On Sunday, at 11 am, we begin with bowing and clapping and chant an ancient Shinto prayer called the Amatsunorito (a phonetic pronunciation is available for those who would like to join in). It is the sound vibrations (“Kototama” in Japanese) more than the meaning of the words which are believed to spiritually align us to the universe brining about peace, happiness and purification. Following the Amatsunorito, Jyorei is offered to anyone who might like to experience it. After Jyorei, each of us share our gratitude. After shearing Gratitude, Sampai closes.
*Sampai is a Japanese word meaning “going to a higher, spiritually pure place for spiritual purposes”. Specifically, Sampai is a form of ritual that, through its structure, provides a sense of order and serenity to the mind. In Shumei, Sampai specifically means to engage in the following actions: visiting one of the sanctuaries of a Shumei center, chanting, sharing Jyorei, and expressing gratitude.
*Jyorei is a simple yet profound healing art that by focusing spiritual light gradually penetrates and dissolves spiritual impurities or clouds that cause physical, emotional, and personal dilemmas. “Jyorei” means “purification of the spirit.