JAPAN TRAVELOGUE – DAY 13 – SHINGON BUDDHISM – THE BALD MONKS

by Antonio Gil November. 13, 2020 396 views
Getas – Teresa's picture

Getas – Teresa's picture

In the video you can see the dynamic of these chants

In the video you can see the dynamic of these chants

Goodbye monks

Goodbye monks

♫♫ Shingon Monks chants ♫♫

Secrecy

Today, there are very few books on Shingon in the West and until the 1940s, not a single book on Shingon had ever been published anywhere in the world, not even in Japan. Since this lineage was brought over to Japan from Tang China over 1100 years ago, its doctrines have always been closely guarded secrets, passed down orally through an initiatic chain and never written down. Throughout the centuries, except for the initiated, most of the Japanese common folk knew little of its secretive doctrines and of the monks of this "Mantra School" except that besides performing the usual priestly duties of prayers, blessings and funeral rites for the public, they practiced only Mikkyō "secret teachings", in stark contrast to all other Buddhist schools, and were called upon to perform mystical rituals that were supposedly able to summon rain, improve harvests, exorcise demons, avert natural disasters, heal the sick and protect the state. The most powerful ones were thought to be able to render entire armies useless.

Even though Tendai also incorporates esoteric teachings in its doctrines, it is still essentially an exoteric Mahayana school. Some exoteric texts are venerated and studied in Shingon as they are the foundation of Mahayana philosophy but the core teachings and texts of Shingon are purely esoteric. From the lack of written material, inaccessibility of its teachings to non-initiates, language barriers and the difficulty of finding qualified teachers outside Japan, Shingon is in all likelihood the most secretive and least understood school of Buddhism in the world.

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Camellia Staab 4 months, 4 weeks ago

This set gave me goosebumps. Excellent captures! Almost could hear the chant ( I watched the video after admiring the photos). I like how you started the series by zooming into the feet. Should I assume you are the videographer as well?

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you for such kind words Camellia. I have some footage but I'm not the videographer of the video I've posted. 😊

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José Manuel 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Belas imagens neste dia cinzento. Obrigado amigo. +1

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Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Sempre às ordens Zé. É um prazer partilhá-las.

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Yokai - 4 months, 4 weeks ago

These photos are cool, Antonio! I especially like rim light in #5 and composition in #9.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Yokai - 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Thank you Yokai. Good to hear from you 😊

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Jay Boggess 5 months ago

I love the lighting in the mono images.....the light creates such a reverent, celestial mood.....

Great video! Have you ever down loaded different sounds of monotones of differing frequencies, that can be used to alter moods and such things as healing, wellbeing, spiritual ecstasy, etc, etc....... Different frequencies produce different effects on humans. I wonder what frequency is  the monotone in the video chant??? Go on Google & search for such things as healing frequencies, frequencies of meditation enhancement, etc. They have clips of the sounds you can listen to to see if they have an effect on you personally. You can also buy an assortment of different monotones, as well, that claim to create all kinds of effects on the mind & soul....
Great images!!!. Love the subjects, compositions, colors, edits details & clarity!
Bravo!
+1smile+1

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 4 months, 4 weeks ago

I edited these images precisely to give them that reverent mood. Thanks for noticing it my friend. I've heard about those altering mood frequencies. I will give it a try. Thanks my dear friend

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Your editing is always so tasteful & "spot-on"......
I'd be interested what you have to say about the therapeutic efficacy of the tone frequencies.
Feel free to e-mail your report, if you think it would be inappropriate in this venue...
Hope you are continuing to heal.......
So far so good on my end.....
Always nice to hear from you & see your fine camera work!
Stay safe, healthy & joyful!
+1smile+1

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Berckmans Peter 5 months ago

Great B&W pictures. Love chanting, heard it many times in the temple where my father in laww was.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 4 months, 4 weeks ago

It is so soothing isn't it? Thanks Peter

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 4 months, 4 weeks ago

It sure is

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Francesc 5 months ago

Fantastic set..I love the last one and b&w images...Happy weekend Antonio

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Happy weekend Francesc. A sight I won't forget.

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