What is “Dokkyo”?
“Dokkyo” means to recite scriptures out loud. Originally, the purpose was the handing down of scriptures orally. Now however, reciting itself is considered to have blessings and became a religious practice. Furthermore, while Dokkyo is practiced by reading and reciting the scriptures out loud, “Shokyo” means to recite by heart, and “Fugin” is the recital of scriptures by several monks.
What is “Keiten” (Scriptures)?
“Keiten is the holy book of Buddha’s teachings. “Kei” (Keizo) contains each denomination’s teachings and affirmations, “Ritsu” contains practices and restrictions, and “Ron” means the annotations of “Kei”. Those three books are called “Sanzo”. “Kei” is the Chinese translation for “Sutra” in Sanskrit. For many Buddhism denominations, Keiten is very important and there are many main Keitens in modern Japan.
Styles of Dokkyo
Since it is difficult to read through all the Keitens which have vast amounts of volumes, a reading style called “Tendoku” came to practice. “Tendoku” is considered as reading all the volumes through by reading only Kei’s themes and some lines from first/middle/last parts. Mainly conducted by using Daihannya-Gyo which has about 600 volumes, it is a dynamic way of doing “Dokkyo.” It is said that all the misfortunes are driven away when someone is blown by the wind called “Hannya’s Sohu” which is made during Tendoku. Some temples allow visitors to participate Tendoku.
Healing effects of Tendoku
Recently Dokkyo’s sound waves are considered to have a healing effect, medically called “Vibration Therapy”. It’s good to listen to somebody’s recital, and also doing it yourself. It is attracting more research of Dokkyo which is said to help improve concentration by reading and reciting out loud, improve depression and lack of sleep, and prevent dementia.
Recently Dokkyo books with CDs are popular at bookstores. So how about starting Dokkyo right now?