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July 15th, 1970

Wednesday, July 15th, 1970

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

EKŌ LECTURES, No. 6:  THE FOURTH MORNING EKŌ

Wednesday, July 15, 1970

Tassajara

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 70-07-15

 

[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[1] 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

Treasure.

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.

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July 13th, 1970

Monday, July 13th, 1970
Suzuki-roshi participating in a ceremonial procession (in Japan)

Suzuki-roshi participating in a ceremonial procession (in Japan)

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

EKŌ LECTURES, No. 5:  THE THIRD MORNING EKŌ

Monday, July 13, 1970

Tassajara

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 70-07-13

[fixed audio uploaded on 9/25/2013]

 

[This is the fifth 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 Third Morning Ekō:

 

Chōka sōdō fugin

 

Line 1.  Aogi koi negawakuwa shōkan, fushite kannō o taretamae.

Line 2.  Jōrai, Sandōkai o fujusu, atsumuru tokoro no shukun wa,

Bibashi-butsu-daioshō,

Shiki-butsu-daioshō,

Bishafu-butsu-daioshō,

Kuruson-butsu-daioshō,

Kunagonmuni-butsu-daioshō,

Kashō-butsu-daioshō,

Shakamuni-butsu-daioshō,

Makakashō-daioshō

Ananda-daioshō,

Shōnawashu-daioshō,

Ubakikuta-daioshō,

Daitaka-daioshō,

Mishaka-daioshō,

Vashumitsu-daioshō,

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July 12th, 1970

Sunday, July 12th, 1970

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

EKŌ LECTURES, No. 4: 

THE SECOND MORNING EKŌ, Part 3 of 3

Sunday, July 12, 1970

Tassajara

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 70-07-12

[This is the fourth 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 Second Morning Ekō:

 

Chōka ōgu fugin

 

Line 1.  Aogi koi negawakuwa shōkan, fushite kannō o taretamae.

Line 2.  Jōrai, Maka Hannyaharamita Shingyō o fujusu, atsumuru

                  tokoro no kudoku wa,

Line 3.  jippō jōjū no sambō, kakai muryō no kenshō,

Line 4.  jūroku dai arakan, issai no ōgu burui kenzoku ni ekō su.

Line 5.  Koinegō tokoro wa,

Line 6.  sanmyō rokutsū, mappō o shōbō ni kaeshi goriki hachige,

                  gunjō o mushō ni michibiki.

Line 7.  Sammon no nirin tsuneni tenji, kokudo no sansai nagaku shō

                  sen koto o. 

 

Dedication for the Morning Service Arhat’s Sūtra

 

Line 1.  May Buddha observe [see?] us and respond.

Line 2.  Thus, as we chant the Maha Prajñā Pāramitā Hridaya Sūtra,

we dedicate the collected merit to

Line 3.  the all-pervading, ever-present Triple Treasure,

the innumerable wise men in the ocean of enlightenment,

Line 4.  the sixteen great arhats and all other arhats.

Line 5.  May it be that

Line 6.  with the Three Insights and the Six Universal Powers,

the true teaching be restored in the age of decline.

With the Five Powers and Eight Ways of Liberation,

may all sentient beings be led to nirvāna.

Line 7.  May the two wheels of this temple forever turn

and this country always avert the Three Calamities.]

 

In the second recitation of the Prajñā Pāramitā Sūtra, we dedicate for the—to the arhats and many various sages in the—in the world.  And what we pray is—what we pray is—this is the translation Mel [Weitsman] and I did.  “What we pray is that the wisdom—that the wisdom—and Three Wisdom—and the Six Unrestruct- [partial word]—Unrestricted Ways of the arhats.”

