Ekō Lecture 1

Given by Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara on Wednesday, July 8, 1970
About this talk
The First Morning Eko Wednesday, July 8, 1970 Tassajara [This is the first in a series of six lectures by Suzuki on the four ekos chanted at the conclusion of morning services at San Francisco Zen Center and other Soto Zen temples and monasteries. The lectures were delivered from July 8 to July 15, 1970. The Japanese transliteration and English translation of the ekos are based, with minor changes, on DC's “Eko Study Book: A Tassajara Project,” December 1970 (unpublished manuscript, San Francisco Zen Center.] The First Morning Eko: Choka butsuden fugin Line 1. Aogi koi negawakuwa shinji, fushite shokan o taretamae. Line 2. Jorai, Maka Hannyaharamita Shingyo, shosai myo kichijo dharani o fujusu, Line 3. atsumuru tokoro no shukun wa Line 4. daion kyoshu honshi Shakamuni Butsu; Line 5. Shintan Shoso Bodai Daruma Daiosho; Line 6. Nichi-riki Shoso Eihei Dogen Daiosho; Line 7. Daisho Monjushiri Bosatsu no tame ni shi tatematsuri. Line 8. Kami jion ni mukuin koto o. --------------------------- Morning Service Buddha Hall Sutra Line 1. May Buddha observe [see?] us, and may we receive his true compassion. Line 2. Thus, as we chant the Maha Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra and the Dharani for Removing Disasters, Line 3. we offer the collected merit to Line 4. the great kind founder, the original teacher, Shakyamuni Buddha; Line 5. the First Patriarch of China, the great Bodhidharma; Line 6. the First Patriarch of Japan, the great Eihei Dogen; Line 7. and the great sage Manjushri Bodhisattva. Line 8. Let us reflect their compassion and mercy.]
Sources: Contemporaneous transcript and Eko Study Book by DC; transcript entered onto disk by Jose Escobar, 1997; transcript checked and corrected against tape by Bill Redican (11/30/01). *** File name: 70-07-08: Ekō Lecture 1 (Verbatim) crk. Changed "to explain echo" to "to explain eko" 3-20-2015, pf. Changed "Marlow" to "Marlow" 12-28-16, dc.