Listen to Chants
Click on the titles to listen to the chant.
"Three Respectful Callings" is used at the beginning of many Jodo Shinshu services. The verses were written by Shan Tao (Zendo in Japanese, 618-681 CE), the fifth master of Shin Buddhism.
Sanbujo recorded by Ministers of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
The Shoshinge, a song or verse written by Shinran Shonin, is an excellent introductory text to Shin Buddhism. In the 120 lines of the Shoshinge, the fundamental teachings of Shin Buddhism are expressed.
Shoshinge recorded by Ministers of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
"Praises of the Buddha" comes from the "Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life." In this gatha Bodhisattva Dharmakara praises the Buddha Lokesvrarajo and affirms his intention and determination to become a buddha in order to save all sentient beings.
Sanbutsuge recorded by Ministers of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
"Three Sacred Vows" expresses the Bodhisattva's determination to work for the deliverance of all beings. His aspirations are summarized in the open three weighty Vows.
Juseige recorded by Ministers of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
The "Twelve Adorations" is a Gatha written by Nagarjuna (c. 2nd-3rd cent. B.C.E.), the first of seven Patriarchs of Jodo Shinshu. He praises the beauty and sacredness of the Pure Land which manifests the virtues of Amida Buddha, and expresses the desire to be born in the Pure Land. The spirit to praise and revere is repeated twelve times, thus the verse is known as The Twelve Adorations.
Junirai recorded by Ministers of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Budismo da Terra Pura in Brazil
Recordings are courtesy of the Buddhist Study Centre