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Santa Cruz Zen Center

Quiet Grove Mountain

Warm Jewel Temple
(Jōrinzan Gyokuonji)

Texts for Daily Services
Short Verses Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sūtra Maka Hannya Haramitta Shin Gy ō Shōsai My ō Kichijō Darani Song of the Trusting Mind Merging of Difference and Unity Song of the Jewel Mirror Samādhi Setting in Motion the Wheel of Dhamma Sutta Metta Sutta Hymn to Prajñā Pāramitā Lotus Sūtra’s Life Span of the Tathāgata Eihei Kōso Hotsuganmon Fukanzazengi Jijuyū Zammai Genjō Kōan Names of the Buddhas and Ancestors Names of the Women Ancestors Gate of Sweet Dew Daihi Shin Darani Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyō 2 3 4 4 5 6 7 9 11 11 12 14 15 18 20 23 24 25 28 28

Short Verses
Robe Verse Great robe of liberation, Field far beyond form and emptiness; Wearing the Tathāgata’s teaching, Saving all beings. Repentance Verse All my ancient, twisted karma, From beginningless greed, hate and delusion, Born through body, speech and mind, I now fully avow. Three Refuges in Pali Buddham saranam gacchāmi Dhammam saranam gacchāmi Sangham saranam gacchāmi Dutiyampi buddham saranam gacchāmi Dutiyampi dhammam saranam gacchāmi Dutiyampi sangham saranam gacchāmi Tatiyampi buddham saranam gacchāmi Tatiyampi dhammam saranam gacchāmi Tatiyampi sangham saranam gacchāmi Opening the Teaching Verse An unsurpassed, penetrating and perfect Dharma Is rarely met with, even in a hundred thousand million kalpas. Having it to see and listen to, to remember and accept, I vow to taste the truth of the Tathāgata’s words. Four Universal Vows Beings are numberless; I vow to save them. Delusions are inexhaustible; I vow to end them. Dharma gates are boundless; I vow to enter them. Buddha’s Way is unsurpassable; I vow to become it.


no suffering. three times. With nothing to attain. Therefore. no smell. there is no form. given emptiness. no knowledge and no attainment. mahā prajñā pāramitā 3 .. no touch. Without hindrance. neither increase nor decrease. when deeply practicing prajñā pāramitā. one realizes nirvana. There is neither ignorance nor extinction of ignorance . no consciousness. all dharmas are marked by emptiness.. no mind. perfect enlightenment. no object of mind. formations. neither old age and death. no sight. no ears. present. Shāriputra. no perception. All honored ones. emptiness itself form. Shāriputra. the great bright mantra. complete. All Buddhas of past. no sound. no cessation. Sensations. Therefore we proclaim the prajñā pāramitā mantra. are neither defiled nor pure. the incomparable mantra. no body. no tongue. perceptions.. and future rely on prajñā pāramitā and thereby attain unsurpassed. no path. which removes all suffering and is true. the mantra that says: “Gate Gate Pāragate Pārasamgate Bodhi Svāhā. Wisdom beyond wisdom. no realm of sight . the supreme mantra.“ All Buddhas. no formation. form does not differ from emptiness. Therefore. no eyes. no cause. they neither arise nor cease. no nose. and thus the mind is without hindrance. bodhisattva-mahāsattvas. and consciousness are also like this. clearly saw that all five aggregates are empty and thus relieved all suffering. ten directions. no realm of mind consciousness. know the prajñā pāramitā as the great miraculous mantra. Form itself is emptiness. no taste. emptiness does not differ from form. not false. no sensation. there is no fear. Far beyond all inverted views. a bodhisattva relies on prajñā pāramitā.Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sūtra Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva.. nor extinction of old age and death.

Maka Hannya Haramitta Shin Gyō (Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra in Japanese) Kan ji zai bo satsu gyo jin han nya ha ra mit ta ji sho ken go on kai ku do is 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 mit ta ko shin mu ke ge mu ke 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 mit ta ko toku a noku ta ra sam myaku sam 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 do shu no jo is sai ku shin jitsu fu ko ko setsu han nya ha ra mit ta shu soku setsu shu watsu gya te gya te ha ra gya te hara so gya te bo ji sowa ka han nya shin gyo Shōsai Myō Kichijō Darani (Wondrous and Auspicious Dhārani for Removing Hindrance) No mo san man da moto nan oha ra chi koto sha sono nan to ji to en gya gya gya ki gya ki un nun shifu ra shifu ra hara shifu ra hara shifu ra chishu sa chishu sa chishu ri chishu ri soha ja soha ja sen chi gya shiri ei so mo ko 4 .

and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. When the one mind is unborn. the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail. it is due to our choosing or rejecting that we do not see thus. The changes that appear to occur in the empty world we call real only because of ignorance. Make the smallest distinction. right and wrong. When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity. the mind will be lost in confusion. only cease to hold opinions. When no discriminating thoughts arise. so take care not to pursue them. the old mind ceases to exist. Dualistic constructs do not abide. nor passively in emptiness. When longing and aversion are both absent.606) The Great Way is not difficult for those who hold no preferences. to assert the emptiness of things is to turn away from emptiness. you will never know oneness. The struggle of likes and dislikes is the disease of the mind. If you wish to see the truth. As long as you remain in one extreme or the other. your very effort fills you with activity. Do not search for the truth. To return to the root is to find the meaning. however. nothing in the world can offend. Live neither in entanglement with things. everything becomes clear and undisguised. Stop talking and thinking and there is nothing you will not be able to know. If there is even a trace of this and that. The Way is perfect like vast space. and when a thing can no longer offend it ceases to exist in the old way. Indeed. Those who do not live in the single Way fail in both activity and passivity. d. but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.Song of the Trusting Mind (partial translation of the Shinjinmei by Kanchi Sōsan. Be serene without striving activity in the oneness of things. When the deep meaning of things is not understood. the further astray you wander from the truth. where nothing is lacking and nothing is extra. The more you talk and think about it. there is going beyond appearance and emptiness. 5 . To deny the existence of things is to get stuck in existence. At the moment of turning the light of awareness around. Although all dualities come from the one. and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves. assertion and denial. then hold no opinion for or against. do not be attached even to this one.

