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The Living Dharma Theme
(© 1997 Myaku Music)
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This is a tradtional Buddhist song ("gatha") sung at our services.
(copyright 1997 Myaku Music):
Bon Odori is one of the traditional songs that is danced to at our Obon Festival every July:
Tanko Bushi is another traditional song that is danced at every Obon Festival
The Three Treasures (© 1996 Mel Thompson):
The Three Treasures is one of the gathas we sing at our services. All Buddhists "take refuge in" the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
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The Shoshinge Chant
was written by founder Shinran Shonin and its formal title is, "The Gatha of the Nembutsu of True Awakening." The gatha is an explanation of the Pure Land teaching and is written in classical Chinese. The Shoshinge lasts about 7 minutes and is immediately followed by the Nembutsu and Wasan passages, which are written in Japanese and last about 3 minutes. In our temple services, the 3 passages are collectively referred to as "The Shoshinge" since they are always chanted together. One other note: The chanting of sutras and other texts is common to all Buddhist traditions, but since the chants are not in English (there are however translations of the text), they are not chanted for comprehension as much as they represent a meaningful and symbolic form of meditation on the dharma.
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