Reciting sutras out loud at home or with the support of sangha is a deeply centering process. Even when we don’t have intellectual understanding of all of the contents of the sutras, dharanis and poems chanted they “get in there” into our hearts and minds and do provide benefit. Classes and study retreats are periodically offered. Studying a sutra that has been chanted frequently and memorized can be a wonderful experience. Reciting sutras is also understood in Buddhism to generate merit. Following chanting a short dedication (Japanese eko) is always recited to direct the positive energy of this practice to those who need it.
Note: for directions on bells and chant leading please see the Doan-ryo page.
We do use some Japanese words and chants. For information about how the Japanese language works and how to pronounce the words we use please see: Japanese Pronunciation Basics.pdf created by Desiree Webster.
Our current sutra book can be downloaded as a PDF or you make take one home from Red Cedar Dharma Hall on your next visit ($5 donation requested).
Alternatively, see below for the chant text, without the formatting:
Select a title to scroll to that chant on this page:
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