700-790) The mind of the great sage of India is intimately communicated between east and west. nose and smell. when interacting. Hearing the words. Eye and form. Each sense and every field interact and do not interact. don’t make up standards on your own. how can you know the way as you walk? Progress is not a matter of far or near. ‘light’ is an expression for distinguishing pure and defiled. but don’t see it as light. All things have their function – it is a matter of use in the appropriate situation. Right in light there is darkness. don’t waste time. wind moves. I humbly say to those who study the mystery. Light and dark are relative to one another like forward and backward steps. tongue and taste – thus in all things the leaves spread from the root. but in the path there are no southern or northern ancestors. principle accords like arrow points meeting. earth is solid. Phenomena exist like box and cover joining. The four gross elements return to their own natures like a baby taking to its mother. People’s faculties may be keen or dull. but if you are confused. Grasping things is basically delusion. the branching streams flow in the darkness. fire heats. mountains and rivers block the way. Forms are basically different in material and appearance. ‘Darkness’ is a word for merging upper and lower. they also merge – otherwise they remain in their own states. 6 . sounds are fundamentally different in pleasant or harsh quality. ‘Noble’ and ‘base’ are only manners of speaking. right in darkness there is light. but don’t confront it as darkness. The spiritual source shines clearly in the light. ear and sound. If you don’t understand the path as it meets your eyes.Merging of Difference and Unity (Sandōkai by Sekitō Kisen. you should understand the source. merging with principle is still not enlightenment. water wets. the whole process must return to the source.

do not neglect it. Communing with the source. Respecting this is fortunate. The meaning is not in the words. Subtly included within the true. Now you have it. miss and you fall into doubt and vacillation. yet it responds to the inquiring impulse. like a diamond thunderbolt. it doesn't appear at dawn. in its greatness it is utterly beyond location. It is like the taste of the five-flavored herb. It is bright just at midnight. Just to depict it in literary form is to stain it with defilement. quiescently it shines bright. Filling a silver bowl with snow. It acts as a guide for beings. for it is like a massive fire. then there are guiding 7 . when you mix them. “Baba wawa” – is there anything said or not? Ultimately it does not apprehend anything because its speech is not yet correct. it does not go or come. hiding a heron in the moonlight – taken as similar they're not the same. in five aspects complete. It is like the six lines of the illumination hexagram: relative and ultimate interact – piled up. travel the pathways. Once basic approaches are distinguished. nor rise nor stand. it is not within the province of delusion or enlightenment. Move and you are trapped. the complete transformation makes five. It is like facing a jewel mirror. 807-869) The teaching of thusness has been intimately communicated by Buddhas and ancestors. they make three. in truth it is you. so keep it well. time and season. you know where they are. its use removes all pains. Although it is not fabricated. A hairsbreadth's deviation will fail to accord with the proper attunement. Now there are sudden and gradual in which teachings and approaches arise. Like a babe in the world. With causal conditions. embrace the territory and treasure the road. Turning away and touching are both wrong. form and image behold each other – you are not it. In its fineness it fits into spacelessness. Naturally real yet inconceivable.Song of the Jewel Mirror Samādhi (Hōkyō Zammai by Tōzan Ryōkai. it is not without speech. inquiry and response come up together.

Outwardly still while inwardly moving. But when arrow-points meet head on. like a tethered colt. If you want to conform to the ancient way. the acquiescent mind realizes itself. working within. please observe the sages of former times. when erroneous imaginations cease. true eternity still flows. like a fool. the stone woman gets up dancing. But even though the basis is reached and the approach comprehended. Just to continue in this way is called the host within the host. like an idiot. like a battle-scarred tiger. one gazed at a tree for ten eons. they called black as white. According to their delusions. there are house cat and cow. what has this to do with the power of skill? When the wooden man begins to sing. not obeying is not filial and not serving is no help. When about to fulfill the way of Buddhahood. like a horse with shanks gone gray. a trapped rat – the ancient sages pitied them and bestowed upon them the teaching. children obey their parents. because there is the startlingly different. there are jewel pedestals. Yi with his archer's skill could hit a target at a hundred paces.rules. 8 . Practice secretly. fine clothing. Because there is the common. it’s not within reach of feeling or discrimination – how could it admit of consideration in thought? Ministers serve their lords.

to insight. sorrow and lamentation. letting go of it. it gives knowledge. to freedom.? It is simply the Noble Eightfold Path. pain. It finds fresh delight now here and now there. to insight. right mindfulness. right livelihood.. ‘The Noble Truth of the way leading to the cessation of suffering is this: It is simply the Noble Eightfold Path. these two extremes ought not to be practiced by one who has gone forth from the worldly life. namely. right thought. right mindfulness. to awakening. giving it up.. the Tathāgata has realized the Middle Way: it gives vision. namely right view. namely. and craving for non-being. craving for sensepleasures. to awakening. right action. not to get what one wants is suffering – in brief. ‘Avoiding both these extremes. right speech. right concentration. craving for being. sickness is suffering. What are the two? There is devotion to pursuing sense pleasures. unworthy and unprofitable. the way of ordinary people. grief and despair are suffering. bound up with passionate greed. separation from the pleasant is suffering. association with the unpleasant is suffering. and which leads to peace. grasping the five aggregates is suffering. to freedom. renouncing it. death is suffering.Setting in Motion the Wheel of Dhamma Sutta Thus have I heard. 9 . Once the Blessed One was living in the Deer Park at Isipatana. right view. ‘The Noble Truth of suffering is this: Birth is suffering. ‘The Noble Truth of the cessation of suffering is this: It is the complete cessation of that very craving. emancipating oneself from it. right livelihood. There he addressed the group of five monks: ‘Monks. which is degrading. right action. right effort. right thought. ‘The Noble Truth of the origin of suffering is this: It is craving which produces renewal of being. unworthy and unprofitable. and it leads to peace. which is painful. right effort. common. which gives vision. and there is devotion to self-mortification. near Vārānasi. which gives knowledge. right speech. And what is that Middle Way. This is the Middle Way realized by the Tathāgata. right concentration. aging is suffering.

