Chanting Practice

Regular practices begin with chanting (20 minutes) followed by sitting (30 min) and a talk or discussion (20 min).  We regularly chant four main works: The Homage to the Three Jewels, The Heart Sutra (Korean), The Heart Sutra (English), and The Great Dharani.  See below for text and audio.  Full chanting book with translations is here (pdf).

Why do we chant?

"When we bow together and chant together and eat together, our minds become one mind. It is like on the sea. When the wind comes, there are many waves. When the wind dies down, the waves become smaller. When the wind stops, the water becomes a mirror, in which everything is reflected-mountains, trees, clouds. Our mind is the same. When we have many desires and many opinions, there are many big waves. But after we sit Zen and act together for some time, our opinions and desires disappear. The waves become smaller and smaller. Then our mind is like a clear mirror, and everything we see or hear or smell or taste or touch or think is the truth. Then it is very easy to understand other people’s minds. Their minds are reflected in my mind." (Zen Master Seung Sahn - see also How we practice)

Homage to the Three Jewels


gye-hyang jong-hyang hye-hyang 
hae-tal-hyang hae-tal-ji-gyon-hyang 
gwang-myong un-dae ju-byon bop-kye 
gong-yang shi-bang mu-ryang bul bop sung

hon-hyang jin-on 
om ba-a-ra to-bi-ya hum 
om ba-a-ra to-bi-ya hum 
om ba-a-ra to-bi-ya hum 

ji-shim gwi-myong-nye 
sam-gye do-sa sa-saeng ja-bu 
shi-a bon-sa sok-ka-mo-ni-bul 

ji-shim gwi-myong-nye 
shi-bang sam-se je-mang char-hae 
sang-ju il-che 
bul-ta-ya jung

ji-shim gwi-myong-nye 
shi-bang sam-se je-mang char-hae 
sang-ju il-che 
dal-ma-ya jung

ji-shim gwi-myong-nye 
dae-ji mun-su-sa-ri bo-sal 
dae-haeng bo-hyon bo-sal 
dae-bi kwan-se-um bo-sal 
dae-won bon-jon ji-jang bo-sal 


ji-shim gwi-myong-nye 
yong-san dang-shi su-bul-bu-chok 
ship-tae je-ja shim-nyuk song 
o-baek song dok-su song nae-ji 
chon-i-baek je dae a-ra-han 
mu-ryang song jung

ji-shim gwi-myong nye 
so gon dong-jin gub-a hae-dong 
yok-tae jon-dung je-dae-jo-sa 
chon-ha jong-sa 

il-che mi-jin-su je-dae 

ji-shim gwi-myong nye 
shi-bang sam-se je-mang char-hae 
sang-ju il-che 
sung-ga-ya jung

yu won mu-jin sam-bo dae-ja dae-bi 
su a jong-nye myong hun-ga pi-ryok 
won-gong bop-kye je jung-saeng 
ja-ta il-shi song bul-to 

The Heart Sutra (Korean)


ma-ha ban-ya ba-ra-mil-ta shim gyong
kwan-ja-jae bo-sal haeng shim ban-ya
ba-ra-mil-ta shi jo-gyon o-on gae gong
do il-che go-aek
sa-ri-ja saek-pur-i-gong
gong-bur-i-saek saek-chuk-shi-gong
su-sang-haeng-shik yok-pu-yo-shi
sa-ri-ja shi-je-bop-kong-sang
bul-saeng-bul-myol bul-gu-bu-jong
bu-jung-bul-gam shi-go gong-jung-mu-saek
mu su-sang-haeng-shik mu an-i-bi-sol-shin-ui
mu saek-song-hyang-mi-chok-pop
mu-an-gye nae-ji mu-ui-shik-kye
mu-mu-myong yong mu-mu-myong-jin
nae-ji mu-no-sa yong-mu-no-sa-jin
mu go-jim-myol-to mu-ji yong-mu-dug-i
mu-so duk-ko bo-ri-sal-ta ui
ban-ya ba-ra-mil-ta go-shim-mu gae-ae


mu-gae-ae-go mu-yu-gong-po
wol-li jon-do mong-sang gu-gyong yol-ban
sam-se je-bur-ui ban-ya
ba-ra-mil-ta go-dug-a-nyok-ta-ra
sam-myak sam-bo-ri go-ji ban-ya
ba-ra-mil-ta shi dae-shin ju 

she dae-myong-ju shi mu-sang-ju
shi mu-dung-dung ju nung je il-che go
jin-shil bur-ho go-sol ban-ya ba-ra-mil-ta
ju juk-sol-chu-wal
a-je a-je ba-ra-a-je ba-ra-sung-a-je mo-ji sa-ba-ha
a-je a-je ba-ra-a-je ba-ra-sung-a-je mo-ji sa-ba-ha
a-je a-je ba-ra-a-je ba-ra-sung-a-je mo-ji sa-ba-ha
ma-ha ban-ya ba-ra-mil-ta shim gyong 

