie to something like illimité? Does that make any sense?

    Gassho et Merci, Jundo

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    Hi Jundo !

    You are teasing me ? My mother language is French because I’m from Quebec where French is the official language. But my English teacher were not so good as you can see by my English
    Here is the text as you wish it ( yes, illimitée is an excellent choice too.) with a little modification on the first vow.

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    Les quatre vœux

    Je fais vœux de :

    Sauver la totalité des êtres vivants, bien que les êtres soient innombrables

    Transmuer toutes les illusions, bien que les illusions soient inépuisables

    Percevoir la Réalité, bien que la Réalité soit illimitée

    Parvenir à la Voie de l’Éveil, Voie impossible à atteindre
    ______________________

    What do you think about it ?

    Gassho
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    Hi everybody !

    For the las week of May, I propose the reading of


    Silent lllumination
    by
    Hongzhi Zhengjue ( 1091-1157)

    Silently and serenely, one forgets all words,
    Clearly and vividly, it appears before you.
    When one realizes it, time has no limits.
    When experienced, your surroundings come to life.
    Singularly ruminating is this bright awareness,
    Full of wonder is the pure illumination-
    The moon's appearance, a river of stars,
    Snow-clad pines, clouds hovering on mountain peaks.
    In darkness, they glow with brightness-
    In shadows, they shine with a splendid light.
    Like the dreaming of a crane flying in empty space,
    Like the clear still water of an autumn pool,
    Endless eons dissolve into nothingness,
    Each indistinguishable from the other
    In this illumination all striving is forgotten.
    Where does this wonder exist?
    Brightness and clarity dispel confusion
    On the path of Silent lllumination,
    The origin of the infinitesimal.
    To penetrate the extremely small,
    There is the gold shuttle on a loom of jade.
    Subject and object influence each other
    Light and darkness are mutually dependent,
    There is neither mind nor world to rely on,
    Yet do the two interact, mutually.
    Drink the medicine of correct views.
    Beat the poison-smeared drum.
    When silence and illumination are complete
    Killing and bringing to life are choices I make.
    At last, through the door one emerges,
    The fruit has ripened on the branch.
    Only this Silence is the ultimate teaching,
    Only this lllumination, the universal response.
    The response is without effort,
    The teaching, not heard with the ears.
    Throughout the universe all things,
    Emit light and speak the Dharma.
    They testify to each other
    Answering each other's questions.
    Mutually answering and testifying,
    Responding in perfect harmony.
    When illumination is without serenity,
    Then will distinctions be seen.
    Mutually testifying and answering,
    Giving rise to disharmony.
    If within serenity illumination is lost,
    All will become wasteful and secondary.
    When Silent lllumination is complete,
    The lotus will blossom, the dreamer will awaken.
    The hundred rivers flow to the ocean,
    The thousand mountains face the lofiiest peak.
    Like the goose preferring milk to water,
    Like a busy bee gathering pollen,
    When Silent Illumination reaches the ultimate.
    I carry on the original tradition of my sect.
    This practice is called Silent lllumination.
    It penetrates from the deepest to the highest.

    ___________

    Of course, we will also chant Sanki Raimon, have a dedication, Zazen period, listen to some haikus before ending by the Four Vows.
    See you soon !

    Yuki

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    Sat this Monday’s Chanting and Zazen Circle ⭕️ with Omom, Aprapti, Bernie Mountainblue, John P. and Karsten Stank. Great session ������ ! Thanks everyone !



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    Thank you everyone !

    Its always great to share the practice with you.
    Thanks for the excellent reading of Silent lllumination, it's lovely and wise.
    Merci Beaucoup Yuki !

    Gassho
    Last edited by omom; 05-25-2021 at 09:47 AM.
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    Here is my version of the Four Vows in Portuguese.

    Salvar todos os seres sencientes, apesar de seres serem inumeráveis
    Transformar todas as ilusões, apesar de as ilusões serem inesgotáveis
    Perceber a Realidade, apesar de a Realidade ser ilimitada
    Alcançar o Caminho Iluminado, um Caminho inalcançável

    Maybe Yuki would do a good job in reciting it since French is closer to Portuguese than English. Just make sure that whenever a word begins or ends with an "R", you say it like the hard Rs in faire or etre. Otherwise, it is just the plain R, as in the Japanese word ringo. The E is pronounced like in danser or the "ai" in partirai. Overall, the other sounds are very similar to French.