. the wisdom.. 10 . with its monarchs and people. has been followed”: such was the vision.’ This the Blessed One said.. the awareness.. But when my vision of true knowledge was fully clear in these three aspects. as a noble truth. and highest divinity.. must be fully understood”: such was the vision . has been fully understood”: such was the vision . in these twelve ways.. “This cessation of suffering.. ‘ “This is the Noble Truth of the cessation of suffering”: such was the vision . in this world with its contemplatives and priests. as a noble truth. This is my last birth.. “This cessation of suffering. in this world with its contemplatives and priests.... “This origin of suffering. the knowledge. “This suffering. ‘As long as my vision of true knowledge was not fully clear in these three aspects. And the vision and knowledge arose in me thus: My heart’s deliverance is unshakable.. the knowledge. must be realized”: such was the vision . “This origin of suffering. The group of five monks was glad. I did not claim to have realized the perfect awakening that is supreme in the world with its gods.. devils.. as a noble truth.. as a noble truth. then I claimed to have realized the perfect awakening that is supreme in the world with its gods... as a noble truth. regarding the Four Noble Truths. in these twelve ways. Now there is no more renewal of being. the light. has been abandoned”: such was the vision .. and highest divinity. ‘ “This is the Noble Truth of the way leading to the cessation of suffering”: such was the vision . the wisdom. must be abandoned”: such was the vision . must be followed”: such was the vision .. as a noble truth. that arose in me with regard to things not heard before. ‘ “This is the Noble Truth of the origin of suffering”: such was the vision . as a noble truth. the awareness. “This way leading to the cessation of suffering. devils. that arose in me with regard to things not heard before. as a noble truth. “This suffering. with its monarchs and people.‘ “This is the Noble Truth of suffering”: such was the vision. the light. regarding the Four Noble Truths. “This way leading to the cessation of suffering. and they rejoiced at his words.. has been realized”: such was the vision .

and joyous. The Perfection of Wisdom gives light. and has obtained peace. freed from sense appetites. Let one not take upon oneself the burden of riches. let one practice the Way with gratitude. She brings light so that all fear and distress may be forsaken. the entire world cannot stain her. and sincere. Most excellent are her works. Unstained. in high or middle or low realms of existence. near or far. so let one cultivate an infinite good will toward the whole world. Let one be wise but not puffed up and let one not desire great possessions even for one's family. born or to be born. the holy. may all beings be happy. The Perfection of Wisdom of the Buddhas sets in motion the wheel of Dharma. Hymn to Prajñā Pāramitā Homage to the Perfection of Wisdom. She is a source of light and from everyone in the triple world she removes darkness. Let one be strenuous. May they be joyous and live in safety. the lovely. during all one's waking hours. easily contented. upright. 11 . Not holding to fixed views. below. She herself is an organ of vision. Let one not be submerged by the things of the world. without limit. visible or invisible. Even as a mother at the risk of her life watches over and protects her only child. Let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another. whether weak or strong. Let one do nothing that is mean or that the wise would reprove. She has a clear knowledge of the own-being of all dharmas. without pride. and disperses the gloom and darkness of delusion. Suffusing love over the entire world. who seeks the good. sitting or lying down. All living beings.Metta Sutta (Scripture on Loving Kindness) This is what should be accomplished by the one who is wise. May all beings be happy. so with a boundless mind should one cherish all living things. above. for she does not stray away from it. small or great. Let one's senses be controlled. and all around. one who achieves the Way will be freed from the duality of birth and death. Let no one deceive another nor despise any being in any state. endowed with insight. Standing or walking.

then I and the assembled sangha appear together on sacred Vulture Peak. or not. drowning in the sea of suffering. all this for immeasurable kalpas. Then I tell the living beings that in this world I abide without end. gardens and groves. Other lands contain living beings. You who do not hear this only suppose I am passed into extinction. In order to liberate all beings. with gentle intention. and arouse adoring hearts. adorned with every kind of gem. all harbor feelings of yearning. thousands. till when their hearts are filled with longing. I behold the living beings. appearing to be extinct. I give voice to supreme Dharma. among them as well. I then emerge and proclaim the Dharma. and jeweled trees lush with flowers 12 . my domain stays serene and calm. I forever abide in this world. When living beings see the kalpa's end. and billions of long eons. myriads. Constantly I have voiced the Dharma. ever dwelling here to voice the Dharma. All those viewing me as extinct everywhere venerate my relics. and every other dwelling place. yet truly I am not extinct. honest and upright. teaching countless millions of living beings. but set them all to yearning. as skillful means I appear to have entered nirvana. with all consumed in a great blaze. for uncountable kalpas I abide on sacred Vulture Peak. When beings have become sincerely faithful. so that they entered the Buddha Way. but use my powers of spiritual penetration so that confused living beings. reverent with faith aspiring. fail to see me. wholeheartedly wishing to behold the Buddha. though nearby. by the power of expedient means.Lotus Sūtra’s Life Span of the Tathāgata Since I attained Buddhahood. the number of kalpas that have passed is incalculable hundreds. ever filled with human and heavenly beings. With such pervasive spiritual power. Hence I do not reveal myself. not begrudging their own bodily lives. pavilions and palaces.

