Before morning meditation we chant the Gatha of Atonement.
GATHA OF ATONEMENT
All evil karma ever committed by me since of old,
On account of my beginningless greed, anger and ignorance,
Born of my body, mouth and mind,
Now I atone for it all.
At the conclusion of zazen in the morning we chant
the Verse of the Kesa.
VERSE OF THE KESA
Vast is the robe of liberation.
A formless field of benefaction.
I wear the Tathagata teaching,
Saving all sentient beings.
At the end of evening zazen and after Dharma Talk we chant
the Four Vows.
THE FOUR GREAT VOWS
Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to save them.
Desires are inexhaustible, I vow to put an end to them.
The Dharmas are boundless, I vow to master them.
The Buddha Way is unattainable, I vow to attain it.
Before the Dharma Talk we chant the Gatha on Opening the Sutra.
GATHA ON OPENING THE SUTRA
The Dharma, incomparably profound and infinitely subtle,
Is rarely encountered, even in millions of ages.
Now we see it, hear it, receive and maintain it.
May we completely realize the Tathagata's true meaning.