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    Chant Book For Weekly and Monthly Zazenkai

    The following is our Ceremony for the WEEKLY (90-minute) and MONTHLY (4 hour) ZAZENKAI:

    You can also download our Chant Book for Weekly and Monthly Zazenkai as a PDF ...

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/17pu...ew?usp=sharing

    For the monthly ceremony, we add "The Identity of Relative and Absolute"(Sandokai)
    and chant the Heart Sutra in Japanese in order to honor tradition.
    :

    WEEKLY ZAZENKAI CEREMONY:

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

    Then chant of the Heart Sutra in English:


    INO = CHANT LEADER ONLY
    EVERYONE = ALL JOIN IN



    INO ONLY =

    The Heart of the Perfection of Great Wisdom Sutra*

    EVERYONE =

    A/vo/lo/ki/tes/va/ra/ Bo/dhi/satt/va/, A/wa/kened/ One/ of/ Com/pas/sion/,

    In/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/, the/Deep/ Prac/tice/ of/ Per/fect/ Wis/dom/*

    Per/ceived/ the/ emp/ti/ness/ of /all /five /con/di/tions/,

    And/ was/ free/ of/ suf/fer/ing/.

    O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, form/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ emp/ti/ness/,

    Emp/ti/ness/ no/ o/ther/ than/ form/;

    Form/ is/ pre/cise/ly/ emp/ti/ness/, emp/ti/ness/ pre/cise/ly/ form/.

    Sen/sa/tions/, per/cep/tions/, for/ma/tions/ and/ con/scious/ness/ are/ al/so/ like/ this/.

    O/ Sha/ri/pu/tra/, all/ things/ are/ ex/pres/sions/ of/ emp/ti/ness/,

    Not/ born/, not/ des/troyed/, not/ stained/, not/ pure/;

    Nei/ther/ wax/ing/ nor/ wan/ing/.

    Thus/ emp/ti/ness/ is/ not/ form/; not/ sen/sa/tion/ nor/ per/cep/tion/,

    not/ for/ma/tion/ nor/ con/scious/ness/.

    No/ eye/, ear/, nose/, tongue/, bo/dy/, mind/;

    No/ sight/, sound/, smell/, taste/, touch/, nor/ ob/ject/ of/ mind/;

    No/ realm/ of/ sight/, no/ realm/ of/ con/scious/ness/;

    No/ ig/no/rance/, no/ end/ to/ ig/no/rance/;

    No/ old/ age/ and/ death/,

    No/ ces/sa/tion/ of/ old/ age/ and/ death/;

    No/ suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/;

    No/ path/, no/ wis/dom/ and/ no/ gain/.

    No/ gain/ – thus/ Bod/dhi/satt/vas/ live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/*

    With/ no/ hin/drance/ of/ mind/ –

    No/ hin/drance/ there/fore/ no/ fear/.

    Far/ be/yond/ all/ de/lu/sion/, Nir/va/na/ is/ al/rea/dy/ here/.

    All/ past/, pre/sent/ and/ fu/ture/ Budd/has/

    Live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/*

    And/ re/al/ize/ su/preme/ and/ com/plete/ en/light/en/ment/.

    There/fore/ know/ that/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/

    Is/ the/ sac/red/ man/tra/, the/ lu/min/ous/ man/tra/,

    the/ sup/reme/ man/tra/, the/ in/com/pa/ra/ble/ man/tra/

    by/ which/ all/ suf/fe/ring/ is/ clear/.

    This/ is/ no/ o/ther/ than/ Truth/.

    There/fore/ set/ forth/ the/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta/ man/tra/.

    Set/ forth/ this/ man/tra/ and/ pro/claim/:*

    (1x)
    Gate! Gate! (Already Gone, Gone)
    Paragate! (Already Gone Beyond)
    Parasamgate! (Already Fully Beyond)
    Bodhi! Svaha! * (Awakening, Rejoice)


    FOLLOWED BY A DEDICATION - READ BY INO ONLY:

    Buddha Nature pervades the whole universe, Reality, existing right here now:
    In reciting THE HEART OF THE PERFECTION OF GREAT WISDOM SUTRA (and THE IDENTITY OF RELATIVE AND ABSOLUTE) we dedicate our sincere efforts to:
    •Shakyamuni Buddha Honored One; the Historical Buddha and Teacher …
    and to those ancestral teachers:
    Eihei Dogen Honored One
    Soji Keizan Honored One,
    All successive Honored Ones up until
    Zuigaku Rempo Honored One and
    Gudo Wafu Honored One
    and to all other Honored Ones throughout history whose names have been forgotten or left unsaid.
    We also dedicate these efforts to the Three Treasures,
    Buddha, Dharma, Sangha,
    To all Awakened Ones and Teachers in all places and times.