I describe Buddha's life span as immeasurable. they would fall into evil destinies. and sincere. are gentle. in order to cure his delirious children. I always know which living beings practice the Way. their hearts become selfish and arrogant. not false. proclaiming Dharma. for those who after great lengths see the Buddha. savior of all suffering and afflicted. But those who practice virtuous deeds. You who are possessed of wisdom. forever ended. My pure land is not destroyed. yet all view it as ravaged by fire. caused by their unwholesome karma. cast them off. in regards to this. through vast rounds of kalpas. as parent of the world. entertain no doubts. showering white māndārava flowers over Buddha and the great assembly. where living beings delight and play. although truly living. so that fear and distress pervade everywhere. in accord with what their salvation requires. and which do not. upright. I too. abiding here. At times for the sake of that assembly. hear not the name of the Three Treasures.and fruit. Like the good physician who with skillful means. The heavenly beings beat celestial drums. these all see that I exist. am thought to be extinct. ever making pleasing music. this life span of countless kalpas was gained from long-cultivated practice. for Buddha's words are true. ever making this my thought: how can I cause the living beings to enter into the unsurpassed Way and promptly embody Buddha? 13 . Such is the power of my wisdom. dissolute and set on the five desires. The beings vexed with their offenses. with beams of insight shining beyond measure. although truly alive spreads word he is dead yet cannot be charged with falsehood. If due to always seeing me. worldly people. I give voice to the various teachings. for the sake of confused. I explain how rarely Buddha is encountered.

may all Buddhas and ancestors who have attained the Buddha Way be compassionate to us and free us from karmic effects. save the body which is the fruit of many lives. By revealing and disclosing our lack of faith and practice before the Buddha. the great earth and all living beings together will attain the Buddha Way. as this practice is the exact transmission of a verified Buddha. we shall renounce worldly affairs and maintain the Buddha-Dharma. Enlightened people of today are exactly as those of old. of the true body of faith. In this life. allowing us to practice the Way without hindrance. no doubt will arise in us. one never fails to receive profound help from all Buddhas and ancestors. Repenting in this way. we melt away the root of transgressions by the power of our repentance. This is the pure and simple color of true practice. Because they extend their compassion to us freely and without limit. of the true mind of faith. will now be enlightened. we are one Buddha and one ancestor. “Those who in past lives were not enlightened. that upon hearing it. and that in doing so. Therefore. 14 . nor will we lack in faith.Eihei Kōso Hotsuganmon (Ancestor Eihei’s Verse for Arousing the Vow by Eihei Dōgen) We vow with all beings. Before Buddhas were enlightened. we in the future shall be Buddhas and ancestors. May they share with us their compassion. Although our past evil karma has greatly accumulated. Revering Buddhas and ancestors. awakening bodhi-mind. we are able to attain Buddhahood and let go of the attainment. we are one bodhi-mind. Buddhas and ancestors of old were as we. to hear the true Dharma. which fills the boundless universe with the virtue of their enlightenment and teachings. indeed being the cause and condition of obstacles in practicing the Way. the Chan Master Lung-ya said. from this life on throughout countless lives. that upon meeting it. they were the same as we.” Quietly explore the farthest reaches of these causes and conditions.

Who could believe in a means to brush it clean? It is never apart from one. Or Bodhidharma's transmission of the mind-seal? The fame of his nine years of facing a wall is celebrated to this day. you should practice suchness without delay. and learn the backward step that turns your light inwardly to illuminate your self. Eat and drink moderately. Do not think good or bad. partial excursions about the frontiers but is still somewhat deficient in the vital way of total emancipation. attaining the Way and clarifying the mind. Suppose one gains pride of understanding and inflates one's own enlightenment. If the least like or dislike arises. What need is there for concentrated effort? Indeed. a quiet room is suitable. the whole body is far beyond the world's dust. Need I mention the Buddha. Cease all the movements of the conscious mind. One is making the initial. glimpsing the wisdom that runs through all things. who was possessed of inborn knowledge? The influence of his six years of upright sitting is noticeable still. the Way is as distant as heaven from earth. Practicing zen has nothing whatever to do with sitting or lying down. if there is the slightest discrepancy. Body and mind of themselves will drop away. Have no designs on becoming a Buddha. How could it be contingent upon practice and realization? The Dharma-vehicle is free and untrammeled. raising an aspiration to escalade the very sky. pursuing words and following after speech. If you want to attain suchness. the mind is lost in confusion. Since this was the case with the saints of old. 15 . how can we today dispense with negotiation of the Way? You should therefore cease from practice based on intellectual understanding. and your original face will be manifest.Fukanzazengi (Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen by Eihei Dōgen) The Way is basically perfect and all-pervading. the gauging of all thought and views. For practicing zen. right where one is. What is the use of going off here and there to practice? And yet. Cast aside all involvements and cease all affairs. Do not administer pros and cons.

it cannot be fully known by the practicing or realizing of supernatural powers 16 . It is simply the Dharma-gate of repose and bliss. In addition. you are like a dragon gaining the water. The zazen I speak of is not learning meditation. the bringing about of enlightenment by the opportunity provided by a finger. spread out thick matting and place a cushion on it. and the effecting of realization with the aid of a whisk. a staff. immovable sitting position. Indeed. the practice-realization of totally culminated enlightenment. take a deep breath. Do not rise suddenly or abruptly.At the site of your regular sitting. you simply press your left foot against your right thigh. you first place your right foot on your left thigh and your left foot on your right thigh. neither leaning forward nor backward. How do you think of not-thinking? Non-thinking. Thus sit upright in correct bodily posture. Once its heart is grasped. When you arise from sitting. calmly and deliberately. inhale and exhale. You should have your robes and belt loosely bound and arranged in order. like a tiger taking to the mountains. move slowly and quietly. have all depended entirely on the strength of zazen. dullness and distraction are struck aside. a fist. Then place your right hand on your left leg and your left palm facing upward on your right palm. In the full-lotus position. Traps and snares can never reach it. Think of not-thinking. Be sure your ears are on a plane with your shoulders and your nose in line with your navel. Once you have adjusted your posture. In surveying the past. Sit either in the full-lotus or half-lotus position. rock your body right and left and settle into a steady. or a shout cannot be fully understood by discriminative thinking. Place your tongue against the front roof of your mouth. with teeth and lips both shut. For you must know that just there in zazen the right Dharma is manifesting itself and that from the first. In the half-lotus. and you should breathe gently through your nose. This in itself is the essential art of zazen. neither inclining to the left nor to the right. a needle. thumb-tips touching. we find that transcendence of both unenlightenment and enlightenment. or a mallet. and dying while either sitting or standing. It is the manifestation of ultimate reality. a banner. Your eyes should always remain open.

