Buddhist Chants from Mount Shigi, Japan
Mount Shigi is located close to the city of Nara, Japan. It is believed to be the place where the Buddhist deity Bishamonten – patron of warriors and protector of the righteous – first appeared. There is a temple dedicated to Bishamonten at the foot of the mountain: Shigisan Gyokuzōin takes care of the Shingon Buddhist sect. When I arrived there, I was shown the way to the dormitory by a friendly and humble-looking monk. Later, I realized that he was the Grand Master of the temple, and a great singer too.
This soundscape combines varied chants sung during the early morning fire ceremony, and during the Daihannya-Sutra that takes place every day in the main temple.
Special thanks to the Grand Master, who kindly allowed me to make these recordings.