Verse of Atonement
All negative karma, ever committed by me since of old,
On account of my beginningless greed, anger and ignorance;
Born of my actions, speech and thought;
Now I atone for it all. (3x)
The Four Vows of the Bodhisattva
Sentient Beings are Numberless, I Vow to Free Them;
Delusions are Inexhaustible, I Vow to Transform Them;
Practice Paths are Boundless, I Vow to Study Them;
The Enlightened Way is Incomparable, I Vow to Embody It. (3x)
End of Morning Sitting
Vast is the Robe of Liberation;
A Formless Field of Benefaction;
I wear the Tathagata’s Teaching;
Saving All Sentient Beings. (3x)
Before Dharma Talk
Incomparably Profound and Infinitely Subtle;
Is Rarely Encountered
Even in Millions of Ages.
Now We See It,
Receive and Maintain It;
May We Completely Realize Our True Awakened Nature. (1x)
May living beings of the dharma realms,
stifled and mired in bitterness
in the three painful destinies and eight hardships,
hear the sound and awaken to the way.
The mind of the great sage of India is intimately conveyed from West to East. Among human beings are wise ones and fools, but in the Way there is no northern or southern ancestor. The subtle source is clear and bright, the tributary streams flow through the darkness. To be attached to things is illusion, to encounter the Absolute is not yet enlightenment. Each and all the subjective and objective spheres are related and at the same time, independent. Related, yet working differently, though each keeps its own place. Form makes the character and appearance different; sounds distinguish comfort and discomfort. The dark makes all words one, the brightness distinguishes good and bad phrases. The four elements return to their nature as a child to its mother. Fire is hot, wind moves, water is wet, earth hard. Eyes see, ears hear, nose smells, tongue tastes the salt and sour. Each is independent of the other; cause and effect must return to the Great Reality. The words high and low are used relatively. Within light there is darkness, but do not try to understand that darkness; within darkness there is light, but do not look for that light. Light and darkness are a pair like the foot before and the foot behind when walking. Each thing has its own intrinsic value and is related to everything else in function and position. Ordinary life fits the Absolute as a box and its lid. The Absolute works together with the relative like two arrows meeting in mid-air. Reading words you should grasp the Great Reality. Do not judge by any standards. If you do not see the Way, you do not see it even as you walk on it. When you walk the Way it is not near, it is not far. If you are deluded you are mountains and rivers away from it. I respectfully say to those who wish to be enlightened: Do not waste your time by night or day.
(This passage has been chanted in Zen temples for hundreds of years. It was written by Shitou Xiquin who lived from 700 to 790 A.D in China.)
The Heart of the Perfection of Great Wisdom Sutra
Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva doing deep prajña paramita clearly saw the emptiness of all the five conditions, and was freed of fear. O Shariputra, form is no other than emptiness; emptiness no other than form. Form is exactly emptiness; emptiness exactly form. Sensation, perception, discrimination, and consciousness are also like this. O Shariputra, all things are expressions of emptiness: not born, not destroyed; not stained, not pure; neither waxing nor waning. Thus, in emptiness there is no form, no sensation, perception, reaction or consciousness. No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind. No color, sound, smell, taste, touch, phenomena. No realm of sight ◯ No realm of consciousness. No ignorance and no end to ignorance ◯ No old age and death; no end to old age and death. No suffering; no cause or end to suffering. No path, no wisdom, and no gain. No gain: Thus, bodhisattvas live prajña paramita with no hindrance in the mind. No hindrance, therefore no fear. Far beyond deluded thoughts, this is nirvana. All past, present, and future buddhas live prajña paramita and attain supreme perfect enlightenment. Therefore, know that prajña paramita is the perfect mantra, the luminous mantra, the supreme mantra, the incomparable mantra by which all suffering is cleared. This is no other than truth. Therefore, set forth the prajña paramita mantra, set forth this mantra and say: Gate, gate, paragate parasamgate, bodhi svaha!
Note: The five skandas, or conditions are form, feeling, perception, volition and consciousness.