WELCOME TO ISA
Congratulations on being accepted as a member of International Shugendo Association!
Here's what comes next:
1. Please use the PayPal button below to set up your monthly member donation. The suggested minimum donation is $25/month. (If you are unable to donate that amount, please donate what you can).
2. It is our custom that beginning students should begin with preliminary practices (these are described also in the ISA Student Curriculum doc):
- Practice chanting the Heart Sutra. Here is a sheet you can use to practice.
- Practice reciting the Fudo mantra. You should be able to recite it smoothly at least 100 times in a session:
NAMAKU SAMANDA BASARANAN SENDA MAKAROSHANA SOWATAYA UN TARATA KAN MAN
- When you are able to recite these smoothly, you may request from one of our senior members to begin learning basic meditation methods of Gachirinkan (Moon-disk meditation) and the Fudo meditation (Nyuga-ganyu-kan) using the mantra.
- As soon as you can chant the Heart Sutra smoothly, you should also begin accumulating at least 1000 recitations of it.
- Finally, you should also begin any time to accumulate 1000 prostrations while reciting the Furai Shingon for each:
ON SARABA TATAGYATA HANNA MANNA NO KYAROMI
("Om! I prostrate at the feet of all the Tathagatas.")
4. We will invite you to join several closed Facebook groups with video resources to help you learn how to chant the Heart Sutra and Fudo mantra, how to prostrate, and many other things.
5. We will also order your Daily Recitation book from Japan (please be patient since we order periodically rather than for each individual). You should then begin to practice the morning and evening recitations as much as you can to master them. The Facebook groups contain instruction for these chants as well, along with live streams of Soke performing them at Kannon-ji, our headquarters temple in Japan.
6. PLEASE BE SURE you have joined our email list by clicking "Join the List" in the upper right corner of our site header, above.
7. Finally, as soon as possible please connect with one of our groups or contacts near you, and attend events with Soke or his students in Japan, N. America, or Europe. Your real learning will take place in person!
SET UP YOUR MONTHLY DONATION VIA PAYPAL HERE
Suggested monthly donation is $25.
We look forward to practicing with you, and please contact ISA with any questions.