Music is an integral part of temple life and plays a unique role in nurturing our spiritual growth.
Music brings us in touch with our feelings, helps us become aware of our humanness, and connects us profoundly with each other. Through music, we are able to express what deeply resonates within us when we truly listen and reflect upon the Teachings.
Our wish is to provide information and resources to enrich the musical climate of all temples. Contact information:
Ph: (808) 522-9202
Musical Notes Newsletter
In this issue:
- Passionate About Music, Art, and Travel: Florence Tanaka of Wailuku Hongwanji Mission
- Music Editorial by Francis Okano: Music’s Power
- Finding Dharma in Music
- District news
- Choralfest 2018 flyer
Here are two selections from Choralfest 2014, where Hongwanji choirs from around the islands came together at the Hawaii Betsuin temple on September 28 to sing and perform together.
New Gatha Scores
The Mission’s gatha book, Praises of the Buddha, was last published in 1990. Since then, a number of new songs in English have been composed for the Mission. In addition, the Music Committee has continued to craft English translations of beautiful Japanese gathas.
As a service to our temples and the Jodo Shinshu community worldwide, we have made a number of gatha scores available to download and use for noncommercial purposes. Partial list:
Amida’s Our Horizon
Bodhisattva’s Vows (Chikai no Uta)
Four Noble Truths
Hands Together In Gassho
Let’s Weave Dharma in Our Lives
Listen to Amida with Your Heart
Live Amida’s Love
Together as One
We would love to know which temples and groups are interested in using these gathas in singing for occasions. Please contact us and let us know your interest. If appropriate, we will send you a password to access the downloads page.Music Score Downloads