365 Days for Travelers: Aug 4

SUTRA OPENING GATHA

This unsurpassed, profound and wondrous Dharma,
Which is hard to encounter in countless kalpas;
Now that I can see, hear and am able to uphold it,
I vow to attain the Tathagata’s true teachings.

GATHA OF THE BELL (1)

May the sound of this bell transcend all dharma realms,
Let its tolls be heard across the entire netherworld;
Objects of sound shall purify, interpenetrative hearing attained,
So that all beings may attain perfect enlightenment.

GATHA OF THE BELL (2)

The sound of the bell permeates three-thousand realms,
Bringing the Dharma across a thousand-billion lands.
May the merit be used to pray for world peace, and
the benefit repay the kindness of all danas*.

MOORING UNDER THE MAPLE BRIDGE

Moon sets, crows caw,
sky is full of frost;
River maples, fishing-boat lights
break through my troubled sleep.
Beyond the city of Suzhou lies
Han Shan monastery.
At midnight the clang of the bell
reaches the traveler’s boat.

* Dana refers to the benefactors and supporters of a Buddhist temple.