Music

Sing Namo Amida Butsu

Seattle Tacoma gatha book

Our long awaited Gatha book project has finally been completed!

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 have been distributed to BCA temples. We welcome communication now from interested temples wishing to purchase copies of Sing Namo Amida Butsu.

The second printing of Sing Namo Amida Butsu will be limited to temple orders only.  Although the deadline has been extended to October 31 for receipt of final pre-paid orders, we still request communication to seatacgathabook@gmail.com from interested temples now and no later than September 30 as we are printing only enough books for pre-paid orders.  Individuals interested in purchasing Sing Namo Amida Butsu may make inquiries, and we will then communicate direct updates for the future plan of on-demand publication.  An audio recording project is also planned for 2020.

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