Meditation & Services

 

Typical schedule: 

  • The Great Bodhisattva Vows (chant)
  • 20-minute seated meditation
  • 5-minute walking meditation
  • Dharma talk 
  • 20-minute seated meditation
  • Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra (Chant) 
 
 

Chants

 

The Great Bodhisattva Vows

Sentient beings are numberless;
we vow to save them all
Delusions are endless;
we vow to cut through them all
The teachings are infinite;
We vow to learn them all
The Buddha-way is inconceivable;
We vow to attain it.

Gatha on Opening the Sutras

This Dharma
incomparably profound and minutely subtle.
Is rarely encountered in hundreds of thousands of millions of ages.
May we hear it, hold it, and maintain it.
May we completely realize
The Tathagata's True Meaning.

The Maha Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva,
when practicing deeply the Prajna Paramita,
perceives that all five skandhas are empty
and is saved from all suffering and distress.
Shariputra,
form does not differ from emptiness,
emptiness does not differ from form.
That which is form is emptiness,
that which is emptiness, form.
The same is true of feelings,
perceptions, impulses, consciousness.
Shariputra,
all dharmas are marked with emptiness;
they do not appear or disappear,
are not tainted or pure,
do not increase or decrease.
Therefore, in emptiness no form, 
no feelings, perceptions, impulses, consciousness.
No eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no color, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch,
no object of mind; no realm of eyes, and so forth until
no realm of mind consciousness.
No ignorance and also no extinction of it,
and so forth until no old age and death
and also no extinction of them.
No suffering, no origination,
no stopping, no path, no cognition,
also no attainment
with nothing to attain,
The Bodhisattva depends on Prajna Paramita
and the mind is no hindrance;
without any hindrance, no fears exist.
Far apart from every perverted view, 
one dwells in Nirvana.
In the three worlds all Buddhas depend on
Prajna Paramita and attain
Anuttara Samyak Sambodhi.
Therefore, know that Prajna Paramita
is the great transcendent mantra,
is the great bright mantra,
is the utmost mantra,
is the supreme mantra,
which is able to relieve all suffering
and is true, not false.
So proclaim the Prajna Paramita mantra,
proclaim the mantra which says:
Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi  svaha
Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi  svaha
Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi  svaha.

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