Zen Chants: Thirty-Five Essential Texts with Commentary

Zen Chants: Thirty-Five Essential Texts with Commentary

by Kazuaki Tanahashi

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Zen Chants: Thirty-Five Essential Texts with Commentary by Kazuaki Tanahashi

An introduction to Zen chanting practice, with new accurate and chantable translations of the texts used in Zen centers and monasteries throughout the English-speaking world—by the renowned translator of Dogen and Ryokan.

A Zen chant is like a compass that sets us in the direction of the awakened life; it is the dynamic, audible counterpart to the silent practice of zazen, or sitting meditation; and it is a powerful expression of the fact that practice happens in community. Here is a concise guide to Zen chants for practitioners, as well as for anyone who appreciates the beauty and profundity of the poetry in dharma. An introduction to the practice is followed by fresh and carefully considered translations and adaptations of thirty-five chants—some common and others less well known—along with illuminating commentary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611801439
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 760,955
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

KAZUAKI TANAHASHI has edited several collections of the writings of Eihei Dogen, including the definitive translation of the Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo. His other books include Brush Mind; Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan; and The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism. He is also a renowned calligraphic artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Illustrations xi

Preface and Acknowledgments 1

Introduction 7

Notes to the Reader 23

Part 1 Daily Chants

Awakening Together 29

Four All-Embracing Vows 30

Ten-Line Life-Affirming Sutra of Avalokiteshvara 31

Sutra on the Heart of Realizing "Wisdom Beyond Wisdom 32

Meal Chant 34

Robe Verse 35

Three Refuges 36

Metta 37

Great Compassionate Heart Dharani 38

Wondrous Auspicious Dharani for Averting Calamities 39

Dedication 40

Buddha Ancestors 41

Female Buddha Ancestors 44

Atonement 47

Reminder 48

Part 2 Chants for Events

Opening the Sutra Verse 51

Verse for Hearing the Mallet 52

Setting Out the Bowls 53

Invocation 55

Offering Food for Spirits 56

Raising the Bowl 57

Offering Rinse Water 58

Verse of Pure Practice 59

Universal Precepts of the Seven Original Buddhas 60

Maintaining the Precepts 61

Admonition 62

Part 3 Enlightenment Poems

Engraving Trust in the Heart 67

Song of Realizing the Way 73

Being One and Many 85

Song of the Grass Hut 88

The jewel Mirror Awareness 90

The Point of Zazen 95

In Praise of Zazen 96

Part 4 Prose Chants for Study

Recommending Zazen to All People 101

On the Endeavor of the Way 105

Actualizing the Fundamental Point 111

Part 5 The Texts Illuminated

Daily Chants 119

Awakening Together 119

Four All-Embracing Vows 121

Ten-Line Life-Affirming Sutra of Avalokiteshvara 123

Sutra on the Heart of Realizing Wisdom Beyond Wisdom 126

Meal Chant 130

Robe Verse 132

Three Refuges 134

Metta 135

Great Compassionate Heart Dharani 136

Wondrous Auspicious Dharani for Averting Calamities 140

Dedication 142

Buddha Ancestors 143

Female Buddha Ancestors 144

Atonement 145

Reminder 147

Chants for Events 149

Opening the Sutra Verse 149

Verse for Hearing the Mallet 150

Setting Out the Bowls 152

Invocation 153

Offering Food for Spirits 155

Raising the Bowl 156

Offering Rinse Water 157

Verse of Pure Practice 159

Universal Precepts of the Seven Original Buddhas 160

Maintaining the Precepts 161

Admonition 162

Enlightenment Poems 165

Engraving Trust in the Heart 165

Song of Realizing the Way 167

Being One and Many 174

Song of the Grass Hut 176

Song of the Jewel Mirror Awareness 176

The Point of Zazen 179

In Praise of Zazen 180

Prose Chants for Study 183

Recommending Zazen to All People 183

On the Endeavor of the Way 183

Actualizing the Fundamental Point 186

Notes 187

Selected Bibliography 189

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