destiny like the dart of lightning . intelligence or lack of it does not matter. Your treasure-store will open of itself. between the dull and the sharp-witted there is no distinction. do not be suspicious of the true dragon. You have gained the pivotal opportunity of human form. still they all negotiate the Way solely in zazen. Do not use your time in vain. Long accustomed to groping for the elephant. both in India and China equally hold the Buddha-seal. this world and other worlds as well. honored followers of Zen. Please. In general. You are maintaining the essential working of the Buddha Way. It must be deportment beyond hearing and seeing – is it not a principle that is prior to knowledge and perceptions? This being the case. and you will use it at will. Going forward in practice is a matter of everydayness. which is simply devotion to sitting. If you concentrate your effort single-mindedly. that in itself is negotiating the Way. Devote your energies to a way that directly indicates the absolute. Who would take wasteful delight in the spark from the flintstone? Besides. and over all prevails the character of this school. vanished in a flash. Revere the person of complete attainment who is beyond all human agency. Why leave behind the seat that exists in your home and go aimlessly off to the dusty realms of other lands? If you make one misstep you go astray from the Way directly before you. total engagement in immovable sitting. 17 .either. Practice-realization is naturally undefiled.emptied in an instant. Constantly perform in such a manner and you are assured of being a person such as they. Although it is said that there are as many minds as there are persons. succeed to the legitimate lineage of the ancestors' samādhi. form and substance are like the dew on the grass. Gain accord with the enlightenment of the Buddhas.

Those who attained enlightenment in India and China followed this way. at once obtain pure body and mind. and vigorously uplift the ongoing Buddha-Dharma. 18 . all ancestors and all Buddhas who uphold Buddha-Dharma have made it the true path of enlightenment to sit upright practicing in the midst of self-fulfilling samādhi. all beings in the ten directions and the six realms. or reading scriptures. repentance. and realize essential Buddha-Dharma. When even for a moment you express the Buddha's seal in the three actions by sitting upright in samādhi. you immediately leap beyond the boundary of awakening. you will in zazen unmistakably drop away body and mind. and sitting upright under the bodhi tree. grass. realize the state of great emancipation. Because earth. including the three lower realms. it is said that this directly transmitted. bowing. without engaging in incense offering. ultimate and unconditioned. and thus drop away body and mind. and manifest the original face. the whole phenomenal world becomes the Buddha's seal and the entire sky turns into enlightenment. myriad objects partake of the Buddha body. all things realize correct awakening. Because such broad awakening resonates back to you and helps you inconceivably. In the authentic tradition of our teaching. tiles. It was done so because teachers and disciples personally transmitted this excellent method as the essence of the teaching. and pebbles all engage in Buddha activity. straightforward Buddha-Dharma is the unsurpassable of the unsurpassable. Because of this all Buddha Tathāgatas as the original source increase their Dharma bliss and renew their magnificence in the awakening of the Way. cutting off the various defiled thoughts from the past. From the first time you meet a master.Jijuyū Zammai (Self-Fulfilling Samādhi by Eihei Dōgen. you should just wholeheartedly sit. 1200-1253) Now. Furthermore. At this moment you turn the unsurpassably great Dharma wheel and expound the profound wisdom. cause everyone to have the opportunity of ongoing Buddhahood. chanting Buddha's name. trees. those who receive the benefit of wind and water caused by them are inconceivably helped by the Buddha's guidance. walls. At this time. Thus you will raise up Buddha activity at innumerable practice places of Buddha Tathāgatas everywhere.

Know that even if all Buddhas of the ten directions. Because of this. Those who receive these water and fire benefits spread the Buddha's guidance based on original awakening. trees. common people as well as sages. All this. unthinkable. exert their strength and with the Buddhas' wisdom try to measure the merit of one person's zazen. it is impossible to measure. profound Dharma. because it is unconstructedness in stillness – it is immediate realization. unremitting. Each moment of zazen is equally wholeness of practice. future. it is like a hammer striking emptiness: before and after. If practice and realization were two things. trees. the realm of self-awakening and awakening others invariably holds the mark of realization with nothing lacking. because realization is not reached by a deluded mind. and realization itself is manifested without ceasing for a moment. and lands which are embraced by this teaching together radiate a great light and endlessly expound the inconceivable. however. Grass. This being so. This is not only practice while sitting. each could be recognized separately. mind and object merge in realization and go beyond enlightenment. Thus in the past. Thus. does not appear within perception. 19 . And they in accord extend this Dharma for the sake of grass. equally wholeness of realization.splendid and unthinkable. and awaken intimately to themselves. Grass. as it appears to an ordinary person. and walls. as innumerable as the sands of the Ganges. the zazen of even one person at one moment imperceptibly accords with all things and fully resonates through all time. they will not be able to fully comprehend it. all those who live with you and speak with you will obtain endless Buddha virtue and will unroll widely inside and outside of the entire universe. the incomparably profound and subtle teaching. trees. and walls bring forth the teaching for all beings. But what can be met with recognition is not realization itself. unnamable Buddha-Dharma. In stillness. its exquisite peal permeates everywhere. nevertheless. without disturbing its quality or moving a particle you extend the Buddha's great activity. How can it be limited to this moment? Hundreds of things all manifest original practice from the original face. because you are in the state of self-fulfilling samādhi. and present of the limitless universe this zazen carries on the Buddha's teaching endlessly. the endless.

