Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds /Milk Tea Alliance

Shoonji: Traditional Asian Techno-Buddhism

I continue to be perplexed at the way American Buddhists insist that Buddhist practitioners should abandon deformed “secular” Buddhism and practice “traditional Asian Buddhism”. So ok, let’s do that. Here’s another full-blast Techno-Buddhist Memorial Service, composed and performed by Gyosen Askaura, Techno DJ turned Buddhist priest in the Jodo Shinshu Pure Land tradition, at the temple in Fukui Japan. This one was recorded on February 23, 2020 (before the onset of the COVID pandemic, apparently). This new presentation is mind-blowing and heart-pounding. Some of the composition edges into jazz harmony that somehow also works with traditional Japanese chanting. Assisting with the chant and presentation is a phalanx of sitting monks who recite the chants to the music.

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