Here is collection of materials that have supported the practice lives of our communities over the years, documents like our sutra book and cantor manual; the koan booklets we worked on during retreats; and out guidebook for taking refuge. The are our living heritiage : fresh visions of an ancient tradition, and the bricks and mortar of our formless temple. ...in progress...
Ceremonies unite the lives of individuals with the life of our community, and with our ancestors and the spirit world. They mark thresholds and are occasions of remem-bering, celebration, and transformation. These particular ceremonies are used at Pacific Zen Institute and within The Open Source, and were given their present forms by myself or in collaboration with John Tarrant. Some are based on very old rituals, and some were created recently. All have evolved to express ancient traditions in a symbolic language that respects and resonates with our time and place. It’s customary that the Holder of the Ceremony be a roshi, sensei, or other teacher.
Blessings on all yr ceremonies, large and small, formal and impromptu. May they be warm fields and lovely gates, and may the beings of many realms be delighted to join you.
Because of the size, we've broken the manual down into parts which are meant to be printed double-sided and all go together. Scroll to the bottom for PDF links including one for the complete manual.
I Cover, Index, Origin Stories, p. i - 2 II The Wheel of the Year, p. 3 - 16
1 Spring - Buddha's Birthday | 2 Summer - Feeding Hungry Ghosts | 3 Autumn - Ceremony for the Beloved Dead | 4 Winter Solstice - Light & Dark | 5 New Year's Eve - Beginning Again III The Wheel of Life, p. 17 - 38
6 Refuge Ceremony | 7 Shoken Ceremony | 8 Wedding & Commitment Ceremony | 9 Baby Welcoming Ceremony | 10 When Someone Dies | 11 Funeral & Memorial Service | 12 Forty-Nine Day Ceremony | 13 Ceremony for Installing Ancestors IV Appendix A, p. 39 - 43
Invocations | Blessings - New Meditation Hall, Statues, Circumambulation Chant, New Home, New Teacher, V Appendix B, p. 44-51
Guanyin Oracle Cards
These booklets come from koan and meditation retreats, where we'd take up koans together. They're organized by theme to make it easier to follow a particular thread, and by season, which is how many people remember a retreat they might be looking for. If you were part of the retreats and always wanted to revisit a koan or two, here they are, and if you weren't there the first time, perhaps you'll find something to enrich your own meditation and life now.
Open Source - Retreat Manual
The ways we come together, the ways we practice together, are tremendously important. Each time we meet, we make a field in which people can do profound work, both individually and collectively. This doesn't just spontaneously arise; it takes a lot of work to create a present moment to be here now in. The idea behind this manual is to make that work a little easier.
The intention here is not to lay out an ideal form we all must try to match, as if that's the goal of a retreat. Instead, it's to provide some guidance so that things can be done more easily, to make clear what can be made clear - so that against that greater ease and clarity the vast and untamed mystery that is at the center of life becomes vividly apparent. That's the point of a retreat.
This manual focuses on residential meditation retreats, because they are the most complicated thing we do. These forms can be adapted and simplified for other events, such as one-day, koan, and integrative retreats. Also, different practice communities and retreat centers will likely require accommodations to their particular circumstances. Keep the spirit, be creative with the forms.
(The manual is formatted to be printed double-sided.)
This sutra service is like a deep pool collecting all the streams of our tradition. The Ti-Sarana comes from the Theravada, the Way of the Elders, the earliest Buddhism. The Heart Sutra comes from the foundations of the Mahayana, as Buddhism moved into China. Japanese Zen is represented by Hakuin and Torei. The dedications are contemporary, written in English by John Tarrant and Joan Sutherland. In a transcultural tour de force, we chant the Sho Sai Myo in our American-inflected pronunciation of the Japanese readings of Chinese characters that were themselves a transliteration of the original Sanskrit. Rich Domingue, a Cajun musician, has given many of the chants musical settings that include the European waltz and the blues, one of the great indigenous American traditions, with its roots in Africa. Buddha nature pervades the universe.
This liturgy was created by Joan Sutherland, John Tarrant, and Rich Domingue
for the Pacific Zen School, of which The Open Source is a part. It includes traditional
Sanbo Kyodan chants and original work. All rights reserved.
(The pdfs are meant to be printed double-sided, with title pages for each section under Title Pages and bound)
A booklet on preparing for the refuge ceremony which includes : Introduction, Refuge in the Storm, The Three Refuge Vows, The Three Root Vows, The Ten Bodhisattva Vows, Studying and Writing Vows, A Little History, Good Reading, Koan Collections, and more...