On this page you will find links to videos where you can learn from and chant with, Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki. One of the few (Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha) certified chanting instructors outside of Japan.
Rev. Kusunoki, currently Head Minister of the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, visited Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) in Chicago IL in 2015 to offer chanting instruction and fellowship. MBT were able, thanks in part to Rev. Gyodo Kono Fund, to record and share a few solo chanting videos by Rev. Kusunoki. The chants are a series of traditional Sutras and Hymns from the Jodo Shinshu canon.
Rev. Kusunoki has been certified as a “chanting instructor” by the Ritual Department of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji (international Jodo Shinshu headquarters). And as such provides us with a very good example of correct style and form.
The pages created here at jodoshinshu.faith will have the changing video inline with the chanting text and guide so you can chant with Rev. Kusunoki.
Chanting Videos with Text pages:
Listen to and chant along with Rev. Kusunoki with guide text:
– Amidakyo – 阿弥陀経 – Sutra of Amida Buddha
– Junirai – 十二礼 – Twelve Homages
– Juseige – 重誓偈 – Hymn Reaffirming the Vows
– Sanbutsuge – 讃仏偈 – Hymn in Praise of Buddha
– Sanbujo – 三奉請 – Three Respectful Callings
– Shishinrai – 至心礼 – The Sincere Homages (Buddha, Dharma & Sangha)
– Shoshinge (Gyofu) – 正信念仏偈 – Hymn of True Entrusting Heart and the Nembutsu
– Shoshinge (Sofu) – 正信念仏偈 – Hymn of True Entrusting Heart and the Nembutsu
Links & Credits:
To view the original content on the MBT website & the MBT Vimeo Page please follow the below links:
Midwest Buddhist Temple – Chanting Page: https://mbtchicago.org/about-jodo-shinshu-buddhism/chanting-2/
Rev. Ron Miyamura is kind, approachable and is active on the MBT Facebook community page. Please feel welcomed to reach out to him.
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