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Element V: Chanting

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Element V: (chanting)

 

The Juseige is the second of three gathas (Songs of Praise) in the primary sutra of Shin Buddhism, The Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life. This sutra passage recounts Chapter 8 of this mythical Sacred Story, in which the Bodhisattva Dharmakara promises to embark on a quest for enlightenment and then makes 48 Vows to the Buddha Lokes-vararaja. After declaring these vows he praises these vows with this gatha (poem).

 

Instructions: Put your hands in gassho and strike the bell and begin to chant one syllable at a time. The underlined words are chanted with 2 beats and the second syllable is not pronounced. Click below to listen to the Juseige and Nembutsu chants in order in learn them for daily home practice.

JUSEIGE CHANT

Song of Praise

 

This classic chant is in Sino-Japanese and is not meant to be understood during its practice. Instead it is viewed as a meditation to hear the primordial and non-conceptual calling of Life itself beckoning us to spiritually awaken to Immeasurable Life & Light, symbolized as Amida Buddha.  Each syllable is the Oneness of reality manifesting in our hearts and minds.

(Leader)(bell)
 

BUSSETSU MURYO JUKYO

 

(Everyone

 

GA GON CHO SE GAN
HIS-SHI MU JO DO
SHI GAN FU MAN ZOKU
SEI FU JO SHO GAKU

GA O MU RYO KO
FU I DAI SE SHU
FU SAI SHO BIN GU
SEI FU JO SHO GAKU

GA SHI JO BUTSU DO
MYO SHO CHO JIP-PO
KU KYO Ml SHO MON
SEI FU JO SHO GAKU

Rl YOKU JIN SHO NEN
JO E SHU BON GYO
SHI GU MU JO DO
I SHO TEN NIN SHI

JIN RIKI EN DAI KO
FU SHO MU SAI DO
SHO JO SAN KU MYO
KO SAI SHU YAKU
NAN

KAI Hl CHI E GEN
MES-SHI KON MO AN
HEI SOKU SHO AKU DO
TSU DATSU ZEN SHU MON

KO SO JO MAN ZOKU
I YO RO JIP-PO
NICHI GATSU SHU JU KI
TEN KO ON PU GEN

ISHU KAI HO ZO
KO SE KU DOKU HO
JO O DAI SHU CHU
SEP-PO SHI SHI KU

KU YO IS-SAI BUTSU
GU SOKU SHU TOKU HON
GAN E SHITSU JO MAN
TOKU I SAN GAI O

NYO BUTSU MU GE CHI
TSU DATSU Ml FU SHO
GAN GA KU E RIKI
TO SHI SAI SHO SON

SHI GAN NYAK-KO KA
DAI SEN O KAN DO
KO KU SHO TEN NIN
TO U CHIN MYO KE (bell)

NEMBUTSU CHANT

 

The Nembutsu Chant is experienced as the call of Life and Light itself, known as the Name-That-Calls. Moreover,  it is the living embodiment of Amida Buddha, the manifestation of the Oneness of reality. Shinran Shonin said, "just say the nembutsu and be liberated."

 

(Leader)

 

NAM AN DAM BU

 

(Everyone)

 

NAM AN DAM BU

NAM AN DAM BU

NAM AN DAM BU

NAM AN DAM BU

NAM AN DAM BU

NAM AN DAM BU

NAM AN DAM BU

NAM AN DAM BU

NAM AN DAM BU

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