体を大きく揺らして「南無阿弥陀仏」 京都・東本願寺で坂東曲

体を大きく揺らして「南無阿弥陀仏」 京都・東本願寺で坂東曲

体をゆらしながら念仏を唱える僧侶たち=2023年11月28日午前10時57分、京都市下京区の東本願寺、新井義顕撮影

 真宗大谷派の本山・東本願寺(京都市下京区)で28日、宗祖・親鸞の恩に感謝する「報恩講(ほうおんこう)」が8日間の最終日を迎え、声明(しょうみょう)「坂東曲(ばんどうぶし)」が行われた。全国から集まった僧侶や門徒ら約5千人が参列した。

体をゆらしながら念仏を唱える僧侶たち=2023年11月28日午前10時59分、京都市下京区の東本願寺、新井義顕撮影

 親鸞像が安置された御影堂(重要文化財)の外陣に約50人の僧侶が正座し、上半身を激しく揺り動かして拍子をとりながら、「南無阿弥陀仏」の念仏と、仏の教えを伝える和讃(わさん)を力強い節回しで繰り返した。

 報恩講は、同派で最も重要な仏事で、旧暦で親鸞の命日とされる28日に合わせて営まれる。坂東曲は毎年、締めくくりとなる法要「結願日中(けちがんにっちゅう)」で披露されている。

 坂東曲は、鎌倉~南北朝時代に関東(坂東)で始まったという説があり、現在では東本願寺だけに伝わるという。(西田健作)

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