 

Three Wisdom—we explain the Three Wisdom.  “And the Six Unrestrict—[partial word]—Unrestr- [partial word]—Unrestricted Ways of the arhats may be always with us in our unceas-[partial word]—unceasing effort to renew Buddha’s way to save all sentient beings from the world of suffering and confusion.”  “World of suffering and confusion” means the mappō.  “And to keep Buddha’s way always new to our—always—our al- [partial word]—world always.”  That is the spirit of Dōgen.

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July 11th, 1970

Saturday, July 11th, 1970
Suzuki-roshi at City Center.

Suzuki-roshi at City Center.

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

EKŌ LECTURES, No.  3: 

THE SECOND MORNING EKŌ, Part 2 of 3

Friday Evening, July 11, 1970

Tassajara

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 70-07-11

[This is the third 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 Second Morning Ekō:

 

Chōka ōgu fugin

 

Line 1.  Aogi koi negawakuwa shōkan, fushite kannō o taretamae.

Line 2.  Jōrai, Maka Hannyaharamita Shingyō o fujusu, atsumuru

                  tokoro no kudoku wa,

Line 3.  jippō jōjū no sambō, kakai muryō no kenshō,

Line 4.  jūroku dai arakan, issai no ōgu burui kenzoku ni ekō su.

Line 5.  Koinegō tokoro wa,

Line 6.  sanmyō rokutsū, mappō o shōbō ni kaeshi goriki hachige,

                  gunjō o mushō ni michibiki.

Line 7.  Sammon no nirin tsuneni tenji, kokudo no sansai nagaku shō

                  sen koto o. 

 

Dedication for the Morning Service Arhat’s Sūtra

 

Line 1.  May Buddha observe [see?] us and respond.

Line 2.  Thus, as we chant the Maha Prajñā Pāramitā Hridaya Sūtra,

we dedicate the collected merit to

Line 3.  the all-pervading, ever-present Triple Treasure,

the innumerable wise men in the ocean of enlightenment,

Line 4.  the sixteen great arhats and all other arhats.

Line 5.  May it be that

Line 6.  with the Three Insights and the Six Universal Powers,

the true teaching be restored in the age of decline.

With the Five Powers and Eight Ways of Liberation,

may all sentient beings be led to nirvāna.

Line 7.  May the two wheels of this temple forever turn

and this country always avert the Three Calamities.]

 

Last night I—I explained—oh, excuse me—already about arhat.  The second sūtra—second sūtra reciting of Prajñā Pāramitā Sūtra is for arhats.  And in ekō it says:

 

[Line 1.]  Jō—Aogi koi negawakuwa shōkan, fushite kannō o

                           taretamae.

[Line 2.]  Jōrai, Hannya Shingyō o fujusu, atsumuru tokoro no

                           kudoku wa,

 

Some people say, Jōrai, Maka Hanyaharamita Shingyō o fujusu, but some other people say, Jōrai, Hanya Shingyō—don’t—without saying Maka.  That is more usual.  Jōrai, Hanya Shingyō o fujusu.

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July 10th, 1970

Friday, July 10th, 1970

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

EKŌ LECTURES, No. 2: 

THE SECOND MORNING EKŌ, Part 1 of 3

Friday Evening, July 10, 1970

Tassajara

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 70-07-10

 [This is the second 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 Second Morning Ekō:

 

Chōka ōgu fugin

 

Line 1.  Aogi koi negawakuwa shōkan, fushite kannō o taretamae.

Line 2.  Jōrai, Maka Hannyaharamita Shingyō o fujusu, atsumuru

                   tokoro no kudoku wa,

Line 3.  jippō jōjū no sambō, kakai muryō no kenshō,

Line 4.  jūroku dai arakan, issai no ōgu burui kenzoku ni ekō su.

Line 5.  Koinegō tokoro wa,

Line 6.  sanmyō rokutsū, mappō o shōbō ni kaeshi goriki hachige,

                   gunjō o mushō ni michibiki.

Line 7.  Sammon no nirin tsuneni tenji, kokudo no sansai nagaku shō

                   sen koto o.

