Doan – Times the zazen period, and rings the bells at the beginning of zazen, at the end of zazen, and during the service.
Kokyo – Leads the chanting during the service.
We find that participating in our zendo services in these roles enriches and deepens our practice. Moreover, taking responsibility for our practice together strengthens our community. And if one feels nervous or self-conscious, working with these feelings in a supportive environment can be quite helpful.
Doan and Kokyo scripts
You may download the color coded scripts which assist the doan and kokyo in striking bells and leading the chants here. Use these for home practice or services. The doan and kokyo books in the Compassion Ocean zendo have many of these.
- Short Service Heart Sutra, Hymn, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo
- Morning Service A Heart Sutra, Hymn, Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo, and Merging of Difference and Unity
- Morning Service B Heart Sutra in Japanese, Hymn, Shosaimyo Kitchijo Dharani, and Fukanzazengi
- Morning Service C Heart Sutra, Dai Hi Shin Dharani, and Genjo Koan
- Morning Service D Heart Sutra, Hymn, Shosaimyo Kitchijo Dharani, and Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi
- Noon Service Metta Sutta
- Evening Service Dai Hi Shin Dharani
- Bodhisattva Precepts Ceremony, Full_Moon_Ceremony (rev 6/16/2009), note that you can also listen to an example of the tricky singing bit (FullMoonChanting.mp3)
- Morning Jundo Bell pattern after the robe chant