SOTO SCHOOL SCRIPTURES FOR DAILY SERVICES IN ENGLISH
About The Book
(from the forward)
This book is based on the Japanese edition of the Soto School Scriptures for Daily Services and Practice (Sōtōshū nikka gongyō selten 曹洞宗日課勤行聖典),also published by the Administrative Headquarters of Soto Zen Buddhism (Sotoshu Shumucho). The text, as its name implies, contains only those scriptures that are chanted on a daily basis in Soto Zen monasteries and temples. Numerous other scriptures that are used in monthly, annual, and occasional rites are not included in it but may be found in the much longer Standard Rites of the Soto Zen School (Sōtōshū gyōji kihan 曹洞宗行持軌範), also forthcoming from the Administrative Headquarters in English translation.This book contains exactly the same scriptures as the Japanese edition of the Soto School Scriptures for Daily Services and Practice, but the contents have been reorganized in a way that helps to distinguish the various types of liturgical literature and eliminates the redundancy of the original (the Heart Sutra, for example, is printed there four times).