Sunday, May 17, 2020

JAPAN – JAPON
Il Canto Buddhista / Buddhist Chant  Albatros ALB/12 – Recorded by Katsumasa Takasago in various temples in Kyoto, Japan, published 1980 (2 LP)
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#Japan #Japanese #Japon #japonais #Buddhist #Zen #monks #priests #pilgrims #temples #chants #meditative #traditional music #world music #vinyl #sutra #Nembutsu #chant #moine #prêtre #musique traditionnelle #Bouddha #prières #prayers #peace #rituals #ceremonies
#Japan #Japanese #Japon #japonais #Buddhist #Zen #monks #priests #pilgrims #temples #chants #meditative #traditional music #world music #vinyl #sutra #Nembutsu #chant #moine #prêtre #musique traditionnelle #Bouddha #prières #prayers #peace #rituals #ceremonies
#Japan #Japanese #Japon #japonais #Buddhist #Zen #monks #priests #pilgrims #temples #chants #meditative #traditional music #world music #vinyl #sutra #Nembutsu #chant #moine #prêtre #musique traditionnelle #Bouddha #prières #prayers #peace #rituals #ceremonies
#Japan #Japanese #Japon #japonais #Buddhist #Zen #monks #priests #pilgrims #temples #chants #meditative #traditional music #world music #vinyl #sutra #Nembutsu #chant #moine #prêtre #musique traditionnelle #Bouddha #prières #prayers #peace #rituals #ceremonies

These deep inspired chants by groups of monks, priests, or pilgrims accompanied by traditional instruments were recorded during ceremonies and rituals in Kyoto, a historic center of worship for Japanese Buddhists. The performances, which draw on classic poems and sutras and highlight the specific musical characteristics of various Japanese Buddhist traditions, include invocations of the Buddha, purification chants, sung poetry, and prayers for world peace and prevention of disasters.

Ces chants profonds et inspirés de prêtres, de moines ou de pèlerins accompagnés d'instruments traditionnels ont été enregistrés lors de cérémonies et de rituels à Kyoto, un centre historique de culte bouddhiste japonais. Ces performances, qui ont pour thèmes des poèmes ou des soutras classiques, allant des invocations du Bouddha à des chants de purification, des poèmes chantés ou des prières pour la paix et la prévention de catastrophes dans le monde, mettent en évidence les caractéristiques musicales spécifiques de diverses traditions bouddhistes japonaises.

A – Three sutras chanted by Zen Rinzai monks at Myoshinji Temple.
Zen chants are an exercise in self-discipline, with Zen monks chanting while sitting in the zazen posture. The sound of kei metal singing bowls mark the beginning of each sutra with mokugyo percussion setting the tempo for the chanting.

B1 –  Goeika  chanting of waka short poems sung by 20 female pilgrims at Myoshinji Temple.
Goeika chanting of waka by pilgrims, accompanied by rin bells and small fusegane metal drum struck with a crystal hammer. The leader strikes a kei gong to mark the transition from one poem to the next.

B2 – Shomyo chant by Tendai monks at Enryaku Temple.
Tendai pentatonic Shomyo chants by ten priests accompanied by rin bells, nyo cymbals and shakujo rattles. The ritual begins with a leader chanting the first few lines, after which the other priests join in.

C1 – Four sutras – Nembutsu invocations of Amida, the celestial Buddha, chanted by Jodo priests at Kurodani Temple.
Accompanied by kei
 gongs, mokugyo percussion, nyo-hachi cymbals, and clappers, the chant is like a slow stream of water.

C2 – Zen solo chants by priests at Myoshinji Temple
Zen roshis (venerable respected priests) may chant at any time of the day, accompanied by kei gongs and mokugyo percussion.

D – Morning chants by Shuken Yamabushi priests at Shogoin Palace.
The Shuken-shu, which dates back to the seventh century and combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism and Shintoism, use horogai conch shells in their music.


*Condensed and paraphrased from the liner notes of Katsumasa Takasago.

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The photographs below are from 
Shashin Voyageurs et Photographes au Japon: 1868-1912 by Frank Berzieri, Phebus, 2009; 2000 Years of Japanese Art by Yukio Yashiro and Peter Swann, Thames & Hudson, 1958; and Zen: Direct Pointing to Reality by Ann Bancroft, Thames & Hudson, 1987.


Former Hyogo Daibutsu (Great Buddha), Kobe, c.1890.
Melted down in 1944 for the war effort 
and since replaced.

MusicRepublic JAPAN – JAPON  Buddhist Chant – Albatros ALB/12



Japanese Buddhist monk, by Baron Raimund von Stillfried, c. 1880.

MusicRepublic JAPAN – JAPON  Buddhist Chant – Albatros ALB/12


Kannon, Bodhisattva of Compassion, Asuka Period, Early 7th century, 198 cm/78 in.

MusicRepublic JAPAN – JAPON  Buddhist Chant – Albatros ALB/12

Zen archery.

MusicRepublic JAPAN – JAPON  Buddhist Chant – Albatros ALB/12


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