Daily Practice

Daily Practice

Begin your day with a short gatha:

“This morning I vow with all beings to see the world clearly as it is and to reduce violence and bring compassion to all beings.” Sit zazen

In the evening, sit zazen:

As you lay down in bed, recite to yourself, “This evening, as I go to sleep, may all beings rest and be renewed through peace and love.”

A Program for Daily Living:

Most religions separate the sacred from the profane. They see a certain place or activity as either being something special or being invested with something sacred. Not so, Zen. In Zen, we live our entire lives, from moment to moment, as a sacred activity. There are no separations between the sacred and the profane, in fact, concepts such as those are seen as marks of a deluded mind.

Exercise

Please try to do at least thirty minutes of exercise per day. This can be done through running, walking, biking, swimming, weight training, or through individual or team sports. Make notes of your training efforts, the thoughts and feelings that arise. Use these notes on your posts to Team Zen. They can be wonderful enhancements to your practice.

Eating

Please prepare your meals thoughtfully and mindfully. By thoughtfully, I mean prepare them with your good health and joy of living in mind. Good food is clean, fresh, and filled with nutrients. Thoughtful preparation requires planning as to both amounts and a balances of protein, carbohydrate, and fats, as well as attention to vitamins and minerals. Mindful preparation includes taking care to prepare food with a compassionate heart. We acknowledge through the process that this food comes from somewhere, beings have offered their lives, or had them taken, in order to nourish us. We should be thankful and respectful of this, as well as show this reverence through our gentle and mindful behavior in the kitchen and at the table.

Working

Each of us must go through a day supporting our lives. Some go to work in offices. Some in factories. Some work at home. Some build things, some make things, some think about things. Some study things. Work is essential to our well-being. It is what grounds us and connects us to the larger environment. Through the activities of work we make ourselves a part of the universe. When we see our work in this light we realize just how important it is to make that work the best possible work. Work that brings benefit to everyone and harms no one.

Caring for Others

This is the core of your daily experience. When we begin to see our lives as a vehicle for the caring for and nurturance of others, we begin to see ourselves more clearly and at the same time live lives that are much more fulfilling and wonderful. Every moment of social life offers us an opportunity to practice caring for others. All that is required is a willingness to set yourself aside and act for the sake of what is there in front of you. How hard is that?

If you have a mind for it: Do the Order’s Liturgy

 Order of Clear Mind Zen’s Daily Liturgy

Ta Kesa Ge

How great the robe of liberation,
A formless field of merit,
Wrapping ourselves in the Buddha’s teaching,
We free all living beings.

San Ge Mon (x3)
All my past and harmful karma,
Born from beginningless greed, hate, and delusion,
Through body, speech and mind,
I now fully avow.

San Ki Rai Mon
○ ○ ○
I take refuge in Buddha I take refuge in Dharma I take refuge in Sangha
May all beings May all living beings May all beings support
Embody the Great Way Deeply enter the sutras, harmony in the community
Resolving to awaken. Wisdom like an ocean. Free from hindrance.

○ ○ ○ The Great Heart of Wisdom Sutra

When Kan-non the Bodhi-sattva of Com-passion was prac-ti-cing the deep-est wis-dom he clear-ly saw that the ○five agg-re-gates are emp-ty thus tran-scend-ing dis-tress and suf-fer-ing. Oh Sha-ri-pu-tra, form is no o-ther than emp-ti-ness, emp-ti-ness no o-ther than form, form is ex-act-ly emp-ti-ness, emp-ti-ness ex-act-ly form. Feel-ing, thought, im-pulse, and con-scious-ness are like-wise like this. Oh Sha-ri-putra, re-mem-ber, Dhar-ma is fun-da-men-tal-ly emp-ti-ness, no birth, no death. No-thing is pure, no-thing is de-filed. No-thing can in-crease, no-thing can de-crease. Hence: in emp-ti-ness no form, no feel-ing, no thought, no im-pulse, no con-scious-ness; No eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no bo-dy, no mind; no see-ing, no hear-ing, no smell-ing, no tast-ing, no touch-ing, no think-ing, no realm of sight, no realm of thought, no ig-nor-ance and no end of ig-nor-ance, no old age and death and no end to old age and death. No suf-fer-ing, no cra-ving, no ex-tin-ction, no path, no wis-dom, no a-ttain-ment. In-deed there is no-thing to be a-ttained; the Bodh-i-satt-vas live this deep-est ○wis-dom with no hin-drance in the mind, no hin-drance there-fore no fear. Far be-yond de-lu-sive think-ing they fi-na-lly a-wak-en to com-plete Nir-van-a. All Budd-has, Bodh-i-satt-vas of past, pre-sent, and fu-ture live this deep-est ○wis-dom and there-fore reach the most su-preme en-ligh-ten-ment. There-fore know that this wis-dom, beyond wis-dom, is the great-est Dha-ra-ni, the brigh-test Dha-ra-ni, the high-est Dha-ra-ni, the peer-less Dha-ra-ni. It com-plete-ly ends all suf-fer-ing. Know this as truth and do not doubt. So set forth this pro-found wis-dom Dha-ra-ni. Set forth this Dha-ra-ni and de-clare: ● Gone, gone, gone to the o-ther shore, ● a-ttained the other shore, to be-yond the o-ther shore, ha-ving ne-ver left.
Wis-dom Heart Su-tra ●●● ● ● ●

Opening of the Sutras
The Dharma is incomparably profound and minutely subtle. It is rarely encountered in hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas. We can now see it, hear it, and hold it. May we understand the Tathagata’s true meaning.

 

Closing Service Liturgy

○○○ Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo
KAN JI ZAI BO SATSU GYO JIN HAN NYA HA RA MI TA JI SHO KEN ○ GO

ON KAI KU DO ISSAI 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 ZETS 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 SHIN SHU ZE DAI MYO SHU ZE MU JO SHU ZE MU TO DO SHU NO JO ISSAI KU SHIN JITSU FU KO KO SETSU HAN-NYA HA RA MI TA SHU SOKU SETSU SHU WATSU. GYA TE ● GYA TE, HA RA GYA TE ● HARA SO-GYA TE, BO DHI SO WA KA.

HAN-NYA SHIN GYO. ●●● ● ● ●

Daibutsuji Closing Service Liturgy

Shi-Gu Sei-Gan

Shu-jo mu-hen sei-gan do ● Bo-no mu-jin sei-gan dan. ●

Ho-mon mu-ryo sei-gan gaku. ● Butsu-do mu-jo sei-gan jo. !

Beings are numberless; I vow to free them. ●
Delusions are inexhaustible; I vow to end them. ● Dharma gates are boundless; I vow to enter them. ● The buddha way is unsurpassable; I vow to realize it. !

Shu-jo mu-hen sei-gan do ● Bo-no mu-jin sei-gan dan. ●

Ho-mon mu-ryo sei-gan gaku. ● Butsu-do mu-jo sei-gan jo. !

Fu-eko

May the merit of this Penetrate into each thing

In all places, so that we and every sentient Being together can realize the Buddha’s Way, the ten directions, the three worlds, All buddhas, all venerable ones, Bodhisattvas, Mahasattvas,

The Great Prajna Paramita.

Evening Gatha

Let me respectfully remind you
Life and death are of supreme importance.
Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.
Each of us should strive to awaken.
Awaken.
Take heed. This night your days are finished by one. Do not squander your life!