Shakyo

Fang-tastic Halloween Shakyo

Fang-tastic Halloween Shakyo

It was a cosy and fang-tastic Halloween themed Sutra Tracing group on the 31st October, copying the famous Heart Sutra – Hannya Shingyo, known more fully as the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra. We couldn’t keep away the demons from joining, but thankfully… Read More »Fang-tastic Halloween Shakyo

Shakyo practice of the Boundless Life Bodhisattva of Compassion Sutra

Shakyo practice of the Boundless Life Bodhisattva of Compassion Sutra

At our cozy and friendly zoom Shakyo group, we copied the short Boundless Life Ten Line Bodhisattva of Compassion Sutra (Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo) 延命十句観音経 for wellbeing and meditative practice. It is a short Sutra so we had some extra time to have a chat… Read More »Shakyo practice of the Boundless Life Bodhisattva of Compassion Sutra

Four Vast Vows Blair Thomson Japanese

Rhythm and spaciousness in Shakyo of the Four Vast Vows

At our Shakyo Sutra Copying group we had a very peaceful and relaxing time for practice. It was a really nice atmosphere. We followed the inspiring Four Vast Bodhisattva Vows – 四弘誓願文 Shiguseiganmon. This is a short (just five lines including the title) but deep and… Read More »Rhythm and spaciousness in Shakyo of the Four Vast Vows

Meditative Shakyō tracing of the universal gateway

Meditative Shakyo tracing of the universal gateway

We had a lovely couple of hours of Shakyō Sutra copying, working on the second half of the Lotus Sutra Chapter 25 Bodhisattva of Compassion Universal Gateway (Fumonbonge). It is a fascinating, poetic and visually spectacular chapter, with many interesting characters to discover meanings from, and engage… Read More »Meditative Shakyo tracing of the universal gateway

Breathtaking peaks and seas pull us into meditative Shakyo

Breathtaking peaks and seas pull us into meditative Shakyo

‘If you are cast adrift in the huge sea, bothered by troublesome dragons, fish and demons, bring awareness to the power of Kannon (Avalokitesvara Perceiver of the Sounds of the World), and the billows and waves can’t drown you ..’  ??? We had our meditative… Read More »Breathtaking peaks and seas pull us into meditative Shakyo

Unsurpassed and deep - tracing the Kaikyōge and Fuekō

Unsurpassed and deep – tracing the Kaikyōge and Fuekō

At Shakyō Sutra copying practice (online on zoom) we traced or copied two short verses which are often read or chanted in zen and other schools – the Kaikyōge Opening the Sutras Verse and the Fuekō Turning of Merit.  They are deep and inspiring short verses, the Fuekō directly coming… Read More »Unsurpassed and deep – tracing the Kaikyōge and Fuekō

Shakyo 写経 copying the sutra of boundless awareness and life

Shakyo 写経 copying the sutra of boundless awareness and life

At our Shakyo group, co-hosted with Glasgow Zen Group, we enjoyed peacefully copying the Boundless Life Ten Phrase Kannon Sutra 延命十句観音経. It felt right to trace it at this time, being a sutra that has been close to people’s hearts over the centuries and considered… Read More »Shakyo 写経 copying the sutra of boundless awareness and life

Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke

Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke 

We gently traced and copied the famous and inspiring Mahayana Buddhist Heart Sutra, or to use the full title, the Great Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra. After Blair and the group discussed about the Shakyo practice and some of the meanings and structure of the sutra,… Read More »Practicing intuitive wisdom with each small stroke 

Shakyo - bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark

Shakyo – bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark

Our first online Shakyo 写経 practice event saw us come together from Scotland, and elsewhere such as the rest of the UK and Canada, forming a lovely group of sutra tracing and copying practitioners.  Beginning with an introduction about the history of shakyo and the… Read More »Shakyo – bringing the Sutra to life with each brush stroke and pen mark

Tracing the heart of the Heart Sutra – Tokyo 2019

Towards the end of the year as the dry leaves rustled across the pavements, Blair practiced Shakyo Sutra tracing at temples in Tokyo, working mainly from Genjo’s version of the Hannya Shingyo – Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra. You can see the hanging… Read More »Tracing the heart of the Heart Sutra – Tokyo 2019