Introduction


Amatsunorito
The Amatsunorito is the most frequently used chant within Shumei. It is usually recited daily by Shumei members, either at scheduled Sampais or privately.
When two or more people perform these chants, a leader recites those phrases marked in bold. The asterisk found within this text indicate a sharply cut sound.


Zengensanji
A collection of phrases from Buddhist texts, the Zengensanji is an ode to the transformation of our present world into an earthly paradise. As such, it is of particular significance to Shumei and its endeavor to help create an ideal world in which sickness, poverty, and war are banished, and compassion and wisdom reign. When chanting the Zengensanji, it is important to concentrate one’s mind on the image of an idyllic world.

Seldom chanted by itself, the Zengensanji usually follows the recitation of the Amatsunorito at Shumei Centers’ Monthly Sampais.

When two or more people perform these chants, a leader recites those phrases marked in bold. The asterisk found within this text indicate a sharply cut sound.


Amatsunorito Kamigoto
This, the longest of Shumei’s major chants, is mainly used three times a year, on February 3, June 30, and December 31, and for special purification ceremonies. The Kamigoto can also be recited by individuals when the need for special purification is felt or when a new resolution is made following a regrettable action. After all, we all have good reason to feel regret at times. Chanting the Kamigoto is a fine way to dissipate the spiritual clouding caused by transgressions and it helps a person maintain an open and pure heart.


Zengen Sanji Translation