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1 SUTRA BOOK EMPTY BOWL ZENDO

2 I vow with all beings to join my voice with all other voices and give life to each word as it comes Robert Aiken Words do not convey the fact; language is not an expedient. Attached to words, your life is lost; blocked by phrases, you are bewildered. Mumon Huikai 1

3 Instrument Notations: O bell gatz O small bell mokugyo!! mokugyo quick pace 2

4 O O GATHA OF ATONEMENT All evil karma ever created by me of old On account of my beginningless greed, hatred and ignorance Born of my conduct, words and thought Now I atone for it all. O O MAHA PRAJNA PARAMITA HEART SUTRA Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva doing deep prajna paramita, Perceived the emptiness of all five conditions, and was freed of pain. O Oh Shariputra, form is no other than emptiness, Emptiness no other than form; Form is precisely emptiness, emptiness precisely form; Sensation, perception, reaction, consciousness are also like this. Oh Shariputra, all things are expressions of emptiness: Not born, not destroyed; not stained, not pure, neither waxing nor waning. Thus emptiness is not form, Not sensation nor perception, reaction nor consciousness. No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind; No color, sound, smell, taste, touch, thing; No realm of sight, no realm of consciousness; No ignorance, no end to ignorance; No old age and death, no cessation of old age and death; No suffering, no cause or end to suffering, No path, no wisdom and no gain; No gain - thus Bodhisattvas live this prajna paramita O With no hindrance in the mind; No hindrance therefore no fear, Far beyond all such delusions, Nirvana is already here. All past, present, and future buddhas live this prajna paramita O And attain supreme perfect enlightenment. Therefore know that prajna paramita is the holy mantra, The luminous mantra, the supreme mantra, the incomparable mantra By which all suffering is cleared. This is no other than truth. (!!) Therefore set forth the Prajna Paramita Mantra, Set forth this mantra and proclaim: Gate! Gate! O Paragate! O Parasamgate! Bodhi svaha! 3

5 O O GATHA ON OPENING THE SUTRA The Dharma, incomparably profound and infinitely subtle, Is rarely encountered even in millions of ages. Now we see it, hear it, receive and maintain it; May we completely realize the Tathagata s true meaning. O O GREAT VOWS FOR ALL (Chant 3x, Bells on 3rd repetition only) (O) Creations are numberless, I vow to free them. Delusions are inexhaustible, I vow to put an end to them. (O) Dharmas are boundless, I vow to master them. (O) The enlightened way is unsurpassable, I vow to embody it. O O SHI GU SEI GAN MON (Chant 3x, Bells on 3rd repitition only) (O) SHU JO MU HEN SEI GAN DO BON NO MU JIN SEI GAN DAN (O) HO MON MU RYO SEI GAN GAKU (O) BUTSU DO MU JO SEI GAN JO EVENING GATHA (JIKIDO only) Let me respectfully remind you Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us must strive to awaken; Awaken!! Take heed; do not squander your life. 4

6 O O THE IDENTITY OF RELATIVE AND ABSOLUTE The mind of the Great Sage of India is intimately conveyed from West to East. Among human beings are wise ones and fools, But in the Way there is no northern and southern Ancestor O The subtle source is clear and bright; The tributary streams flow through the darkness. To be attached to things is illusion; To encounter the absolute is not yet enlightenment. Each and all the subjective and objective spheres are related, and at the same time independent. Related, yet working differently. Though each keeps its own place, form makes the character and appearance different. Sounds distinguish comfort and discomfort. The dark makes all words one; Brightness distinguishes good and bad phrases. The four elements return to their natures as a child to its mother. Fire is hot, wind moves, water is wet, earth hard. Eyes see, ears hear, nose smells, tongue tastes the salt and sour. Each is independent of the other. Cause and effect must return to the great reality. The words high and low are used relatively. Within light there is darkness, but do not try to understand that darkness. Within darkness there is light, but do not look for that light. Light and darkness are a pair, like the foot before and the foot behind in walking. O Each thing has its own intrinsic value and is related to everything else in function and position. Ordinary life fits the absolute as a box and its lid. The absolute works together with the relative, like two arrows meeting in mid air. O Reading words you should grasp the great reality. Do not judge by any standards. If you do not see the Way, you do not see it even as you walk on it. When you walk the Way, it is not near, it is not far. If you are deluded, you are mountains and rivers away from it. O I respectfully say to those who wish to be enlightened: O Do not waste your time by night or day! 5

7 O O EMMEI JUKKU KANNON GYO (Chant 3x, Bells on 3 rd repetition only) (O) KAN ZE ON NA MU BUTSU YO BUTSU U EN YO BUTSU U EN BUP PO SO EN JO RAKU GA JO CHO NEN (O) KAN ZE ON BO NEN (O) KAN ZE ON NEN NEN JU SHIN KI NEN NEN FU RI SHIN ( ) (Translation) KANZEON! At one with the Buddha Related to all Buddhas in cause & effect And to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Joyful, pure, eternal being! Morning mind is Kanzeon Evening mind is Kanzeon This very moment arises from Mind This very moment is not separate from Mind. MORNING GATHA Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully present in every moment, and look upon all begins with eyes of compassion. --thich nhat hanh O MEAL GATHA (All Chant) First, 72 labors brought us this food; we should know how it comes to us. Second, as we receive this offering, we should consider whether our virtue and practice deserve it. Third, as we desire the natural order of mind to free from clinging, we must be free from greed. Fourth, to support our life we take this food. Fifth, to attain our way we take this food. 6

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