Please note that the audio clips provided are for reference only because each Sangha will sound uniquely different in their tone and tempo. When we practice chanting with a Sangha, we learn to go as a river by listening to each other and supporting each other with our voices.
Contemplations before chanting
The Sangha is invited to come back to our breathing, so that our collective energy of mindfulness will bring us together as an organism, going as a river, with no more separation. Let the whole Sangha breathe as one body, chant as one body, listen as one body and transcend the boundaries of a delusive self, liberating from the superiority complex, the inferiority complex, and the equality complex.
Solo: In gratitude we offer this incense All: throughout space and time to all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. May it be fragrant as Earth herself reflecting careful efforts wholehearted awareness and the fruit of understanding slowly ripening. May we and all beings be companions of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas May we awaken from forgetfulness and realize our true home. ⇒ Audio clip
Touching the Earth
Solo: The one who bows and the one who is bowed to All: are both by nature empty therefore the communication between them is inexpressibly perfect. Our practice center is the Net of Indra reflecting all Buddhas everywhere and with my person in front of each Buddha I go with my whole life for refuge. [BELL] Solo: Offering light in the ten directions, All: the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, to whom we bow in gratitude. [BELL] Solo: Teaching and living the way of awareness in the very midst of suffering and confusion, All: Shakyamuni Buddha, the Fully Enlightened One, to whom we bow in gratitude. [BELL] Solo: Cutting through ignorance, awakening our hearts and our minds, All: Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Great Understanding, to whom we bow in gratitude. [BELL] Solo: Working mindfully, working joyfully for the sake of all beings, All: Samantabhadra, the Bodhisattva of Great Action, to whom we bow in gratitude. [BELL] Solo: Listening deeply, serving beings in countless ways, All: Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Great Compassion, to whom we bow in gratitude. [BELL] Solo: Fearless and persevering through realms of suffering and darkness, All: Ksitigarbha, the Bodhisattva of Great Aspiration, to whom we bow in gratitude. [BELL] Solo: Mother of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and all beings, nourishing holding and healing all, All: Bodhisattva Gaia, Great Mother Earth, precious jewel of the cosmos, to whom we bow in gratitude. [BELL] Solo: Radiating light in all directions, source of life on Earth, All: Mahavairocana Tathagata, Great Father Sun, Buddha of infinite light and life, to whom we bow in gratitude. [BELL] Solo: Seed of awakening and loving kindness in children and all beings, All: Maitreya, the Buddha to be born, to whom we bow in gratitude. [BELL] Solo: Showing the way fearlessly and compassionately, All: the stream of all our Ancestral Teachers, to whom we bow in gratitude. [BELL][BELL] ⇒ Audio clip (partial)
Solo: Namo Tassa All: Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa Namo Tassa Bhagavato [BELL] Arahato Samma Sambuddhassa. Solo: The Dharma is deep and lovely All: We now have a chance to see, study, and to practice it We vow [BELL] to realize its true meaning. [BELL] ⇒ Audio clip
The Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore (Heart Sutra)
[BELL] Avalokiteshvara while practicing deeply with the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore, suddenly discovered that all of the five Skandhas are equally empty, and with this realisation he overcame all Ill-being. [BELL] “Listen Sariputra, this Body itself is Emptiness and Emptiness itself is this Body. This Body is not other than Emptiness and Emptiness is not other than this Body. The same is true of Feelings, Perceptions, Mental Formations, and Consciousness. [BELL] “Listen Sariputra, all phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness; their true nature is the nature of no Birth no Death, no Being no Non-being, no Defilement no Purity, no Increasing no Decreasing. “That is why in Emptiness, Body, Feelings, Perceptions, Mental Formations and Consciousness are not separate self entities. The Eighteen Realms of Phenomena which are the six Sense Organs, (the) six Sense Objects, and (the) six Consciousnesses are also not separate self entities. The Twelve Links of Interdependent Arising and their Extinction are also not separate self entities. Ill-being, the Causes of Ill-being, the End of Ill-being, the Path, insight and attainment, are also not separate self entities. Whoever can see this no longer needs anything to attain. [BELL] Bodhisattvas who practice the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore see no more obstacles in their mind, and because there are no more obstacles in their mind, they can overcome all fear, destroy all wrong perceptions and realize Perfect Nirvana. “All Buddhas in the past, present and future by practicing the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore are all capable of attaining Authentic and Perfect Enlightenment. [BELL] “Therefore Sariputra, it should be known that the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore is a Great Mantra, the most illuminating mantra, the highest mantra, a mantra beyond compare, the True Wisdom that has the power to put an end to all kinds of suffering. [BELL] Therefore let us proclaim a mantra to praise the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore: [BELL] Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha! Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha! Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!” ⇒ Audio clip (includes Opening Verse)
The Three Refuges
I take refuge in the Buddha, the one who shows me the way in this life. I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and of love. I take refuge in the Sangha, the community that lives in harmony and awareness. [BELL] Dwelling in the refuge of Buddha, I clearly see the path of light and beauty in the world. Dwelling in the refuge of Dharma, I learn to open many doors on the path of transformation. Dwelling in the refuge of Sangha, Shining light that supports me keeping my practice free of obstruction. [BELL] Taking refuge in the Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people recognize their own awakened nature realizing the mind of love. Taking refuge in the Dharma in myself, I aspire to help all people fully master the ways of practice and walk together on the path of liberation. Taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I aspire to help all people build four-fold communities, [BELL] to embrace all beings and support their transformation. [BELL] ⇒ Audio clip
Solo: Reciting the trainings, practicing the way of awareness All: Gives rise to benefits without limit We vow to share the fruits with all beings [BELL] We vow to offer tribute to parents, teachers, friends and numerous beings Who [BELL] give guidance and support [BELL] along the path. [BELL] ⇒ Audio clip