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Meditation & Chanting Da Bei Zhou supports the Daily Compassion initiative to meditate and chant compassion mantras to create a world of compassion.

Guan Yin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is revered and honored around the world for being “one who hears the cries of the world.” With the greatest compassion and mercy, she made a total commitment to end all suffering and will help anyone who calls her name.

Guan Yin learned Da Bei Zhou (the Great Compassion Mantra) from her spiritual father, Qian Guang Jing Wang (Thousand Lights Stillness King). The inexpressible power of this mantra is embodied in 88 lines, each bearing the name of a Buddha devoted to serving all souls, with each line holding unique and sacred blessings.

When Guan Yin first heard Da Bei Zhou, she was so moved and overwhelmed by its enormous power and light that she made a commitment to chant it every day for all of her lifetimes. Profoundly touched by her sincerity and deep commitment, Qian Guang Jing Wang transmitted 1,000 spiritual hands and 1,000 spiritual eyes to Guan Yin.

With these treasures and the Da Bei Zhou mantra, Guan Yin has served all humanity and beyond with her boundless and unending compassion and blessings. She has saved innumerable physical lives and inspired and blessed countless spiritual journeys. With great humility, Guan Yin calls herself a bodhisattva but she is a true Buddha, a totally enlightened being.

Sessions will be schedule to learn and chant the Da Bei Zhou and other compassion mantras.

Example of a typical session: Following a brief welcome and overview of Guan Yin and the Da Bei Zhou, the leader, a Guan Yin Lineage Holder, will offer attendees a blessing, then lead the group to chant the Da Bei Zhou and through a guided compassion meditation. Participants will be invited to share their experiences before offering a closing blessing to the group.

Attendees are encouraged to have a copy of the Da Bei Zhou chanting lyrics until the mantra is fully memorized. Free online copies of lyrics and other learning resources are noted below.

Da Bei Zhou Chanting Resources

Da Bei Zhou (Greatest Compassion Mantra - Chanting Lyrics)
https://www.drsha.com/content/uploads/2017/08/DaBeiZhou_20170814_1Page_V3.2.pdf

Da Bei Zhou (Great Compassion Mantra - Chanting Lyrics with Music)
https://taoacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DaBeiZhou_20110809_Score_V3_SIMPLE_DavidThorp.pdf

Stream Da Bei Zhou (18 min, 7 sec) on Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/51qacQJpwdXlWQwSaSJpD1?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Da Bei Zhou Chanting Module (Learn line by line)
https://drsha.com/files/Da-Bei-Zhou/ChantingModule/chanter.html

Upcoming events (4+)

Del Rey Zen - Free Weekday Morning Online Zazen 6:35 am (40 min)

Weekday Morning Zazen - Join Zoom Meeting at 6:35 am

Del Rey Zen Center hosts a 30-minute zazen session every weekday morning (Monday-Friday). Join the Zoom session at 6:35 am to get settled. If you are experienced, have your cushions ready and be seated before 6:40 am. If you are new, you can sit on a chair with your back straight. See this resource for information on how to sit Zazen before joining the Zoom session: https://www.sotozen.com/sch/library/leaflet/chairzazen/pdf/chair_zazen.pdf

The bonsho (large gong) begins at 6:40 am sequence calling us to settle prior to zazen which starts promptly at 6:45, signaled by three strikes on a smaller bell. The zazen concludes with a single strike on the small bell, followed by chanting the O-kesa Gatha (see link to chanting sheet below), the Robing Chant. A final set of three bells ends the morning session.

O-kesa Gatha Chant
https://www.delrayzen.org/chant-sheets/

Virtual zazen is conducted on the Web through the Zoom meeting system. The Zoom web browser client will download automatically when you join your first Zoom meeting. Occasionally, a new link is provided, please visit: https://www.delrayzen.org/virtual-practice/

Please contact the Del Ray Zen Center ([masked]) to get on the e-newsletter for updates and special events.

www.delrayzen.org
Alexandria, VA
Tel:[masked]

Chant Da Bei Zhou (Compassion Mantra, Fast Version) 5 Times 8:30 pm Eastern

Join daily chanting of the Da Bei Zhou (Great Compassion Mantra). Chanting Da Bei Zhou (fast versions). 15 minutes. No experience required.

Download the Da Bei Zhou Chant Lyric: https://taoacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DaBeiZhou_20110809_Score_V3_SIMPLE_DavidThorp.pdf

YouTube fast version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE_tVsqA-mo

Please come prepared with a printed version of the Da Bei Zhou to follow along, unless you have already memorized the fast version.

No Passcode. Please wait to be admitted to the meeting.

Del Rey Zen - Free Weekday Morning Online Zazen 6:35 am (40 min)

Weekday Morning Zazen - Join Zoom Meeting at 6:35 am

Del Rey Zen Center hosts a 30-minute zazen session every weekday morning (Monday-Friday). Join the Zoom session at 6:35 am to get settled. If you are experienced, have your cushions ready and be seated before 6:40 am. If you are new, you can sit on a chair with your back straight. See this resource for information on how to sit Zazen before joining the Zoom session: https://www.sotozen.com/sch/library/leaflet/chairzazen/pdf/chair_zazen.pdf

The bonsho (large gong) begins at 6:40 am sequence calling us to settle prior to zazen which starts promptly at 6:45, signaled by three strikes on a smaller bell. The zazen concludes with a single strike on the small bell, followed by chanting the O-kesa Gatha (see link to chanting sheet below), the Robing Chant. A final set of three bells ends the morning session.

O-kesa Gatha Chant
https://www.delrayzen.org/chant-sheets/

Virtual zazen is conducted on the Web through the Zoom meeting system. The Zoom web browser client will download automatically when you join your first Zoom meeting. Occasionally, a new link is provided, please visit: https://www.delrayzen.org/virtual-practice/

Please contact the Del Ray Zen Center ([masked]) to get on the e-newsletter for updates and special events.

www.delrayzen.org
Alexandria, VA
Tel:[masked]

Free Online Wellness Meditation with Reiki - Wednesday 6:00-6:45 PM EST (GMT -4)

Free Online Wellness Meditation with Reiki - Wednesdays 6:00-6:45 PM Eastern, Washington, DC, USA (GMT -4)

Check for your local time here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com

During this period of uncertainty and Coronavirus safety precautions, it is critical to find time and ways to manage stress, balance emotions, replenish energy to be grounded and promote well-being for ourselves and loved ones.

This free 45-minute online wellness meditation for self-care with Reiki will focus on replenishing energy and grounding/balancing emotions. This session can be done from any location, even your (parked!) car.

Free blessings for wellness and energy will be offered to all participants throughout the guided loving-kindness meditation. The meditation and blessings can bring physical, emotional. mental, and spiritual well-being and balance. Think of areas in life that you would like to transform during this session.

The Zoom meeting link is inserted as the venue for this Meet up. Please RSVP to access link.

Please feel free to invite others who can benefit from a mid-week boost!

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