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The Ritual Use of Music in US Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist Communities
Author Mitchell, Scott A.
Source Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Volumev.15 n.2
Pages356 - 372
Publisher Url
LocationAbingdon, UK [阿賓登, 英國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
NoteScott A. Mitchell is an Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Address: Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2140 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, USA. Emails: ;
KeywordBuddhist Music; Christianity; Hymns; Ritual; Buddhism United States
AbstractUS Jōdo Shinshū Buddhist songs in the style of Christian hymns—what the community refers to as gāthā—are an integral part of the lived experience of North American Shin Buddhism. Rather than focusing on processes of acculturation, in the following paper I take gāthā seriously as a form of Buddhist practice, asking questions related not to their origins or legitimacy but to their function and purpose. I argue that gāthā function as a mechanism by which shifting ideas, attitudes, and practices become normative within the community. This function becomes apparent when gāthā are placed within their larger ritual context and are performed by the community as a whole. Following on Rappaport's analysis of ritual, gāthā serve as indexical expressions of canonical orientations toward Buddhist practice and teachings.
Table of contentsIntroduction 356
Sunday Dharma service 360
Gatha as performance 362
The function of gatha 364
Conclusion 368
Notes 369
References 370
ISSN14639947 (P); 14767953 (E)
Created date2015.11.11
Modified date2017.07.17

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