 

Dedication for the Morning Service Arhat’s Sūtra[1]

 

Line 1.  May Buddha observe [see?] us and respond.

Line 2.  Thus, as we chant the Maha Prajñā Pāramitā Hridaya Sūtra,

we dedicate the collected merit to

Line 3.  the all-pervading, ever-present Triple Treasure,

the innumerable wise men in the ocean of enlightenment,

Line 4.  the sixteen great arhats and all other arhats.

Line 5.  May it be that

Line 6.  with the Three Insights and the Six Universal Powers,

the true teaching be restored in the age of decline.

With the Five Powers and Eight Ways of Liberation,

may all sentient beings be led to nirvāna.

Line 7.  May the two wheels of this temple forever turn

and this country always avert the Three Calamities.]

 

[The first chanting is chanted][2]  in Buddha hall.  In China and also in Japan, we have seven important buildings.  One is sammon.[3]  Sammon is main gate.

 

And the first building you see in front of sammon is Buddha hall [butsuden].  When—here we have the first chanting.  Usually those—this Buddha hall is the building where we celebrate for our nation or for our president or emperor—something which is related to the country.  That is the most official—the building where the most official ceremonies are held.

 

And behind the butsuden—Buddha hall—we have hattō, where we give lecture or where we observe memorial service—services for members—where we recite sūtras.  This is so-called-it hattō.  Hattō means “hall of—dharma hall,” the place where we spread dharma.

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July 8th, 1970

Wednesday, July 8th, 1970
Suzuki-roshi in front of San Francisco Zen Center

Suzuki-roshi in front of San Francisco Zen Center

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

EKŌ LECTURES, No. 1:  THE FIRST MORNING EKŌ 

Wednesday, July 8, 1970

Tassajara

Listen to this talk: Suzuki-roshi 70-07-08

 

 

[This is the first 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 lectures were delivered from July 8 to July 15, 1970.

The Japanese transliteration and English translation of the ekōs

are based, with minor changes, on David Chadwick’s

“Ekō Study Book:  A Tassajara Project,” December 1970

(unpublished manuscript, San Francisco Zen Center).

 

 

The First Morning Ekō:

 

Chōka butsuden fugin

 

Line 1.  Aogi koi negawakuwa shinji, fushite shōkan o taretamae.

Line 2.  Jōrai, Maka Hannyaharamita Shingyō, shōsai myō kichijō

                   darani o fujusu,

Line 3.  atsumuru tokoro no shukun wa

Line 4.  daion kyōshu honshi Shakamuni Butsu;

Line 5.  Shintan Shoso Bodai Daruma-daioshō;

Line 6.  Nichi-riki Shoso Eihei Dōgen-daioshō;

Line 7.  Daishō Monjushiri Bosatsu no tame ni shi tatematsuri.

Line 8.  Kami jion ni mukuin koto o.

 

 

Morning Service Buddha Hall Sūtra

 

Line 1.  May Buddha observe [see?] us, and may we receive his true

compassion.

Line 2.  Thus, as we chant the Maha Prajñā Pāramitā Hridaya Sūtra

and the Dharani for Removing Disasters,

Line 3.  we offer the collected merit to

Line 4.  the great kind founder, the original teacher, Shākyamuni

Buddha;

Line 5.  the First Patriarch of China, the great Bodhidharma;

Line 6.  the First Patriarch of Japan, the great Eihei Dōgen;

Line 7.  and the great sage Mañjushrī Bodhisattva.

Line 8.  Let us reflect their compassion and mercy.]

 

 

I want to explain ekō.[1]  The ekō is—after reciting sūtra, we—[it is] a sort of explanation of why we recite sūtra.  And this sūtra is for such-and-such buddha, or next sūtra is for arhats, or third one is for our patriarchs, and fourth one is for disciples and students who is related to this monastery and the ancestors or relative who passed away.  Those are ekō.

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