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    If you can, please may I ask that we dedicate some of our practice this week to the families and the victims of suicide? Where I live - Lincoln - now has the highest suicide rate across England and Wales after a rise in numbers during the pandemic.

    Bows

    Seiko
    stlah
    清 Sei (Pure)
    光 Ko (Light)

    My 'street name' is Al Garrod and I live near the Roman city of Lincoln, England.

    Great support can be gained by sitting quietly amongst friends.

  2. #352
    Quote Originally Posted by Seiko View Post
    If you can, please may I ask that we dedicate some of our practice this week to the families and the victims of suicide? Where I live - Lincoln - now has the highest suicide rate across England and Wales after a rise in numbers during the pandemic.

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    Seiko
    stlah
    Of course Seiko, and perhaps a few days each week we can build in some Metta practice, which is a beautiful practice anyway.

    Stay cool my brother,

    Ryokudo

    SAT/LAH
    Last edited by Ryokudo; 09-14-2021 at 11:59 AM.

  3. #353
    Quote Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
    Dear Aprapti,

    I wish you a nice stay in this Benedictine abbey. We will sit with you in our mind.

    Yuki 雪

    Sat with all of you today
    Indeed Aprapti,

    Across time and space we will reach each other and the Benedictines. And of course they will reach us.

    Gassho

    Ryokudo

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    Gassho
    SatTodayLah

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    Ango sitting this morning with Thousand Harbours Zen folks. Sent metta to all the families and the victims of suicide.

    Yuki 雪

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
    Ango sitting this morning with Thousand Harbours Zen folks. Sent metta to all the families and the victims of suicide.

    Yuki 雪
    Lovely and Omom has sent a great piece through from TNH, which we could do next week.

    The Great Bell Chant (The End Of Suffering)
    Read by Thich Nath Hanh,

    May the sound of this bell
    Penetrate deep into the cosmos
    Even in the darkest spots
    Living beings are able to hear it clearly
    So that all suffering in them cease
    Understanding come to their hearts
    And they transcend the path
    Of sorrow and death

    The universal dharma door is already open
    The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly
    The miracle happens
    A beautiful child appears in the heart
    Of a Lotus flower
    One single drop of this compassionate water
    Is enough to bring back the refreshing spring
    To our mountains and rivers

    Listening to the bell
    I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve
    My mind calm, my body relax
    A smile is born on my lips
    Following the sound of the bell
    My breath brings me back
    To the safe Island of Mindfulness
    In the garden of my heart
    The flowers of Peace bloom beautifully

    The Great Bell Chant (The End Of Suffering) - YouTube

    Also I figured if people are getting bored with Sanki Raimon then we have the following alternatives, but what does everyone think?

    Three Refuges Verse (Sankie mon 三帰依文 )

    Hail refuge in buddha; hail refuge in dharma; hail refuge in sangha.

    I take refuge in buddha, honored as the highest; I take refuge in dharma, honored as the stainless; I take refuge in sangha, honored as harmonious.

    I have completely taken refuge in buddha; I have completely taken refuge in dharma; I have completely taken refuge in sangha.




    Verse in Worship of the Three Venerable Ones (Sanzon raimon 三尊礼文)


    Homage to our great benefactor and lord of the doctrine,
    the Original Teacher Shakyamuni Buddha.
    Homage to the High Patriarch Dogen.
    Homage to the Eminent Patriarch Keizan.
    We gather up and receive your great compassionate pity.
    May we encounter and obtain it from life to life in every world.

  7. #357
    Quote Originally Posted by aprapti View Post
    dear friends,

    i will be in a benedictine abbey for a week, without internet reach. But i will sit at the same time as you guys (and girls )..



    aprapti


    sat
    Ah Aprāpti,
    This sounds lovely. In my youth I often sat zazen alongside Jesuit monks, but not Benedictines. Never say never.

    Bows,
    Seiko, stlah
    清 Sei (Pure)
    光 Ko (Light)

    My 'street name' is Al Garrod and I live near the Roman city of Lincoln, England.

    Great support can be gained by sitting quietly amongst friends.

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    Hi everybody !

    Here, the text of the « Ceremony of the remembrance » we used today:
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    A Ceremony of Remembrance for Peoples who Have Died

    Because of the ceaseless action of cause and effect,
    reality appears in all its many forms.

    To know this fully liberates all those who suffer.

    All beings appear just as we all do, from the One, and pass away as we all do, after a few flickering moments or years of life, back to our Original Unborn Nature.

    Truly our lives are waves on the vast ocean of True Nature, which is not born and does not pass away.

    In gathering today we remember peoples who have died and express our love and support for their parents, family, and friends.

    Here these peoples are in complete repose, at one with the mystery that is our own birth and death, our own no-birth and no-death.
    _________________
    I add two poems about Jizo :
    _________________
    When I see
    The misery
    Of those in this world
    Their sadness
    Becomes mine.
    Oh that my monk’s robe
    Were wide enough
    To gather up all
    The suffering people
    In this floating world.
    Nothing makes me
    More happy than
    The vow To save everyone.
    _________________________
    I watch people in the world
    Throw away their lives lusting after things,
    Never able to satisfy their desires,
    Failing into deep 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.
    Ryōkan
    ____________________
    And, at last, the two vows of Jizo Bodhisattva :

    « Only after the Hells are empty will I become a Buddha”

    “Only after all beings are taken across to Enlightenment will I myself realize Bodhi. »
    _________________

    See you soon,

    Yuki 雪
    (Sit, sat, sitting… today)

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    Bonjour !

    Here is the text of Takkesa Ge

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    Takkesa Ge

    Dai sai geda puku
    Muso fukuden e
    Hi bu nyorai kyo
    Kodo sho shu jo

    Ô vêtement de la Grande Libération

    Kesa du champ du bonheur illimité

    Je reçois avec foi l’enseignement du Bouddha

    Pour aider largement tous les êtres sensibles

    ______________________________________

    Oh, robe of great liberation,

    Kesa of formless happiness,

    I faithfully receive the Budhha's teaching,

    to help liberate all beings.

    ______________

    See you soon !

    Yuki 雪
    (Sat today)

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    Hello friends,

    I have a poem by Rengetsu that I found moving and wished to share.

    Inishie wo
    tsuki ni towa ruru
    kokochi shi te
    fushime gachi ni mo
    naru koyoi kana.
    ----------------------
    Of bygone days
    I feel the moon
    asking me...
    and cannot help softly
    casting down my eyes this night.

    Thank you for sitting with me today.

    Gassho,
    William
    SatLAH

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