Mind is unlimited. Chanting when performed egolessly has the power to penetrate visible and invisible worlds. 
—Roshi Philip Kapleau

Chanting Service

Vermont Zen Center Chanting Services

See also the Chant page for text and audio files of each chant.

    Evening Chanting Service 1

    Evening Chanting Service 1
    • The Three Treasures
    • Prajna Paramita Hridaya
    • Kannon Sutra
    • Honzon Eko
    • Dai Hi Shin Dharani
    • Ancestral Line
    • Honzon Eko
    • Ten Directions
    • Four Vows

    Evening Chanting Service 2

    Evening Chanting Service 2
    • The Three Treasures
    • En Mei Jikku Kannon Gyo
    • Affirming Faith in Mind
    • Honzon Eko
    • Ten Directions
    • Four Vows

    Morning Chanting Service

    Morning Chanting Service
    • The Three Treasures
    • En Mei Jikku Kannon Gyo
    • The Lotus Sutra Scripture
    • Honzon Eko
    • Ten Directions
    • Four Vows

    Friday Morning Dedicated Chanting Service

    Friday Morning Dedicated Chanting Service
    • The Three Treasures
    • Prajna Paramita Sutra
    • Kannon Sutra
    • Mantra of Bhaisajyaguru
    • Sho Sai Myo Kichijyo Dharani
    • Special Return of Merit
    • Ten Directions
    • Four Vows

    Ceremonies of Aid

    Ceremonies of Aid
    • The Three Treasures
    • Prajna Paramita Hridaya
    • Kannon Sutra
    • Dai Hi Shin Dharani
    • Sho Sai Myo Kichijyo Dharani (or)
    • Mantra of Bhaisajyaguru
    • Special Eko
    • Ten Directions
    • Four Vows

    Funeral and Memorial Services

    Funeral and Memorial Services
    • Prajna Paramita Hridaya
    • Kannon Sutra
    • Return of Merit
    • Ten Directions
    • Memorial Prayer
    • Dai Hi Shin (optional)
    • Special Eko
    • Ten Directions

    Home Purification Ceremony


    Home Purification Ceremony
    • Prostrations—3x
    • Kanzeon—7x
    • Prajna Paramita
    • Sho Sai Myo (while chanting, circumambulate house—all lights on, doors open, go to all altars and offer incense)
    • New Year’s Special Eko:
      May the coming year be one of peace and harmony
      Free of greed, anger and ignorance.
      May this home be thoroughly cleansed and purified.
      And may those who practice here help all beings attain Buddhahood.

    • Ten Directions
    • Four Vow

    Kannon Ceremony

    Kannon Ceremony

    Repeat three Times

    • Prostrations (“Kanzeon Bodhisattva” each time)—9x
    • Lotus Scripture of Kanzeon Bodhisattva
    • The Mantra of Kanzeon Bodhisattva (“Praise to Kannon Bodhisattva!”)—9x
    • Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo—9x
    • The Mantra of Kanzeon Bodhisattva—9x
    • Prostrations—9x
    • Kanzeon—9x
    • Prostrations—9x
    • Dharani of Avalokitesvara
    • The Mantra of Kanzeon Bodhisattva—9x
    • Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo—9x
    • The Mantra of Kanzeon Bodhisattva—9x
    • Prostrations—9x
    • Kanzeon—9x

      Third time end with:
    • Final Eko
    • Ten Directions
    • Four Vows