Bowing In and Out of Class

Shinzen Rei [神前礼, しんぜんれい]

  • The instructor will go to the head of the class and say “Narabu” (並ぶ, ならぶ) which means “line up”.

  • Everyone will then sit in seiza (正座, せいざ) with their legs folded beneath them and put their hands in front of their chests with the palms together in gassho (合掌, がっしょう) (praying position).

  • The instructor will then say “Shikin haramitsu daikōmyō” (詞韻波羅密大光明, しきんはらみつだいこうみょう). (This roughly translates to “May our next act bring us enlightenment or the great light of wisdom”, “A moment of true interaction between mind and spirit may lead to enlightenment” or “The sound of the words in our reach for enlightenment creates the divine cosmic light.” Basically, every encounter experience has the potential to be that one thing that brings you to enlightenment. You could also look at it as saying that every experience is a learning experience (well, sort of). There are many other translations.)

  • The class will then say “Shikin haramitsu daikōmyō” (詞韻波羅密大光明, しきんはらみつだいこうみょう).

  • Everyone in unison will clap twice, bow once, clap again and bow one more time. (see Seiza Rei {正座礼, せいざれい} above.)

  • In some schools the senior student or assistant instructor may say “Sensei ni rei” (先生に礼, せんせいにれい) (“Bow to the instructor”).

  • The instructor will turn to face the class, bow to the class and say Onegaishimasu (御願いします, おねがいします) (“Please assist me.”) if at the beginning class or Doumo arigatou (どうも有り難う御座いました , どうもありがとうございました) (“Thank you very much for what you have done.”) if at the end of class.

  • The students will then bow to the instructor and say Onegaishimasu (御願いします, おねがいします) if at the beginning class or Doumo arigatou (どうも有り難う御座いました , どうもありがとうございました) if at the end of class.
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