    Good luck

    Gassho

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    here are the four vows in Dutch:

    Hoe talloos de levende wezens ook zijn,
    ik beloof ze alle te bevrijden.

    Hoe talloos de oorzaken van lijden ook zijn,
    ik beloof ze alle weg te nemen.

    Hoe talloos de poorten van de dharma ook zijn,
    ik beloof ze alle door te gaan.

    Hoe eindeloos de weg van Boeddha ook is,
    ik beloof hem ten einde te gaan.




    aprapti

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    Let silence take you to the core of life (Rumi)


    Aprāpti (अप्राप्ति) non-attainment

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    Hi all,

    It's great to be back with my dharma brothers and sisters.

    Many thanks

    Ryokudo

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    Hi everyone,

    Here is a French translation of Silent Illumination by Éric Rommeluère, a French zen master. He translated it directly from Chinese. I will read it tomorrow, if you want.

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    L’inscription sur le silence et la clarté
    Par
    Hongzhi Zhengjue (jap. Wanshi Shôgaku, 1091-1157)
    Translated from Chinese by Éric Rommeluère



    Dans le silence, les mots sont oubliés, / Dans la clarté, cela apparaît.

    Lorsqu’on est transparent, on est dans l'ouvert, / Lorsqu’on l’exprime, dans le numineux.

    Dans le numineux, on brille seul, / Dans la clarté, on revient au merveilleux.

    La lune claire, la voie lactée, / Les pins couverts de neige et les pics de nuages

    Sont plus lumineux encore dans les ténèbres, / Plus étincelants encore dans l’obscurité.

    La grue rêve d'un brouillard glaçant, / L’eau contient l’automne lointain.

    Les immenses kalpa sont vides, / Identiques les uns aux autres.

    Le merveilleux se trouve dans le silence, / L’effort s’oublie dans la clarté.

    Où trouver l’existence merveilleuse ? / Si ce n’est lorsque la vigilance dissipe la confusion.

    Telle est la voie du silence et de la clarté, / La racine du détachement extérieur et de la subtilité intérieure.

    Lorsqu’on pénètre le détachement et la subtilité / Une navette d’or traverse le métier de jade.

    Le complet et l’incomplet s’ajustent, / La lumière et l’obscurité se combinent.

    Sans plus dépendre d’un sujet saisissant et d’un objet saisi, / En un tel moment, ils interagissent.

    Buvez la médecine des vues bonnes, / Frappez le tambour enduit de poison!

    Lorsqu’ils interagissent en un tel moment, / Tuer ou donner la vie ne dépendent que de vous.

    On apparaît à l’intérieur de la porte, / Les branches portent des fruits.

    Seul, le silence est la parole parfaite, / Seule, la clarté est la réponse universelle.

    On répond sans le moindre effort, / On parle sans la moindre audition.

    Les dix mille phénomènes / Irradient de rais lumineux et enseignent la loi.

    Ils s’attestent chacun de leur éveil, / Se questionnant et se répondant les uns les autres.

    Les questions, les réponses et les attestations / S’accordent parfaitement.

    Mais si dans la clarté le silence disparaît / Un déchaînement apparaît sans qu'on s'en aperçoive.

    Les attestations, les questions et les réponses / Parfaitement s’accordent.

    Mais si dans le silence la clarté disparaît / L’opacité devient de trop.

    Lorsque la vérité du silence et de la clarté se réalise, / Le lotus fleurit et le rêveur s’éveille.

    Cent fleuves se déversent dans l’océan / Et mille pics font face à la plus haute montagne.

    Tel l’oie qui préfère le lait, / Tel l’abeille qui butine les fleurs,

    Une fois le silence et la clarté atteints, / Je vous aurais présenté ma tradition.

    Le silence et la clarté de ma tradition / Pénètrent jusqu’au plus haut et jusqu’au plus profond.

    Le corps est shûnyatâ, / Les bras forment le mudrâ.

    Du début à la fin, ce n’est qu’une même règle / D’apparences toujours changeantes et de dix mille différences.

    Monsieur He offre une pierre précieuse / Et Xiangru pointe le défaut dans la pierre.

