Ekō Lecture 6

Given by Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara on Wednesday, July 15, 1970
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The Fourth Morning Eko Wednesday, July 15, 1970 Tassajara [This is the last 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 Fourth Morning Eko: Choka shido fugin Line 1. Aogi koi negawakuwa sambo, fushite shokan o taretamae. Line 2. Jorai, Dai hi shin dharani o fujusu, Line 3. atsumuru tokoro no kudoku wa, Line 4. tozan boso hokkai bosogya to kakkaku honi, Line 5. kokka korosha sho shorei, Line 6. tozan kechien shido no danna, Line 7. gassan seishu no roku shin kenzoku shichi se no bumo, hokkaino ganjiki ni eko su, Line 8. onajiku bodai o madoka ni sen koto o. Dedication for the Morning Service Ancestor’s Sutra Line 1. May Buddha observe [see?] us and give us the true Triple Treasure. Line 2. Thus, as we chant the Dai Hi Shin Dharani, 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.]
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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 Nigel Edmonds and Bill Redican 11/24/99. *** File name: 70-07-15: Ekō Lecture 6 (Verbatim) crk. Changed "rice bowl" to "rice ball" 3-9-2015 by DC.