The Way of Eiheiji: Zen-Buddhist Ceremony

The Way of Eiheiji: Zen-Buddhist Ceremony

Various Artists FW08980 / FR 8980

Taken from fourteen hours of recordings, The Way of Eiheiji provides a generous introduction to Japanese Zen Buddhist ceremonies. The rituals and daily tasks performed at the Eiheiji (temple of Great Peace) include zazen (a type of seated meditation), chanting Buddhist scriptures, performing manual labor, and ceremonies including the Fire Protection Ceremony for the temple’s safety. Gongs, drums, and bells are commonly used at the temple, and all three can be heard on the track “Time-Telling Drum and Gong.” Liner notes include a description of different types of Japanese Buddhism and a glossary.

Year Released 1959
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1959 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Sacred; World
Country(s) Japan
Language(s) English
Subject(s) World music

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101 Time-telling Drum and Gong (Koten)… n/a 21:56
201 Breakfaast Preparation Bells and Gongs… n/a 24:21
301 Fire Protection Ceremony… n/a 23:41
401 Evening Ceremony… n/a 18:40
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