What to Expect at a Zen Liturgical Service:

 

Please arrive ten minutes early so you can remove your shoes, settle your belongings, make introductions and find a seat in the Zendo before service. We begin promptly and end on time as we are renting space at First Christian Church of Las Cruces and have time limitations. Our Sunday service is from 10:30-11:30am in the Parlor.  Once the service has begun the doors are closed.  

Clothing that is clean, dark in color (preferably black),  comfortable, unrestrictive and Modest is requested.  Cleanliness is expected. The dark colors are traditional in Zen. Jeans or regular pants with a belt may feel quite uncomfortable and tend to compromise circulation. Shorts, tank tops, short skirts, and anything spandex are not modest or appropriate for either gender. Remember that you are going to be sitting still, either on a chair or cross-legged on the floor for an hour. 

If you are a newcomer to the practice of meditation, you may wish to watch some videos and begin practicing at home a bit before you attend. Our meditation periods are about 20 minutes long which can seem lengthy if one hasn't practiced before. So, having some home practice time behind you may be helpful. Instructions are given during the service.

Instructions for Zazen meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_djWyC1-_4

Instructions for Kinhin walking meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE7-127madI 

Daibutsuji Opening Service -LiturgyChants/Sutras; these forms may be adjusted and modified by the priest to accommodate the setting, participants, time constraints, etc.

Ta Kesa Ge -The Robe Verse
How great the robe of liberation,
A formless field of merit,
Wrapping ourselves in the Buddha’s teaching, We free all living beings.

San Ge Mon (x3)-The Verse of Atonement
All my past and harmful karma,
Born from beginningless greed, hate, and delusion, Through body, speech and mind,
I now fully avow.

San Ki Rai Mon-The Three Refuges
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I take refuge in Buddha May all beings Embody the Great Way community
Resolving to awaken.
I take refuge in Dharma May all living beings Deeply enter the sutras,
Wisdom like an ocean.
I take refuge in Sangha May all beings support harmony in the
Free from hindrance.
 

○ ○ ○ The Great Heart of Wisdom Sutra
When Kan-non the Bodhi-satt-va of Com-pass-ion was prac-ti-cing the deep-est wis-dom she clear-ly saw that the ○five agg-re-gates are emp-ty thus tran-scend-ing dis-tress and suf-fer-ing. Oh Sha-ri-pu-tra, form is no o-ther than emp-ti-ness, emp-ti-ness no o-ther than form, form is ex-act-ly emp-ti-ness, emp-ti-ness ex-act-ly form. Feel-ing, thought,
im-pulse, and con-scious-ness are like-wise like this. Oh Sha-ri-putra, re-mem-ber, Dhar- ma is fun-da-men-tal-ly emp-ti-ness, no birth, no death. No-thing is pure, no-thing is de- filed. No-thing can in-crease, no-thing can de-crease. Hence: in emp-ti-ness no form, no feel-ing, no thought, no im-pulse, no con-scious-ness; No eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no bo-dy, no mind; no see-ing, no hear-ing, no smell-ing, no tast-ing, no touch-ing, no think-ing, no realm of sight, no realm of thought, no ig-nor-ance and no end of ig-nor- ance, no old age and death and no end to old age and death. No suf-fer-ing, no cra-ving, no ex-tin-ction, no path, no wis-dom, no a-ttain-ment. In-deed there is no-thing to be a- ttained; the Bodh-i-satt-vas live this deep-est ○wis-dom with no hin-drance in the mind, no hin-drance there-fore no fear. Far be-yond de-lu-sive think-ing they fi-na-lly a-wak-en to com-plete Nir-van-a. All Budd-has, Bodh-i-satt-vas of past, pre-sent, and fu-ture live this deep-est ○wis-dom and there-fore reach the most su-preme en-ligh-ten-ment. There- fore know that this wis-dom, beyond wis-dom, is the great-est Dha-ra-ni, the brigh-test Dha-ra-ni, the high-est Dha-ra-ni, the peer-less Dha-ra-ni. It com-plete-ly ends all suf-fer- ing. Know this as truth and do not doubt. So set forth this pro-found wis-dom Dha-ra-ni. Set forth this Dha-ra-ni and de-clare: ● Gone, gone, gone to the o-ther shore, ● a-ttained the other shore, to be-yond the o-ther shore, ha-ving ne-ver left.
Wis-dom Heart Su-tra ●●● ● ● ●

Opening of the Sutras
The Dharma is incomparably profound and minutely subtle. It is rarely encountered in hundreds of thousands of millions of kalpas. We can now see it, hear it, and hold it. May we understand the Tathagata's true meaning.
 

