Oxford Soto Zen
 
The Six Paramitas (Perfections)
> Dana - Giving
> Sila - Virtue
> Kshanti - Endurance or Patience
> Virya - Energy, Perseverance
> Dhyana - Meditation
> Prajna - Wisdom


Wrapping ourselves in
Buddha's teaching,
We free all living beings.

Dai sai geda puku
Mu so fuku den e
Hi bu nyo rai kyo
Ko do sho shu jo


The Four Noble Truths
1.  The World is Full of Suffering (Dukkha).

2. Suffering Arises from Grasping at or Clinging to Things.

3. There is a Way to End Suffering (by Realizing the Impermanence and Interconnectedness of all Phenomena, Including Ourselves).

4. There is a Path that Can Lead to Such a Realization. (The Noble Eight-Fold Path).

   The Prajna Paramita         (The Heart Sutra)











DHARMA TEXTS & Sutras

Kannon (Compassion) Sutra
En mei jukku kannon gyo 

Kanzeon praise to Buddha
All are one with Buddha
All awake to Buddha
Buddha Dharma Sangha
Eternal joyous selfless pure
Through the day Kanzeon
Through the night Kanzeon
This moment arises with mind
This moment itself is mind

Kanzeon na mu
Butsu yo Butsu u
In yo Butsu u
en bup po
So en jo raku ga jo
Cho nen
Kanzeon bo nen
Kanzeon nen nen
Ju shin ki nen nen
Fu ri shin



The 10 Names of Buddha

> Vairochana Buddha
  - Pure Dharmakaya
> Lochana Buddha
  - Complete Sambhogakaya
> Shakyamuni Buddha
  - Myriad Nirmanakaya
> Maitreya Buddha
  - Of Future Birth
> Lotus of the Wondrous Dharma
  - Mahayana Sutra
> Manjushri Bodhisattva
  - Great Wisdom
> Samantabhadra Bodhisattva
  - Great Activity
> Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva
  - Great Compassion
> All Honored Ones
  - Bodhisattva(s)
  - Mahasattvas
WISDOM BEYOND WISDOM,
MAHA PRAJNA PARAMITA.


The Four Great Vows of a Bodhisattva

 

Beings are numberless;

I vow to free them.

Delusions are inexhaustible;

I vow to end them.

Dharma gates are boundless;

I vow to enter them.

The Buddha Way is unsurpassed;

I vow to realize it.






  



Metta (Loving Kindness) Sutta

This is what may be accomplished by
     The one who is wise
Who seeks the good
     And has obtained peace

Let one be strenuous upright and sincere
     Without pride
Easily contented and joyous

Let one not be submerged
     By the things of the world
Let one not take upon oneself
     The burden of riches
Let one's senses be controlled
Let one be wise but not puffed up
Let one not desire great possessions
     Even for one's family
Let one do nothing that is mean or
     That the wise would reprove

May all beings be happy
     May they be joyous and live in safety

All living beings whether weak or strong
     In high or middle or low
Realms of existence
     Small or great
Visible or invisible
     Near or far
Born or yet to be born
     May all beings be happy

Let no one deceive another
     Nor despise any being in any state
Let none by anger or hatred
     Wish harm to another
Even as a mother at the risk of her life
     Watches over and protects
Her only child
     So with a boundless mind
May one cherish all living beings
     Suffusing love over the entire world
Above below and all around without limit

So let one cultivate an infinite good will
     Toward the whole world
Standing or walking
     Sitting or lying down
During all one's waking hours
     Let one cherish the thought that
This way of living is the best in the world
    
Abandoning vain discussion
     Having a clear vision
Freed from sense appetites
     One who realizes the way
Will never again know rebirth
     In the cycle of creation of suffering
For ourselves or for others.


   THREE PURE PRECEPTS (VOWS)
I vow:
        To renounce all evil;
        To practice all good;
        To free all beings.











   The Prajna Paramita        
(The Heart Sutra)


Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva, when deeply practicing Prajna Paramita
Clearly saw that all five aggregates are empty and thus relieved all suffering.

Shariputra,
Form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form.
Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself form.
Sensations, perceptions, formations and consciousness are also like this. 

Shariputra.
All dharmas are marked by emptiness.
They neither arise nor cease, are neither defiled nor pure,
Neither increase nor decrease.
Therefore, given emptiness, there is
 
No form, no sensation, no perception , no formation, no consciousnes;
No eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind;
No sight, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no object of mind;
No realm of sight, no realm of mind consciousness.

There is neither ignorance nor extinction of ignorance;
Neither old age and death nor extinction of old age and death;

No suffering, no cause, no cessation, no path;
No knowledge and no attainment.

With nothing to attain a Bodhisattva relies on Prajna Paramita, and thus
               the mind is without hindrance. 
Without hindrance, there is no fear.

Far beyond all inverted views, one realizes nirvana.

All buddhas of past, present and future rely on Prajna Paramita and thereby
Attain unsurpassed, complete, perfect enlightenment.

Therefore know the Prajna Paramita as
The great miraculous mantra, the great bright mantra,
The supreme mantra, the incomparable mantra,
Which removes all suffering and is true not false.

Therefore we proclaim the Prajna Paramita Mantra, the mantra that says:

"Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!"