    We especially seek tranquility & well being for all creatures now suffering or ill in health.
    May they be serene through all their ills.
    May their lives be at peace and Wisdom pervade the darkness of ignorance.

    We dedicate our hopes and aspirations:
    To all victims of war and violence and natural events
    To the injured and to all families touched by these tragedies
    To the healing of hatred in all countries and among all peoples
    To the wisdom and compassion of our world leaders
    To the peace of the world and harmony of all beings.

    Thus, let the harmful effects of words, thoughts and actions be dispelled
    and Compassion bloom in perpetual spring.
    May we all realize and live the Enlightened Way together:


    EVERYONE CHANTS:

    All Buddhas throughout space and time
    All Bodhisattvas-Mahasattvas
    Maha • Prajna • Paramita ••••••• (followed 3x PROSTRATIONS by EVERYONE) • • •

    BE SEATED AS INSTRUCTED BY JUNDO

    During our MONTHLY 4-HOUR ZAZENKAI ONLY, we instead chant the Heart Sutra in Japanese (Hannya Shingyo):

    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
    FOLLOWED BY:

    INO ONLY:

    The Identity of Relative and Absolute
    (Sandokai)

    EVERYONE:

    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!
    __________________________________________________ ______________

    METTA VERSES

    Please read here ...

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...Metta-PRACTICE

    __________________________________________________ ______________

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

    VERSE OF ATONEMENT:

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

    On account of beginningless greed, anger and ignorance,

    Born of my body, mouth and mind,

    Now I atone for them all


    FOUR VOWS (to 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
    There is no "wrong" or "right" in Zazen ... yet here is a little explanation of the "right" times to Bow (A Koan) ...


    The other video I mention on Zendo decorum is this one, from our "Always Beginners" video Series:

    Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Zazen for Beginners (12) - Basic Zendo Decorum At Home
    https://www.treeleaf.org/forums/show...093#post189093

    Gassho, Jundo

    STLah
    Last edited by Jundo; 02-19-2021 at 10:07 AM.

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    You can download our Chant Book for Weekly and Monthly Zazenkai as a PDF ...

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/17pu...ew?usp=sharing


    Gassho, J
    Last edited by Jundo; 02-17-2021 at 01:58 AM.
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shugen View Post
    Hi Marie,

    If you are asking if the Verse of Atonement and Four Vows are only to be chanted by Unsui/Priests, the answer is no - anyone may chant them. (Watch the end of one of the recorded Zazenkais so that you know "how" to do it. Shingen also recorded him doing it as a reference. It's on a thread somewhere....)

    Gassho,

    Shugen

    #sattoday


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Hello Marie

    Shugen is correct ... you are more then welcome to chant them. Here are the audio files I did up that Shugen was referring too. Enjoy! =)

    Quote Originally Posted by Shingen View Post
    Hello folks,

    Ok here are some mp3 files of some chants. I did the Heart Sutra (both with and without bell and mokugyo), the Verse of Atonement (both with and without bell), and the Four Vows (both with and without bell). I have also made them available for download if you choose, so you can listen on your iPod of the like.

    Let me know if you have any questions or any troubles with the files. =)

    Zazenkai Chants

    The Heart Sutra
    Voice only: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7J...ew?usp=sharing
    With Bell & Mokugyo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7J...ew?usp=sharing

    The Verse of Atonement
    Voice only: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7J...ew?usp=sharing
    With bell: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7J...ew?usp=sharing

    The Four Vows
    Voice only: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7J...ew?usp=sharing
    With bells: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7J...ew?usp=sharing

    The Whole Folder
    Folder Access: https://drive.google.com/folderview?...mM&usp=sharing

    Gassho
    Shingen

    s@today
    Gassho
    Shingen

    s@today

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