Closing Service

Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo--Heart Sutra Sino-Japanese

○○○ Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo
KAN JI ZAI BO SAT-SU GYO JIN HAN NYA HA RA MI TA JI SHO KEN ○ GO
ON KAI KU DO IS-SAI KU YA-KU. SHA RI SHI SHI-KI FU I KU KU FU I SHI-KI SHI-KI SO-KU ZE KU KU SO-KU ZE SHI-KI JU SO GYO SHI-KI YA- KU BU NYO ZE SHA RI SHI ZE SHO HO KU SO FU SHO FU MET-SU FU KU FU JO FU ZO FU GEN ZE KO KU CHU MU SHI-KI MU JU SO GYO SHI-KI MU GEN NI BI ZETS SHIN NI MU SHI-KI SHO-KO-MI SO-KU HO-MU GEN KAI NAI SHI MU I SHI-KI KAI MU MU MYO-YA-KU MU MU MYO-JIN NAI SHI MU RO-SHI YA-KU MU RO-SHI JIN MU KU SHU MET-SU DO MU CHI YA-KU MU TO-KU I MU SHO TOK’KO, BO DAI SAT-TA E HAN-NYA HA RA MI TA○KO, SHIN-MU KEI GE MU KEI GE KO MU U KU FU ON RI IS-SAI TEN DO-MU SO-KU GYO-NE HAN. SAN ZE SHO BUT-SU E HAN-NYA HA RA MI TA ○KO, TO-KU A NO-KU TA RA SAN-MYA-KU SAN-BO DAI KO CHI HAN-NYA HA RA MI TA ZE DAI SHIN SHU ZE DAI MYO SHU ZE MU JO SHU ZE MU TO DO SHU NO JO IS-SAI KU SHIN JIT-SU FU KO KO SET- SU HAN-NYA HA RA MI TA SHU SO-KU SET-SU SHU WAT-SU. GYA TE ● GYA TE, HA RA GYA TE ● HA-RA SO-GYA TE, BO DHI SO WA KA.
HAN-NYA SHIN GYO. ●●● ● ● ●

Shi-Gu Sei-Gan-The Four Great Vows
Shu-jo mu-hen sei-gan do ●
Bo-no mu-jin sei-gan dan. ●
Ho-mon mu-ryo sei-gan gaku. ●
Butsu-do mu-jo sei-gan jo. 
Beings are numberless; I vow to free them. ●
Delusions are inexhaustible; I vow to end them. ●
Dharma gates are boundless; I vow to enter them. ●
The buddha way is unsurpassable; I vow to realize it. 
Shu-jo mu-hen sei-gan do ●
Bo-no mu-jin sei-gan dan. ●
Ho-mon mu-ryo sei-gan gaku. ●
Butsu-do mu-jo sei-gan jo. 

Fueko-Exchange of Merit

May the merit of this penetrate into each thing in all places,
So that so that we and every sentient Being together can realize the Buddha’s Way.
The Ten Directions, the Three Worlds, All Buddhas, all Venerable Ones,
Bodhisattvas, Mahasattvas, The Great Prajna Paramita.

Negawaku-wa kono-kudo motte ku-o,
Amaneku issai-ni oyoboshi warerea-to shujo-to minatomoni
Butsudo-o jozen koto-o.
JI HO SAN SHI I SHI FU SHI SON BU SA MO KO SA MO KO HO JA HO RO MI.

Evening Gatha

Let me respectfully remind you; Life and death are of supreme importance.Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.Each of us should strive to awaken.Awaken! Take heed!
This night your days are diminished by one. Do not squander your life!