    Une telle capacité possède ses règles, / La grande fonction ne connaît pas de difficulté.

    L’empereur est dans son domaine, / Le général, au-delà des frontières.

    L’affaire de notre école / Est d’une parfaite adéquation.

    Partout, transmettez-la / Sans jamais vous méprendre.
    ____________________

    Have a nice end of day !

    Yuki
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    Lovely ! Oui s'il te plaît ...Merci Beaucoup Yuki !

    Always Great To Sit and Chant In Your company !

    See you all later!!


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    Hi everybody !

    Many thanks to everyone who chanted and sat this week (Omom, Ryokudo, Aprapti, Heitou, Kiri_ , Bernie and his mother, John P. and Paul... I wish I didn’t forget someone ).

    It’s great to sit and chant in so good company !

    Have a great weekend,
    Yuki 雪

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    Thank You Yuki, I enjoyed it.

    Gassho
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    Ah, my Dharma Brother and good friend, fellow student of Nishijima ... Éric Rommeluère.

    Gassho, Jundo

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    Hi everybody,

    I suggest the reading of Contemplating Mind by Hanshan Deqing this week.

    « Master Hanshan Deqing (1546-1623), the author of Contemplating Mind, was born in the late Ming dynasty when bureaucratic corruption and social chaos was prevalent. He was the only great Master who recorded his lifelong experience of practice and thoughts. His Contemplating Mind tells the essence of practice in the form of verse. He was distinguished from his peers as wise since his childhood, raising the issue of life and death at the age of 7, seeking life orientation at the age of 12 and ordained as a monastic aged 18. At 19 years, he saw a vision of Amitābha Buddha as he was wholeheartedly chanting the name, intensifying his determination on the path. »
    http://ddm.dharmadrum.org/content/ov...w.aspx?sn=1657

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    Contemplating Mind
    by
    Hanshan Deqing (1546-1623)


    Look upon the body as unreal,
    An image in a mirror
    Or the reflection of the moon in water
    Contemplate the mind as formless,
    Yet bright and pure.
    Not a single thought arising,
    Empty, yet perceptive,
    Still, yet illuminating,
    Complete like the Great Emptiness,
    Containing all that is wonderful.
    Neither going out nor coming in,
    Without appearance or characteristics,
    Countless skillful means
    Arise out of one mind.
    Independent of material existence,
    Which is ever an obstruction,
    Do not cling to deluded thoughts.
    These give birth to illusion.
    Attentively contemplate this mind,
    Empty, devoid of all objects.
    If emotions should suddenly arise,
    You will fall into confusion.
    In a critical moment bring back the light,
    Powerfully illuminating.
    Clouds disperse, the sky is clear;
    The sun shines brilliantly.
    If nothing arises within the mind,
    Nothing will manifest without.
    That which has characteristics
    Is not original reality.
    If you can see a thought as it arises,
    This awareness will at once destroy it.
    Whatever state of mind should come,
    Sweep it away, put it down.
    Both good and evil states
    Can be transformed by mind.
    Sacred and profane appear
    In accordance with thoughts.
    Reciting mantras or contemplating mind
    Are merely herbs for polishing a mirror
    When the dust is removed,
    They are also wiped away.
    Great extensive spiritual powers
    Are all complete within the mind.
    The Pure Land or the Heavens
    Can be traveled to at will.
    You need not seek the real,
    Mind originally is Buddha.
    The familiar becomes remate,
    The strange seems familiar.
    Day and night, everything is wonderful.
    Nothing you encounter confuses you.
    These are the essentials of mind.

    ____________________________

    I wish to see you soon !

    Yuki 雪

  25. #175
    thank you Yuki, i am looking forward to read this text in this week.

    i think you know this already, but there some interesting texts in Taigen Dan Leighton, cultivating the empty mind.

    i hope to see you tomorrow,

    aprapti

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    Thanks you Aprapti.
    I will have a look on this book from Taigen Dan Leighton... you mean Cultivating the Empty Field, don’t you ?

    Seeing you tomorrow,
    Yuki 雪

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    of course, Yuki.. excuses..



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  28. #178
    Hey Yuki,

    It sounds interesting as ever, it is lovely how the circle is ever changing. So I will look forward to it mon frere.

