EKŌ LECTURES, No. 6: THE FOURTH MORNING EKŌ
Wednesday, July 15, 1970
[This is the last in a series of six lectures by Suzuki-rōshi on
the four ekōs chanted at the conclusion of morning services at
San Francisco Zen Center and other Sōtō Zen temples and monasteries.
The Fourth Morning Ekō:
Chōka shidō fugin
Line 1. Aogi koi negawakuwa sambō, fushite shōkan o taretamae.
Line 2. Jōrai, Dai hi shin darani o fujusu,
Line 3. atsumuru tokoro no kudoku wa,
Line 4. tōzan bōsō hokkai bōsōgya tō kakkaku honi,
Line 5. kokka kōrōsha sho shōrei,
Line 6. tōzan kechien shidō no danna,
Line 7. gassan seishu no roku shin kenzoku shichi se no bumo,
hokkaino ganjiki ni ekō su,
Line 8. onajiku bodai o madoka ni sen koto o.
Dedication for the Morning Service Ancestor’s Sūtra
Line 1. May Buddha observe [see?] us and give us the true Triple
Line 2. Thus, as we chant the Dai Hi Shin Darani,
Line 3. we dedicate the collected merit to
Line 4. this temple’s deceased monks plus all deceased monks,
each one dignified,
Line 5. all the souls of this nation’s actual benefactors,
Line 6. this temple’s members and supporters,
Line 7. this temple’s priests and monks and all their relatives for
seven generations, and all sentient beings in the realm
of the true law.
Line 8. May they be completely enlightened.]
The last chanting will be the chanting for the—for monks, you know, or students who is related—who was—who passed away: student related to the temple or monastery. We, for an instance—last year Trudy Dixon passed away, and we had a ceremony—memorial service the other day. But not only [on] memorial days but also we recite sūtra every morning for monks and students who passed away, and the parents or ancestors of we students, and our donors, and the people who worked for the country—for our country. That is—is the last service we have every morning.