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    Training for Monthly Treeleaf Zazenkai Long Ceremony


    Dear Ino, taking it to the next level!

    Our Monthly 4-Hour Zazenkai has the following main differences from the Weekly 90-Minute Zazenkai:

    • The Heart Sutra is in Japanese, Hannya Shingyo

      Recital of the Identity of Relative and Absolute (Sandokai) in English, with its particular melody

      3 Bells between Hannya Shingyo and Sandokai accompanying the movements of the Doshi to the Altar

      Slight difference in the Eko Recital to mention the Sandokai

      Verses to Open and Close the Sutras

      Metta Verses

    The Kirigami is as follows:


    Begins with a series of rings of the small Inkin bell ••••••• followed by 3x PROSTRATIONS by EVERYONE


    PING PING PING, TAMP and immediate CONK on MOKUGYO once.


    Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo*


    Kan Ji Zai Bo Satsu Gyo Jin Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ji Sho Ken* Go On Kai Ku Do I Sai Ku Yaku Sha Ri Shi Shiki Fu I Ku Ku Fu I Shiki Shiki Soku Ze Ku Ku Soku Ze Shiki Ju So Gyo Shiki Yaku Bu Nyo Ze Sha Ri Shi Ze Sho Ho Ku So Fu Sho Fu Metsu Fu Ku Fu Jo Fu Zo Fu Gen Ze Ko Ku Chu Mu Shiki Mu Ju So Gyo Shiki Mu Gen Ni Bi Ze Shin Ni Mu Shiki Sho Ko Mi Soku Ho Mu Gen Kai Nai Shi Mu I Shiki Kai Mu Mu Myo Yaku Mu Mu Myo Jin Nai Shi Mu Ro Shi Yaku Mu Ro Shi Jin Mu Ku Shu Metsu Do Mu Chi Yaku Mu Toku I Mu Sho Tok ko Bo Dai Sat Ta E Han-Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta* Ko Shin Mu Kei Ge Mu Kei Ge Ko Mu U Ku Fu On Ri Is Sai Ten Do Mu So Ku Gyo Ne Han San Ze Sho Butsu E Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta* Ko Toku A Noku Ta Ra San Myaku San Bo Dai Ko Chi Han-Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ze Dai Jin Shu Ze Dai Myo Shu Ze Mu Jo Shu Ze Mu To To Shu No Jo Is Sai Ku Shin Jitsu Fu Ko Ko Setsu
    Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Shu Soku Setsu Shu Watsu
    Gya* Tei Gya Tei * Ha Ra Gya Tei Hara So Gya Tei * Bo Ji Sowa Ka
    * Han Nya Shin Gyo
    Following by 3 Rings in this pattern:

    1st Ring as Doshi reaches left side of Altar,

    2nd Ring as Doshi offers Incense

    3rd Ring as Doshi steps back from Altar

    ... followed by:


    The Identity of Relative and Absolute


    The mind of the Great Sage of India

    Is intimately conveyed west and east.

    While human faculties are both wise or dull

    In the Way there are no northern or southern ancestors.

    The subtle Source shines clear in the light;

    The branching streams flow in the dark.

    To be attached to things is primordial illusion;

    To encounter the absolute is not yet enlightenment.

    * All spheres, every sense and field

    intermingle even as they shine alone,

    Interacting even as they merge,

    Yet keeping their places in expressions of their own.

    Sights differ primarily in shape and character

    And sounds in harsh or soothing tones.

    The dark makes all words one;

    The brightness distinguishes good and bad phrases.

    The four elements return to their true nature

    As a child turns to its mother.

    Fire is hot, water is wet,

    Wind moves and the earth is dense.

    Eye and form, ear and sound, nose and smell,

    Tongue and taste, the sweet and sour:

    Each independent of the other

    Like leaves that come from the same root.

    And though leaves and root must go back to the Source

    Both root and leaves have their own uses.

    Light is also darkness,

    But do not think of it as darkness.

    Darkness is light;

    Do not see it as light.

    Light and darkness are not one, not two

    Like the foot before and the foot behind in walking.

    * Each thing has its own being

    Which is not different from its place and function.

    The relative fits the absolute

    As a box and its lid.

    The absolute meets the relative

    Like two arrow points that touch in mid air.

    * Hearing this, simply perceive what is,

    Make no criterion.

    If you do not see the Way,

    You do not see it even as you walk upon it.

    Walking forward in the way

    You draw no nearer, progress no farther.

    One who fails to see this truth

    Is mountains and rivers away.

    * Listen, those who would percieve this subtle matter:

    * Live well your time by night and day!

