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Our Special Zazenkai Honoring Rev. Jiho Sargent

posted by Jundo Cohen

Please join our SPECIAL ZAZENKAI in honor and memory of someone who was my friend Thumbnail image for Jiho Optimized Cut Final.jpgand informally my ‘teacher’ of many years,
Rev. Jiho Sargent
, who left this little world this week.

Our sitting today, as were Jiho’s Sunday Zazenkais in Japan, will be of 2-hours, on the following schedule, and has been recorded in “real time” and made available at the following link:

To mark Jiho’s passing, Jundo shall first chant the SHARIRAIMON
(Verse of Homage to Buddha’s Relics) three times to begin … once in Japanese,
once in English, once in Japanese … The words are below …

 

We will then continue with theHeart Sutra in English (words also below), some full floor prostrations (please follow along with me … or a simple Gassho can be substituted if you wish). Then, of course, Zazen (two periods) with Kinhin in between. After, I will read some passages from Jiho’s book “Questions About Zen”

http://www.amazon.com/Asking-About-Zen-108-Answers/dp/0834804948

 and we close with theMetta Chant‘, followed at the end with the ‘Verse of Atonement’ and ‘The Four Vows’.

The schedule is as follows:

00:00 – 00:20 Shariraimon & Heart Sutra CEREMONY
00:20 – 00:55 ZAZEN
00:55 – 01:05 KINHIN
01:05 – 01:38 ZAZEN
01:40 – 01:50 Passages from Jiho’s Book
01:50 – 02:00 METTA CHANT & ZAZEN, VERSE OF ATONEMENT, FOUR VOWS, & CLOSING


I SUGGEST THAT YOU POSITION YOUR ZAFU
ON THE FLOOR IN A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE NOT STARING DIRECTLY AT THE
COMPUTER SCREEN, BUT CAN GLANCE OVER AND SEE THE SCREEN WHEN NECESSARY.
YOUR ZAFU SHOULD ALSO BE IN A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE COMPUTER
SCREEN WHILE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE ZAFU FOR THE CEREMONIES.


ALSO, REMEMBER TO SET YOUR COMPUTER (& SCREEN SAVER) SO THAT IT DOES NOT SHUT OFF DURING THE 4 HOURS.

Please join in, one and all.


Gassho, Jundo

FOR CHANT WORDS, CLICK ON “continue reading this post”

Here’s what we will be chanting …


INO =
CHANT LEADER ONLY
EVERYONE = ALL JOIN IN

AFTER 3x STANDING BOWS by EVERYONE:

JUNDO ONLY WILL CHANT THE SHARIRAIMON (Verse of Homage to Buddha’s Relics) first in Japanese, then in English, then in Japanese … Note that Jundo will be chanting a modified version from the “Official” Soto School English wording below)

Verse of Homage to Buddha’s Relics

????
(Shariraimon)

 

????

IS-SHIN CH? RAI

 

????

MAN DOKU EN MAN

 

????

SHA KA NYO RAI

 

????

SHIN JIN SHA RI

 

????

HON JI H?S-SHIN

 

????

H? KAI T? BA

 

????

GA T? RAI KY?

 

????

I GA GEN SHIN

 

????

NY? GA GA NY?

 

????

BUTSU KA JI KO

 

????

GA SH? BO DAI

 

????

I BUTSU JIN RIKI

 

????

RI YAKU SHU J?

 

????

HOTSU BO DAI SHIN

 

????

SHU BO SATSU GY?

 

????

D? NY? EN JAKU

 

????

BY? D? DAI CHI

 

????

KON J? CH? RAI

 

Homage to the relics of the Buddha of complete merit;

Homage to the body of truth which is truth itself and a

stupa for the world of the dharma for the benefit of our

present body. Though the merits of Buddha, the truth

enters into us and we enter into the truth.

Though the excellent power of Buddha, we realize the

truth. Let us do only good for all living things that we may

possess the true mind.

Let us do only pure deeds that we may enter the peaceful

world which is unchanging, great wisdom.

Let us pay homage eternally to the Buddha.

INO ONLY =

The Heart of the Great
Perfection of Wisdom Sutra
*

(Maka
Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo in English)


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)

BE
SEATED (AFTER DEDICATION AND FURTHER 3x BOWS) AS INSTRUCTED BY
JUNDO

________________________________________________________________

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 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



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Jintai

posted June 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm


A lovely lovely memorial and Zanenkai for Rev Jiho.



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