Ekō Lecture 3

Given by Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara on Saturday, July 11, 1970
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The Second Morning Eko, Part 2 of 3 Friday Evening, July 11, 1970 Tassajara [This is the third 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 Second Morning Eko: Choka ogu fugin Line 1. Aogi koi negawakuwa shokan, fushite kanno o taretamae. Line 2. Jorai, Maka Hannyaharamita Shingyo o fujusu, atsumuru tokoro no kudoku wa, Line 3. jippo joju no sambo, kakai muryo no kensho, Line 4. juroku dai arakan, issai no ogu burui kenzoku ni eko su. Line 5. Koinego tokoro wa, Line 6. sanmyo rokutsu, mappo o shobo ni kaeshi goriki hachige, gunjo o musho ni michibiki. Line 7. Sammon no nirin tsuneni tenji, kokudo no sansai nagaku sho sen koto o. --------------------------- Dedication for the Morning Service Arhat's Sutra Line 1. May Buddha observe [see?] us and respond. Line 2. Thus, as we chant the Maha Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra, 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 nirvana. Line 7. May the two wheels of this temple forever turn and this country always avert the Three Calamities.]
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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 11/17/99. *** File name: 70-07-11: Ekō Lecture 3 (Verbatim) crk