    Maybe we could also do a chant on occasional days as well time permitting?

    A demain, in gassho

    Ryokudo

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    Yes Ryokudo, I miss chanting too.
    Always ready to chant !

    See you tomorrow brother !

    Yuki 雪

  30. #180
    Hey Yuki,

    By the way I was thinking that as you are pulling together all these texts and also getting into different language variations, we should really start pulling them together in one new document that can be living on the treeleaf site, if Jundo is OK with it naturally. What do you think?

    Gassho

    Ryokudo.

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    Ryo,

    It could be done, yes ! I’m always interested by different variations and translations of zen texts. Each one can teach something or present a subject with new lighting, new perspectives.

    Good idea !

    Yuki 雪.

  32. #182
    Lovely ....Thank You Yuki,

    Always great to sit and chant In Your company !

    See you

    Gassho
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  33. #183
    Great Yuki. It is always pleasant and joyful to sit with everybody.

    Unfortunately starting today I'll be taking swimming classes. The good part is that I'll be able to exercise (which I haven't done much since quarantine started). The bad part is that I won't be able to sit with everyone on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays since my class begins right in the middle of our meeting.

    But hey! Aren't we supposed to transcend thoughts of good and bad after all?

    So I hope to see everyone on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

    Gassho

    Au revoir, Ciao, Bye, Sayonara, Tchau...

    Bernie

  34. #184
    Hey Yuki,

    Yesterday went cool, but that's what you get with Paul, John P, Aprapti and Bluemountain Bernie.

    We did Sanki Raimon (Aprapti)

    Contemplating Mind (Johnny boy)

    Maka Hannya (Ryo)

    zazen

    Some Haiku form my man John and then 4 vows in Port, Jap, Eng.

    It was great but obviously we missed you mon frere, I hope the travel was ok and we shall see you tonight.

    In gassho,

    Ryokudo

    SAT/LAH

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    Hi Chanting Brothers,

    The travel have gone well. Actually, our little Zendo on wheels (caravan) is parked at the house of our beloved daughter. We will stay here for at least 8 to 10 days.

    Yes, Ryokudo, I will be able to join you today.

    See you all !

    Yuki 雪

    (Sat alone yesterday but will do it in your company today !)

  36. #186
    Hello! I haven't introduced myself yet and someone asked me where I was from, so here you are I am Kirii, a person from germany and I am pretty shy, I hope it has been ok for you guys that I have been leaving off my camera and mic. Practice has been very nice with all of you and I have been enjoying it ! See you tomorrow (I have 2h of training tomorrow, won't be sure whether I can participate or not because after that 'll be exhausted...) I think I might've deleted my last message

    Gassho

    Kirii
    Sat today

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirii View Post
    Hello! I haven't introduced myself yet and someone asked me where I was from, so here you are I am Kirii, a person from germany and I am pretty shy, I hope it has been ok for you guys that I have been leaving off my camera and mic. Practice has been very nice with all of you and I have been enjoying it ! See you tomorrow (I have 2h of training tomorrow, won't be sure whether I can participate or not because after that 'll be exhausted...) I think I might've deleted my last message

    Gassho

    Kirii
    Sat today
    Hi Kirii,

    In Chanting and Zazen Circle, we are free to be who we are, so you can be assured that nobody will judge the fact your camera and mic are off. Thanks for your presence and practice with us. By the way, if you know the four vows in German, I would be interested to have the text in your language and, who knows, maybe try to read it at the end of our Chanting session, as I have done with the Portuguese text last week !

    See you soon,

    Yuki 雪

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    Hi everybody,

    Aprapti had a good suggestion for the text to read this week. It is from Thich Nhat Hanh.

    Please Call Me by My True Names

    Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow —
    even today I am still arriving.

    Look deeply: every second I am arriving
    to be a bud on a Spring branch,
    to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
    learning to sing in my new nest,
    to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
    to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

    I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
    to fear and to hope.
    The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
    death of all that is alive.

    I am a mayfly metamorphosing
    on the surface of the river.
    And I am the bird
    that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.

    I am a frog swimming happily
    in the clear water of a pond.
    And I am the grass-snake
    that silently feeds itself on the frog.

    I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
    my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
    And I am the arms merchant,
    selling deadly weapons to Uganda.