it will be clear that nothing at all has unchanging self. you are immediately your original self. no Buddha. those who are greatly deluded about realization are sentient beings. you imagine you are far away from its environs. and this no-trace continues endlessly. thus there are birth and death. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening. When actualized by myriad things. you can see that the boat moves. Those who have great realization of delusion are Buddhas. practice. your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. who are in delusion throughout delusion. no sentient being. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat. To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. who go on actualizing Buddhas. Yet. You should understand that firewood abides in the phenomenal expression of 20 . do not suppose that the ash is future and the firewood past. When you see forms or hear sounds fully engaging body-and-mind. To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. and unlike the moon and its reflection in the water. you might assume that the shore is moving. you grasp things directly. and there are Buddhas and sentient beings. Further. there are those who continue realizing beyond realization. Unlike things and their reflections in the mirror. and in aversion weeds spread. However. no birth and death. But Dharma is already correctly transmitted. when one side is illuminated the other side is dark. When Buddhas are truly Buddhas they do not necessarily notice that they are Buddhas. To study the self is to forget the self. basically. if you examine myriad things with a confused body and mind you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. birth and death. and it does not become firewood again. in attachment blossoms fall. Firewood becomes ash. Similarly. delusion and realization. sentient beings and Buddhas. No trace of realization remains. When you ride in a boat and watch the shore. they are actualized Buddhas. As the myriad things are without an abiding self. Yet. leaping clear of the many and the one. no realization. there is delusion and realization. When you practice intimately and return to where you are. there is no delusion.Genjō Kōan (Actualizing the Fundamental Point by Eihei Dōgen) As all things are Buddha-Dharma. The Buddha Way is. When you first seek Dharma.

It is an unshakable teaching in Buddha's discourse that death does not turn into birth. Accordingly. you must know that although they may look round or square. Ash abides in the phenomenal expression of ash which fully includes future and past. For example. But the ocean is neither round nor square. A fish swims in the ocean. the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. Although its light is wide and great. You do not call winter the beginning of spring. It is so not only around you. and view the four directions. and is independent of past and future. just as a drop of water does not hinder the moon in the sky. you see and understand only what your eye of practice can reach. A bird flies in the sky. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in dewdrops on the grass. Enlightenment does not divide you. It only looks circular as far as you can see at that time. They are like winter and spring. and does not look any other way. you understand that something is missing. Though there are many features in the dusty world and the world beyond conditions. and no matter how far it flies. the other features of oceans and mountains are infinite in variety. or in a drop of water. The depth of the drop is the height of the moon. its features are infinite in variety. All things are like this. but also directly beneath your feet. Just as firewood does not become firewood again after it is ash. Death is an expression complete this moment. just as the moon does not break the water. whole worlds are there. Accordingly. You cannot hinder enlightenment. you think it is already sufficient. manifests the vastness of the dewdrop.firewood which fully includes past and future. When Dharma fills your body and mind. However. nor is the water broken. it is an established way in Buddha-Dharma to deny that birth turns into death. death is understood as no-death. or even in one drop of water. however long or short its duration. It is like a palace. nor summer the end of spring. It is like a jewel. you do not return to birth after death. the fish and the bird have never left 21 . Each reflection. This being so. the ocean looks circular. birth is understood as no-birth. The moon does not get wet. In order to learn the nature of the myriad things. and realizes the limitlessness of the moonlight in the sky. and no matter how far it swims there is no end to the water. when you sail out in a boat to the midst of ·an ocean where no land is in sight. When Dharma does not fill your whole body and mind. there is no end to the air. Birth is an expression complete this moment. Enlightenment is like the moon reflected in the water.

It is possible to illustrate this with more analogies. The master just kept fanning himself. the vital path of its correct transmission. and each of them totally experiences its realm. When their activity is large their field is large. The actualization of the Buddha-Dharma. Accordingly. “Master. neither yours nor others'. When you find your place where you are. doing one practice is practicing completely. The bird is life and the fish is life. When you find your way at this moment.” Baoche replied. this bird or this fish will not find its way or its place. A monk approached and said. and it is not merely arising now. Zen master Baoche of Mount Mayu was fanning himself. Now if a bird or a fish tries to reach the end of its element before moving in it. is like this. Why. and people are like this. Know that water is life and air is life. Thus. the Way. The boundary of realization is not distinct. Practice. the inconceivable may not be distinctly apparent. If the bird leaves the air it will die at once. each of them totally covers its full range.their elements. Although actualized immediately. meeting one thing is mastering it. practice occurs. because of that. for the realization comes forth simultaneously with the mastery of Buddha-Dharma. for the place. “you do not understand the meaning of its reaching everywhere. here the Way unfolds. 22 . The place. then do you fan yourself?” “Although you understand that the nature of wind is permanent. Do not suppose that what you realize becomes your knowledge and is grasped by your consciousness. the Way. practice occurs. Life must be the bird and life must be the fish. Its appearance is beyond your knowledge. The nature of wind is permanent. If the fish leaves the water it will die at once. the nature of wind is permanent and there is no place it does not reach.” “What is the meaning of its reaching everywhere?” asked the monk again. actualizing the fundamental point. is neither large nor small. you will understand neither permanence nor the nature of wind. If you say that you do not need to fan yourself because the nature of wind is permanent and you can have wind without fanning. the wind of the Buddha's house brings forth the gold of the earth and makes fragrant the cream of the long river. in the practice-enlightenment of the Buddha Way. has not carried over from the past. enlightenment. actualizing the fundamental point. The monk bowed deeply. When their need is small their field is small. Here is the place.

