Modernization of Buddhist Music and Its Popularization

BDK has set a goal of propagating the Buddhist spirit and enhancing Buddhist culture. Towards this goal, BDK has sponsored the “Modernization of Buddhist Music and Its Popularization” as one of its major activities.

It is no exaggeration to say that human culture developed together with religion since ancient times. In this process, music has played very important and supportive roles throughout history. In Japan, religious music, such as chanting and Gagaku, enormously influenced many people throughout its long history.

Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai has been making efforts to establish a Buddhist foundation in human lives by making people familiar with its culture through inheriting and modernizing traditional Buddhist music.

The 18th concert: “Buddhaspell -Peaceful Light”

History

November 28, 1977 The 1st concert: “Meeting with East and West”
November 2, 1978 The 2nd concert: “Echo of East and West”
March 28, 1980 The 3rd concert: “Tenrai Chikyō”
May 10, 1983 The 4th concert: “World Buddhist Music Festival”
June 3, 1986 The 5th concert: “World Buddhist Music Festival”
― Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai 20th Anniversary―
September 18, 1989 The 6th concert: “In Praise of Śakyamuni: World Buddhist Music Festival” ―Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai 25th Anniversary―
October 1, 1990 The 7th concert: “In Praise of Śakyamuni: A Night of Music and Narration” ~The Echo of Ten Quarters~
September 30, 1997 The 8th concert: “In Praise of Śakyamuni: World Buddhist Music Festival” ―Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai 30th Anniversary―
October 29, 1999 The 9th concert: “In Praise of Śakyamuni: A Night of Lecture and Music” ―Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai 35th Anniversary―
September 29, 2000 The 10th concert: “In Praise of Śakyamuni: A Night of Lecture and Music” ―Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai 35th Anniversary―
December 6, 2002 The 11th concert: “In Praise of Śakyamuni: World Buddhist Music Festival” ―Ceremony for Restoration of Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple Pipe Organ―
October 7, 2004 The 12th concert: “In Praise of Śakyamuni: A Night of Lecture and Music” ―Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai 40th Anniversary and the 38th Cultural Award for the Promotion of Buddhism―
November 18, 2005 The 13th concert: “In Praise of Śakyamuni: Public Performance of Music Works” ―Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai 40th Anniversary― The theme: ITSUKUSHIMI “Loving Compassion”
November 27, 2008 The 14th concert: “In Praise of Śakyamuni: Buddhist Music Festival” ~Public Performance of Music Works~ The theme: SASAEATTE “Mutually Sustaining Life”
November 30, 2011 The 15th concert: “In Praise of Śakyamuni: Buddhist Music Festival” ―Shinran 750th and Honen 800th Memorial Service & Charity Concert for The Great East Japan Earthquake―
March 12, 2014 The 16th concert: “Buddhaspell –Light of Hope”
September 11, 2015 The 17th concert: “Buddhaspell -Anniversary Concert” ―Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai 50th Anniversary―
November 8, 2017 The 18th concert: “Buddhaspell -Peaceful Light”
November 14, 2019 The 19th concert: “Buddhaspell –Rediscover of Japanese Tradition”

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