To study the Buddha way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.
~Dogen Zenji



Gathas* chanted at Sweetwater Zen Center


 

Before morning meditation we chant the Gatha of Atonement.

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GATHA OF ATONEMENT

All harmful karma ever committed by me since of old.
On account of my beginningless greed, anger and ignorance,
Born of my body, speech and thought.
Now I atone for it all.


At the conclusion of zazen in the morning we chant
the Verse of the Kesa.

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VERSE OF THE KESA

Vast is the robe of liberation.
A formless field of benefaction.
I wear the Tathagata teaching,
Serving all sentient beings.


At the end of evening zazen and after Dharma Talk we chant
the Four Vows.

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THE FOUR GREAT VOWS

Beings are boundless, we vow to serve.
Delusion is inexhaustible, we vow to transform.
Dharma gates are everywhere, we vow to enter.
Awakening is unsurpassable, we vow to practice.


Before the Dharma Talk we chant the Gatha on Opening the Sutra.

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GATHA ON OPENING THE SUTRA

The Dharma, incomparably profound and infinitely subtle,
Is always encountered, yet rarely perceived, 
Even in millions of ages.
Now we see it, hear it, receive and maintain it.
May we completely realize the Tathagata teaching.

*we recently changed how the gathas are chanted at SWZC. Go here to read about that process.
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