Sutra and Gatha Chanting

Sutra and Gatha Chanting

At Jodo Shinshu temple services, the following five sutras and gathas are chanted. Please click on the names below to see the text and translation and/or listen to these sutras and gathas.
Please visit our temple to learn more about these.


Amida Kyo – The Amida Kyo is the Smaller Sutra of Immeasurable Life (Smaller Sukhavati Vyuha Sutra), and is chanted at most Jodo Shinshu memorial services.


Shoshinge – The Shoshinge (Gatha of True Teachings) was written by Shinran Shonin to encapsulate the teachings of Jodo Shinshu.

Shoshinge Text


Junirai – The Junirai is written by Nagarjuna, the first of the seven patriarchs of Jodo Shinshu, whereby Nagarjuna praises the sacredness and beauty of the Pure Land.

Junirai Text


Juseige – The Juseige is part of the Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life (Larger Sukhavati Vyuha Sutra), whereby Dharmakara Bodhisattva (who becomes Amida Buddha) sets forth the Forty-Eight vows to save all sentient beings and the promise to fulfill these vows.

Juseige Text


Sanbutsuge – The Sanbutsuge, also known as the ‘Gatha of Praising the Virtues of the Buddha’, is part of the Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life (Larger Sukhavati Vyuha Sutra). In this gatha, Dharmakara Bodhisattva praises his teacher Lokesvaraja Buddha and vows to save all beings who are suffering in the world of illusion even if it would mean skinking into the poisonous swamp of suffering and pain himself. Upon fulfilling his vows, Dharmakara Bodhisattva becomes Amida Buddha.