About the Chants to Open and Close the Sutras

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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39237

    About the Chants to Open and Close the Sutras

    Not too much to say about these, as the pretty much speak for themselves: One is a chant, recited typically before a talk in which some sections of a Sutra or a respected writing by an old Zen Master will be quoted and commented on. "Dharma" here means Buddhist Teachings about Reality:


    Sutra Opening Verse
    (Kaikyôge / 開経偈 )

    To be chanted chanted 3X before Dharma Talk by Teacher

    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.

    IN JAPANESE:

    Mu jo jin jin mi myo ho
    hyaku sen man go nan so gu
    ga kon ken mon toku ju ji
    gan ge nyo rai shin jitsu gi.

    I very much appreciate the line that the Teachings are "always encountered, yet rarely perceived," meaning that they are in every stone or blade of grass, star and human encounter, whether or not we realize so at the time.

    The second chant is to end the Talk, and to dedicate its merits to others (Fue Ko):


    On Closing the Sutra
    A Dedication of Merit (Fuekō 普回向)

    CHANT LEADER ONLY:
    May the merits of these Teachings penetrate into each thing in all places
    so that we and every sentient being together may realize the Buddha’s Way.
    EVERYONE TOGETHER 1X:

    All Buddhas throughout space and time
    All Bodhisattvas-Mahasattvas
    Maha Prajna Paramita

    IN JAPANESE:

    Negawaku wa kono kudoku o motte,
    amaneku issai ni oyoboshi,
    warera to shujō to,
    mina tomo ni butsudō o jōzen koto o.
    ~~~
    Ji ho san shi i shi fu
    Shi son bu sa mo ko sa
    Mo ko ho jya ho ro mi

    "Bodhisattvas-Mahasattvas" means the "Bodhisattvas, Great Beings," i.e., the Great Bodhisattvas. "Maha Prajna Paramita" means the "Great Virtue of Wisdom," i.e., the teaching of "Emptiness."

    Here is Nishijima Roshi reciting the Sutra Opening Verse, Kaikyôge, before one of his Talks:


    ... and a Dedication to All Beings after his Talk:


    Gassho, J

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    Last edited by Jundo; 11-15-2023, 06:03 AM.
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  • Yuki
    Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 248

    #2
    Thank you Jundo !
    Those videos and texts will be very useful for Chanting and Zazen Circle.



    黙唱
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    • Jundo
      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
      • Apr 2006
      • 39237

      #3
      Originally posted by Yuki
      Thank you Jundo !
      Those videos and texts will be very useful for Chanting and Zazen Circle.



      黙唱
      Mokushō
      Sat today
      I am glad. I wrote a series during these past days ...

      About our Treeleaf Chants


      Gassho, Jundo

      stlah
      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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