jikai wrote:@Seishin san ,
Are you learning Shomyo in English? Or Japanese?
I'm really intrigued by what I've heard about the English Shomyo at New York betsuin. Are there any recordings of this out there?
Much of the shomyo is untranslatable and sung in the traditional syllables.
There are some pieces, such as Gobai, that were translated into English in such a way as to preserve the rhythm, melody, and sense by Yamada sensei. There used to be a set of audio files available someplace but I don't have access to them now, unfortunately. Shomon Pia Trans in Denmark may have that material available; her contact information is found at www.tendai.eu
Learning shomyo takes time and effort. or maybe I'm a slow learner? it took me several weeks just to manage the words "shi shi mo san kai" without getting a correction!
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