The Heart Sutra (English)


The Maha
Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
when practicing deeply the Prajna Paramita
perceives that all five skandhas are empty
and is saved from all suffering and distress.
form does not differ from emptiness,
emptiness does not differ from form.
That which is form is emptiness,
that which is emptiness form.
The same is true of feelings,
perceptions, impulses, consciousness.
all dharmas are marked with emptiness;
they do not appear or disappear,
are not tainted or pure,
do not increase or decrease.
Therefore, in emptiness no form, no feelings,
perceptions, impulses, consciousness.
No eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind;
no color, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch,
no object of mind;
no realm of eyes
and so forth until no realm of mind consciousness.
No ignorance and also no extinction of it,
and so forth until no old age and death
and also no extinction of them.

No suffering, no origination,
no stopping, no path, no cognition,
also no attainment with nothing to attain.
The Bodhisattva depends on Prajna Paramita
and the mind is no hindrance;
without any hindrance no fears exist.
Far apart from every perverted view one dwells in Nirvana.
In the three worlds
all Buddhas depend on Prajna Paramita
and attain Anuttara Samyak Sambodhi.
Therefore, know that Prajna Paramita
is the great transcendent mantra
is the great bright mantra,
is the utmost mantra,
is the supreme mantra,
which is able to relieve all suffering
and is true, not false.
So proclaim the Prajna Paramita mantra,
proclaim the mantra which says:
gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha
gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha
gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha.

The Great Dharani


shin-myo jang-gu dae-da-ra-ni
na-mo-ra da-na da-ra ya-ya
na-mak ar-ya ba-ro-gi-je sae-ba-ra-ya
mo-ji sa-da-ba-ya
ma-ha sa-da-ba-ya
ma-ha ga-ro-ni-ga-ya
om sal-ba-ba-ye su da-ra-na
ga-ra-ya da-sa-myong
i-mam ar-ya ba-ro-gi-je
sae-ba-ra da-ba i-ra-gan-ta
na-mak ha-ri-na-ya ma-bal-ta
i-sa-mi sal-bal-ta sa-da-nam
su-ban a-ye-yom sal-ba bo-da-nam
ba-ba-mar-a mi-su-da-gam da-nya-ta
om a-ro-gye a-ro-ga
ma-ji-ro-ga ji-ga-ran-je
hye-hye-ha-rye ma-ha mo-ji sa-da-ba
sa-ma-ra sa-ma-ra ha-ri-na-ya
gu-ro-gu-ro gal-ma sa-da-ya sa-da-ya
do-ro-do-ro mi-yon-je
ma-ha mi-yon-je da-ra da-ra
da-rin na-rye sae-ba-ra ja-ra-ja-ra
ma-ra-mi-ma-ra a-ma-ra
mol-che-ye hye-hye ro-gye sae-ba-ra
ra-a mi-sa-mi na-sa-ya
na-bye sa-mi sa-mi na-sa-ya
mo-ha ja-ra mi-sa-mi
na-sa-ya ho-ro-ho-ro ma-ra-ho-ro
ha-rye ba na-ma-na-ba
sa-ra sa-ra shi-ri shi-ri
so-ro so-ro mot-cha mot-cha
mo-da-ya mo-da-ya


mae-da-ri-ya ni-ra-gan-ta
ga-ma-sa nal-sa-nam
shit-ta-ya sa-ba-ha
ma-ha-shit-ta-ya sa-ba-ha
shit-ta-yu-ye sae-ba-ra-ya sa-ba-ha
ni-ra-gan-ta-ya sa-ba-ha
ba-ra-ha mok-ka shing-ha
mok-ka-ya sa-ba-ha
ba-na-ma ha-ta-ya sa-ba-ha
ja-ga-ra yok-ta-ya sa-ba-ha
sang-ka som-na-nye mo-da-na-ya sa-ba-ha
ma-ha-ra gu-ta da-ra-ya sa-ba-ha
ba-ma-sa gan-ta i-sa-shi che-da
ga-rin-na i-na-ya sa-ba-ha
mya-ga-ra jal-ma ni-ba
sa-na-ya sa-ba-ha na-mo-ra
da-na-da-ra ya-ya na-mak ar-ya
ba-ro gi-je sae-ba-ra-ya