Music

Sing Namo Amida Butsu

Seattle Tacoma gatha book

Our long awaited Gatha book project was completed in 2019!

The Seattle-Tacoma Gatha Book Project committee is proud to announce publication of
Sing Namo Amida Butsu. The general gatha book and separate accompanist’s book contain the music service sutras Ju Sei Ge and San Butsu Ge along with 90 gathas.

The original goal of the Seattle-Tacoma Gatha Book Project was to republish the music of the late Linda Castro and the music in the Dharma School Service Book and Gassho ‘Round the World, publications of Tacoma Buddhist Temple (TBT), including original music by Donna Sasaki.

The scope of the project was expanded to include newly published music and Japanese gathas published with original lyrics and English translated lyrics. The number of translated gathas was increased beyond the prior work of the TBT Dharma School Service Book Committee with the cooperation of the Hawaii Music Committee. Most of the gathas are notated with chords for guitar or ukulele.

The Seattle-Tacoma Gatha Book Project recently received a Bishop’s Project grant from the Federation of Dharma School Teachers League (FDSTL) to subsidize partially the second printing of the gatha books. We are grateful to FDSTL to encourage and enable more temples outside of the Northwest District to use the gatha books. Courtesy copies of the books were distributed to BCA temples in late Spring of 2019. Shipments of the second printing were sent to interested temples requesting purchase of Sing Namo Amida Butsu. An audio recording project is now underway!

A limited supply of gatha books from the 2nd printing is still available for temple purchase. Individual gatha book and accompanist’s book sales from the second printing may be possible also for a limited time.  Please contact us at seatacgathabook@gmail.com before January 31, 2020 for details.

 

 

 

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