Ondokusan 恩徳讃 Gatha Singing – On Youtube (Multi version)


On this page you can enjoy listening to Ondokusan presented with the score below.

Chanting and singing with others is fulfilling on many levels. So we hope you enjoy the embedded Youtube videos. Please follow the links to the original content and be sure to like, subscribe and comment on their Youtube channels.

To learn Ondokusan in Japanese sign language, please visit this page of Hompa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, were you can learn this with Rev. Joshin Kamuro https://hawaiibetsuin.org/multimedia-speaker/rev-joshin-kamuro/

Ondokusan was written by Shinran Shonin at the age of 86 in 1258.

Such is the benevolence of Amida’s great compassion.
That we must strive to return it, even to the breaking of our bodies;
Such is the benevolence of the masters and true teachers,
That we must endeavour to repay it, even to our bones becoming dust.

Shozomatsu Wasan 59


Shozomatsu Wasan 59 – Original Words of Shinran


Modern Japanese translation

Please see Credits & Links at the end of the page.

– Download the complete BCA’s Shin Buddhist Service Book in PDF format here –

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Ondokusan – Japanese followed by English

The English is a translation by the Hawaii Music Committee’s Gatha Translation Subcommittee. A delight to sing. Gassho.

By Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani and his daughter from Moiliili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

“By the Benevolence of Amida’s Light,
How in utmost we entrust deep thanks express;
For our debt to teachers for their guidance true,
We dedicate ourselves in gratefulness.”

Hawaii Music Committee’s Gatha Translation Subcommittee
Simple score from the HHMH Service Book

We hope you are overflowing with Gratefulness after enjoying both versions of the Gatha (Hymn). Hopefully singing along too.

If you have some time it is fun to see the many different versions of Ondokusan online. Try these two searches:

Search in Japanese on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%E6%81%A9%E5%BE%B3%E8%AE%83
Search in English on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Ondokusan

Thank you for reading and singing.



Links & Credits:

Moiliili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcx6rQgQZWn6UvMaYK7D8UA/featured
Moiliili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s Website: https://www.moiliilihongwanji.org/

If you want to make an offering to the Moiliili Temple, please visit this page: https://www.moiliilihongwanji.org/donate/

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