Names of the Buddhas and Ancestors Bibashi Butsu Dāioshō Shiki Butsu Dāioshō Bishafu Butsu Dāioshō Kurusōn Butsu Dāioshō Kunagōnmuni Butsu Dāioshō Kashō Butsu Dāioshō Shakamuni Butsu Dāioshō Makakashō Dāioshō Anānda Dāioshō Shōnawashu Dāioshō Ubakikuta Dāioshō Dāitaka Dāioshō Mishaka Dāioshō Vashumitsu Dāioshō Butsudanāndāi Dāioshō Fudamītta Dāioshō Barishiba Dāioshō Funayasha Dāioshō Anabotēi Dāioshō Kabimara Dāioshō Nagyaharajuna Dāioshō Kanadāiba Dāioshō Ragorata Dāioshō Sōgyanāndāi Dāioshō Kayashata Dāioshō Kumorata Dāioshō Shayata Dāioshō Vashubānzu Dāioshō Manura Dāioshō Kakurokuna Dāioshō Shishibodāi Dāioshō Bashashita Dāioshō Funyomītta Dāioshō Hānnyatara Dāioshō Bodāidaruma Dāioshō Tāiso Eka Dāioshō Kānchi Sōsān Dāioshō Dāi-i Dōshīn Dāioshō Dāimān Kōnīn Dāioshō Dāikān Enō Dāioshō Sēigēn Gyōshi Dāioshō Sekitō Kisēn Dāioshō Yakusān Igēn Dāioshō Ūngān Dōnjō Dāioshō Tōzān Ryōkāi Dāioshō Ūngo Dōyō Dāioshō Dōān Dōhi Dāioshō Dōān Kānshi Dāioshō Ryōzān Ēnkān Dāioshō Tāiyō Kyōgēn Dāioshō Tōsu Gisēi Dāioshō Fuyō Dōkāi Dāioshō Tānka Shijūn Dāioshō Chōro Sēiryō Dāioshō Tēndō Sōgaku Dāioshō Sētchō Chikān Dāioshō Tēndō Nyojō Dāioshō Ēihēi Dōgēn Dāioshō Koūn Ejō Dāioshō Tēttsū Gikāi Dāioshō Kēizān Jōkīn Dāioshō Gasān Jōseki Dāioshō Tāigēn Sōshīn Dāioshō Bāizān Mōmpōn Dāioshō Jōchū Tēngīn Dāioshō Shīngān Dōkū Dāioshō Sēnsō Esāi Dāioshō Iyoku Chōyū Dāioshō Mugāi Kēigōn Dāioshō Nēnshitsu Yokaku Dāioshō Sēssō Hōseki Dāioshō Tāiēi Zeshō Dāioshō Nāmpo Gēntaku Dāioshō Zōdēn Yokō Dāioshō Tēnyū Sōēn Dāioshō Kēn'ān Jūnsa Dāioshō Chōkoku Koēn Dāioshō Sēnshū Dōnkō Dāioshō Fudēn Gēntotsu Dāioshō Dāishūn Kān'yū Dāioshō Tēnrīn Kānshū Dāioshō Sēssān Tetsuzēn Dāioshō Fuzān Shūnki Dāioshō Jīssān Mokuīn Dāioshō Sēngān Bōnryū Dāioshō Dāiki Kyōkān Dāiosho Ēnjō Gikān Dāioshō Shōūn H ōz u i Dāioshō Shizān Tokuchu Dāioshō Nānsō Shīnshū Dāioshō Kānkāi Tokuōn Dāioshō Kosēn Bāidō Dāioshō Gyakushitsu Sojūn Dāioshō Butsumōn Sogaku Dāioshō Gyokujūn So-ōn Dāiosho Shōgaku Shūnryū Dāioshō Zentatsu Myōyū Dāioshō Tenshin Zenki Dāioshō Karin Sōbun Dāioshō 23 .

Names of the Women Ancestors Achāryā Mahāpajāpatī Achāryā Mittā Achāryā Yasōdharā Achāryā Tissā Achāryā Sujātā Achāryā Sundarī-nandā Achāryā Vaddhesī Achāryā Patāchārā Achāryā Visākha Achāryā Singālaka-mātā Achāryā Khemā Achāryā Uppalavannā Achāryā Sāmāvatī Achāryā Uttarā Achāryā Chandā Achāryā Uttamā Achāryā Bhaddā Kundalakesā Achāryā Nanduttarā Achāryā Dantikā Achāryā Sakulā Achāryā Sihā Achāryā Dhammadinnā Achāryā Kisāgōtamī Achāryā Ubbirī Achāryā Isidāsi Achāryā Bhaddā Kapilānī Achāryā Muttā Achāryā Sumanā Achāryā Dhammā Achāryā Chittā Achāryā Anōpamā Achāryā Sukkā Achāryā Samā Achāryā Utpalāvarna Achāryā Shrimālā Devī Achāryā Congchi Achāryā Lingzhao Achāryā Moshan Liaoran (Sung-chir) (Liu Tiemo) (Shir-ji) (Kung-shir Dao-ren) (Fa-dung) (Ling-jao) (Miao-shin) (Jir-an) (Yu Dao-poe) (Mo-shan Liao-ren) (Dao-shun) Achāryā Liu Tiemo Achāryā Miaoxin Achāryā Daoshen Achāryā Shiji Achāryā Zhi’an Achāryā Huiguang Achāryā (Hway-guang) (Huay-wen) (Jer-tung) Kongshi Daoren Achāryā Yu Daopo Achāryā Huiwen Achāryā Fadeng Achāryā Wenzhao Achāryā Miaodao Achāryā Zhitong (Wen-jow) (Miao-dao) Achāryā Zēnshīn Achāryā Zēnzo Achāryā Ezēn Achāryā Ryonēn Achāryā Egi Achāryā Shogaku Achāryā Ekān Achāryā Shōzēn Achāryā Mokufu Sonīn Achāryā Myosho Ēnkān Achāryā Ekyu Achāryā Eshūn Achāryā Soshīn Achāryā Soitsu Achāryā Chiyono 24 .

