These are the chants used during the weekday morning service at MZMC:
Verse of the Robe
How great the robe of liberation
A field far beyond form and emptiness
Wrapping ourselves in Buddha's teaching
Freeing all beings.
Acknowledgment of Karma
All my ancient twisted karma
From beginningless greed, hate and delusion,
Born of body, speech and mind,
I now fully avow.
These are the meal chants used in sesshin at MZMC:
Buddha was born in Kapilavastu,
enlightened in Magadha,
taught in Varanasi,
entered nirvana in Kushinagara.
Now we set out Buddha's bowls;
may we, with all beings,
realize the emptiness of the three wheels:
giver, receiver, and gift.
Vairochana Buddha, pure Dharmakaya;
Lochana Buddha, complete Sambhogakaya;
Shakyamuni Buddha, myriad Nirmanakaya;
Maitreya Buddha, of future birth;
All buddhas throughout space and time;
Lotus of the Wondrous Dharma, Mahayana sutra.
Manjushri Bodhisattva, great wisdom;
Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, great activity;
Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, great compassion;
All honored ones, bodhisattva mahasattvas;
Wisdom beyond wisdom, maha-prajnaparamita.
We reflect on the effort that brought us this food
and consider how it comes to us.
We reflect on our virtue and practice
and whether we are worthy of this offering.
We regard greed as the obstacle to freedom of mind.
We regard this meal as medicine to sustain our life.
For the sake of enlightenment we now receive this food.
First, this is for the three treasures;
Next for the four benefactors;
Finally, for the beings in the six realms.
May all be equally nourished.
The first portion is to end all evil;
The second is to cultivate all good;
The third is to free all beings.
May we all realize the Buddha way.
As servers enter to collect water:
The water we use to wash our bowls
tastes like ambrosia.
We offer it to the many spirits to satisfy them.
Om Mahakushalaya Svaha!