Buddhist Music

Along with the spread of the religion of Buddhism, Buddhist music is inspired by the philosophy of Buddhism.

  • Honkyoku
    In Japanese Zen Buddhist tradition, it is a dialogue of sound and silence. Monks, namely Komuso, played these pieces of music in order to attain enlightenment in the early 13th century. Strictly speaking, it is considered as a scared music but not performance. It is said that the Honkyoku should be played purposelessly without emotion.
  • Chanting
    Buddhist chanting is a form of musical verse. The types of chanting associated with Buddhism vary from culture to culture.
    (1) In Pure Land Buddhism, practicing the repetition of the name of Amitabha.(2)In Nichiren Buddhism, chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo(3) In Tibetan chanting, practicing throat singing.
  • Tibetan Chanting
    Tibetan musical chanting is integral to the local Buddhism. The chanting is complicated and scared on the purpose of celebrating various festivals. One of these chantings is the Yang chanting, which is performed by resonant drums and low syllables. It is a way to discover soul and spirit in sound.
  • Shomyo
    It is a Japanese Buddhist chanting, mixed with melodic patterns and chanted words of shingon. It originated in India and then spread to China and Japan. It has two styles: ryokyoku and rikkyoku, both of which are hard to perform. It is said that it is performed to praise the wisdom of the Buddha.

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