    I am the twelve-year-old girl,
    refugee on a small boat,
    who throws herself into the ocean
    after being raped by a sea pirate.
    And I am the pirate,
    my heart not yet capable
    of seeing and loving.


    I am a member of the politburo,
    with plenty of power in my hands.
    And I am the man who has to pay
    his “debt of blood” to my people
    dying slowly in a forced-labor camp.

    My joy is like Spring, so warm
    it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
    My pain is like a river of tears,
    so vast it fills the four oceans.

    Please call me by my true names,
    so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
    so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

    Please call me by my true names,
    so I can wake up
    and the door of my heart
    could be left open,
    the door of compassion.


    This poem was written in 1978, during the time of helping the boat people.

    Seeing you tomorrow !

    Yuki 雪

  39. #189
    Hey yuki,

    Sounds lovely, and then maybe a maka hannya or sandokai?

    I guess Aprapti should have 1st pass at TNH text?

    A bientot mon frere.

    Gassho

    Ryokudo

    SAT/LAH

  40. #190
    Quote Originally Posted by kirii View Post
    Hello! I haven't introduced myself yet and someone asked me where I was from, so here you are I am Kirii, a person from germany and I am pretty shy, I hope it has been ok for you guys that I have been leaving off my camera and mic. Practice has been very nice with all of you and I have been enjoying it ! See you tomorrow (I have 2h of training tomorrow, won't be sure whether I can participate or not because after that 'll be exhausted...) I think I might've deleted my last message

    Gassho

    Kirii
    Sat today
    Wilkommen kirii,

    A great zen trait is to hold your peace until you are ready to speak. Shyness is not a problem, you are blossoming with us anyway, like Buddha's flower. Whether we see you or not, we see you and honour you. One day we may see you, meanwhile our hearts see each other and chant in unison, dancing to the dharma,

    Gassho

    Ryokudo

  41. #191
    Hey Yuki,

    Sounds wonderful !
    Thank you Aprapti

    See you all !

    Gassho
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    Hi everybody !

    I plan to read Please « Call Me by My True Names » from Thich Nhat Hanh in French later this week. Here is the French translation if you want to follow me in French.

    Appelez-moi par mes vrais noms
    (Thich Nhat Hanh)


    Ne dites pas, je serai parti demain,
    car je ne cesse de naître, aujourd’hui encore.
    Regardez en profondeur : je nais à chaque seconde
    bourgeon sur une branche printanière,
    oisillon aux ailes encore fragiles,
    apprenant à chanter dans mon nouveau nid,
    chenille au coeur d’une fleur ;
    bijou caché dans une pierre.
    Je ne cesse de naître, pour rire et pour pleurer ; pour craindre et pour espérer :
    Mon coeur est rythmé par la naissance et
    la mort de tout ce qui est vivant.
    Je suis l’éphémère se métamorphosant sur l’eau de la rivière,
    et je suis l’oiseau qui, au printemps, naît juste à temps
    pour manger l’éphémère.
    Je suis la grenouille nageant heureuse dans la mare claire,
    Et je suis l’orvet approchant en silence pour se nourrir de la grenouille.
    Je suis l’enfant d’Ouganda, décharné, squelettique,
    aux jambes pareilles à des bambous fragiles,
    et je suis le marchand d’armes vendant des armes meurtrières à l’Ouganda.
    Je suis la fillette de douze ans, réfugiée sur une frêle embarcation,
    Se jetant à l’eau pour avoir été violée par un pirate,
    et je suis le pirate, au coeur incapable encore de voir et d’aimer :
    Je suis un membre du Politburo,
    et je suis l’homme qui doit acquitter sa « dette de sang » envers mon peuple,
    mourant lentement aux travaux forcés.
    Ma joie est comme le printemps, chaude,
    au point d’épanouir des fleurs en tout mode de vie.
    Ma peine forme une rivière de larmes, débordante,
    au point d’emplir les quatre océans.
    S’il vous plaît, appelez-moi par mes vrais noms,
    Que j’entende ensemble mes cris et mes rires,
    Que je voie ma joie mais aussi ma peine.
    Appelez-moi, s’il vous plaît, par mes vrais noms,
    Que je m’éveille, et ouvre pour toujours la porte de mon cœur,
    la porte de la compassion.