    Buddha Nature pervades the whole universe, Reality, existing right here now:

    Remainder is the same as Weekly Zazenkai.


    * * * TAMP:

    Sutra Opening Verse
    (To be chanted 3X before Dharma Talk)

    The Dharma, incomparably profound and infinitely subtle,
    Is always encountered, yet rarely perceived.
    Now we see, hear, receive and maintain this,
    May we all realize the Tathagatha's true meaning.
    (* before 3rd verse)

    * The Verse to Close the Sutras

    May the merit of this Practice penetrate to each thing in all places, so that we and all sentient beings realize the Buddha way together. ...

    All Buddhas throughout space and time, all Bodhisattvas, Mahasattvas, Maha * Prajna * Paramita


    At the end of the Zazenkai, we recite the following all together:


    All harmful acts, words and thoughts, ever committed by me since of old,

    On account of beginningless greed, anger and ignorance,

    Born of my body, mouth and mind,

    Now I atone for them all

    FOUR VOWS (to be recited 3x , vibrant on the second, soft on the third time):

    To save all sentient beings, though beings numberless

    To transform all delusions, though delusions inexhaustible

    To perceive Reality, though Reality is boundless

    To attain the Enlightened Way, a Way non-attainable

    Note that our semi-irreverent Japanese pronunciation guide to the Hannya Shingyo is here:
    Last edited by Jundo; 05-07-2022 at 09:54 AM.

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    Just for reference, the melody for the Sandokai (Identity of Relative and Absolute) in English which we chant was developed by the great Bernie Glassman Roshi of the White Plum, loosely inspired by the first few opening bars of Fiddler on the Roof!

    I understand that he wished to have something more appropriate to the cadence of English than the traditional Japanese style, heard in the first few minutes here, rather tricky to chant, and to match with the English wording and syllable breaks:

    Gassho, J


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    Ugh, I rushed you right before Sandōkai. I am sorry… I started to suspect the three bells were supposed to follow your movements too late.

    Sat Today

    "Put on the okesa and do zazen - That's all!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bion View Post
    Ugh, I rushed you right before Sandōkai. I am sorry… I started to suspect the three bells were supposed to follow your movements too late.

    Sat Today
    Oh, you were very good today! Lovely Debut at Carnegie Hall.

    Yes, follow the Doshi's movements to the Altar (while the Doshi is also following the Doan to stay together) ...

    Following by 3 Rings in this pattern:

    1st Ring as Doshi reaches left side of Altar,

    2nd Ring as Doshi offers Incense

    3rd Ring as Doshi steps back from Altar

    ... followed by:


    The Identity of Relative and Absolute
    I am also trying to walk back slowly while opening my Zagu before 3 Prostrations so that I arrive in position, and have Zagu opened, by the time the Doan signals 1st Prostration. However, the Doan should not start the 1st Prostration until the Doshi is ready. (You were fine today, by the way, so no problem here today)

    I just went through your pronunciation of the Hannya Shingyo, and it was excellent. I have nothing to correct (very rarely has that happened to a new chanter.) It is probably due to a combination of your musical ear, that you are multi-lingual, plus that fact that Spanish speakers tend to do very well with Japanese pronunciation as the two languages are close in pronunciation by chance. Lovely! It is okay that you lost your place for a moment, and I like that you did not stop. (What an Ino would actually do is "jump ahead" for the missed places if chanting with a group, but you were solo, so it was fine).

    The only other thing to point out is the WACK on the Mokugyo immediately right after the ping ping ping TAMP on the bell, but before "MAKA HANNYA ... " name of the Sutra.

    Wonderful debut. YOU ARE HIRED!

    Gassho, J

    Last edited by Jundo; 05-07-2022 at 10:04 AM.

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    Training for Monthly Treeleaf Zazenkai Long Ceremony

    So what happened with the Heart Sutra ( which I actually know by heart in Japanese) is that I was making sure I followed it on the iPad and the moment I stopped was because I couldn’t get the page to change!
    I messed up last week with the bell roll before the prostrations, but paid close attention to you this time around. If you allow me to do it again sometime, I will fix the Sandokai part as well.
    Thank you for the compliment on the Japanese pronunciation! I am happy I was helpful, rather than a distraction!
    I am confused about your mokugyo whack comment. I definitely did the mokugyo hit right after chanting the title MAKA HANNYA HARAMITA SHINGYO and the single bell hit .. emoji1] Is it meant to be somewhere else?!
    Thanks a lot Jundo. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and I could not be more grateful!

    Sat Today
    Last edited by Bion; 05-07-2022 at 12:30 PM.

    "Put on the okesa and do zazen - That's all!"

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