(gassho for homages) Homage to the Dharma in ten directions. so that every being will equally receive this fortunate offering. as well as demonic spirits from the untamed wilderness. including every atom throughout the entire dharma realm. and receive joy. Homage to the expounder of the teachings.Gate of Sweet Dew Homage to the Buddhas in ten directions. In accord with your intentions. we completely transfer and dedicate to the unsurpassed awakening with total clarity and wisdom of the whole dharma realm of true reality. Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva. that all may speedily attain Buddhahood without incurring any other destinies. We entreat those who have previously attained the Way since ancient times to vow to realize liberation together with all beings. and all sentient beings throughout the vast emptiness of the universe. and earth. be liberated. We offer food to beings throughout the dharma realm. compassionate reliever of suffering. Whatever virtue and merit this produces. may you travel freely through the pure lands in the ten directions and arouse awakened mind. so that you and all the many sentient beings will be satisfied. rivers. We invite all our departed ancestors going back to ancient times. constantly protect us so that our vows will be fulfilled. 25 . May all sentient beings of the dharma realm take advantage of this teaching to quickly attain Buddhahood. find birth in heaven. Homage to the Sangha in ten directions. to come and gather here. with deep sympathy we offer food to all of you. Homage to the great merciful. Now. Shākyamuni Buddha. Giving rise to the awakened mind. practicing the awakened way and in the future become a Buddha without regressing. we unconditionally offer a bowl of pure food to all the hungry ghosts in every land to the farthest reaches of vast emptiness in the ten directions. the spirits dwelling in mountains. making offerings to Buddhas. Homage to our original teacher. Day and night. sincerely hoping that you will each accept this food and turn it over. Moreover. sages. the venerable Ānanda. we sincerely wish that your bodies be conveyed by these mantras and food so that you may depart from suffering.

Homage to the King of Sweet Dew Tathāgatha. satisfying them with food and drink.(Italicized portions of the text are not chanted. Homage to the Wondrous Form Body Tathāgatha. Homage to the Boundless Body Tathāgatha. Nō bo bagya batēi hara bota ara tānnō ya tatāgyata ya Removing the karma of greed. fully complete with blessings and wisdom. granting pleasure.) Dhārani for Summoning Deceased Spirits to the Great Assembly Nō bō bohori gyari tari tatā gyata ya Dhārani for Breaking Down the Gates of Hell and Opening Throats Ōm boho tēiri gyatari tatā gyata ya Dhārani for Blessing Food with the Unimpeded Radiance of Innumerable Virtues nō maku saraba tatāgyata baro kitēi ōm sām barā sām barā ūn Dhārani of the Flavor of Dharma covered with Sweet Dew nō maku soro baya tatāgyata ya tanyata ōm soro soro hara soro hara soro sowaka Dhārani for Contemplating Vairochana Buddha through the Word “Mind” on a Sphere of Water nō maku sāmmān da botanān bān Dhāranis Summoning the Five Tathāgathas with Precious Names (gassho) Homage to the Many Jewels Tathāgatha. Nō bo bagya batēi ami ritēi arān jaya tatāgyata ya Pouring the Dharma into body and mind. Nō bo bagya batēi biho ragya taraya tatāgyata ya Opening wide all throats. fully complete with good marks. 26 . freeing all from rebirths as hungry ghosts. Homage to the Freedom from Fear Tathāgatha Nō bo bagya batēi aba ēn gyara ya tatāgyata ya Completely banishing fear. Nō bo bagya batēi soro baya tatāgyata ya Destroying disgrace and vileness.

) Dhārani for Residing in the Great Virtuous Jeweled Pavilion.~ all thoroughly repent their errors.~ May the living be blessed with true joy.~ may the deceased be born in pure lands.~ May fortunate ones in the three realms. Dhārani for Giving the Bodhisattva Samaya Precepts Ōm sāmmaya sato bān.~ leave samsāra and enter pure lands. (end gassho.~ and those born into difficulties.~ (gassho.Dhārani for Arousing Bodhichitta Ōm bōji shītta bodā hadāyāmi. nō maku saraba tatāgyata nān ōm bihora gyara bēi mani hara bēi tata tani tashani mani mani soha rabēi bima rēi sha gyara gēn birēi ūnnūn jīn barajīn bara boda biroki tēi kugya chishūtta gyara bēi sowaka ōm mani baji rēi ūn ōm mani da rēi ūn bātta Dhārani of All Buddhas’ Radiant True Words Anointing the Head ōm a bogya bēi rosha nō maka bodara mani hān doma jīn bara hara bari taya ūn Dedication (with mokugyo) By this assembly's wholesome practice. 27 . breath after each line) we requite our parents' toil and care.

nen nen fu ri shin 28 . cho nen kan ze on. jo raku ga jo. yo butsu u en. bo nen kan ze on. bup po so en. nen nen ju shin ki.Daihi Shin Darani (Great Compassionate Heart Dhārani) Namu kara tan no tora ya ya namu ori ya boryo ki chi shifu ra ya fuji sato bo ya moko sato bo ya mo ko kya runi kya ya en sa hara ha ei shu tan no ton sha namu shiki ri toi mo ori ya boryo ki chi shifu ra rin to bo na mu no ra kin ji ki ri mo ko ho do sha mi sa bo o to jo shu ben o shu in sa bo sa to no mo bo gya mo ha te cho to ji to en o bo ryo ki ru gya chi kya rya chi i kiri mo ko fuji sa to sa bo sa bo mo ra mo ra mo ki mo ki ri to in ku ryo ku ryo ke mo to ryo to ryo ho ja ya chi mo ko ho ja ya chi to ra to ra chiri ni shifu ra ya sha ro sha ro mo mo ha mo ra ho chi ri yu ki yu ki shi no shi no ora san fura sha ri ha za ha za fura sha ya ku ryo ku ryo mo ra ku ryo ku ryo ki ri sha ro sha ro shi ri shi ri su ryo su ryo fuji ya fuji ya fudo ya fudo ya mi chiri ya nora kin ji chiri shuni no hoya mono somo ko shido ya somo ko moko shido ya somo ko shido yu ki shifu ra ya somo ko nora kin ji somo ko mo ra no ra somo ko shira su omo gya ya somo ko sobo moko shido ya somo ko shaki ra oshi do ya somo ko hodo mogya shido ya somo ko nora kin ji ha gyara ya somo ko mo hori shin gyara ya somo ko namu kara tan no tora ya ya namu ori ya boryo ki chi shifu ra ya somo ko shite do modo ra hodo ya so mo ko Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyō (Life-Extending Ten-Phrase Avalokiteshvara Sūtra) Kan ze on. na mu butsu. yo butsu u in.