No conflict exists between Shumei and any other spiritual path that seeks universal well-being. Shumei welcomes all. Our members come from diverse backgrounds, and many maintain and deepen their own beliefs while participating with us. Further, we are committed to dialogues with people of all spiritual paths to promote compassion and peace. We invite you to visit one of our Centers (link to Our Center’s page) and to learn more!
Morning and evening Sampai* services take place daily and are always open to the public (please be sure to check with a center nearest you for the times). Arrive at least 10 minutes early in order to be seated in the Sanctuary before the service begins. If it is your first time coming an hour early to view the video and have some further background might make for a richer experience.
Shumei’s Sampai services are relatively short (about ½ hour) and simple after you have experienced them once or twice. We begin with bowing and clapping and chant an ancient Shinto prayer called the Amatsunorito (a phonetic pronunciation is available for those who would like to join in). It is the sound vibrations (“Kototama” in Japanese) more than the meaning of the words which are believed to spiritually align us to the universe brining about peace, happiness and purification. Following the Amatsunorito, we chant 3 short poems from Shumei’s founder Mokichi Okada (known to our members and friends as Meishusama). After chanting, Jyorei is offered to anyone who might like to experience it. After Jyorei, the Sampai closes.
*Sampai is a Japanese word meaning “going to a higher, spiritually pure place for spiritual purposes”. Specifically, Sampai is a form of ritual that, through its structure, provides a sense of order and serenity to the mind. In Shumei, Sampai specifically means to engage in the following actions: visiting one of the sanctuaries of a Shumei center, chanting, sharing Jyorei, and expressing gratitude.