Practice Period

Practice Period - Winter 2020 - Zen Chants

The whole sangha is invited to participate in the practice period. Our theme is Zen Chants. The materials below are offered to enrich your experience and provide a common background for a sangha-wide conversation. Even if you are not attending the teaching circle, you may want to take up the week-by-week assignments.  Links to shorter class readings are provided.

Zen Chants Topics
 
Week
Complete By
Topic
Assignment (see complete-by date and source list)
1

 

1/26

1/28

Why We Chant

Chanting Practice in the Lineage of Suzuki-roshi and Katagiri-roshi

 
2

2/2

2/4

The Sutra Opening Verse and the Eihei Koso Hotsuganmon                            The Heart Sutra

 
2/9
2/11
The Robe Chant
The Da Hi Shin Dharani and Enmei Jukku Kanno Gyo
 
4
2/16
 
 
2/18
Way-seeking Mind Talk (Stephanie Monroney)
 
The Metta Sutta
Way-Seeking Mind Talk Reference:

Souls in the Hands of a Tender God: Stories of the Search for Home and Healing on the Streets  by Craig Rennebohm

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/205912/souls-in-the-hands-of-a-tender-god-by-craig-rennebohm/

https://www.breadloafmountainzen.org/event/street-retreat-seattle/

2/23 

2/25

The Meal Chants 
 
The Sandokai 
 
6
3/1
3/3
The Four Bodhisattva Vows
Ancestors, Atonement and Refuges
 
       


Practice Period Sources

Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts  by Shōhaku Okumura

Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts

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

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