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The Way of Eiheiji: Zen Buddhist Ceremony

A two record box set put out by Folkways Records in 1960
Created by Elsie and John Mitchell                                              

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This booklet is presented also at Terebess here - and includes the audio.


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box_cov.jpg (43837 bytes)Record box cover 
text on cover:
The Way of Eiheiji: Zen Buddhist Ceremony
Notes by Mrs. Elsie P. Mitchell
Recorded in Fukui Prefecture, Japan
by John Mitchell
Under the Supervision of Rev. Tetsuya Inoue

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Record box back cover

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bk cov.gif (66570 bytes)Booklet 
that accompanies the record set
by Elsie Mitchell

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The Way of Eiheiji - Entire booklet to accompany the recordings - 2013 scan.

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Brief comments by DC

Cover  (OCR approximate version)

Text - by Elsie Mitchell

Sutras and chants in English

Sutras and chants in Chinese characters

Glossary - English and Chinese characters

See the enlarged glossary

See the enlarged Chinese character list

View the photos from this booklet

Listen to a sample of the recordings [not yet]

Read about the creation of these recordings in article on Elsie Mitchell.

This music is now sold in cassette, CD, and now downloadable digital form through Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
 - go to information on ordering -

A Smithsonian Folkways link to Japanese Buddhist Ritual from various sources.


The Way Of Eiheiji - Zen Buddhist Ceremony


Youtube audio - the whole two record set in one file


Audio here in four parts

Side 1 (101) - Side 2 (201) - Side 3 (301) - Side 4 (401)


101. Time-Telling Drum and Gong (Koten).

101. Hand Bell.

101. Meditation Bell (Kyosho).

101. Metal Gong (Dai Kaijo) and Small Board.

101. Sodo Bell (Nairansho).

101. Verse for Putting on Kesa (Takkesa-Ge).

101. Morning Ceremony.

101. Hannya Shingyo (Chant).

101. San Do Kai (Chant).

101. Eko (Chant).

101. Juryobonge (Chant).

201. Breakfast Preparation Bells and Gongs.

201. Eating Verses (Jikiji-Ho).

201. Dai Rai Drum.

201. Densho Drum.

201. Dai Hi Shin Dharani (Recitation).

201. Ryaku Fusatsu Ceremony.

201. Midday Service in Butsuden.

301. Fire Protection Ceremony.

301. Dai Hi Shin Dharani (With Eko and Refrain).

301. Interview of Novice.

301. Shomyo Chant.

301. Jikiji-Ho Chant.

301. Densho and Inkin.

301. Mokugyo.

301. Dharani Prayer and Refrain.

401. Evening Ceremony.

401. Memorial Service for the Dead (Segaki).

401. Kanromon (Gate of Immortality).

401. Shushogi (Taking Vows).

401. Konsho (Evening Bell).

401. Myohorengekyo Fumonbonge (Chant).

401. Jiho Sanshi (Close of Ceremony).

401. Hatto Bell and Keisu.


From Terebess



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