    Gassho

    Yuki 雪

  43. #193
    Quote Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
    Hi everybody !

    I plan to read Please « Call Me by My True Names » from Thich Nhat Hanh in French later this week. Here is the French translation if you want to follow me in French.
    nice!!

    aprapti

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    Let silence take you to the core of life (Rumi)


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  44. #194
    zenboek3.jpg

    this is the book based on enmei jikku kannon gyo.

    aprapti

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    Last edited by aprapti; 06-08-2021 at 08:20 PM.

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  45. #195
    Lovely in French ! Thank you Yuki.
    This is a wonderful book Aprapti !

    Always great to sit and chant with everybody.

    See you all

    Gassho
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    Hi everyone !

    Here is an another version of Hakuin's Song of Zazen Omom send me today. Always interesting to see how words are formulated from one translation to another. What do you think about this one ?

    Hakuin's Song of Zazen
    Written by Hakuin (1686 - 1768)

    English version by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
    Original Language Japanese

    All beings are primarily Buddhas.
    It is like water and ice:
    There is no ice apart from water;
    There are no Buddhas apart from beings.

    Not knowing how close the truth is to them,
    Beings seek for it afar -- what a pity!
    They are like those who, being in the midst of water,
    Cry out for water, feeling thirst.

    They are like the son of the rich man,
    Who, wandering away from his father,
    Goes astray amongst the poor.
    It is all due to their ignorance
    That beings transmigrate in the darkness
    Of the Six Paths of existence.

    When they wander from darkness to darkness,
    How can they ever be free from birth-and-death?

    As for the Dhyana practice as taught in the Mahayana,
    No amount of praise can exhaust its merits.
    The Six Paramitas--beginning with the Giving, Observing the Precepts,
    And other good deeds, variously enumerated,
    Such as Nembutsu, Repentance, Moral Training, and so on --
    All are finally reducible to the practice of Dhyana.

    The merit of Dhyana practice, even during a single sitting,
    Erases the countless sins accumulated in the past.
    Where then are the Evil Paths to misguide us?
    The Pure Land cannot be far away.

    Those who, for once, listening to the Dharma
    In all humility,
    Praise it and faithfully follow it,
    Will be endowed with innumerable merits.

    But how much more so when you turn your eyes within yourselves
    And have a glimpse into your self-nature!
    You find that the self-nature is no-nature -
    The truth permitting no idle sophistry.
    For you, then, open the gate leading to the oneness of cause and effect;
    Before you, then, lies a straight road of non-duality and non-trinity.

    When you understand that form is the form of the formless,
    Your coming-and-going takes place nowhere else but where you are.
    When you understand that thought is the thought of the thought-less.
    Your singing-and-dancing is no other than the voice of the Dharma.
    How boundless is the sky of Samadhi!
    How refreshingly bright is the moon of the Fourfold Wisdom!
    Being so is there anything you lack?
    As the Absolute presents itself before you
    The place where you stand is the Land of the Lotus,
    And your person -- the body of the Buddha.

    Yuki 雪

  47. #197
    hi everyone,

    excuse me for leaving so quick; i do not like to talk to much after zazen..



    aprapti

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  48. #198
    Hello John P.

    Ryokudo mentioned that we have not been formally introduced. So I thought I'd say 'hello'. I am happy to meet you.

    May I ask, do you have a profile at the Treeleaf website as "John P." or a slightly different name?

    In Gassho
    Seiko
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    Al Garrod, Lincoln, UK.

    Chanting & Zazen Circle.
    All welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aprapti View Post
    hi everyone,

    excuse me for leaving so quick; i do not like to talk to much after zazen..



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    No problems Aprapti. Each of us have it’s own way to deal with our sitting.
    Be in peace my friend !

    Yuki 雪

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seiko View Post
    Hello John P.

    Ryokudo mentioned that we have not been formally introduced. So I thought I'd say 'hello'. I am happy to meet you.

    May I ask, do you have a profile at the Treeleaf website as "John P." or a slightly different name?

    In Gassho
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    Hello Seiko,

    I think our friend John P. do not have a profile on Trealeaf. I will copy and paste your message and send it to him at his personal email address.

    Gassho ,

    Yuki 雪

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