Dharma Talk by Reverend Shinryu Okuma

Saturday, June 15, 11:00 a.m.

Via Zoom & In-person

8:30-9:00 a.m.  Founders Service

9:00-9:35 Zazen
9:35-9:45 Outside Walking
9:45-10:20 Zazen
10:20-10:30 4 Vows, Bows, Closing Ceremony

11:00-12:15 p.m. Dharma Talk by Reverend Shinryu Okuma

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Meeting ID: 592 934 8543
Passcode: Dragon24


Reverend Shinryu Okuma will discuss the highly popular Buddhist hymns of Japanese Soto Zen, known as eisanka 詠讃歌. These hymns are regularly sung by practitioners of the Baikaryu 梅花流 (Style of Plum Blossoms). Baikaryu Eisanka is a type of Japanese Buddhist hymn created by the Soto Zen School in 1952. These are hymns sung with the accompaniment of bells in praise of Shakyamuni Buddha and the two founders of Soto Zen Buddhism (Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji), and to show respect for our ancestors. These melodies were born out of the influence of the natural features of life in Japan. It is a calm and gentle kind of song that is easy to sing and produces a peaceful heart and new inspiration.

Click here to learn more about Baikaryu eisanka.



Reverend Shinryu Okuma is a Zen Buddhist priest and renowned singer and teacher in the Soto school’s hymn chanting lineage, the Baikaryu. He trained at the head temple Eiheiji in Fukui prefecture. After finishing his formal training, he devoted himself to the study of singing Baikaryu hymns. Currently, he is the head priest of the temple Tendoji in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. He has taught Baikaryu hymn chanting at many Zen temples in Japan as well as abroad, including a recent workshop in Los Angeles.



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