Japanese Monastics Share Buddhist Sutras Through Modern Music

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Japanese Monastics Share Buddhist Sutras Through Modern Music

Post by anjali » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:23 pm

https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/japan ... dern-music
One of the core duties of a Buddhist monastic is chanting Buddhist scriptures as part of his or her daily practice. Two Japanese monastics, a monk and a nun, however have taken an alternative approach by promoting Buddhism through modern music: the monk, Kanho Yakushiji, and the nun, Satoshi Yamamoto, combine Buddhist sutras with modern musical arrangements and technology.

Yakushijii and Yamamato formed the band Kissaquo in 2003, and since then have been performing their music in temples and small clubs. Their songs have particularly attracted young people to Buddhism, and since forming the band, the pair has released several albums, which are available on online music sharing platforms. Among their most popular releases, the Heart Sutra, one of the best known discourses in Mahayana Buddhism, has been a hit. (Nikkei Asian Review)
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Here is the sung version of the Heart Sutra:

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